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Newspapers and magazines are dedicating some of their top journalists to the food beat to meet a rising interest in news about cuisine."They are dedicating top talent to the food beat, and they are hungry for sophisticated stories with timely angles." writes Doug Brown in the American Journalism Review. The increased attention to well-reported stories on food may have to do with changing attitudes in the US. Readers want news about what they cook and eat, according to the article. Maybe useful for non-US editors.

Source: Knight Center for Journalism.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-02-23 11:39

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The Brazilian media (radios, TVs, newspapers), loaded with $3.4 billion of debt, is suffering its worst financial crisis in recent history and has cut 17,000 jobs in two years. In 2002 alone, the industry lost $2.4 billion.

Source: Knight Center for Journalism and Elvira Lobato's article in Folha de Sao Paolo.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-02-23 10:46

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According to Gaceta de Prensa, Argentinian president, Mr Kirchner, has met the president of the Prisa Group, Mr Jesus de Polanco. The idea of an Argentinian El Pais with local news was mentioned. It would have implied a modification of the Argentinian media laws and a real shift in the relationship between El Pais and its partner, the Argentinian daily newspaper Clarin. The problem is that few of the El Pais staff believe in this unlikely news.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-02-20 17:02

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Thanks to Jemima Kiss, dotjournalism.uk, to report the story. Video footage of an alleged attack by the Syrian authorities on a crowd of Syrian Kurds attending a funeral was broadcast on UK TV tonight after being first published online. The footage shows several hundred mourners coming under intense gunfire at the ceremony. Kurdish activists were unable to send the tapes out of the country, and so uploaded three minutes of footage to the internet. A Channel 4 news team downloaded 33 separate files from the web to make up the three minute video... According to the BBC, Syrian authorities have denied there is any unrest, saying that there have been only 'tribal clashes'.

See British Channel 4 website and dotjournalism.uk.

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2004-02-20 16:41

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According to Chris Tryhorn, "display advertising revenues at freesheet Metro have rocketed by 29% in the five months to the end of last month, according to the paper's owners, the Daily Mail & General Trust. Metro, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week in England, has become a huge success with commuters: its circulation has risen by 7% year on year to a new record of 894,000."

Source: Media Guardian.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-02-20 16:41

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The US Society of Environmental Journalists announces its third annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment, offering $1,000 prizes in nine categories. The contest recognizes outstanding journalism on environmental topics in print, television, radio and online media. Categories include beat reporting, in-depth coverage, and small market coverage. This year's contest drew more than 200 entries from across the U.S. and nine other countries. To view a list of 2003 winners, please click here.

Entry deadline: April 1, 2004. Submitted work must have been aired or published between March 1, 2003 and Feb. 29, 2004. Full details available at the SEJ website or by calling (215) 884-8174.

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2004-02-19 16:31

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A study conducted by the information office in the Iraqi National Congress (INC) says government ministries are inhibiting the progress of democracy in Iraq and are trying, intentionally or unintentionally, to hinder the publication of newspapers established after the fall of the former regime. The study added that the ministries participate in consolidating the occupation and spreading its ideas through their support of the Coalition-backed Al-Sabah newspaper. The study said the ministries purchase advertisements in Al-Sabah exclusively, leaving out other papers altogether.

The study also said 75 percent of newspapers earn their income from advertisements purchased by state ministries, companies, and directories. But the unfair distribution of advertisements has led to some papers going out of business. Al-Sabah, funded by the CPA, does not even represent the Iraqi state, as some people think. Instead, it is the newspaper of the occupation in all its economic, social, and political goals. Hence, ministries supporting this paper are supporting the occupation, which all Iraqis are trying to end. The study asked about Al-Sabah's role and funding after the transfer of power in June. An official from Al-Mutamar asked a CPA official who declined to answer except to say they would talk about this later. An unnamed INC official said the party would publish names of Iraqi authorities who support Al-Sabah for different reasons.

Editor's note: just remind that Al-Mutamar is issued daily by the Iraqi National Congress.

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2004-02-19 16:31

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According to Asia Media and the South China Morning Post, Next Media expects to post a loss for the year ending next month due to start-up losses and continued investment for its Taiwan newspaper venture. Owned by Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, Next Media publishes Hong Kong's second best-selling newspaper the Apple Daily and the city's No 1 weekly, Next Magazine.

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2004-02-19 13:52

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The UK-based Newspaper Society is currently preparing for Local Newspaper Week 2004, as part of its ongoing commitment to raising the profile of the regional press industry (1,300 newspapers). The Week, which runs from 3-9 May 2004, celebrates the role of regional newspapers, in terms of readership, editorial excellence and successful campaigning.

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2004-02-19 10:42

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To the EJC and Der Standard in Austria, the business daily Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) is not expected to climb out of the red before 2006, despite growing ad revenues. In 2005, the paper plans to boost its circulation figure over the 100,000 mark. Currently, the number stands at about 93,500... In the future, the luxury supplement "How to spend it" is to become a glossy magazine to boost the sales. The FTD entered the German market four years ago and then has been main rival to Düsseldorf-based Handelsblatt.

Sources: European Journalism Centre newsletter and Der Standard website.

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2004-02-18 17:49

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