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How facts backfire

на 16. 10. 2013 | | mk

Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains

  Author: Joe Keohane for Boston.com (Boston Globe Newspaper web site). Published with permission of the author.   „Facts, not opinions“  Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark, Great Britain, Photo: Kevan   It’s one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789. This notion, carried down through the years, underlies everything from humble political pamphlets to presidential debates to the very notion of a free press. Mankind may be crooked timber, as Kant put it, uniquely susceptible to ignorance and misinformation, but it’s an

Announcement: Hiring journalists – reviewers

на 23. 08. 2013 | | mk, sq
Metamorphosis Foundation is publishing an announcement for temporary engagement of journalists – reviewers as part of USAID’s Strengthening Media in Macedonia Project – Media Fact-Checking Service Component, intended for publishing journalist reviews, critical discourse analysеs and journalist lessons. Journalists-reviewers will be part of the team of journalists who will be identifying important daily news, conducting reviews of such content and occasionally write longer articles for public educationregarding the implementation of journalist standards. Candidates should meet the following criteria:
  • graduates in the field of journalism, communications or a related field;
  • their professional media engagement is based on the Code of Journalists of Macedonia or any other equivalent code of ethical and professional standards adopted by the relevant organization of journalists

Video tutorials on multimedia and social media intended for journalists

на 13. 08. 2013 | | mk, sq
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The Metamorphosis Foundation created 8 video tutorials within the framework of the project “Trainings for journalists” in order to increase the knowledge and skills of journalists in terms of their adaptation to the current needs and trends in journalism. Tutorials cover the following topics:
  • Recording and processing an audio recording in Audacity
  • Creating and processing video in Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Creating a slideshow of photos with Flickr
  • Use of

APC: Macedonian government moves to limit online free speech and increase State control of the media

на 5. 07. 2013 | | mk, sq
Macedonia is one of many countries where citizens struggle for democracy and against measures to control the media and limit freedom of expression and access to information online and offline. The latest of these measures is the proposed new Law on Media and Audiovisual Media Services which will require all media, both print and online, to be filtered through a centralised government agency, effectively allowing the government to legally filter and censor content. On 8 April 2013, the Macedonian Minister of Information Society and Administration presented a draft of the Law and announced a 60-day public consultation period, formally ending 8 June. No consultation with civil society took place during the development of this first draft. Macedonia’s media is already

EDRI: Freedom of expression in Macedonia endangered by new law

на 5. 07. 2013 | | mk, sq
The new Macedonian law on Law on Media and Audiovisual Media Services creates serious risks for freedom of expression in Macedonia. The new law expands the scope of state control from broadcast media (which is justified because they use a limited public resource, namely wireless spectrum) to all kinds of media, including online and print. This is neither justified and unnecessary and far exceeds the requirements of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU. Furthermore, excessively broad definitions (for instance, the concept of journalists) and vague formulations create the risk and possibility of arbitrary interpretation by state regulators, which would increase the risk of the undermining of freedom of expression. The drafting of the law suffered from a lack of

Training on hate speech for journalists

на 4. 07. 2013 | | mk, sq
The training on hate speech for journalists was held on June 19, 2013 in the GEM club in Skopje. The training was designed for journalists participating in USAID’s Strengthening Media in Macedonia – Fact Checking Service Component, implemented by Metamorphosis. The four-hour training was attended by 10 journalists who were familiarized with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in specific cases related to hate speech, cases from Macedonia and from the world, and a number of related laws and regulations were also analyzed. The training was conducted by Zarko Trajanoski, MA in Human Rights. Materials used for the training:
  • Presentation: Workshop on hate speech
  • Fact Sheet  – Hate speech
  • Excerpts from the documents of the Broadcasting

Announcement: Hiring media discourse analysts

на 6. 03. 2013 | | mk, sq
Metamorphosis Foundation is publishing an announcement for temporary engagement of media discourse analysts as part of USAID’s Strengthening Media in Macedonia Project – Media Fact-Checking Service Component, intended for publishing journalist reviews, analysеs and educational texts.
The members of the team of analysts have the following tasks:
  • identify cases of violation of professional journalistic standards in the media, including human rights
  • violations or violations of trends in the quality of the work of the media in a broader context;
  • conduct analyses based on a critical analysis of discourses in such cases.
Candidates for members of the team should meet the following criteria:
  • to be knowledgeable in the field of human rights (professional engagement, education, non-governmental work);
  • to be experienced in

Announcement: Hiring journalists – reviewers

на 15. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
Metamorphosis Foundation is publishing an announcement for temporary engagement of journalists – reviewers as part of USAID’s Strengthening Media in Macedonia Project – Media Fact-Checking Service Component, intended for publishing journalist reviews, critical discourse analysеs and journalist lessons. Journalists-reviewers will be part of the team of journalists who will be identifying important daily news, conducting reviews of such content and occasionally write longer articles for public educationregarding the implementation of journalist standards. Candidates should meet the following criteria:
  • graduates in the field of journalism, communications or a related field;
  • their professional media engagement is based on the Code of Journalists of Macedonia or any other equivalent code of ethical and professional standards adopted by the relevant organization of journalists

Request for bids: Web-interface design for the Media Fact-Checking Service

на 1. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
Metamorphosis, as an organization implementing USAID’s Strengthening Media in Macedonia Project – Media Fact-Checking Service Component, is announcing a competition for bidders for a design solution for the interface of a website for publishing journalist reviews, critical discourse analysis and journalist lessons. The project, supported by the American people, aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold the media accountable, and to assist journalists in the implementation of their professional standards, by providing online tools and resources for public education and awareness raising. This will be done by establishing the online Media Fact-Checking Service, aimed to increase the citizen demand for fact-based, objective and professional news and information. Target group of the project and the website: citizens, civil society organizations and
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