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Global round-up: Thai journalist wins Kate Webb prize

Thai investigative journalist Mutita Chuachang has won the 2015 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse for her reporting on royal defamation cases. “We are recognising Mutita for her efforts to present a balanced, in-depth coverage of sensitive topics in Thailand, which can be difficult in an extremely dynamic political environment,” said Philippe Massonnet, AFP’s regional...

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Thai investigative journalist Mutita Chuachang has won the 2015 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse for her reporting on royal defamation cases.

“We are recognising Mutita for her efforts to present a balanced, in-depth coverage of sensitive topics in Thailand, which can be difficult in an extremely dynamic political environment,” said Philippe Massonnet, AFP’s regional director for the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Chuachang is the assistant editor of Prachatai, a non-profit online newspaper.

She said the award was important as it drew attention to human rights issues in Thailand.

“When we wrote these stories we were not thinking about being courageous – we all just felt that it was something we had to do and my organisation Prachatai was incredibly supportive.”

The Kate Webb Prize recognises the work of Asian journalists in dangerous or difficult situations. It is named after New Zealand-born AFP war correspondent Kate Webb, who died in Sydney in 2007.

Newsrooms take up technology to involve readers

A new technology allowing the public to suggest story ideas has been taken up by three newsrooms in New Jersey, in the United States.

The technology, called Hearken, makes it possible for readers to influence and participate in news reporting, through suggestions and voting on story ideas.

Brick City Live (Newark), New Brunswick Today, and NJTV are the first in the country to trial this technology.

Each newsroom has created an interactive website for the project – Curious Brick City, New Brunswick Listens, and NJTV News Ask Away.

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Each newsroom has created an interactive website for the project – Curious Brick City, New Brunswick Listens, and NJTV News Ask Away.

Readers can use the Hearken widget to ask a question in 140 characters or less.

Founder of the platform, Jennifer Brandel, said that Hearken would transform the community from being a “mere consumer to a co-creator of content”.

“The Hearken model connects audiences with newsrooms in new and direct ways, giving the public an actual role in what news and information is covered, and giving newsrooms new ideas for unique, differentiated stories,” she said.

The project is a collaboration between the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Knight Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

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