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The Pearson group, owner of the Financial Times, has increased its presence in China by acquiring the Global Education and Technology Group to reach 60 more cities.

Australian regional papers are suffering from a decline in sales, like many print publications in developed markets.

The Guardian is seeking a buyer for PaidContent, a blog that analyses digital media, three years after having acquired it.

The New York Press Club and other groups have founded a group named "The Coalition for the First Amendment" in order to monitor public relations between the NYPD and citizens.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-22 18:45

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Today, MPs in South Africa passed the 'Protection of Information Act' that menaces press freedom and that prompted demonstrations from protestors clad in black in the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. They protested against this dark day for the media, commonly referred to as 'Black Tuesday'. Celebrities and public figures also been tweeting in support of the high profile campaign and helping boost public interest and debate around the bill.

The idea of 'Black Tuesday' sprung from an incident in 1977, commonly referred to as 'Black Wednesday', when the apartheid government banned a range of news publications and journalists who were associated with the black consciousness movement that struggled for civil rights in South Africa.

As this WAN-IFRA Press Freedom article explains, this new law has been proposed in order to protect the state against "espionage" and guard "national interests".

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-22 17:16

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Today the Leveson Inquiry has begun taking evidence from some of its 21 core participants. The Dowler Family, Ashley Cole's solicitor Graham Shear, writer Joan Smith and actor Hugh Grant have all given evidence as the Inquiry begins to unravel the extent of News International's use of phone hacking and evaluate the damage it caused to those concerned.

Bob and Sally Dowler, the parents of murder victim Amanda Dowler, gave evidence first. The news that their daughter had supposedly picked up her voicemail gave the family a great deal of false hope. Jounalism.co.uk's twitter account reported how Sally Dowler recalled sharing this significant piece of evidence with those closest to her: "I told my friends, 'she has picked up her voicemail'." The Guardian records her reaction to the news a "raw moment of euphoria".

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-21 19:05

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Here are seven image search tools, courtesy of Brainpickings.org, that will allow you to find the right picture for a story and correctly identify the source of an image found on the web.

Google+ has now incorporated trending topics into the social network - but is this steady 'feature creep' enough to inject some life into an online 'ghost town'?

5 ways in which Storify is becoming an increasingly used storytelling tool for news organisations, particularly in relation to social movements and breaking news.

Year of the e-book: how news organisations have gleaned great success from releasing long-form, electronic-only publications.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-21 18:18

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The London Evening Standard and The Independent have announced a merger that will crate joint business and sports desks shared between the two publications. Independent staff will head the sports desk up while London Evening Standard writers will man the business desk.

The merger is an effort to economise in response to the increasingly difficult financial situation faced by the majority of print newspapers - including these two titles, that are published by Independent Print Ltd. and owned by the Lebedev family.

The Evening Standard explained the motivation for the move in a press statement:

"The Evening Standard and the Independent are both exploring ways to see how integration between them in a limited way can benefit all the papers owned by the Lebedevs. This is a constructive and useful way to maintain our high quality journalism and reduce costs in an economic climate which has hurt the whole newspaper industry."

However, combining desks means losing staff. Around 20 positions have been put at risk by this latest initiative, which has prompted the National Union of Journalists to propose a ballot for industrial action that will run from 21 November to 1 December.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-21 16:01

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The Associate Press caused a stir in the media community when it scolded employees on Wednesday for having tweeted abut the arrests of one AP staffer and photojournalist at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park, New York - before the news reached the official AP news wire.

Staff were told in a high priority memo which, according to NYMag, said "we've had a breakdown in staff sticking to policies around social media and everyone needs to get with their folks now to tell them to knock it off".

The AP's social media handbook, which acts an employee's bible for the use of Twitter and Facebook, is very clear that journalists should not 'scoop the wire', so to speak.

This type of social media restriction is common practice for major news wires, Reuters also has a similar guidelines. From a business perspective, it makes sense to stop employees beating the wire - what good is a news wire if the information on it is old news?

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-18 13:45

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Being a war correspondent is a dangerous job. Yet that doesn't deter avid young journalists, eager for experience, from going out to conflict zones armed with an iPhone and not much else and trying to report on conflicts.

This has been a particularly bloody 12 months for journalists, with even experienced photojournalists such as Tim Heatherington and Chris Hondros killed in Misurata. Heatherington was quoted expressing concern about the number of young and untrained photographers covering the conflict in Libya this year.

This is where WARCO comes into play. WARCO is a gamed devised by Tom Maniaty, a senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Technology Sydney and a former producer at the Australian Broadcasting Company. It is designed to simulate combat environments so that young journalists can at least have a glimpse into the work of a journalist in a conflict zone.

The game has similar format to any first person shooter, except instead of returning fire when attacked, the player can only raise a camera and attempt to shoot video. The clips the player records are then saved and then can be edited into news footage ready to be aired. The player is then assessed on whether their strategy needs improvement.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-17 18:55

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Amidst the fallout of the phone hacking scandal, the debate about media regulation in the UK has gathered momentum and engulfed not only the media and its regulatory body the Press Complaints Commission, but also the police. Yesterday, the head of the National Union of Journalists, Michelle Stanistreet, appeared before the Leveson inquiry and denounced the PCC as "little more than a self-serving gentleman's club", according to Journalism.co.uk.

Stanistreet suggested that the PCC was ineffective due to its failure to represent the interest of anyone but the owners of media organisations and lacked the ability to enforce accountability thanks to its limited powers and the fact that publications were not even obliged to join the regulatory body.

If the PCC is an insufficient regulatory force, then what will do the job properly?

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-17 15:34

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Knight News Challenge 2011 winner, PANDA, has now entered its beta testing phase and is ready to start helping news organisations clean up, store, share and search public information data sets.

Will the digital new revolution pass by some small communities? Columbia Journalism Review investigates what will happen to small town communities as the digital era advances.

Is there anything that can't be turned into an informative and intriguing data visualistion? The Density Design lab at the Politecnico di Milano have - get this - even data mapped the future!

Phone hacking: the notes of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator used by The News of The World, implicate The Sun and The Mirror in the scandal.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-15 18:46

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Citizen journalism is a phenomenon that is arguably revolutionising the media industry; now anyone with a smartphone can effectively become a journalist and major news organisations have seen the potential for capitalising on this pool of untapped talent. CNN was one of the first news agencies to launch a major initiative to engage with potential citizen journalists, this initiative was called iReport.

iReport started in 2006 when, as Mallory Tenore of Poynter reports, one of the first contributions to the citizen journalism site was a picture of a squirrel lounging in the sun. Things have changed a bit since then. iReport has become a valuable tool for CNN journalists and the redesign aims to connect reporters with those people who are most likely to help them with a specific story.

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2011-11-15 17:59

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