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We are experimenting with replacing our ‘Media Links’ post with a feed of ‘Recommended Reading,’ where we will not only suggest to you what we think are some of the most interesting articles around today, but we will highlight why we think they are worth reading. Do let us know what you think!

Patch redesign emphasizes social as path to revenue growth, StreetFightMag.com

Patch, AOL’s hyperlocal news venture, has come under much fire for disrupting local news markets across the US and for failing to find a business model. This article claims that Patch is moving “away from a traditional editorial news property and into a more social, user-driven service:” is this a step in the right direction towards commercial success? What can others learn from this?

Fortune Changes iPad Strategy, Introduces 'Freemium' App Edition, AdAge.com

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-25 18:48

The Guardian has announced that Tanya Cordrey has been named to the new role of Chief Digital Officer. She is currently GNM's Director of Digital Development. In the same announcement, the company said David Pemsel, GNM's interim Chief Marketing Officer, has been promoted to the new position of Chief Commercial Officer.

The Huffington Post reports that Se & Hoer, a Danish celebrity weekly magazine, will publish the topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge in a 16-page supplement that is sold with its Thursday edition.

Speaking of Huffington Post, an article on Mashable describes what a smash hit HuffPost Live has been in its first month on the air. To date, "HuffPost Live has aired 12 hours of original video per day, five days a week, with more than 2,000 guests appearing on air," according to the Mashable report.

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Brian Veseling

Date

2012-09-19 17:57

BBC's new director general vows to re-invent content, not just re-purpose it, says paidContent, while the Guardian reports on George Entwistle's plans for a "radical" shape-up at the BBC.

The editor of the Irish Daily Star has been suspended following the paper's publication of the topless duchess photos, according to Press Gazette.

While back in France where the pictures were originally published, Closer is now being sued by Dominique Strauss Kahn, says LePoint.fr.

Roy Greenslade describes the acceleration of the Change.org 'drop page 3' campaign, which is calling upon Sun Editor Dominic Mahon to stop printing or posting pictures of topless women.

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-18 18:50

A petition on Change.org has asked Sun editor Dominic Mahon to put an end to showing topless women on page three, reports Roy Greenslade in the Guardian.  

Social blogging platform Tumblr is under pressure from investors to find a business model, says Business Insider.

User-generated photo app Scoopshot (which just published a study it commissioned among WAN-IFRA members) tells Journalism.co.uk how it approaches verification.

The Knight Foundation's Eric Newton describes on Nieman Lab's website the changes he believes journalism schools must adopt. "Without better-equipped graduates, how can we be sure future generations will have the news and information they need to run their communities and their lives?" he asks.

The Times-Picayune has suffered backlash from readers angry at reduced print days, and local advertisers are split over whether print or internet ads are more effective, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-12 18:32

Which GOP governor is the weakest link? Which democrat senator wants to marry a multi-millionaire? The New York TimesDavid Carr consults top authorities in the world of reality television about how the U.S. Republican and Democratic National Conventions could spice up their images.

"At one point, when he was about 24, he took off into the Tasmanian wilderness with just a knife and pitted himself against nature to see if he could survive out there," says Julian Assange’s mother of her son in the Guardian’s compilation of testimonies from the whistleblower’s nearest and dearest.

Pasadena publisher James Macpherson claims to have received death threats five years ago when he began hiring workers in India to write local news stories. Now he has launched Journtent, a system for helping other publishers outsource local reporting. CJR reports.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-08-28 19:09

Condé Nast shopping magazine Lucky is set to launch Lucky Community, an entirely user-generated digital section, in August. “Top-down only takes you so far,” explains Editor in Chief Brandon HolleyAdWeek reports.

In case you missed it (or it's still under plastic in your mailbox)... As part of its special report on the news industry last week, the Economist reported on impartiality and the media, and "The Foxification of the news."

Nieman Lab reports that major news organisations are discovering that they have to lighten up to thrive on YouTube. 

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-16 19:01

Scotland Yard officers arrested Tom Savage, deputy news editor of the Daily Star Sunday and Sunday Mirror crime correspondent Justin Penrose this morning on suspicion of alleged payments to public officials, the Guardian reports.

Nature reporter Quirin Schiermeier describes how an eccentric scientist was able to bring him to Britain's High Court for an article he wrote, and what it says about the country's "antiquated" libel law.

Wikipedia blacked out its Russian site yesterday in solidarity with other Internet companies and human rights activists protesting against a proposed web censorship law that critics say could lead to the building of a great firewall in Russia, The New York Times reports.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-11 17:57

Weekend video long(ish)-form: 5 essential TED Talks, as selected by the New Yorker.

Worried you might be tweeting into a vacuum? Try tweeting on weekends. But don’t let everybody start doing that, or else it will stop working. The BBC College of Journalism Blog offers pointers for making sure people pay attention to your 140 characters.

Al Jazeera's "The Stream" had its Twitter account hacked by supporters of Bashar al-Assad, according to the Huffington Post.

The Israeli journalist who drew on leaked army documents to report the alleged assassination of Palestinian militants was spared jail time in a plea bargain, reports Reuters via the Huffington Post

For more industry news, please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-06 17:55

WikiLeaks announced today that it has started publishing a trove of more than 2.4 million emails from "Syrian political figures, ministries and companies," known as the #SyriaFiles, dated between August 2006 and March 2012. Journalism.co.uk reports. Read more on the Guardian's Middle East liveblog.

A reporter who was fired from the Kansas City Star last July for using material from press releases in his columns argues that this should not be counted as plagiarism. He is suing McClatchy Newspapers for $25,000 plus damages. Andrew Beaujon reports for Poynter.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-05 18:55

George Entwistle, currently Director of BBC Vision, was appointed today as the new Director-General of the BBC, reports the BBC. Read Entwistle’s memo to staff.

British Community Secretary Eric Pickles has threatened to outlaw local newspapers operated by local authorities, reports Press Gazette.

Twitter, which released its first transparency report on Monday (accessible via Mashable) faces the same dilemma as The New York Times, argues Mathew Ingram for Gigaom: to what extent should it be a platform, and to what extent a destination?

Ken Doctor writes for Nieman Lab on the “tablet aggregator wars” between Pulse and Flipboard, and "moving beyond Paywalls 1.0 to a more nuanced world of digital circulation.”

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-04 19:07

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