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Men still make up the majority of journalists in the United Kingdom, according to a recent Echo research report. Three quarters of all news journalists are men, and women only make up one-third of the business and politics sector.

Women in Journalism commissioned the study for the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The research looked at the staff of 28 leading newspapers in the UK, reported Press Gazette.

The Daily Mail and the Observer employ the highest ratio of female journalists at 36 percent each. The Independence had the lowest percentage at 25 percent. Close behind were The Sun and the Daily Telegraph at 26 percent.

Online Journalism Press points out that even what are usually considered "soft-topics", such as Lifestyle and Arts, still had a heavy male presence. Lifestyle was 49 percent male reporters. Art came in at an even larger 70 percent.

The numbers of women in senior newspaper positions were also low. Eight of the top ten newspapers had twice as many male editors as female editors.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-04 17:28

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The New York Times Magazine is launching a new design on March 6, according to a press release from the New York Times Company. A preview of the new design is available on its website.

Making a marked change, the magazine plans on adding new features, new columnists, and some contributions from the newsroom staff of the New York Times. The magazine's site now hosts a blog. The articles will also provide staffers' emails and editors' credits, according to Adweek.

Among the new features will be a regular column written by Times executive editor Bill Keller. Along with columns by already known writers, the magazine will include columns by newer voices. One of these columns is "You Are Here," a look on the differences of life in different parts of the world.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-04 13:35

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In an industry that has been facing several setbacks in the past years, Bloomberg News stands out, as the American Journalism Review notes. While many news media outlets are downsizing and trying to find ways to cut back, Bloomberg L.P. plans on adding 150 journalists to its current number of 2,300 and paying them salaries of a reported $500,000, according to The New York Times.

Several factors account for Bloomberg's current success, AJR believes. Its dedication to being the first and best has given it credibility; its acquisitions have added to its ability to provide its readers with the information they desire; and its branding appeals to its audience.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-02 17:49

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News flash: Carlos Irwin Estevez, a.k.a. Charlie Sheen, is allegedly in the process of writing his tell-all memoir about starring on the American TV sitcom, "Two and a Half Men." Otherwise in the news, U.S. Congress may close its doors if Democrats and Republicans can't agree on the budget, massive bloodshed and civil exodus persist in Cote d'Ivoire, and Libyan rebels may invoke UN air strikes against el-Qaddafi.

But, you know, Sheen's alleged book project is totally newsworthy.

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Ashley Stepanek

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2011-03-02 15:20

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Some news organizations this February faced the same ethical dilemma, but chose different and opposing answers. How should newspapers handle information that may endanger a life?

Monday 21st Feb the Guardian revealed that Raymond Davis,
an American now in prison in Lahore after being charged with the murder of two Pakistanis in Lahore, worked for the CIA.

As the article reported, Davis has been subject of widespread speculation since the fatal shooting on 25 January, but the Obama administration said he was an "administrative and technical official" attached to its Lahore consulate and had diplomatic immunity.

Citing a senior Pakistani intelligence official, the Guardian said of David's link with the CIA, "it's beyond a shadow of a doubt".

The paper also revealed that "a number of US media outlets learned about Davis's CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration" because his life might me at risk if his identity was divulged.

Among those US news organizations were The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press, as Yahoo's the Cutline reported.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-28 14:07

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How can journalism call for accountability and transparency from those in power if it can't prove itself to be accountable and transparent?

The story of Buffalo Beast's editor Ian Murphy and its improper behaviour in obtaining journalistic information might remember us that A comes before B.
As the Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported, Ian Murphy, pretending to be the conservative billionaire businessman David Koch, a financial supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, had a recorded 20-minute phone call with the governor and obtained governor's reflections and strategies for dealing with protesting union workers and trying to lure Democrats boycotting the state Senate back to Wisconsin.

The article described the call as a prank.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-24 19:06

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Churnalism.com is a new website launched by the UK's Media Standards Trust, aiming to identify when and how much national news organisations copy and paste from press releases. Members of the public can paste the text of a press release into a box on the site, and it then compares the text to more than 3 million articles to look for similarities.

The site lists news articles that appear to have used the press release entered, and allows users to see what percentage of a press release has been used, what percentage of the article is based on that press release, and how many characters overlap between the release and the article.

It also offers a 'visualisation' of the article containing the press release text, and aims to enable readers to compare the two side by side.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-24 19:04

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The New York Times is to undertake a "reinvention" of its Week in Review, a memo to staff explained. It will be the "creation of an entirely new section," rather than just a new look or new layout for the paper's well-known Sunday analysis and opinion section, the memo from executive editor Bill Keller and editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal.

The planned overhauled section was described by the memo as, "a Sunday commentary section that will feature the rich menu of the best Op-Ed columnists around; our Editorials; some fine analysis and observation from our best writers in the newsroom; the best outside opinion writing (more like the classical Op-Ed pieces); a much expanded and enhanced readers' section (Letters to the Editor on steroids in the 21st century), as well as new kinds of features and new voices and ideas."

The project will involve staff from both the newsroom and the editorial department, but the memo stressed that the new section will not "relax the important distinction between news and opinion." Some reporters and correspondents will write rich analytical pieces on their beats, but these pieces will not be confused with pure opinion articles.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-21 12:37

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Professor Steve Schifferes, a former BBC economics correspondent, speaking at his first lecture as City University London's new professor of financial journalism, said that news organization need to offer better analysis and commentary on financial issues if they want to regain the public's trust, Journalism.co.uk reported.

"The next generation of journalists would have to knock down the divide between political and financial reporting and take a much broader, analytical view of the economy than they have done in recent years", he said.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-18 18:21

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