Fact Check – Foreign Journalists Restricted to Hotels in Sudan

RESULT: INCONCLUSIVE As the conflict between democracy protesters and the military led government in Sudan escalates, reports have emerged of a crackdown on press freedoms and foreign journalists being prevented from leaving their hotels or even venturing out on to balconies. At the same time, a demonstration of local journalists outside the offices of Al Jazeera was reportedly broken up …

FACT CHECK: Did the NZ Airforce Skywrite “Allah” to Commemorate Christchurch Victims?

Our Finding: FALSE. The descibed events did not take place. On the 27th of March an image began circulating around Arabic speaking social media, claiming to depict the New Zealand Air Force engaged in formation flight and skywriting ‘Allah’ in Arabic. This came 2 weeks after a horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchuch, New Zealand left 50 dead and …

Restore Trust – Write In ‘Stone’

Stone is a platform, currently in Beta, that captures research and workflow as video with highlights and commentary, at the desk or in the field. It adds depth and guaranteed video content to every story, allowing readers to follow the journey behind the journalism and creating a new branch of news media in the process. Trust in quality journalism is …

SOCIAL MEDIA – CULTURAL REFLECTION OR REFRACTION?

There’s been plenty of talk over the years about the ups and downs of social media. In the early days we used to envisage a dawning utopia, where everyone met each other, shared, bonded and grew together. Reality has been quite different. These days, despite enormous successes in proliferating important information and connecting individuals far and wide, networks can be …