Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Instagram 'micro-influencer' seeks to capitalize on boom
By  • 7 December 2019
‘My main challenge is dealing with the people that only want to bring me down.’ [caption id="attachment_10705" align="alignleft" width="200"] Janese Watson (courtesy)[/caption] For top celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande, a single Instagram post…
Influencer boom draws scrutiny
By  • 6 December 2019
Social media influencers have enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. From an industry that was virtually non-existent a decade ago, companies are projected to pay individuals $10 billion globally in 2020 to laud their products…
Cuba eyes information revolution
By  • 11 April 2019
Cuba has long been one of the world’s least connected countries. Cubans weren’t allowed to buy personal computers until about a decade ago, and didn’t have access to the Internet until 2013. But things are…
Europe confronts Russian hacking
By  • 2 November 2017
There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries and a continued cloud over Donald Trump's presidency. But in Europe such attacks are…
Egypt gay rights activist optimistic despite challenges
By , • 22 September 2016
There is no one in Egypt that you would recognize and say, 'He is the face of the LGBT movement.' The life of a gay man in Egypt isn't easy. Though same-sex intercourse isn't technically…
Turkey censors coverage of prosecutor's death
By  • 6 April 2015
Turkey has blocked access to social media sites Twitter and YouTube after users published online photos of Marxist militants aiming a gun at a hostage who was later killed in a shootout with police last…
Startup Rappler thrives in hyper-social Philippines
By  • 26 March 2015
A former CNN reporter's company succeeds despite press restrictions The Internet has disrupted the news business all over the world, allowing news organizations like Huffington Post that didn’t exist a decade ago to draw more…
Protests over Egyptian editors' loyalty pledge
By  • 4 November 2014
At least 580 Egyptian journalists have rejected a recent pledge by newspaper editors to support the government and refrain from criticizing the police, the army and the judiciary. "Standing up to terrorism with a shackled…
Spreading the message of terror online
By  • 9 October 2014
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Syria's 'Twitter jihad'
By  • 28 July 2014
Social media is hardly immune from the fog of war. For the first time in history, a full-blown conflict is playing out on social media. Citizens on the scene and combatants themselves are the driving…
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