Is @AJEnglish opening a Chicago bureau?
It seems so… A post on the Chicago Reader’s blog reported that the word on the street is that AJE is opening a bureau in Chicago. The idea of opening more bureaus has been discussed for some time, especially as the channel downsized its broadcasting centers in Kuala Lampur, London, and DC. The channel already boasts use of 70 bureaus, but plans expansions globally. Other cities...
Al Jazeera, Syria and the Arab League meeting
Robert Fisk spoke with Bouthaina Shaaban, personal advisor to Syrian president Bashar al Assad. The piece explained the Syrian position somewhat, but mostly framed the protesters as disrupters opposed by many and Syria as subject to external interference, by Israel, Turkey, Qatar and the United States. Shabaan pointed out the role of media in influencing how the story was told and understood,...
Time and Huffington Post call @AJEnglish...
In this past month, Huffington Post released a list of 100 game-changers in several different fields. Its users voted for leaders in different categories. Al Jazeera English apparently won the media category and was named one of the ultimate 12 game-changers. In the profile, it says the channel was nominated for providing “thorough and breaking coverage of the Arab Spring.” Not to...
#occupyoakland returns, reports @AJEnglish
Though I haven’t studied it closely, it seems Al Jazeera English was early and sympathetic in covering the 99% movement. This would be consistent with it’s mission of “giving voice to the voiceless.” This most recent report on the Oakland protest is indicative of its web coverage, at least. It reported on the day after the police attempted to end the encampment In a raid...
Yahoo's Maktoob readers to vote on Arab Spring TV... →
The selected entries are from Alhurra TV, Aljazeera English (AJE), Deutsche Welle’s Arabic service, France24 English, New Delhi Television (NDTV) and Press TV.
@AJEnglish boss Al Anstey talks US distribution,...
A recent interview with AJE managing director Al Anstey focused on the issue of distribution in this United States. Here is a list of interesting quotes and paraphrases. “In the wider industry financial pressures are ever-increasingly being brought to bear on journalistic outlets and institutions, and their commitments to what I call sharp-end newsgathering are ever-decreasing,” says Anstey. ...
Al Jazeera bidding for rights to Premier League
“Al Jazeera is thought to be mulling a bid to acquire live rights to Barclays Premier League games. Sky could be facing a battle to keep hold of its exclusive rights to live Barclays Premier League football.” With it’s sports channels being highly profitable, growing audiences for UK’s top football league, and Qatar’s hosting of the world cup in 2022, this makes a...
Comparative research on style books: the BBC vs....
Leon Barkho’s recent article in Critical Discourse Studies is entitled, The role of internal guidelines in shaping news narratives: ethnographic insights into the discursive rhetoric of Middle East reporting by the BBC and Al-Jazeera English. ABSTRACT Critical Discourse Analysis dwells at length with news stylebooks which mainly advise journalists on how certain words are to be written,...
Exclusive footage of Indonesian raid on Papuan...
Pacific.scoop highlighted exclusive @AJEnglish footage of a violent Indonesian crackdown on a peaceful independence gathering in Papua.
BBC vs. Sky vs. @AJEnglish: the war over the...
There is an interesting three-way exchange of essays on The Spectator’s blog over the coverage of Gaddafi’s killing. The first shot was a critique of the BBC that praised Sky and Al Jazeera English — declaring the latter a victor in the information war. This earned a response from Jon Williams, a BBC world news editor. He asserted the importance of the Beeb in the world...
Did @AJEnglish use of graphic Gaddafi images... →
AJE spokesman Osama Saeed suggests this in POLITICO interview. Apparently, print outlets were more reluctant.
Could there be more Angola news on @AJEnglish?
Lara Pawson, a London-based journalist, contemplates the under-reporting of Angola’s on-going protests in English language global media. While the article focuses on BBC, AJE gets a mention as well: “The Qatari corporation has an office in Johannesburg from where, like the BBC and other media corporations, it covers many African countries. According to one insider, what deters Al...
Tony Birtley, Al Jazeera English’s veteran war correspondent, was the...– Adam Clark Estes recognizes AJE’s scoop in The Atlantic Wire.
Breaking news in the Twitterverse
Craig Silverman chronicled the evolution of tweets on Gaddafi’s capture and killing, with an emphasis on the period of uncertainty when many on Twitter were bouncing rumors, or factoids thought to be rumors, and waiting minute-by-minute for the next news update. His storify timeline shows When Al Jazeera English’s chyron read “Gaddafi Killed” on the bottom-third while...
It’s covering issues in parts of the world that we don’t often hear...– Dan Soles, who heads up programming for WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate that will broadcast AJE’s news bulletin starting at the end of this month. Also mentioned in the Tribune story is that the news bulletin will lead into “Barney and Friends” on Saturday mornings. Interesting.
Variety calls @AJEnglish "fledgling" and... →
“After multiple unconfirmed reports of the dictator’s death spread across TV, radio and Internet news Thursday, fledgling net Al-Jazeera English was the first Stateside network to air graphic pictures and videos of the Middle Eastern leader’s corpse as part of its coverage…” Fledgling means new, but could also mean inexperienced. Given that the network is nearing...
How @AJEnglish got the Gaddafi scoop: interview.
TheWrap talked with al-Jazeera spokesman Osama Saeed about their scoop with the video of deposed Libyan ruler being dragged through the streets and what Gaddafi’s death means for the network. And how did Tony [Birtley] manage to get this video? It’s a pretty straightforward story. We have maintained a strong presence in Libya even after Tripoli fell. Though there has been a general drop off,...
Al Jazeera scores another victory in the... →
.@AJEnglish news bulletin now on Chicago PBS TV... →
Gaddafi’s son was “killed” at least 10 times.– Hoda Abdel-Hamid on the challenge of reporting in Libya.
Al Jazeera's 15 year anniversary big bonanza bash →
A play (about the Mavis Marmara coverage), poetry, books, a 3D movie, scholarly conference, photo exhibit, and a reality TV show competition for the next news presenter — all organized under the theme, “Al Jazeera - 15 years of news, opinion and awareness.”
Blasting AJE's Libya Coverage →
Legendary Italian (and former BBC) journalist and filmmaker, Fulvio Grimaldi is unsurprised by the recent Wikileaks revelation that the Director-General of Al-Jazeera was involved in what he called the “criminal manipulation of information during the whole Libyan crisis”. After all, “Al Jazeera was the main source for war correspondents who sat with the mixed gang of Al Qaeda-Gheddafi renegades...
Damn Paywall →
This feature on Paul Eadle, AJE’s director of programming, is tantalizing. He says they challenge the stereotype of the Qatar-based broadcaster as focused on the Middle East. “We’re changing the way the world is reported.” Need to get that text.
Crowley Blurb →
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley’s blurb highlights his frequent guest appearances on AJE.