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Regular blogging can allow for a more detailed, expert opinion than traditional print stories, Reuter's Felix Salmon pointed out earlier this month. However, live blogging is different. It depends on information given right now, usually without analysis or heavy wording.

The form has become popular in the news industry as stories in Africa and Japan unfold. Readers have embraced the medium, bringing a huge surge in traffic and comments. The Guardian reported that live blogs account for 3.6 million unique visitors, 9 percent of the site's traffic. But as this style grows in prevalence, media experts and enthusiasts debate its pros and cons.

The cons are more obvious. With a constant live feed, readers can get lost in the story. The feeds are short and simple. For example, BBC New's live blog for Libya posted, "1031: Thirteen injured Libyans have been taken to Istanbul for treatment, a Turkish charity says. On Saturday, Turkey's deputy prime minister told a newspaper that the country was planning to treat about 450 wounded Libyans." Reading this alone, readers have no idea why the Libyans were injured, or how, or when, or even where. They just know that they have been injured and are being taken to Turkey.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-28 13:32

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Growing concern over advertising market pressure threatening editorial integrity came to a head at The Detroit News last week. Controversy has sparked over its decision to change a review on the new Chrysler 200. Auto critic Scott Burgess resigned after his changed review appeared online, reported Jalopnik, who broke the story.

A local dealer took issue with Burgess' comparisons to "a dog" and "a loggerhead turtle," according to USA Today. Although it was too late to change the print version, the online version was reposted. After negative feedback from the repost, editors have put the original back up and issued an apology for their actions.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Burgess is known for his blunt and often comical reviews. Several of the deleted passages reflect his blunt comedy. While the changes don't turn the review into a positive one, they definitely water down the criticism. Passages taken out include:

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-21 12:48

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As the State of the News Media 2011 report showed, some people are worried that job cuts in the news industry have led to thinner reports. One such person is sports writer Jonathan Wilson. Instead of continuing to watch this occur, he decided to do something about it. The result is The Blizzard, a quarterly publication on football.

Several well-known sports writers joined Wilson in his quest. The current issue, "Issue Zero," is available in PDF format. The group decided not to put a set price on the publication, instead asking readers to pay what they think the publication is worth.

The idea for The Blizzard formed with Wilson's discontent with current journalism, which he felt was lacking something. He wanted a publication that had "in-depth pieces, detailed reportage, history, and analysis." The site claims, "[The publication] aims not to replace or somehow compete with breaking news services and more traditional media, but to provide a sense context and depth of analysis impossible in shorter-form journalism."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-16 13:06

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The story is often in the detail. And this is particularly true for some kinds of stories, like those dealing with big risks. Medical risks, environmental risks, health risks, natural catastrophes or even stories about terrorist threats: in all these instances, what really makes a story useful is the right details.

In the Columbia Journalism Review, David Ropeik, former environment reporter and instructor in the Harvard University Extension School's Environmental Management Program and creator of the in-house newsroom-training program "Media Coverage of Risk," discussed this topic.

In the article Ropeik highlights the importance of some aspects of risk coverage which are often not provided to the reader.

He starts saying that for an actual risk to exist is fundamental two components to be there: some hazard and exposure to it. You could have a story if there is a hazard as a potential risk is a story in itself, but a real risk exists only when both components are there. "A poisonous snake is hazardous, but not a risk if it's in a cage and we're not exposed. A snake on the loose to which we are exposed is not a risk unless it's poisonous", he says as an example.

To provide good coverage of a risk story Ropeik suggested that reporters include the following critical details, with particular reference to environmental risks.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-03-15 15:34

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The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) has released its State of the Media report for 2011. Among the sections was a report on print media, which became more stable in 2010 than it had been in the past two years. Although no large profits have been made, losses were significantly less.

Circulation has been down for most large newspapers, with smaller dailies and weeklies faring better. The workforce has continued to decline, although more people were hired in 2010 than in recent years. Advertising revenue also went down, but to a much lesser degree than in the past few years. Stock market investors have more faith in the industry than in 2008, but some numbers have gone down since 2009. Overall, American newspapers aren't faring as well as newspapers on other continents, even though both Europe and Australia reported a decline.

The report in its entirety is available here.

Circulation

Circulation has continued to decline, although The Wall Street Journal had a 1.82 percent increase from 2009. Metro daily newspapers were the hardest hit, with Newsday in the lead at -11.84 percent. Smaller dailies and community weeklies have remained steadier, managing to hold onto more of their circulation.

Daily and Sunday circulation are both down. The Sunday editions, however, have still fared better than their daily counterparts.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-14 17:11

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Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have changed the way people interact with the news. More than ever, people are able to respond and even expand on the news, affecting it in their own way. In recognition of this, The Washington Post launched its Tumblr blog, @innovations, yesterday. Tumblr is a blogging site that currently hosts over 14 million blogs.

According to a press release issued by the news organization and posted by Poynter, "@innovations is about what's happening at The Washington Post and journalism in general. It will experiment and be transparent throughout the process, posting explainers about new digital features and asking readers for new ideas."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-11 12:44

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Publishers of course want their papers to be profitable, but also journalists working for a paper should take the paper's robustness to heart, shouldn't they? If a paper is profitable, it could invest in higher quality reporting, as well as in hiring other journalists.

This prelude is to suggest that a newspaper covering news about itself is not easy at all. Conflicts exist. "Reason of state" exists. How can a journalist cover a story regarding the company s/he works for, especially when this story involves financial and economic aspects of the company itself? There could be biased introduced by the journalist, or perhaps the journalist might report on something counterproductive to the success of the paper.

Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor of The New York Times
, wonders about this very thing, writing about why the paper didn't publish any article (except for an initial story 14-months ago) about The Times' own paywall, which is going to be launched.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-03-09 13:50

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@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }AOL has purchased hyperlocal blog service Outside.In for what Business Insider has been told is an amount less than $10 million. TechCrunch was able to confirm that AOL's newest acquisition will be integrated into Patch, the company's hyperlocal news platform.

Outside.In is a local news aggregator: entering an address, neighborhood, or city in the search bar produces links to local bloggers, journalists and mainstream media. The site focuses on results from local bloggers as opposed to large publications.

Patch's blog posted an entry confirming its intention to merge the two services. The blog stated, "Outside.in brings several things to Patch: an incredibly talented team of engineers, product managers and business people who have a deep understanding of local media; great technology that will help us scale faster and empower our journalists and residents of our towns to do more on Patch; and CEO Mark Josephson, who will add even more experience and a valued voice to our team."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-07 18:36

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A media accountability system (MAS) is any nongovernmental way that encourages media organizations and journalists to respect the ethical rules set by the profession. As defined by the Reynolds Journalism Institute's MAS page, all MAS aim at improving news media, but they are extremely diverse: codes of conduct; ombudsmen and media-oriented nongovernmental organizations.

A press council (or news council), wrote RJI, is the best-known MAS. All press councils differ from one another. In its ideal shape, a press council gathers and represents all three major actors of social communication: the people who own the power to inform, those who possess the talent to inform and those who have the right to be informed.

It usually follows a Code of Practice to investigate complaints from the public about editorial content in the media. Media members and lay members usually form it.

It is a self-regulatory body and it has no other power than accountability and public trust as its effectiveness depends on its credibility and on the cooperation between actors involved. It's all about fair and trusted journalism.

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2011-03-07 14:58

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