Global round-up: Chinese hinder Tianjin coverage

Global round-up: Chinese hinder Tianjin coverageChinese officials continue to have problems with foreign journalists. Photo: AP

Foreign journalists have been harassed in China while covering the recent explosions in the port city of Tianjin, in north-eastern China.

The Poynter Institute reports that Chinese police officers and passers-by reacted negatively to foreign journalists working in their country.

CBS News reporter Seth Doane had a plastic bottle shoved in front of his camera, which was caught on footage on CBS News.

“We’re not trying to do that much, but as you can see, the police here are trying to stop us from shooting,” Doane said in a Poynter Institute article. “This is what it’s like covering a story here in China.”

CNN reporter Will Ripley also experienced confrontation while filming. In his footage, he is harassed by bystanders, and a voice can be heard yelling off-camera.

China has had issues with foreign journalists in the past, with Chinese officials withholding visas from journalists, and deporting them.

New York Times uses Slack to prioritise social media stories

Messaging app Slack, which is often used in the workplace as a communication tool, has proved useful to The New York Times in its social media platform.

The Times has built a tool within the app to predict how articles and blog posts will perform on social media, NiemanLab reports.

The intelligent bot named Blossom does this by drawing from a pool of data, which includes performance metrics from social media sites, and information on story content.

Colin Russel, the Times developer who helped build Blossom, is pleased with the way it is performing.

“Our social and growth editors often have very hectic jobs, especially during heavy news days,” he told NiemanLab.

“It’s not enough to build something you think they will use. You have to see how they do their job and figure out where something like Blossom could be worked in. You have to build the tool around them, rather than forcing them to change their behaviour to fit the tool.”

Globe and Mail now completely owned by Woodbridge

Woodbridge Co. Ltd has acquired full ownership of The Globe and Mail in Canada.

The private holding company, which is owned by the Thomson family, previously held 85 per cent of the paper’s shares.

To secure the deal, Woodbridge bought the 15 per cent share owned by BCE Inc.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of all of the shares of Canada’s pre-eminent national news organisation and reconfirm our commitment to the critical role that The Globe and Mail plays in Canada,” said David Binet, president and chief executive officer of Woodbridge.

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