first_img Activities in the fieldMedia independenceEvents Activities in the fieldMedia independenceEvents News May 18, 2021 Launched on May 18, the JTI online platform represents new dawn for media integrity, transparency and sustainability RSF_en center_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launches new web offer designed to identify and reward trustworthy news sources;Media outlets can use the online app to check, disclose and promote compliance of their editorial processes with best practices;The initiative represents a radical and innovative step forward in the battle against disinformation.International non-governmental organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces today the public launch of its Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), a game-changing transparency tool designed to promote trustworthy journalism. At the core of the JTI is the self-assessment of media outlets to diagnose, optimize and promote the accuracy of their journalism, with the aim of building a healthier news ecosystem, identifying and rewarding reliable reporting and restoring audiences’ confidence in journalism at large.The JTI is built on a list of criteria that was developed by RSF in collaboration with over 130 organisations and individuals representing the media industry, academia, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, tech companies and the media development sector. It was originally published by the European Committee for Standardization and is now available as an interactive web application online.The JTI offer consists of three stages; first the media outlet is invited to complete a self-assessment via the JTI online app, which involves an internal check of conformity with the JTI Standard. Next, the results of this self-assessment may be voluntarily disclosed to the public and published by the media outlet as a Transparency Report. The final stage of the process is an external audit involving an independent evaluation by a licensed Certification Body. The media outlet will be certified and awarded a JTI Mark following the successful completion of all three stages.“In the current information chaos, falsehoods, propaganda and hate speech have a competitive advantage over journalism”, said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders. “This has negative consequences for both the public, as it limits its capacity to make fact-based decisions, and for the sustainability of journalism. If we want to get out of this downward spiral, we have to reverse the logic by incentivizing journalism through a trusted third-party mechanism. JTI is a game changing initiative as it turns compliance with professional norms into a tangible asset, and eventually a contribution to the sustainability of journalism.”The antidote to disinformationThe development of the JTI is a direct response to the viral spread of disinformation in recent years. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020, as many as 74% of internet users say they are concerned about disinformation on social media, while 64% turn to the news media for reliable information. As a result, demonstrating the trustworthiness of their work cannot only remedy users’ concerns, but also drive reach and revenues of news media. The JTI now provides them with a one-of-its-kind online tool to achieve this and, in addition, to get independently audited based on their self-assessment to obtain a ‘JTI Mark’ – the symbol of conformity with the JTI Standard.“The trust problem facing journalism and media organisations is so big that any initiative that flags proper newsroom processes and helps to put a distance between professional newsrooms and purveyors of junk news is welcomed” adds Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. “Whether news organisations elect a light option of self-assessment of editorial processes, using the JTI web app, or opt for full audited certification, the move to explicit standards will help identify newsrooms with trustworthy processes.”Empowering news organisations, reassuring audiencesFighting disinformation and detoxing the information space requires audiences, but also businesses, such as marketers and distributors, to be able to differentiate between high-quality, reputable sources and questionable information. The JTI delivers this distinction in a transparent, normative and machine-readable way, so that users can immediately tell whether an outlet is trustworthy. For media outlets, this represents an opportunity to demonstrate professional leadership and an opportunity to capitalise on it.Today’s launch of the JTI web application was preceded by a pilot phase in which a diverse range of nearly 50 media outlets have participated to thoroughly test the instrument, including CBC/Radio-Canada, France Télévisions, SWI swissinfo.ch (SRG-SSR), the Schibsted Group, Tiempo Argentino, DER SPIEGEL, Colorado Public Radio, Economedia in Bulgaria and The Wire in India.Noel Curran, Director General, EBU, said “Public trust in news is vital, yet the rise of harmful disinformation means it is in danger of being permanently undermined. The EBU has been a strong supporter of the JTI from the start, with several of our Members involved in the standard-setting process to promote accuracy and signal to audiences those news sources that they can rely on. That these standards are now being made available to media organizations worldwide will create a strong counter-balance in a world overwhelmed with fake news.”From now on, every Media Outlet can join by visiting the JTI online tool, which is initially available in English, French and Spanish, and create a profile for self-assessment.Interested professionals in the media industries can learn more about the three-stage process of the JTI by attending a webinar on 7 June 2021. It will offer an introduction to the tool and feature a peer-to-peer panel comprised of representatives from media outlets that were involved in the pilot phase, sharing their first-hand experiences of the initiative.Co-funded by the European Commission and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Journalism Trust Initiative delivers a large-scale, inter-disciplinary move towards improving professionalism and transparency in our common information and communication space.For any media enquiries or registration for the webinar, please contact: Sabina Drastikova, [email protected] +41767304121 Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

first_imgBeckett Wales describes his relationship with Aaron Hackett as “brotherly.” They text and call each week and Snapchat often. Wales grew up playing sports with Hackett’s older brother, later coaching Hackett when he was in high school.When the time came for Aaron Hackett to choose a college to attend, a decision made up of more than 30 Division I schools, Wales, a former Syracuse tight end from 2010-13, wasn’t pushing him toward central New York.  “Nothing against Syracuse, great education, great football program,” Wales said. “But Harvard, who gets to go to Harvard?”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAaron Hackett is the latest successful tight end to come out of Venice High School in Florida. Trey Burton, his idol, was a quarterback there and has now played six years in the NFL. Wales played alongside Trey at Venice before his career at SU — where he finished fourth all-time in receptions for a tight end — and has been a coach there since leaving college. As he enters his senior year at Syracuse, Aaron Hackett’s expected to be a key contributor to an offense that struggled in 2019. He’s always been a blocker, but his improvements as a receiver — which began years ago in Venice — will determine his success in 2020.“The most important thing I learned (at Venice) was how to carry yourself as a football player,” he said. “The hard work and dedication it takes to be a football player and what it takes to succeed at the next level.”Multiple people described Venice — a small city near Sarasota, Florida with a population of about 20,000 — as a “one school town.” It’s home to the 2017 state champions and 21-year head coach John Peacock, who has consistently produced high-major Division I talent.Much like Syracuse, Peacock runs a no-huddle offense. Babers told the Hacketts when they officially visited the school that the Orange’s coaches feel more comfortable recruiting Florida kids because of the longer seasons and the overall competition level. The transition to SU was ”pretty easy” for Hackett, Peacock said. “Leaving this program, I was light years ahead of guys that came in with me,” said Clay Burton, Trey Burton’s younger brother, who played tight end at the University of Florida after Venice. He’s now the strength and conditioning coach at Venice. “It’s one of the best schools in Florida, so you’re going to play the best teams, the best players.”,But David Hackett wasn’t sure his son would ever play football. He described them as a basketball-first family. Aaron Hackett’s older brother, Anthony, and sister, Laura, both played basketball growing up. Laura Hackett earned a Division I scholarship and often beat Aaron Hackett one-on-one growing up.Aaron Hackett was born in Indianapolis, but the family moved to Venice when he was 5. Basketball isn’t the primary sport there. Instead, football is deeply ingrained into the culture, and his parents, David and Kimberly, dropped him off at his first full-contact football practice when he was 6 years old. “They’ll probably put him at backup guard or something,” David Hackett remembered telling Kimberly Hackett. When the Hacketts returned to watch the practice, David Hackett spotted his son running down the sideline with the ball. “Aaron is a running back?” David asked the coach.“He’s the best player on the team,” the coach responded.,Aaron Hackett played running back until his sophomore year of high school, when Peacock switched him to tight end — his plan all along. The next season, Wales joined Venice’s staff. As a young coach recently removed from a D-I program, he became one of Aaron Hackett’s closest mentors. He knew right away where his biggest weakness was as a tight end: route running and making catches. One practice, the tight end group attempted ‘stick up’ routes where Hackett was supposed to run a five-yard out route, then make a double move straight up the field without crossing his feet up.Repeatedly, he failed. Wales quipped that he looked like a “baby deer falling all over the ground.” One time, right before Aaron Hackett was about to throw his helmet in frustration, the tight end coach called him over to the sideline.“It was a really intimate type of conversation, player to coach,” Wales said. “He really shut his mind down and listened to what I suggested. Aaron is the kind of person who can really understand the message you’re trying to get across.” A few tries later, he properly rotated his hips and ran the route correctly without stumbling over his feet.,The tight ends that Aaron Hackett closely watched while growing up had become his coaches, mentors and friends at Venice. Burton and Wales were impressed by the changes they’d seen in his ability to generate separation from faster defensive backs.“Young people are really impressionable,” David said. “The expectations were that, this is what being a good high school player at Venice High School looks like, and if you want to be one, you better be like this.”“The bar is set pretty high,” he said.When he arrived at SU, Aaron Hackett was expected to block first. It’s always come much easier to him than route running. He played behind Ravian Pierce his first two seasons before starting in 2019 and catching 23 passes and six touchdowns for 205 yards.He sent his dad videos — most notably with his improved route running — of Syracuse’s three spring ball practices before the coronavirus pandemic forced players home. “It was like watching a different player,” David Hackett said. “It was quite eye-opening to me to see the real sophistication and level of science they are bringing into this.”,Even though the Hackett family’s workout studio was closed to the public due to the pandemic, Aaron Hackett went there to work out by himself. He did TRX and yoga at the studio and used the family stairmaster in the garage.Once some restrictions eased, he went to Fort Lauderdale to train at XPE Sports. A daily morning strength workout was followed by an afternoon speed workout. Hackett often hit the beaches for sand workouts and received lessons on route-running and timing from 14-year NFL receiver Anquan Boldin. He was often around NFL pros Travis Kelce and Mark Ingram. They focused on route running, timing, patience and how to move most efficiently and generate separation.“When you’re making a break, don’t misstep here, don’t step outside your body, don’t lose separation,” Aaron Hackett said. “If you can position your body and move the right way, you can gain leverage and gain steps on them.”He’s maintained contact with his former Venice coaches, and they’re checking up on him, too. Burton has Syracuse score alerts on his phone so he can track his progress. Peacock hosted the SU senior in his office a few months ago to talk about the upcoming season. And last winter, when Aaron Hackett returned home, he worked out and threw the football around with Burton at the Venice facilities. “He was trying to pick my brain and ask how he looked,” Burton said. “He looked the best I’ve ever seen him.” Comments Published on September 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected],Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

first_imgThose matches will all kick-off at 7:45, while there are three games that will start at 8pm.Man United host Stoke at Old Trafford while Crystal Palace entertain Bournemouth and Swansea are away to West Brom. Leaders Leicester City face a tough match-up against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium while Arsenal are also at home to Southampton.Man City fans will be anxious to see what the reaction is from their players following yesterday’s news that manager Manuel Pellegrini will leave at the end of the season – City visit Sunderland tonight.Elsewhere, Norwich are up against in-form Tottenham at Carrow Road while struggling Aston Villa visit West Ham.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Inaugural National Honors and Awards, national heritage day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – It is a public holiday on Monday; Turks and Caicos for the second time celebrates October 12th as National Heritage Day with national flag motorcades in each of the inhabited islands. For the first time this year, the National Honors and Awards will be presented and the ceremony is set for Parade Grounds in the capital, Grand Turk at 10am on Monday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Posted by LONDON — Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line.For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen.Here’s a list of First Place Cruise Destinations:More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTop-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: AmsterdamTop-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier BayTop-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery IslandTop-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: SydneyTop-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway CayTop-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. PetersburgTop-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. MaartenTop-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: BonaireTop-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: CozumelTop-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: VeniceTop Rated European River Port: ParisTop Rated Western Mediterranean Port: BarcelonaTop-Rated Hawaii Port: KauaiTop-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port:  Puerto VallartaTop-Rated US & Canada Port: San FranciscoFor the full list of winners, go to cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/destination-awards/. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 What are the world’s top cruise destinations? Cruise Critic says Amsterdam, St. Maarten & more << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Michael Smith last_img read more