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Surprise your reader

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by Carla Foote, Fine Print Editorial A great novel usually includes some element of surprise. The writer draws the reader along a path with setting and characters, and then suddenly an unexpected issue arises, or a character behaves in a way that surprises the reader. This element of surprise enhances the story and keeps the…

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How two Mexican media startups have survived the COVID-19 crisis

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by Sebastián Auyanet, International Journalists’ Network Digital media startups over the past year have dealt with major economic and societal challenges due to COVID-19. Two independent news sites in Mexico, Verificado.com.mx and La Verdad de Ciudad Juárez, have not only weathered the global health crisis — they’ve managed to grow their newsrooms thanks to well-defined,…

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Publishing during a pandemic: Finding new revenue streams

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By FIPP: The Network for Global Media As COVID-19 changes consumer behaviour, publishers have to go where the money is. With COVID-19 turning some revenue streams like ad sales and events into a trickle, publishers have been forced to reassess what the best ways are to fund their operations in the future. From ecommerce and…

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Pakistan: Taneer Ahmed talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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by The Coalition for Women in Journalism Dr. Taneer Ahmed is a Karachi-based health reporter for Samaa Digital. Ever since COVID-19 cases have surfaced in Pakistan, she has been keeping a close watch on the pandemic. We asked Taneer how she ensures the coverage of coronavirus to be factually correct in the midst of surplus…

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Vaccine gaslighting, mask falsehoods and fake cures dominate recent claims added to the CoronaVirusFacts Alliance Database

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False claims about vaccines made up a third of fact checks submitted to the database since the start of 2021. By Harrison Mantas, Poynter As world leaders and everyday citizens roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated against COVID-19, purveyors of falsehoods have turned to a new tactic — claiming those vaccinations were a hoax.…

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Registration for conference in Ghana coming soon

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Although registration for the MTI in Africa conference in Ghana hasn’t opened yet, you can sign up to join our mailing list specifically for information on the conference, and be one of the first to know when registration opens. We are looking for a conference location in Accra, but are still weighing the possibilities. Once…

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USA: Carolyn Bick talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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by The Coalition for Women in Journalism Carolyn Bick is a Seattle-based freelance journalist who primarily works for the South Seattle Emerald – a small, local, nonprofit publication that specifically covers South Seattle and vulnerable communities. Her work has previously appeared in several local and international publications. Her coverage of the coronavirus ranges from the…

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How the pandemic has impacted newspaper and magazine retail

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by What’s New in Publishing This week we talk to Jim Bilton of Wessenden Marketing, who does research around media supply chains. He tells us about how the pandemic has impacted newspaper and magazine retail, about who might be left standing after the dust settles and how they will need to reboot their distribution strategies.…

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Collaborative reporting project in Brazil investigates education issues during COVID-19

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by Giorgia Macrelli, International Journalists’ Network When schools in Brazil first closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the country’s education system was ill-prepared to face the challenges presented by COVID-19. That 35 million children were now out of school and forced to learn from home was just the tip of the iceberg.  In…

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Tips for reporting about sex work

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by Iris Pase, International Journalists’ Network Sex work, meaning the provision of sexual services for money or goods, is a global industry that employs millions people of all genders in a variety of roles, which include, but are not limited to, street workers, actors, performers, escorts, dancers and traveling entertainers.  Despite the size of the…

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