Tackling Fake News

What we mean when we talk about Fake News The phrase “fake news” is being slung around by politicians lately, and is in danger of losing its meaning. Some use the term “fake news” for any reporting that contradicts their political preferences. Fake news is not these things. It is limited to a simple phenomenon: the creating of news stories without any basis in fact. “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his…

8 Top Twitter Tips for Journalists

 We look at how journalists can cleverly use Twitter to enhance their reporting.  In a piece for Wired last year, journalist Mat Honan argued that Twitter has become too big to fail. By that, he meant fail technically, by disappearing behind the cartoon ‘fail whale’ which appears less and less as Twitter grows older. He had a compelling argument as to why. “Twitter is no longer simply a place where people come to make jokes and…

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

Why Igbo Is The Best Language’ – Igbo Speaking American Professor’s article Surfaces Online Dr. Frances W. Pritchett is Professor Emerita of Modern Indic Languages Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. In this article, she talks about how she learnt Igbo and her experience with umuigbo that changed her life. HOW I BECAME AN IGBOPHILE Back in 1976, I was just another “working girl.” Fate had brought me to Arkansas via New York…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Getting Nigeria out of fuel import fraud Ibe Kachikwu’s recent portrayal of Nigeria’s continued dependence on refined petroleum products imports as a fraud is an acknowledgement of an extant problem that needs to be confronted head-on. But much as the junior minister in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has spoken spiritedly of the need for urgency to buck the trend, his enthusiasm is not shared by many. As a matter of fact, for many long…

How to tell good research from bad research: 13 questions to ask

 Academic research is one of the journalists’ best tools for covering public policy issues. It’s also a tool that takes skill to use. Experienced journalists use research to ground their work and fact-check claims made by politicians, policymakers and others. Many journalists, however, are not trained in research methods and statistical analysis. Some have difficulty differentiating between a quality study and a questionable one. Journalist’s Resource has put together a list of questions reporters should…

Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation Scholarships for Masters Students in UK, 2017

  A generous grant from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation has secured further scholarships for students applying to the MA Financial Journalism course at City, University of London, as well as enhanced funding for the programme’s unique summer school based in New York and Shanghai. The foundation is also continuing its support for an endowed professorship in financial journalism. In total, it has pledged to contribute £550,000 over the next three years. From September…

10 best free digital storytelling tools for journalists

There are plenty of tools and resources to help storytellers build their digital stories. This is a selection of the 10 best free and easy to use digital storytelling tools. Storymap Plenty of stories evolve around geographical locations. Knight Lab madeStorymap. This tool helps telling stories with photo, text and video on maps. For example, The Washington Post made a story about Islamic State with this tool. Timeline When your story is chronological, try Timeline. With…

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

The Appalling State of Nigerian Airports: An article by Tony Ogunlowo From the 8th of March the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, in Abuja, Nigeria’s second busiest airport will close for approximately six weeks for repairs. It is to enable the authorities carry out essential maintenance work on the facilities and pot-holed runway. Julius Berger, contracted to do the job, are ready and have promised to have it ready in time. As an alternative all flights…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Recently, the Nigerians and indeed other Africans residing in South Africa came under another fresh round of xenophobic attacks and there was widespread looting of Nigerian-owned properties and businesses in Pretoria, learnt. For us, it is quite unfortunate that such attacks deliberately target innocent Nigerians whose only crime is making profits and a living from their hard work and resilience. It is perhaps a singsong now that in the past, the immense contribution of Nigeria…

How to finance your next journalism project through crowdfunding

The media industry is still trying to find a sustainable business model in an era of massive changes. Legacy media outlets and newer ventures alike can struggle to find funding for new projects. Many media entrepreneurs and journalists have been trying to raise funds through alternative methods. One of the most popular yet daring ways to do so is crowdfunding. How can journalists and media outlets launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? IJNet talked to some of…

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