In this special episode of the Down, but Not Out podcast series, Andrea Gálvez, a journalist based in Argentina, takes over and tells a fantastic story on labor mobilization and Tiempo Argentino’s rebirth as a journalistic cooperative.

On April 24, 2016, Tiempo Argentino published its first edition as a workers’ cooperative. Before this, it was a printed newspaper, managed by a businessman, with a traditional financing model using advertising to support its operations. The money was mostly coming from government sources, but when the Argentine economy went into recession and the government changed, Tiempo Argentino lost its funding and left…

By Zsuzsa Detrekői

Free hyperlinks are the essence of the Internet. They have been with us from the early days of the internet to help spread information. Now hyperlinks are facing a formidable challenge: copyright. Copyright challenges hyperlinks in different ways in the EU and in Australia — and other countries may follow.

Major platforms not only have an important influence on people’s opinion due to their size but also a dominant economic position in advertising all over the world. On the one hand, with their effective and sophisticated advertising solutions based on their users’ data, they draw advertising money…

by Jelena Prtoric

Listening Club Guatemala. Credit André Asturias

Every Monday evening, from 7–9 PM New York time, people meet online to listen to the podcasts together. Mid-April, a group of women in Chile and Peru organized an online listening event around a podcast episode about the Cholita — the indigenous women of Bolivia — climbers. Every Saturday at 10 am, Brazil time, podcast enthusiasts from all over Latin America are invited to join online listening events.

They don’t listen to just any podcasts. …

Can journalism cooperatives and subscription newsletters put power back in the hands of journalists?

In the third episode of our series we explore this question with Maria Bustillos, journalist and co-founder of the Brick House, a collectively-owned journalism cooperative and Walker Bragman, a New York-based journalist, who discusses the advantages of publishing on Substack, a newsletter platform established in 2017 that allows writers to distribute their work to subscribers at tiered subscription rates.

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by Zoltán Sipos

Investigating hyperlocal topics that affect everyone in a community is a good way to overcome biases and leave deep divisions behind.

Why should we care about who is responsible for a back country road built on a huge landslip? Is it newsworthy that the mayor of a village of 1,000 inhabitants “forgot” to mention in his wealth declaration that he had hundreds of thousands of euros in revenue from EU-subsidized land cheaply rented from the local council? …

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by Jelena Prtoric

They are aiming to strengthen journalism through collaboration, open data, and community-led reporting, and set the news agenda from the ground up. Meet The Bureau Local, a UK-based newsroom that investigates for and with citizens — all while empowering local newsrooms.

In 2017, a team of UK-based journalists set out on a mission to replicate the methodology behind the Panama Papers project, but in one country only. In the world of investigative journalism, the Panama Papers is a reference work. The investigation that originated from a giant leak of more than 11.5 …

By John Masuku

HARARE, Zimbabwe

Digital platforms have become critical watchdogs in closely monitoring and recording the receipt and utilization of COVID-19 funds from different donors and government budgets, amid secretiveness by public bodies. Their scrutiny boosts accountability while shortchanging of desperate beneficiaries, particularly poor communities on the African continent, is reduced.

Unusual Partnerships Monitor Pandemic Relief Funds

In Zimbabwe, Magamba Network, an independent online comedy television network, amplifies voices speaking the truth about various social, political, and economic issues including the COVID-19 health crisis. …

In this first episode of the series, we’ll bring you the story of Telex, a media organization that was willed into being by its founders when one of Hungary’s flagship media outlets was pushed to the brink of collapse by government pressure. When almost all of Index’s 90-member staff resigned, they set out to start their own organization and to fund it through reader contributions. In the first month of their crowdfunding campaign, they collected 1 million euros from their readers.

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by Anya Schiffrin

The global pandemic resulted in a financial crisis, which hit an already struggling media industry. A new report investigated initiatives aimed at helping news organizations, and found promising examples.

When Covid-19 struck in the early part of 2020, journalism was already in a dire state, the pandemic adding new urgency to a perilous situation. In the wake of this new assault–what some call a “media extinction event”–dozens of plans have emerged to help, and the actions taken by individuals and organizations have been large and swift.

Globally, the loss of advertising revenue has been dire, news outlets…

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By Courtney C. Radsch

Most of the major social media platforms have kicked President Trump off, using the fact that he incited an insurrection that left five people dead, and concern that such incitement could continue, as a justification to close his accounts. Twitter held out longer than Facebook, Google or a host of other services in deplatforming the president, and further amplified Parler and Gab as alternative platforms for Trumpians. Trump has used Twitter as his bully pulpit, enabling him to forgo press conferences that would put him front of pesky journalists who might ask him questions or push…

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