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The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), have expressed concern at a draft law in Hungary that would impose extensive fines against journalists and publishers if they refuse to disclose their sources or publish information deemed inappropriate by the government.

The proposed law, if passed, would seriously endanger freedom of the press by creating room for a subjective judgment about any individual news story and penalise publishers and editors through government-controlled regulatory bodies. The proposal could dramatically limit objective news media.
"We are deeply concerned that this law poses a serious threat to freedom of the press and would, in particular, have a significant negative impact on investigative journalism," ENPA and WAN-IFRA said in a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The international press organisations called on the government to urgently revise the current package of draft legislation to ensure that it serves its proper function of enhancing Hungarian democracy.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-12-13 17:12

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"Why is there a button on every web story that lets you share, print or e-mail the post, but there isn't one that lets you correct it?", asks Jennifer Dorroh, director of the International Journalists' Network, reporting on the new initiative of Scott Rosenberg of MediaBugs and Craig Silverman of Regret the Error, who have just launched the Report an Error Alliance, an alliance of news organizations which makes accountability its primary aim.

"They create the Report an Error button in hopes that web publishers big and small will add them to their sites", Dorroh reports, "so news outlets and individuals can show their commitment to making it easy for people to report the errors they find online".

"We'll definitely be adding this to the new IJNet website, which is coming soon", she declares.

On the web page of the Report an Error Alliance, the founders write: "Giving site visitors an easy-to-find, easy-to-use "report an error" button is a way of saying to them that you care about accuracy, you want to know when you make errors, and you're conscientious about fixing them. It's like putting a "you can trust this" badge on everything you publish."

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Federica Cherubini

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2010-12-07 17:49

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Can journalism be automated? Sometimes, is the answer that has come out of Northwestern University's Intelligent Information Lab, which looks to create synergies between journalism and computer science.

One such project is the Authoring Engine (also known as Stats Monkey), Owen Youngman, Knight Chair for Digital Innovation at the Medill School of Journalism told participants of the World Editors Forum study tour. What this software can do, he explained, is take the raw data of a baseball game, for example - line scores, box scores, play by play - and automatically generate a simple news story.

Unlike StatSheet, which was recently discussed in the New York Times, the software is not based on templates, but on semantics. It uses a library of nouns and verbs and phrases.

Even without human input, Youngman argued the technology adds value. "There are a lot of people who wouldn't know what happened in a game by looking at the box score, but they will understand our articles," he said.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-12-06 11:35

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An article by Chadwick Matlin in the Columbia Journalism Review discusses the "Faustian bargain" news organisations make when they make use of plentiful slideshows online.

Having worked at The Big Money (part of the Slate Group), Matlin describes the publication's quest for pageviews on its site in May 2009 and how its prayers were answered with the arrival of the capability to produce slideshows, which earn a page view for every click, and allow multiple ads to be displayed.

"Within days we ran our first slideshow, a visual essay about the history of credit-card design," he explains. "Overnight, we found our 100,000 page views. Over the next few days, the slideshow made up 40 percent of our total traffic."

Slideshows were great for bringing money, and therefore "soon became an editorial priority," with a dedicated spot in the weekly story meeting and even their own meetings. And, says Matlin, the Big Money (which has since closed) was not alone.

He believes that although they can be informative and insightful, slideshows are increasingly being published "because of the medium, not the message." He cites the Huffington Post as an example of a place where "the line has been irretrievably crossed" between the use of slideshows as a fun novelty to "craven solicitation."

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-19 17:32

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Journalists from five Irish Johnston Press Group newspapers intend to go on strike next Tuesday after hearing of possible staff cuts that will occur as a result of putting a new editorial production system in place that the publisher's management thinks will abolish the need for sub-editors, MediaGuardian reported.

"This strike is about protecting employment but it is also about defending journalistic standards," said Nicola Coleman, the organiser for the National Union of Journalists in Ireland. "The experience of this union in the UK is that the new system and reduced staffing levels have led to chaos - the results have been disastrous publications."


For more on this story please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-19 12:48

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All news can be global and local, declares the website of new start-up WorldCrunch, whose mission is to provide English translations of news articles from around the world. "What we're looking for is to provide a global view of the world," co-founder Jeff Israely told the Editors Weblog, explaining that global news should always be relevant in a local sense also.

Israely and his business partner Irene Toporkoff, both based in Paris, have just launched an alpha version of the WorldCrunch website, inviting interested users to sign up via email.

What is it?

The goal is to bring together a selection of articles from around the world, maybe 20 to 30 a day, carefully chosen by knowledgeable journalists, that will deepen the Anglophone public's knowledge of global affairs. It will be a general news site, covering topics from politics and economics to culture and entertainment, the only criteria being that stories have value for a global reader.

This value, Israely said, could come from the fact that they are exclusive, particularly timely, very deeply-reported, or simply because they provide a fascinating perspective. How Obama's recent visit to Indonesia was covered by the Indonesian or Chinese media, for example, could provide an intriguing contrast to English-language coverage.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-18 15:58

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Apple has made a strong effort to keep iPad apps as PG-rated as possible, so if you're looking to view risqué material on your iPad, you're looking in the wrong place. Or are you?

According to Mashable, Apple rejects most apps "featuring women in bikinis or lingerie" citing them as too "explicit." This includes the November issue of Esquire magazine which features the "sexiest woman alive," but excludes The Sun's app which contains the well-known 'page 3' section - including a 360 view of naked beauties who "pirouette" on command.

So what distinguishes whether an app is deemed too family-unfriendly? Good question. Phillip W. Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing at Apple, told The New York Times in an interview earlier this year that "the difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format."

So The Sun's page 3 is well accepted but Esquire's 'sexiest woman alive' is not? Although the reason for Apple's censorship of Esquire has not been determined, is it fair for them to allow some publications to show 'explicit' images but not others?

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Grace Donoso

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2010-11-17 19:46

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A study from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that the media in all countries tended to under-report climate science during the UN's Copenhagen summit on climate change last year. Less than a tenth of the coverage surveyed was principally about the science of climate change, and 80% of the 400 articles studied mentioned the science in less than 10% of their column space, the RISJ clarified.

The Western press quoted views of climate change sceptics but these were not covered by media in the developed world. The question of how to cover climate change issues while including but not giving undue space to climate scepticism has been debated at length. As journalists instinctively seek to give a voice to both sides of a story, some argue that they have given climate sceptics too much credibility.

Of the twelve countries studied, Brazil and India provided the most coverage of the summit, followed by Australia and the UK. Nigeria, Russia and Egypt gave the summit the least space. 85% of the 4000 journalists who attended the summit were from the developed world, but China and Brazil had more than 100 journalists each.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-16 16:16

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Reuters editor-in-chief David Schlesinger questioned whether journalists should reassess the risks they take in war in a speech today at the International News & Safety Institute "Live and Tell" debate in Athens, according to the Guardian's Roy Greenslade.

Two Reuters journalists died in Iraq in 2007 after being fired on from US Apache helicopters (an episode which, thanks to Wikileaks, is now well known.) Ten other Reuters employees have been killed in the line of duty in the last ten years, and Schlesinger believes that this calls for a reassessment of the risks involved in reporting on conflict.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-10 15:58

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The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) warmly welcomed the decision of the Express Media Group for appointing a news ombudsman, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan.

A news ombudsman acts as a mediator between the expectations of the public and the responsibilities of journalists in order to promote accuracy, fairness, transparency and quality standards of journalism. His main task is to handle complaints from the public about news reporting and to provide a sort of internal quality control, writing columns or internal memos about complaints.

The Express Tribune, which launched earlier this year and is a partner of the International Herald Tribune, appointed as ombudsman Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, a well-known jurist and constitutional expert, who will occupy a non-monetary position. During his career he served as senior advocate in the Supreme Court, federal law minister, attorney general and the governor of Sindh, the paper said.

Readers are invited to contact him for every concerns and complaints about the fairness and accuracy of the newspaper and "The Express Tribune will accept his decision on these matters as final", the paper announced.

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Federica Cherubini

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2010-11-05 18:09

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