Category: Media Development

Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box? Disinformation & Electoral Integrity

     

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inaugurated the 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit by welcoming more than 2,000 former Heads of State, ministers, local government officials, and civil society leaders to Ottawa. The summit… Read more »

Muzzled Media: ‘perfect storm’ threatens press freedom

     

Independent media are facing a “perfect storm” of challenges, from capture by oligarchs to the emergence of “post-truth” politics, says Mark Nelson, director of the Center for International Media Assistance… Read more »

Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

     

Threats to independent journalism no longer come only from direct forms of state control. Where advocates of a vibrant public sphere once mobilized against the suppression and censorship of news,… Read more »

‘A sickness beyond borders’ – understanding and combatting media capture

     

Recent developments in South Africa have highlighted how state capture has emerged as an increasingly dangerous threat to democratic governance and to prospects for democratic transition. According to a definition… Read more »

Adapting to digital: nonprofit news and funders’ relationships

     

Struggling to adapt to the digital media eco-system, The New York Times is embarking on an ambitious plan inspired by the strategies of Netflix, Spotify, and HBO, WIRED magazine reports:… Read more »

Democracy and the Media Challenge in the 21st Century

     

Many political scientists focus predominantly on the existence of competitive elections to classify whether countries are or are not democracies, says political scientist Elizabeth Stein, the inaugural Mark Helmke Postdoctoral… Read more »

Media and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship

     

The term “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, is now commonly used to refer to a variety of tactics and strategies—usually employing tools for mass communication—to blunt the efforts of terrorists… Read more »

Crowdfunding: just one option to save independent journalism

     

The media crackdown in Turkey is a major story that should make us appreciate the countless unsung reporters and editors worldwide who struggle every day to practice good journalism, no… Read more »

How the internet can impede democratization

     

The internet is an intuitive boon for democracy, according to Elizabeth Stoycheff, Assistant professor at Wayne State University, and Erik C. Nisbet, Associate professor at Ohio State University. It provides… Read more »

Vice News, Jigsaw partner to empower free expression

     

The global struggle for free expression is the focus of a new partnership between Vice News and Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas, the firm’s think tank and technology incubator). A new… Read more »