A new site compiled by independent charity BBC Media Action. It gathers together BBC research and case studies (including clips and examples) which examine the role of the media in crisis communication. It gives examples of actual campaigns and guidelines on good practice. At present there are 6 specific case studies on the website: Syria, Gaza, Ebola, […]
This new global survey examines progress towards digital life in 34 nations worldwide. The 3 key areas covered are: Digital Confidence (how readily and confidently individuals and organisations engage with the country’s digital infrastructure); Digital Openness (digital infrastructure facilitates open access to information) ; Digital Entrepreneurship (how readily citizens and organisations are able to innovate […]
How do the media cover international migration stories? The report, Moving Stories, is published by the Ethical Journalism Network and reviews media coverage of migration in the European Union and in 14 countries across the globe. It finds that in general coverage is poor. It refers to a concentration on sensationalism, a failure to highlight […]
Useful briefing from the Association of Research Libraries journal which gives a basic overview changes of trends in academic publishing since 1990s, covering journals online books and the implications for libraries. Mainly from a American perspective but examples and references are of value to all seeking a recent history of the impact of the Internet.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two thirds of Americans now depend on their smart phones for daily life. Download the Pew survey results for the full data. Interestingly, 7% depend on their phone for Internet access.
Certainly according to the latest Pew global attitudes survey from Spring 2014 which covered 32 nations. 53% of respondents from emerging and developing nations felt the Internet had a positive effect on education but at the same time 43% felt that it had a negative impact on morality . Get the full results and methodology […]
The Citizen Evidence Lab is a new site from Amnesty International which has been created to help journalists and human rights workers authenticate user citizen journalist video materials. The site features tutorials, case studies and references for further reading.
CENTAL is coordinating a project focusing on how text messaging can be used in scientific communication. The website includes a bibliography (mainly relating to SMS in Switzerland) and publications. There are also details of another project What’s up Switzerland which researches mobile research communications via WhatsApp.
Emaps Project A project funded by the EU which commenced in 2011. It aims to use social media and mapping technology to communicate scientific information more effectively to members of the public. The partners include: Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po); University of Amsterdam; University of Dortmund and The Young Foundation. The website has technical information […]
To mark 8 years in existance, Twitter launched the facility to look back in time and trace your first tweet. It has posted online some amusing examples from famous celebrities. The Atlantic has a useful article mapping trends in time. It is based on an academic paper: The Tweets They are a-Changin’: Evolution of Twitter Users and Behavior by Yabing Liuy, Chloe […]