News Watch organized by journalists to act in solidarity with their colleagues working in cities under curfew begins tomorrow.

OSCE slams severe charges against prominent journalists

The severe charges against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül could further increase the already critical pressure that opposing voices face in the country, Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, said in a statement Jan. 28
DİHA reporter İdris Yılmaz arrested as he was following up report in Van has been released by the court pending a trial from the case he was being tried over “Propagandizing for [illegal] organization”.
An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded that daily Cumhuriyet columnist Özgür Mumcu be sentenced to four years and eight months in jail for “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
DİSK Press Union, has asked to put an end to the attacks against people’s right to demand information and called on the Anadolu (Anatolian) Agency calling Refik Tekin and other nine injured persons “terrorist”.

Jailed Turkish editor slams EU deal with Erdoğan’s ‘fascist government’

Can Dündar, held for his story alleging Turkey armed Islamist rebels in Syria, says EU is betraying its democratic values

The editor of Turkey’s most influential dissident newspaper has said in an interview from his prison cell that the country’s ongoing crackdown on journalists is the worst in its history and that he was imprisoned for doing his job.

Crowds of people have gathered to commemorate Armenian-origin journalist and late Agos editor-in-chief Hrank Dink, who was assassinated outside the newspaper’s office nine years ago today
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled for Turkey to be fined over a police raid on the office building of Nokta magazine upon a military court ruling in 2007, stating that the raid constituted a violation of human rights
ECtHR has convicted Turkey over raid against Nokta in 2007 upon General Staff’s instruction for its report of “Coup Diaries”.

Turkish reporters defiant over espionage claim

Detained Turkish reporters defiant over espionage claim
todayszaman.com – Jan 27

Journalist Bülent Keneş. (Photo: Today’s Zaman) January 27, 2016, Wednesday/ 17:41:55/ TODAY’S ZAMAN | ISTANBUL Former Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş was handed down a 14-month sentence on the charge of insulting

todayszaman.com – Jan 27

Turkey ‘s deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has announced that the country has 67 journalists in jail, and further claimed that they were not sent to prison due to their journalistic activities but rather due to other crimes. Responding

Why foreign reporting needs community as much as contacts

It is no secret that foreign reporting in Western media is not what it once was. Many organisations are struggling just to maintain their domestic editorial staff numbers, and a combination of government crackdowns and hostile militia make some parts of the world no-go zones, even for local reporters.

“There are so many places around the world where the foreign correspondent can’t just walk in with their white flag any more,” said Trevor Snapp, chairing a panel on the importance of eyewitnesses and citizen journalists around the world at the Frontline Club in London this week.

The podcasting fervor of 2015 has continued into 2016 and shows no signs of diminishing. Gimlet, the podcast startup cofounded by Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and public radio fame, is a household name in the digital audio world. Swedish-born podcasting platform Acast, now in the U.S., has ambitions to broaden dramatically the podcasting world. Public radio isn’t missing outon podcasting. There’s money to be made through a premium subscription service for podcasts.

At first, Philipps believed he’d simply found a new angle on the old story of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. “What counts as an injury?” Philipps says. “What counts as psychological? And how can you tell? I went into it thinking that was the story.”

But Philipps changed his mind after he returned to the jail to see Melton a second time. The soldier was gone. He’d voluntarily quit the military without facing charges. “It took a while to figure out that the Army had come to him and said, ‘We won’t court-martial you if you sign a paper,’” recalls Philipps, adding that Melton’s get-out-of-jail card came at a price. “Part of the deal is signing away your claims to veterans’ benefits.”

Vice is offering a summer fellowship program for students from “underrepresented communities,” the company announced Wednesday.

Through a partnership with the New York–based nonprofit Center for Communication, two students will spend eight weeks working at Vice this summer. The participating students will receive a $5,000 stipend and their travel and housing expenses will be covered. Vice is also covering the Center for Communication’s administrative costs.

The year of distributed content: This was the trend above all others in 2015. Over the past decade, publisher websites lost their position as the place users headed for news online. First came search engines (but really just Google); then came social media (but really just Facebook). With readers’ attention committed elsewhere — the average American Facebook user spends 27 hours a month there — publishers bet on using social media as a traffic generator, often to much success.

20 years ago today, NYTimes.com debuted “on-line” on the web

Long before City Room, Snow Fall, NYT Now, or any other of The New York Times’ lauded digital efforts, there was NYTimes.com, which 20 years ago today — on January 22, 1996 — began “publishing daily on the World Wide Web…offering readers around the world immediate access to most of the daily newspaper’s contents.”

NYT On the Web

Since its launch in 2012, Quartz has been among the fastest-growing and most closely watched, digital news sites. With a mobile-first focus on social distribution, email newsletters, and high-quality ads, the Atlantic Media-owned site has often been ahead of media trends.

In a memo sent to staff Tuesday, Quartz publisher Jay Lauf and editor Kevin Delaney wrote that the site’s revenue grew 85 percent in 2015 and had 16.8 million unique visitors in December — up 65 percent from the same time in 2014.

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