By Sava Tatić

With the COVID-19 pandemic having exposed all that is wrong with journalism’s business model, the search for sustainable solutions has taken on new urgency. Many of the early approaches, from ending print runs to working remotely, were quick wins, accelerating the digital transformation of newsrooms large and small. But there is another, longer-term element that should not be overlooked: putting people at the center of the systems and processes used by journalists to make the news.

Design thinking is a method of innovating that draws from techniques traditionally employed by artists, architects and other creative thinkers to…

By Kristine Pearson and Sava Tatić

Mockup of Radio Voice Bank platform

Access to information is a basic human right, yet in many parts of the world, realisation of this right is hindered by a lack of technology, social constraints, poverty, or a combination of the three. Nowhere is this truer than in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to The World Bank, some 100 million Africans live in rural and remote areas that are underserved by communication networks. On a recent research visit to Kenya, a group of Maasai women demonstrated what this means in practice. …

By Anna Rohleder, Head of Communications at Sourcefabric | Post originally published on Sourcefabric.org

Making the business case for an open-source CMS

At this point in its evolution, the technology advantages of open-source over proprietary software for most organisations are well known. They include:

  1. Reliability of a continuously reviewed product
  2. Flexibility of being able to adapt code to your needs
  3. More control over your own technology resources

However, making the business case for an open-source solution is not always straightforward. Software can be considered as a capital expense or an operational expense, and depending on how an organisation does its accounting, that can change how procurement decisions are…

Interview by Anna Rohleder, Head of Communications at Sourcefabric

Hong Phuc Dang

Started in 2009, FOSSASIA is an organisation devoted to promoting the free software and open-source movements in Asia and around the world. One of its signature activities is organising the FOSSASIA Summit, which will be held online and on site in Singapore this year from 13–21 March. Sourcefabric is proud to be a virtual exhibitor at the conference.

We recently caught up with FOSSASIA co-founder Hong Phuc Dang to learn more about the history of FOSS in Asia and how the open-source mindset can help to solve some of the world’s…

By Greg Bruno, Communications Manager at Sourcefabric | Post originally published on Sourcefabric.org

Why news needs an open-source revolution

Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, journalism leaders from around the world convened online to chart a way forward. The future of the industry was in peril, and newsrooms needed “big ideas” to drive innovation.

One idea that we can get behind was floated by Jairo Lugo-Ocando, a professor of journalism at Northwestern University in Doha, Qatar. For Lugo-Ocando, the solution to improving efficiencies and building digital capacity is through the wider implementation of open-source software. …

Radio Voice Bank for Africa

In many parts of rural Africa, community-based radio is the most trusted source of information on everything from farming to family planning. Radio is free, widely available, and builds on the continent’s rich traditions of oral storytelling, which makes it a perfect medium for journalists, NGOs, and government agencies to communicate with their audiences.

Once broadcasts are aired, however, the content is rarely resurfaced. The result: news stories, educational shows, and public service announcements that are essential to life in Africa disappear the moment they are heard.

Each day Sourcefabric shares on social media a wide range of stories affecting the converging worlds of journalism and technology. If you haven’t had the opportunity, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@Sourcefabric), Facebook (Sourcefabric), YouTube (Sourcefabric), LinkedIn (sourcefabric) and, of course, here on Medium.

Our monthly Top 10 list is based upon the number of impressions each story received on Twitter.

  1. What will 2021 bring? @fathmco asked their associates what they see for this year in the news business. They shared their predictions for misinformation and fact checking, audience engagement, direct publishing, the newsroom of the future, and…
ANSA launches on Superdesk

Italian news agency ANSA has completed the rollout of Superdesk across its full editorial operations.

The implementation of our headless CMS for news organisations began with the Culture Desk some months ago and was completed when the agency’s central desk went live this week.

While every Superdesk implementation is a shared effort between Sourcefabric and our development partners, the newsroom team at ANSA deserves special kudos for accelerating their work in the spring of 2020, as the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was at its height in Italy. …

To say 2020 was challenging is an understatement, especially for the news industry. But the year was not without its bright spots.

The rescue of AAP

In March, it was announced that AAP, the Australian Associated Press, which had served Australia for 85 years, would be shut down by its shareholders. (Calling the decision “myopic” and “an utter shame”, Sourcefabric’s statement and follow-up article on the implications of AAP’s disappearance were among our most read and shared stories of the year.)

Then in June there was a surprise twist. Just before AAP was set to close, it was bought out by a consortium of philanthropic investors. The agency relaunched in August as a not-for-profit with a twofold mission: “delivering fast, fact-based journalism,” and keeping the Australian…

Each day Sourcefabric shares on social media a wide range of stories affecting the converging worlds of journalism and technology. If you haven’t had the opportunity, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@Sourcefabric), Facebook (Sourcefabric), YouTube (Sourcefabric), LinkedIn (sourcefabric) and, of course, here on Medium.

Our monthly Top 10 list is based upon the number of impressions each story received on Twitter.

  1. The help desk at @gijn offers reporters hundreds of guides and tip sheets on everything from tracking ships at sea to #opensource verification. If you don’t find what you need, they are also quick to respond to…

Sourcefabric

We build open source tools for journalism, including Superdesk, Live Blog and Airtime. http://www.sourcefabric.org

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