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It is a common wisdom by now that any journalist needs to have an active presence in social media. But explicitly defining that presence has proved difficult: on the one hand, it can be argued that journalists should be able to express their opinions freely in social media, for example, without having to consider if they correspond with their employer's views; on the other,

social media can be seen as another form of publishing, and journalists are representatives of their media companies when they post.

The issue came up recently when the Associated Press instructed its staff about the use of social media, Poynter reported. AP's memo was a reaction to its journalists' tweets about the Casey Anthony trial and gay marriage vote in New York. "These posts undermine the credibility of our colleagues who have been working so hard to assure balanced and unbiased coverage of these issues," said Tom Kent, AP's Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production, in the memo. "AP staffers should not make postings there that amount to personal opinions on contentious public issues."

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-07-08 16:13

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According to a press release from eMarketer, online ad spending is poised to grow 20% in 2011. Principal analyst David Hallerman cited social media as a key contributor to the spending gains. Although online advertising is exploding, online ads are much cheaper than print advertisement.

Owni.eu has announced the launch of its eBook Publisher. The first book to be released on the OWNIshop is Wikileaks: A True Account.

The release of Sarah Palin's email exchanges as governor of Alaska has been generating buzz recently. Editor & Publisher sums up how different newspapers will approach Palin's emails.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-06-10 18:00

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The Royal Wedding is swiftly approaching.
Tomorrow, April 29th, Prince William and Kate Middleton will get married, under worldwide scrutiny.
The wedding fever is spreading, as well as scepticism about the prominence the event is obtaining.

Media around the world have directed the spotlight on the event and madness seems to be spreading among fans. (You can see some telling photos of fans and bookmakers around Westminster Abbey, provided by the citizen journalism image agency Citizenside, here.) Some items of memorabilia lie somewhere between amazing and insane.

The BBC will provide streamed footage and a live stream of the ceremony will be featured also by the official YouTube channel of the British Monarchy. As previously reported, the BBC was said to be devoting an enormous 850 staff to cover the event while Sky and ITV have 460 people there. An estimate said 8,000 reporters would be in London to cover the wedding.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-04-28 16:47

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding on April 29th will be broadcast live on YouTube, Google announced in a blog post yesterday. The official YouTube channel of The British Monarchy will feature a live stream of the wedding procession and the marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey. According to Wall Street Journal, the streamed footage will be provided by the BBC.

In addition to the live-streamed video, there will be also other 21st century means for tuning in to the proceedings on the wedding day: the royal household staff will use Twitter and picture-sharing site Flickr to keep the public updated during the day, The Guardian reported. Also the public's participation is welcomed: the royal family's YouTube page features a link to a "wedding book," where wellwishers can upload their congratulations to the soon-to-be wedded couple, and on Twitter, the wedding already has its own hash tag, #rw2011.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-04-20 17:58

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Journalists are expanding their boundaries and changing with the times. A new digital world means that they have to not only research and write their story, but also provide pictures and videos. To help them to this end, BBC is giving its reporters smartphones, reported Press Gazette.

After taking a social media course, journalist Chrissy Sturt wrote a letter asking why the BBC didn't supply its journalists with iPhones. "The iPhone is one of the best ways to keep across social media, and when you're out on a fast-moving story they are invaluable," she wrote.

Sturt felt that she and her fellow journalists were being held back by not being supplied with smartphones. "We need these phones, and it's not fair that some people are using their own iPhones to do the BBC's newsgathering."

BBC's head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth took the message to heart. She responded, "We recognise that it is essential for journalists in the field to be connected to the flow of information about the story they are covering. Smartphones, including iPhones, are being rolled out to enable staff to send live and recorded audio, video and stills. A range of models is being used and equipment is being issued as older items come up for replacement."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-04-15 14:12

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BBC World Service rocked headlines when it announced in January that it would be making major cuts to save money after a budget cut from the government. A cross-party of MPs is now asking that the budget cut decision be reversed in order to save the news organization's reputation, according to the Guardian.

The House of Common's Foreign Affairs Committee released a report today, April 13, entitled "The Implications of Cuts to the BBC World Service," reported Journalism.co.uk. It contains 37 pages of written testimonials on the importance of the service from former BBC correspondents. The document is available in pdf form here.

The committee's chair Richard Ottaway said, "The value of the World Service in promoting the UK across the globe, by providing a widely respected and trusted news service, far outweighs its relatively small cost."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-04-13 19:06

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The Daily Mail's website Mail Online continues to attract more and more visitors: the latest ABCe figures show that the paper had just over 56 million browsers in January, more than 3 million a day. This puts it up 56% on last year, reported Press Gazette.

Second in line is the Guardian, with 39.5 million, and behind that the Telegraph with 32 million. The Guardian is up 10.1% compared to last year and the Telegraph up just 0.7%.

Lingering well behind are Mirror Group Digital (12.9 million), the Independent (12 million) and Metro (5.8 million). The former two attracted significantly more visitors than last year, however, up 21 and 24% respectively.

Press Gazette noted that Mail Online now only has the BBC to beat, which, according to industry estimates, has about 60m unique users a month to its journalism websites.

Trinity Mirror's regional web sites were the fastest growing in the regional sector, Press Gazette also reported, with a year-on-year increase of 46% across the network of sites.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-25 17:06

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The BBC is planning to cut 360 staff in the corporation's online operation, it reported today, with reductions to be made over the next two years, as part of a reshaping of BBC Online. The most significant changes come in how the corporation approaches TV and Radio online, said Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media & Techology's out-going director, who headed the reorganization.

Huggers estimated that out of the 360, 120 posts will close in Future Media & Technology, and 70 in journalism. The corporation hopes to redeploy some staff, he said.

The reshaping takes place as the department's budget has to deliver a 25% reduction by 2013. Savings targets have been imposed following the licence fee deal negotiated with the UK government in October, and job losses are expected across the organisation, reported the Guardian. Huggers emphasised the intention to give BBC Online a unified strategy and refocus the unit on doing fewer things, better.

News, Sport and Weather are to remain "broadly the same technically," said Huggers, but "with significant editorial changes." These three products "continue to be the backbone of BBC Online," he added.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-01-24 14:56

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After the EU approved News Corp's bid to take over full control of BSkyB yesterday, a new aspect of the story emerged when it was revealed that UK business secretary Vince Cable, who was due to take the final decision on the bid, had been secretly recorded saying: "I have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win".

The two young undercover reporters who recorded Cable were journalists of the Telegraph, but Cable's fighting talk did not make the Daily Telegraph front page report this morning, nor was any reference included in a "transcript" of Cable's remarks that appeared on page four, the Guardian reported.

"So incensed was a whistleblower at the Telegraph, that he or she contacted Robert Peston, business editor for BBC News. It was Peston - a former business editor at the Sunday Telegraph - who broke the story at 2.30 pm", the Guardian wrote.

Furthmore, Peston later told the Guardian that the whistleblower had told him that the Telegraph "had made a commercial decision not to publish those remarks".

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Federica Cherubini

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2010-12-22 14:36

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