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Newsroom challenges during the COVID pandemic

Wednesday 24 June, 2020

During times of crisis, such as the Corona Virus pandemic, News content gains heightened awareness as listeners lean-in to hear details about the threats to health, number of cases, border closures and movement restrictions.

News listening has increased during the pandemic, the content of bulletins has changed, and there are also implications for advertisers. Steve Ahern examines recent research on the issues facing newsrooms during the pandemic.


Deep fakes are coming

Tuesday 29 October, 2019
Manipulation of images and audio is becoming so sophisticated that it is producing chilling fakes with the potential to cause discontent and influence elections.

The phenomenon, produced with a combination of editing technology and artificial intelligence, is known as ‘deep fakes’ and is one of the biggest media disinformation trends this year.

We all have a role to play in responding to misinformation: #NavigatingtheNews Conference

Monday 10 September, 2018
“As we increasingly go online we are confronted by propaganda, poor journalism, advertising masquerading as journalism… where is it all heading?” asked Joce Nettlefold, opening today’s Navigating the News conference in Hobart.

New studies about trust in media, smartphones... and Christmas songs

Thursday 08 February, 2018

At the start of each new year there are a range of studies and reports looking at media and journalism the past year and in the coming 12 months.

radioinfo has taken a look at four of the latest studies and summarises them for you.


The gift that keeps on giving - Holiday season radio listening.

Public broadcasting, more necessary then ever in the age of fake news

Friday 15 September, 2017

Analysis from Steve Ahern

For the past decade or more, public service broadcasters have found it necessary to justify their existence in the face of increasing competition, new technology and attacks from the private sector.
Now, in the age of fake news, the tide appears to be turning back in favour of public broadcasters.

The emergence of new technology since the 1990s disrupted the business models of private commercial media, particularly newspapers, decreasing advertising and commoditising journalism.

The antidote to fake news is better professional media

Saturday 25 March, 2017

Steve Ahern says better professional media is needed to combat fake news.

Protecting journos and fact checking in the #DonaldTrump era #RDE17

Monday 20 March, 2017
Speaking at today’s RadioDays Europe conference, Hannah Storm from the International News Safety Institute made a plea for the safety of journalists.

The rise of Donald Trump and similar politicians has seen “a contagion spread and journos have become a target of that,” said Storm.

The phenomenon of fake news and the trolling campaigns and online harassment against individual journalists, lead by people like Trump “can’t be ignored” according to the News Safety Institute.

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