I am an award-winning journalist and producer, working across print, television and online media. I contribute regularly to Al Jazeera English, BBC Capital, IRIN, Monocle and the Nikkei Asian Review, and have lived in Southeast Asia for more than two decades.
This piece originally appeared at The Splice Newsroom. In June 2016, the online documentary “Predator in My Phone” exposed an alarmed public to the dangers faced by Malaysia’s increasingly connected children, inspiring a campaign that captured the attention of celebrities, NGOs and politicians, and spawned a new law targeting child sex crime.
Hostile environment training for journalists can involve all-too-real scenarios. Photo courtesy Red Batario. It was the moment that drove home the importance of hostile environment training to ABS-CBN, the biggest news broadcaster in the Philippines, when one of its top reporters was snatched on the southern island of Jolo by Abu Sayyaf bandits in 2008.
Data. Itâ€™s the buzzword of the moment. Gathering it. Analysing it. Improving policy with it, and making money from it. For journalists, data can help keep governments accountable and expose wrongdoing. But that doesnâ€™t mean data is necessarily easy to find or use. In Malaysia, the Sinar Project has taken up the challenge of collating patchy government statistics to provide the public, and journalists, with useable data.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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