Category: Accountability

International research highlights differences among journalists’ methods, the precarious status of the profession and the evolution of a renown publication

Journalism was examined through a critical lens during the ISOJ 2018 research panel “Cultural change: Telling stories, shaping identity and normalizing precarity” on April 14. Academics — American and European — delved into the evolving nature of journalism from individual journalists to major publications. The panel started off with Jan Boesman, a postdoctoral researcher at …  Read More

Satire prompts dialogue on sensitive topics, say ISOJ panelists

Using satire and humor can create dialogues around sensitive and controversial topics, especially in countries with restricted freedom of expression, according to panelists at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 14. The panelists said humor makes it possible to address people in powerful positions and hold them accountable. Satirical news organizations …  Read More

When facing distorted information, journalists must report, not resist, says BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith

If you’re trying to do good reporting in 2018, you have to push back on the deluge of distorted information coming out of the White House and its media allies, said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed‘s editor-in-chief during his April 14 keynote speech at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism. But dealing with these institutions’ organized …  Read More

ISOJ panelists expose ‘fake news,’ highlight tools and practices to improve flows of accurate information

Jennifer Preston, former social media editor at the New York Times and vice-president of journalism at the Knight Foundation, introduced the ISOJ panel on trust, by underlying the foundation’s commitment to finding ways to battle misinformation in the journalism sphere. Preston noted April 13 that a recent Gallup survey demonstrates just how deep the partisan …  Read More

Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell implores journalists to work together to solve the industry’s problems

Watch video of Melissa Bell’s keynote presentation or her discussion with Jeff Jarvis. The journalism industry is in desperate need of change, according to Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell during her keynote speech April 22 the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). When Bell co-founded Vox.com in 2014, she said they were convinced it …  Read More

Huffington Post’s Lydia Polgreen offers plan to reach the “unnewsed”

Watch video of Lydia Polgreen’s keynote presentation or her discussion with Evan Smith. Lydia Polgreen, editor-in chief of The Huffington Post, unveiled her plan at the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 21 to revolutionize news consumption by creating platforms that appeal to the masses who do not usually follow the news. Echoing …  Read More

Journalists tackle accountability in the Trump Era on first day of ISOJ

Watch video of the accountability journalism panel discussion. The 2016 presidential election left many readers with a distrust of the media, who, in their eyes, made a gross misjudgment of the outcome. This left journalists with two big questions: How can they continue holding public officials accountable despite public distrust? What can journalists do better? …  Read More

Leading female journalists from Texas and Mexico discuss accountability and digital strategy at pre-ISOJ event

Leer en español   Update: Registration is full for this seminar. Click here to join the waiting list. The day before the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) begins, leading women journalists from Mexico and Texas will meet to discuss transparency, credibility and other journalistic values during an era of heightened political divisiveness in both …  Read More

Rodrigues discusses link between database journalism and democracy

For two years, Fernando Rodrigues collected information on politicians in Brazil including a list of their personal assets and patrimony. His collection of information was made public in 2002, and two election years later, in 2006, a million viewers flocked to the Web site Politicos do Brasil to see what the candidates’ assets included. Rodrigues, 44, …  Read More