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Young people in Viginia, USA have the opportunity to learn how to become digitally savvy students thanks to a project called Globaloria, run by the World Wide Workshop, a non-profit that develops social media and technology applications for use in education.

The project, funded in part by The Knight Foundation, aims to instruct kids in how to read and write with new media. But this is not standard literacy lesson; 'reading' new media might mean understanding how to play and navigate game structures, 'writing' new media might mean learning how to code. The scheme aims to teach young people about how media works, so they can better understand the media they consume and potentially start learning the skills that would stand them in good stead to enter the media industry in future.

The project is now in 50 schools around the state and it is now in the process of becoming a state-funded initiative as it expands and is offered to more students in more schools. Amy Starlight Lawrence, program associate at Knight Foundation said: "Globaloria showed that by enabling students to learn by creating content in the form of games, they furthered their learning goals and digital knowledge".

So maybe computer games in class aren't such a bad idea after all.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-12 19:05

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Plagiarism: it's an act that is strictly against various ethical codes and industry guidelines followed by many journalists the world over. However, recently the issue has become a problem not only for journalists, but for the cartoonists as well.

At the beginning of November, the cartoonist for Urban Tulsa Weekly, David Simpson, resigned after he was discovered to have plagiarised material from the late, great, Pulitzer-winning Jeff MacNelly.

Last week, another incident of alleged plagiarism occurred, in which the work of Jeff Stahler of The Columbus Dispatch bore a close resemblance to a piece published in 2009 in the New Yorker by cartoonist David Sipress.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) now has to decide how to react to Stahler's case, as he was suspended from the Columbus Dispatch on grounds that he lifted text and visuals from Sipress's work. The AAEC are currently consulting their bylaws regarding this incident.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-12 16:42

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As the holiday season draws nigh, shopping is on the minds of many. But should news outlets be the place to go to get gifts for your love ones?

You may have noticed that more and more news outlets have decided to diversify and begin selling everything from shoes to holiday cottages in a bid to raise funds. According to Nieman Lab, both the NYT and The Telegraph have wine shops, the later of which bills itself as "one of the UK's most respected wine merchants." Interestingly, this leading 'wine merchant', also sells concert tickets.

The Daily Mail has a section entitled "MailLife" that allows readers to browse through everything from discounted chrstmas-themed dinner services to DVD box sets.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-08 18:16

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MediaNews Group has decided to cease printing Monday editions of some of its papers and, in compensation, the papers will drop their pay walls for twenty four hours.

Three California papers, the Times-Standard, The Reporter and The Times-Herald will cease printing and will try this intermittent pay-wall strategy, while the Oakland Tribune, The Argus and Daily Review will not be delivered to subscribers on a Monday but will be available for sale. Times-Standard print subscribers will no longer have to pay any additional cost for their online readership, as of January 9th.

MediaNews recently came under the leadership of John Paton and Digital First Media, along with the Journal Register Company. The decision to stop printing for a day is clearly a money-saving measure in a company that plans to put more emphasis on digital, and the dropping of the paywall could have interesting consequences.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-08 14:40

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The top news stories in the UK on Facebook this year: what was number one? The world's population reaching seven billion.

What will future historians say about the great men and women of our time- and everyone else for that matter? Well, one thing is for sure, they can now rely on the tweets of a nation to piece together the picture, as The Library of Congress has started archiving Tweets.

The Telegraph has undergone an audit to prove that it did not obtain information from the police by illegal means.

Mobile traffic to websites increased 65% in the USA during the past year.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-07 19:10

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The Associated Press has joined forces with the National Sports Content Sharing Network (NSCSN), allowing the members of the NSCSN to share content via the AP's distribution platform as Nieman Lab reports.

The NSCSN allows sports writers to exchange content for free: the network is co-operative and so writers can contribute their own material to the pool and use the work of others in return. The network came about as a result of the split between the AP and eight Ohio-based newspapers, which decided in 2008 to set up their own cooperative newswire instead of using AP services.

The NSCSN followed this lead and decided to build on the common practice of swapping and sharing information between sports desks in order create a kind of swap-shop for sports content, ie a newswire that would not charge for use of its content.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-07 15:22

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2011 was hardly a vintage year for the Pulitzer Breaking News Prize - in fact, for the first time in the 95-year history of the prize, there was no winner. Even though the Pulitzers adapted their rules in 2010 to allow multimedia reporting to be entered for the prize, there were only 37 entries in the Breaking News category. Something clearly had to change.

This year the Pulitzer team have shaken things up, launching a digital-only entry service and altering the criteria for a breaking news award, "stressing real-time reporting of breaking events", according to the Pulitzer website.

Nieman Lab provides the new definition:

"For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news that, as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as times passes, illuminates, provides context and expands upon the initial coverage."

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-06 13:52

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BBC Arabic: since the revolutions across the Arab world, the audience of the BBC Arabic language service has increased 50 %.

The New York Times has invented a way to filter out abusive commenters on its website by giving 'trusted' status to well-behaved users, via their Facebook account.

The French government puts data from administrative and governmental sources into the public domain.

Supporter of former Zambian minister, currently being tried in relation to large sums of money hidden on his farm, attacked journalists covering his trial.

Using Excel to organise data: it may be one of the most common data handling programs in the world, but journalists could benefit from brushing up on how to use this program.

For more industry news please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service

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2011-12-05 18:28

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Today The Guardian began the first day of its week-long "Reading the Riots" coverage, which addresses the causes of the riots that took place in England in August. The project draws on months of research undertaken by a team of 60 people, including Guardian journalists, academics from the London School of Economics and specially selected interviewers.

It is worth noting that this piece of invaluable investigative reporting, which aims to expose the causes of the largest displays of civil unrest in the UK for a generation, was financed with the aid of foundations, The Rowntree and The Open Society Foundations in particular. It is interesting to note that investigative projects like this one, are often reliant on charitable funding in this way.

Here is what the research team accomplished:

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-05 17:42

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The Journalism Foundation, an independent charitable organisation that aims to encourage press freedom and investigative journalism both in the UK and abroad, has been launched today.

The foundation is backed by the Lebedev family, who became the owners of The Independent in 2010, a newspaper for which Simon Kelner, the foundation's Chief Executive Officer, was editor in chief for ten years. The trustees of this new non-profit, according to the Journalism Foundation's website, are: "Baroness Kennedy, the renowned human rights lawyer, Lord Fowler, former chair of the House of Commons media select committee, and Sir John Tusa, former director general of BBC World Service". Evgeny Lebedev, Chairman of The Independent and The Evening Standard, will head the board.

The organization aims to support public interest journalism by backing investigative journalism, community reporting and encouraging press freedom in nations like Tunisia where, in the aftermath of massive political change, press freedom is a newly nascent possibility. The foundation also aims to establish bursaries for individual journalists and run a yearly award to recognize achievements in the field.

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2011-12-05 12:56

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