The freedom of staying silent, the future of investigative reporting, and a live broadcast experiment like no other: This week’s Fresh Powder Report
Worldwide journalism isn’t as far out of reach as you think:
The Knight Center for Journalism – a program that trains journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean – received a grant of $600,000 in order to help them expand their reach. They plan to use the funding to create Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCS, in hopes of connecting journalism experts from all over the world.
Sometimes, free speech means shutting up:
JEA National Broadcast Adviser of the Year, Michelle Turner of Washington High School, believes common sense trumps freedom of speech when it comes to protecting yourself in the media. When Turner was featured on a Jimmy Kimmel pre-show segment that involved an interviewer showing her pictures of emojis that are often used “inappropriately” in hopes of getting a specific, comedic response from her, she simply refused. As much as the producers encouraged her to lean towards the risqué response, Turner continued presenting herself as oblivious. She claims there is just too much at stake; her career, the opinion of her family, and her recent JEA recognition, to name a few. Turner was able to process the potential consequences of saying something unfiltered on live television, and hopes that more people – especially the youth – remain aware of what their digital footprint may leave behind.
Investigative reporting finds a new home on the air:
The Center for Investigative Reporting has been facing some uncertainty for years now – in 2014, they began funding a new public radio show and podcast called “Reveal.” The goal of this show was initially to create a space for investigative reporting using a medium not traditionally used for investigative reporting. This concept has given the Center for Investigative Reporting easy access to a national and mobile-heavy audience, while simultaneously helping them evolve in the digital age without sacrificing their core mission.
What’s the best way to spend 24 hours? Non-stop mobile reporting, of course!:
Reporters at BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey recently took on a 24 hour live broadcast experiment in a bid to help improve online radio coverage. The teams used a variety of software to broadcast remotely, and used the experience to test out different iPhone apps in the field, such as Legend, Story, and Page Up. The experiment brought to light a variety of different challenges mobile journalists are faced with when it comes to live updating, such as an occasional lack of data signal, or running out of battery and memory space on mobile devices. In the end, the teams agreed that the quality of their social media content enhanced their on-air coverage, and hope to continue practicing mobile journalism in the future.
These things also happened last week:
Beyonce has done it again – last Saturday, she debuted her hour-long visual album LEMONADE on HBO, and it was magic.
Officer Jason Lai of the San Francisco Police Department has been at the center of a text-messaging scandal, revealing a variety of racist, homophobic, and blatantly violent text messages he’s allegedly sent.
First Avenue concert venue in downtown Minneapolis was the location of a three-day dance party honoring the recently deceased musician Prince, a Minneapolis native.