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British Journalist Paul Martin shared his story of imprisonment by Hamas in Gaza and later freedom at the request of British parliamentarians in today's Guardian, marking the 19th annual World Press Freedom Day, a day dedicated by UNESCO to promoting and publicizing the struggles of journalists worldwide.

Martin, a videographer who has worked with the BBC, Al-Jazeera, Channel 4 News and Arte, was arrested in Gaza in February of this year and kept in solitary confinement for 26 days. Incarcerated under accusations of spying for the British Secret Intelligence Service, Martin had no idea when he would be released, if at all, and had minimal contact with the outside world.

He had come to Gaza to offer testimony defending the subject of one of his documentaries: Mohamed, a dissident who had left a militant Palestinian group to criticize Hamas' military actions against Israel. Now on trial for treason, Mohamed is likely to eventually be executed, a fate from which Martin sees it as his duty to protect him.

"Journalists have a duty not just to tell the truth in their media outlets, I would argue, but also to defend those who have given them their stories," he wrote.

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Alexandra Jaffe

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2010-05-03 14:15

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In a Beet.tv interview with executive producer Andy Plesser, BBC newsroom chief Mary Hockaday outlined some key aspects for creating successful video for the web.

Most importantly, she said, is providing users "compelling video" that they will be interested in clicking on.

"We cannot take it for granted that people are going to click just because we say click," she said in the interview. "First of all, the video itself has to be compelling."

Compelling video, she went on to explain, can provide viewers with a "must-see moment," which is usually history-making or unique. Hockaday offered the example of the moment an earthquake strikes, or highlights from a political speech. She also said that the presentation of the video is also important for pulling viewers in, emphasizing the importance of integrity when creating a headline for web videos.

"We talk a lot in the newsroom about using language that is really honest, really straight with the viewer," Hockaday said. "So if we say, 'The moment when the earthquake struck,' that's what you're going to see."

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Alexandra Jaffe

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2010-04-09 16:00

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With panicked efforts to create new working business models to support journalism, most newspapers can barely figure out how to keep their newsrooms full, let alone decide what color, sex or creed of journalists to fill them with. But recent rumblings--both from minorities outside of the newsroom and majority races and sexes sitting in the editors' seat--reveal that newsroom diversity worldwide is still troublingly low.

Most recently, Ceri Thomas, editor of BBC news show Today, came under fire for what many called sexist comments referring to the lack of women on the Today staff. When Thomas was asked on BBC Feedback why there was a dearth of women on the Today staff when compared to BBC television overall, he attributed it to a disparity in the difficulty of the jobs.

"Those (other BBC jobs) are slightly easier jobs," Thomas said on the show. "They are difficult jobs but the skill set you need to work on the Today program and the hide that you need, the thickness of that, is something else."

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Alexandra Jaffe

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2010-04-07 16:45

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The term 'journalism' is a large umbrella covering the multitude of media and topics that come under its shelter. Indeed, branding 'journalists' as but a single breed of professional would be to ignore the differences between what a broadcaster, to say a newspaper columnist, does on a daily basis.

But now it seems that in light of the financial crisis that spurred the media crisis, adaptation has been dubbed the key to survival - something that has seen different branches of the media growing ever closer and at some points intertwine. Despite the fact that journalists may be fighting one battle - that being making the news still marketable - in doing so, they might have injured those on their own team.

On Sunday, the Guardian's Media Commentator, Peter Preston, highlighted that time might be running out for news channels such as the BBC's News 24: something he attributes to the fact that Internet can now report the same information just as effectively, which is all the more accessible thanks to faster video streaming. He even goes as far to suggest; "maybe the whole live loopline news business is doomed."

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-04-07 14:14

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Despite promising growth forecasts made by many in the industry, staffing cuts at news organizations big and small indicate that the news media industry is not yet out of the woods.

Today, Journalism.co.uk reported that BBC's Global News division is undergoing restructuring that will result in the elimination of a number of management positions. And smaller but still significant Channel M, the Manchester regional TV station owned by Guardian Media Group (GMG), will be losing 29 positions--a reduction of 88 percent.

The BBC will be losing a laundry list of high-level positions, including the directorial positions of BBC World News, BBC World Service and BBC World Service English.

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Alexandra Jaffe

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2010-03-17 17:18

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The BBC will be teaming up with the non-profit blogging network of citizen journalists, Global Voices, to offer a "different range of perspectives and commentary from around the world," according to the BBC.

Content from Global Voices will be incorporated into the BBC's SuperPower season coverage, a special series on the Internet and the impact it has on our lives.

The BBC will be selecting and linking to some Global Voices stories, as well as asking GV editors to give their views on how the mainstream media handle the news. The editor of the BBC's News website, Steve Herrmann, explained that he believes Global Voices and the wide range of opinions they feature could add an "interesting dimension to some of (the BBC's) news coverage."

Ivan Sigal, executive director of Global Voices online, welcomed the opportunity to share GV content with a broader audience, adding that citizen journalism has acquired an essential role in journalism.

"The past year has been particularly eye-opening in terms of the increasing interplay between mainstream media and citizen journalism."

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Maria Conde

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2010-03-09 17:45

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Following the news that the BBC is to halve its number of web pages, cut 25% of jobs and 25% of its £112m budget, BBC director general Mark Thompson has made clear his reassessed priorities for the news organisation.

In at number one is providing the "best journalism in the world", a target that many, including Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, are adamant the BBC has been doing all along.

Published in a strategic review, which has now been submitted to the BBC Trust for consideration, are also the corporation's intentions to "focus increasingly on areas where it adds most value and is truly distinctive such as: eyewitness reportage; international newsgathering; specialist analysis and explanation; investigative journalism; and current affairs".

Thompson's proposals appear to know no boundaries and extend to providing improved coverage in the fields of science, environmental, social and business affairs, as well as the UK cultural scene. He also vowed to pay more attention to areas of increasing geo-political importance such as Brazil and China, as well as deeper analysis of UK politics and local elections.

All of this will be communicated through ever improving multimedia platforms, and aimed as a general audience, Thompson said.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-03-03 17:49

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The BBC is to halve its number of web pages, as well as closing two radio stations and cutting spending on imported TV shows, the Times reported. The changes will be announced next month by director-general Mark Thompson, according to the Times, and Thompson will admit that the corporation has become too large and must shrink to allow its commercial rivals more room to operate.

The halving of the number of pages on the BBC website will be accompanied by a 25% cut in staff numbers and a 25% cut of its £112m budget. To appease rival publishers, it will pledge to include more links to articles from other news outlets, and not to produce news services at a more local level than it does currently. These latter elements do not signify a dramatic change in policy: last month, the BBC's director of news Helen Boaden asserted that the organisation was not looking to go more local, and the corporation's news website already provides a "from other news sites" section alongside each story where it displays links to similar articles on newspaper websites.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-02-26 13:57

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The Guardian iPhone app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since its launch in December, the Guardian has proudly reported. The app is currently topping the paid-for app charts, and has also been nominated for a British Press Award for Digital Innovation.

For £2.39, users have access to news, comment, photo galleries and podcasts, all of which are available either on or offline.

Director of digital content at Guardian News & Media, Emily Bell, described the news as "an enormous achievement for the Guardian App," adding "the feedback we received at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week from both the industry and users was very complimentary, and we are thrilled that the app is being showcased in Apple's latest television campaign."

Indeed the app is available at the Apple store in most European countries.

Not only encouraging for the Guardian, the news also illustrates news consumers' thirst for mobile content - and what's more - their willingness to pay for it.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-02-24 12:32

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The Newspaper Publishers Association (the representative body for all big UK publishers) is stirring up a backlash against the BBC, following news that the corporation is to launch three iPhone apps from April 2010. The NPA is adamant that such a move will step on the toes of traditional print publications seeking to generate revenue in the mobile news arena.

In a staunch statement emailed to paidContent:UK, the NPA's director Director David Newell wrote:

"Not for the first time, the BBC is preparing to muscle into a nascent market and trample over the aspirations of commercial news providers.

"At a time when the BBC is facing unprecedented levels of criticism over its expansion, and when the wider industry is investing in new models, it is extremely disappointing that the Corporation plans to launch services that would throw into serious doubt the commercial sector's ability to make a return on its investment, and therefore its ability to support quality journalism.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-02-22 15:03

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