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What really happens when the Internet is censored? We tend to think of censorship as a blanket, but this project by Pseudonymity maps localised discrepancies in censorship.

Adobe is abandoning Flash in favour of HTML 5 on mobile apps - how will this affect news organisations?

Are you consuming a broad and balanced media diet? Ethan Zuckerman tells us how different types of news are good for us.

WAN-IFRA investigates the press freedom situation in Ecuador, finding that there "seems to be a pattern of criminalisation not only of dissent, but also of social protest."

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


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2011-11-09 19:22

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In the race to go digital, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney have taken some giant strides ahead with their "News24" initiative: the papers have completely restructured their newsrooms to prioritise digital content. The newsroom will now have one central, round-the-clock multimedia centre, known as the "superbench," that will edit and curate the papers' multimedia products on all platforms.

Editor of The Daily Telegraph, Paul Whittaker, told WAN-IFRA about why the new night-and-day newsroom was necessary.

The aim is to bring the digital products offered by two longstanding and top-selling newspapers up to the same exacting standards expected in the print publication by enforcing "the same discipline and structure around the digital operation that has long existed in the print product" in a bid to "respond to the changing reading and viewing habits of our audience".

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-09 18:05

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Here are some tips on how to report effectively and safely when working as a foreign correspondent.

7 myths about mobile design dispelled by Josh Clark: think mobile platform design means oversimplified and one-dimensional? Think again.

Staring a hyperlocal news service can be hard work. Learn about the successes and failures of Philadelphia public radio station WHYY's community news project here.

12 new media: a list of things that have become part of our cultural context, including everything from LOL Cats, to the tweet, to themed video mash-ups called "supercuts". These are new ways of story telling - some as short as 140 characters, some as long as 100 hours.

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



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2011-11-08 18:49

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Leading technology blog Wired has decided to release all photos from its in-house photography team under a Creative Commons license.

In an era when so many online publications are considering how they can monetize content, it is interesting to see one publication sacrificing copyright gains in favour of 'giving something back' to the internet community.

The blog told readers "Like many other sites across the web, we've benefited from CC-licensed photos at Wired.com for years -- thank you, sharers! It seems only fitting, and long overdue, to start sharing ourselves."

The site, with the collaboration of its in-house photographers Jim Merithew, Keith Axline and Jon Snyder, has released material under a CC BY-NYC license, which is defined by the Creative Commons website as

"Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms."

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-08 17:33

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In a story exclusive to The Guardian, it has been revealed that News International hired a private investigator to follow and film two lawyers representing victims of phone hacking.

Derek Webb is an investigator who was previously commissioned by the paper's former Royal Correspondent Clive Goodman. Now evidence has emerged that shows he was later hired to video Mark Lewis, who represents the family of Milly Dowler, and Charlotte Harris, who represented football agent Sky Andrew. Andrew's case lead to the resignation of Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former media advisor.

Gordon Taylor and Max Clifford, the first two people to bring legal action against News International for phone-hacking, were also individually represented by Lewis and Harris.

In January 2011, Webb was tasked with collecting evidence to suggest that Harris had been having an affair with a solicitor in Manchester - a man whom Harris did not know. A little less than a year earlier, he also followed Lewis' former wife, filming her at home in Manchester and with her daughter, for reasons that remain unknown.

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2011-11-08 14:15

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"Engaging the community" is a phrase that is increasingly thrown about by editors, particularly social media editors. Nowadays, "engaging the community" refers just as much to dealing with an online assemblage of people as it does to dealing with a physical, geographical community.

This is all well and good; social media referrals and commenting drive traffic to news sites - but what happens when the people you want to engage start disrupting debate instead of contributing to it?

The practice of delivering threatening or aggressive comments on the Internet is often referred to as "trolling", therefore its practioners are logically named "trolls". "Trolls" seem to find news websites particularly fruitful locations to stick their heads out from under their bridge, deliver some abuse and then return to their daily business.

Why is it so easy for said "trolls" to do this? Anonymity is one significant factor. Recently, Laurie Penny, a columnist for The Guardian, The Independent and the New Statesman, decided to address the issue of those people who target female journalists with misogynistic tirades and often use the anonymous commenting systems to do so.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-07 15:52

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The US has backed down on proposed alterations to Freedom of Information laws that would allow authorities to deny the existence of sensitive documents.

Technological development: Steve Jobs predicts the future of computers and media in 1990...

Why copying and pasting press releases is never a good idea... How many times can one talk show host "push the envelope on late night television"?

US local correspondents got the chance to interview Obama - many opted to openly declare the political motivations for granting these local interviews in the name of transparency.

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



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2011-11-04 18:20

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"Yahoo!'s Livestand is like a pretty girl (or guy) in high school: looks nice, moves pretty well, but mostly empty inside" Tweeted GigaOm's Matthew Ingram on November 3. Not exactly glowing praise. The GigaOm review itself, by Darrell Etherington, wasn't that much better, opting for similar "awkward teen" analogies.

Generally, the consensus is this: visually, Livestand does not disappoint - but in terms of navigation and its lack of social features, it leaves something to be desired.

This is not great news for Yahoo!, who need to distinguish themselves from the broad field of digital newsstands, some of the most widely known of which are independent start-ups like Zite and Flipboard. Google's attempt at creating a digital newsstand has yet to become available to consumers, although the project is allegedly in the work. This initially negative reception is not going to encourage users to adopt Livestand over the competition.

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2011-11-04 18:10

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The Financial Times has adopted a bold digital strategy: it refused to tow the line when it came to Apple's policy that takes 30% of sales revenue for sales through the iTunes App Store, instead launching an HTML 5 App which can be downloaded from the paper's own website.

This potentially risky move may well be paying off.

The Pearson Group, that publishes the FT, said that the paper is now receiving over a fifth of its online traffic from mobile devices, such as smartphones and iPads, with a healthy 250,000 digital subscribers across all its subscription packages. According to The Next Web, 100,000 of these subscriptions come from a base of 2000 corporate licences, rather than sales to independent individuals. It was also revealed that the FT Group had recorded overall revenue growth of 6%.

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2011-11-03 16:59

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The office of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was set ablaze last night at around 1am, protesting the satirical magazine's cartoons in the the latest issue that "celebrated" the victory of moderate Islamist party An-Nahda in Tunisia and the announcement that Sharia law would be the foundation of the new post-Ghadaffi Libyan state. The most controversial was on the front page, where the magazine portrayed its "guest editor", the prophet Muhammad, accompanied by the phrase "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter."

The fire was reportedly started by a petrol bomb thrown through a window, and the publication's website was also hacked to display an image of Mecca.

The magazine strongly supports "Laïcité", the idea of secularism in society, and launched this satirical bombardment on religious law in response to current events in North Africa. Some of the cartoons included in the magazine are shown on Le Monde's website.

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2011-11-03 13:48

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