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On life and death - in the news

Unfathomable deaths have dominated the news this week both in the US and Europe. In the US, a former reporter murdered two journalists from his former channel in Virginia on Wednesday on air. In Europe, Austrian police found a truck with dozens of bodies abandoned on the roadside.

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The State of the Media #2 - Do your own Ethics code

The circumstances and conditions under which journalist are working can widely differ. But no matter how diverse our daily routines may be, we often face similar moral questions and dilemmas. How do I deal with interview partners that demand money? Is it correct to accept a free travel offer? Can I post a photo on social media that some of my viewers and readers may find offending?

Big media companies usually have a code of conduct and clearly defined rules. But that is not always the case for smaller businesses, digital nomads or freelancers working on their own.

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Ten types of jet lag

Ten types of jet lag
  Here we are, after flying across several time zones, in Minneapolis, ready to learn about American culture and the development of journalism in this country. Let's face it: we started to "have fun" very soon, despite the time difference and the habits that each of us brought in the luggage. And we can all be on time when it is needed (and punctual too!).

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The State of the Media - a mobile video series

During my twelve years as a documentary filmmaker there is only one thing I could have been sure of all the time: Change. Especially when it comes to technology. 

When I think of the washed out video material my first DV-Camcorder was delivering I can hardly imagine that this was the standard in video journalism less than ten years ago. Since then the technical challenges you had to face in the process of filmmaking  have become less and less.

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The danger of a single narrative

Couple of weeks ago, up in Ely, I was sitting up late at night talking to my co-host Sharon Staat. Sharon lives in Chicago but visits Anne Swenson up in Ely twice a year – they’ve been friends for over 50 years! The details of our conversation escape me, but I remember it covered a broad swathe of subjects from immigration in America to concerns over terrorism to Native American history and women’s rights. It was all perfectly lovely till Sharon mentioned that she was a Republican.

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Media as charity

“You won’t find the name Kardashian on our website,” MinnPost’s executive editor Andrew Putz said. We were sitting in a circle in a Minneapolis warehouse where MinnPost, an online news outlet for the Minnesota area, has its offices. MinnPost is a non-profit media organisation that depends on grants and donations for a large chunk of its income. The site offers daily updates with mainly background stories and analyses, serving a highly educated public who also read The New Yorker and the New York Times (and generally couldn’t care less about the Kardiashians).

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U.S. Print Media Vs. Social: Loyalty To Tradition

When back in Russia, I struggle to remember when had bought a paper - on a newsprint - in a news stand last time: like everywhere in Europe, computers and smartphones have become a main carrier for news, substituting traditional formats.

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The dispute over the ethics of journalism: Put the public interest first!

The dispute over the ethics of journalism: Put the public interest first!
Wendy Wyatt, Chair to Communications & Journalism Dpt. In STU (photo: Elina Lappalainen)
 
Ethics in journalism work is always a stormy debate. So it's no wonder that the same thing happened today at the end of our Journalism seminar.
 

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Time

Time. That is the currency for the world populace in a movie from 2011 called „In Time“ (I am sensing a little bit of a general theme here). Once you turn 25 you develop a digital clock, glowing from beneath your skin. The clock is ticking and you will live only one year more. It is beginning to turn up and tick. The movie is not very good, the IMDB Rating is 6.6. So you better either make your last days count or you try to somehow get more – time.

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