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Environmental journalism is currently in trouble, according to a panel on the subject hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC last week.

Speakers Mother Nature Network columnist Peter Dykstra, Associated Press reporter Seth Borenstein, J-Lab Director Jan Schaffer and National Public Radio correspondent Elizabeth Shogren described how many environmental correspondents are losing their jobs, and blamed the situation on the economic downturn. Dykstra explained how environmental journalism becomes popular every few years due to a natural disaster, an oil spill, impending legislation or other similar factors, but then it loses the public's attention and dwindles.

There are some niche sources of environmental news, such as ClimateWire, which are growing, but panellists were concerned that such sites do not have the widespread appeal of mainstream media, and many of their visitors are already very knowledgeable about the issues involved. Panellists believe that much of the public knowledge needed to cause political action comes from the media, and hence for environmental issues it is important to reach as wide an audience as possible.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-02-16 15:39

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Various ideas to overhaul the business model of newspapers have been debated in recent weeks, such as the possibility of a return to paid online content, or a non-profit endowment scheme. Both have potential, but both are long term solutions that would take some time to implement, and for the immediate crisis at hand, could government help be the answer? At the end of January French President Nicolas Sarkozy approved a 600 million euro package of measures to save the beleaguered French press. Ideas for some kind of bailout plan have been floated in the US for several months now, following those for banks and the car industry, and similar discussion has taken place in the UK. Is a similar bailout likely to happen anywhere else? Could it save the struggling industry, or is such government involvement in the media too dangerous?

The French way

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Emma Goodman

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2009-02-13 17:18

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The BBC has announced plans to share content with the Telegraph Media Group. According to The Guardian, the deal would "see the iPlayer video catch-up service embedded on the Telegraph.co.uk website."

The "non-exclusive pilot scheme" is part of the BBC's content sharing venture that could be extended to other newspaper groups. The BBC announced that it plans to enter into more partnerships with media organizations.

In addition, other BBC news articles and blog posts could appear on the TMG's website, The Guardian reports.

Source: The Guardian

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Lauren Drablier

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2008-12-12 11:54

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Bebo announced the release of its new social media tool, Social Inbox, which is designed to collect and organize feeds from networking sites such as Twitter and Flickr, email services and other sites such as YouTube.

The service encourages online news consumption, including a localized RSS feed reader for global news, and a media favorites section lists what friends are watching and listening to, with content from over 500 media companies including the BBC, CBS and ESPN.

The new platform aims to solve the "main problem facing consumers online, namely a cluttered social networking experience."

Source: Brand Republic

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Emma Goodman

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2008-12-11 12:59

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Paid Content is reporting that three major news sites in the UK have updated their mobile content.

Telegraph.co.uk has added video to its Android application. Available on T-Mobile's G1, a finance update, Business Bullet, will be the first of the paper's vidcasts.

Nokia's Internet Radio application has added the BBC's World Service. The application streams Internet radio stations over a mobile network or WiFi, with three versions available through the English BBC World Service or the 24-hour rolling news service in English and BBC Arabic.

News International is relaunching The Sun's mobile website, with new features including user rating of stories and more color. News International is also planning relaunches for News of the World and Times Online mobile websites.

Source: Paid Content

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Rosemary D'Amour

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2008-12-11 10:28

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After the BBC recently ran a false Twitter rumor concerning the Mumbai terrorist attacks they have been increasingly under fire for "paying too much attention to Twitter."

The BBC responded by admitting it should have been more punctilious. According to the BBC's online news editor Steve Herrmann, "Should we have tried to check it and then reported back later, if only to say that we hadn't found any confirmation? I think in this case we should have, and we've learned a lesson."

Herrmann went on to acknowledge the difficulties of sorting through the information in such a fast-paced world, "The truth is, we're still finding out how best to process and relay such information in a fast-moving account like this."

Source: Tech Radar via European Journalism Centre

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Lauren Drablier

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2008-12-08 10:42

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Despite positive feedback from users, the BBC online ended its August trial of embedded links in news articles.

Apture, a multimedia technology firm, partnered with the BBC for the trial, embedding links to external news and organization sites and others such as Flickr, YouTube and Wikipedia within selected articles.

Following a review by BBC Trust in June, which criticized the websites "click-through rate," the feature was added temporarily as a "first step" to revise BBC News' linking policy and "refresh" how stories were marked up.

More than 90% of the 1,200 comments about the feature were positive, Jonathan Austin said on the BBC Journalism Labs blog. 306 comments were "negative," with some "concerned" about links to Wikipedia from the BBC, and others about the accessibility to links through the use of Flash.

The idea of linking to other sources is a fundamentally different idea for journalists, as the Weblog has reported. There are several outlets that have begun the practice, such as Google, and find that outsourcing to other news brings readers back.

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Rosemary D'Amour

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2008-12-05 12:00

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A new training initiative between the BBC and the University of Central Lancashire is giving freelance journalists the chance to learn the newest skills in digital production, according to Hold the Front Page.

The program will give "30 freelance and broadcast journalists from the region the chance to get to grips with producing content for a number of platforms - online, TV, radio and mobile."

The aim of the £2.8 million digital and media skills program, funded by the North West Regional Development Agency, is to develop the area's media workforce into "multi-platform thinkers, producers and developers."

The initiative is a "combination drawing on the strengths of two institutions who are each expert in their field," said head of UCL's School of Journalism, Media and Communication Mike Ward.

One could call the merge of an official news organization with a facility that trains the staff of such an organization the axiomatic result of the changing times.

"Collaboration is the key to successful journalism in an increasingly connected and shared media space," Ward said.

Source: Hold the Front Page

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Rosemary D'Amour

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2008-11-26 14:22

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To promote its growing mobile market, the BBC is running a new campaign advertising its mobile news website.

Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News Website, discusses research of users' consumption habits on the editor's blog.

Herrmann calls the habits a part of a "news ecosystem," constructed from a range of different media. The plan for BBC's campaign is to target current mobile users, or gain new ones.

BBC's mobile services have 3.2 million users a month, and is used mostly to "access news headlines, major news stories and areas of specific interest."

Source: Journalism.co.uk

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Rosemary D'Amour

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2008-11-26 12:40

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After the denial by BBC Trust to expand the BBC to include local coverage, The Guardian Media Group is considering the "interesting opportunity" of starting news websites to serve local communities, according to Paid Content.

A feasibility study may be conducted in Manchester, although the title there is looking toward international coverage. The so-called "Guardian Cities" project would provide "highly relevant" information to local areas.

Source: Paid Content

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Rosemary D'Amour

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2008-11-25 17:37

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