Thursday, October 23, 2008

Create your own news

Now you can create your own news reports using footages from all over the world. A new project by Link TV called "Know The News" allows you to pick current news from different outlets in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Middle East and combine those into one single video report featuring different sides of a story or just providing a general outlook on the world today. You can share your version of the report with other people or you can embed your video in a blog for everyone to see.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Interesting articles on Uzbekistan

There are not many articles in English dealing with Internet censorship in Uzbekistan. I was glad to find one of them published recently on "Transitions Online." It is called "" Not the most comprehensive article by any means, but it gives a nice general outlook on the media landscape in Uzbekistan.

Another article (also published on "Transitions Online") deals with the recent media conference in Uzbekistan sponsored by the government. The conference was to discuss democratic processes in Uzbek media and show the rest of the world how liberal the country is. The conference was a joke to start with. I cannot even imagine anyone (including Uzbek government) taking something like that seriously. Anyways, one of the participants vividly described his experience at the conference HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mid-term review

As promised, you can get the Mid-Term review slides in pdf format HERE
Good luck with your exam!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NWICO debates continue

As you can see from this article, the NWICO legacy still lives on...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Reporting from dictatorships

The lack of reliable sources of information in a country with oppressive regimes can slow down the job of a foreign reporter and, like in the case with recent shootings at the capital of Turkmenistan, cause some confusion due to the rush to report on the "news" first.

Well, reporting on rumors has never been a right choice for a serious journalist. But listening to rumors in, say, Turkmenistan and investigating those  can be a productive start toward a breaking story. The Columbia Journalism Review has a story on that.
RFE/RL also offers the latest updates on the incident.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New take on the future of the world

Robert Kagan contemplates about the future of the world in a very insightful article recently published in the Foreign Affairs. he mentions all the readings on the same topics that we studied in class (so, you know what is talking about). I definitely think that Kagan brins up very good points (like the one about the U.S. and E.U. growing distant from each other after the collapse of the Soviet Empire). Check it out!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Slides on global media philosophies

As promised, I am posting slides from our latest class dedicated to global media philosophies. You can download them here.