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French journalist Edith Bouvier and UK photographer Paul Conroy have both been smuggled out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs into Lebanon, the BBC reports.

Stephen Farrell discusses conflict reporting in the 'post-embed era' in the New York Times blog At War.

The Knight News Challenge has opened, inviting entries via Tumblr on the theme of 'Networks.' The first round application, which consists of seven questions, will close on 17 March.

The Leveson Inquiry continues: see the Guardian's extensive coverage here as the paper's star investigative reporter Nick Davies gives evidence.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-02-28 19:05

Several media commentators have been contributing to a discussion about whether including external links is important for journalism, and what the best practices are for linking. Steve Buttry of the Journal Register Company lists four reasons why he thinks linking is good for journalism, and two why it's good for business. Felix Salmon at Reuters stresses that linking is important, but that journalists should be more focused on linking to primary sources rather than to other news organizations.

The BBC has released its new social media strategy for England in 2012, writes the BBC College of Journalism. The new strategy includes a commitment to a minimum level of social media coverage in each region, and a stipulation that journalists and programme makers in all English regions should have or develop the skills to use social media.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-02-28 01:00

It's up and up for Mail Online. The Guardian reports that, according to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, the site boasted just under 100 million monthly browsers in January. Mail Online was named as the world's biggest newspaper site by comScore last month.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has noted that a police investigation into the killing of Brazilian editor Paulo Rocaro has found stronger evidence that he was murdered because of his journalistic work. Rocaro covered stories about drug trafficking on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

The New York Times reported two days ago that Google plans to launch a pair of high-tech glasses "that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time." Forbes ponders the ways that the new technology could revolutionise virtual advertising.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-23 19:49

Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik were killed by shelling in the Syrian city of Homs today, reports the New York Times. The Guardian notes that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Rupert Murdoch, among others, have paid tribute to Colvin, a veteran war reporter.

Mozilla has announced that it will be launching a cross-platform app store later this year. Submissions should be open next week at the Mobile World Congress, TechCrunch reports

The Washington Post has published a graph which it says shows the future both of advertising and of media. The graph compares the amount of time consumers spend on different platforms with the ad spend per media and demonstrates that ad spending on web and mobile is small in proportion to customer interest.

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Hannah Vinter

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2012-02-22 19:38

Accordingly to a new study released by the Women's Media Center, the U.S. media industry still is dominated by men. As the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas reported, despite the 2012 Report on the Status of Women in U.S. Media showing some good news with women occupying 40.5 percent of newspaper jobs in 2011, compared with 36.6 percent in 2010, media remains overwhelmingly male.

The New York Times announced on Feb 16 that two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid had died from what appeared to be an asthma attack, while on assignment for The Times in Syria. The paper and his colleagues remembered him with this page.

ProPublica has created a nice interactive graphic to show the involvement of various people close (and not so close) to the Murdochs during the phone-hacking scandal.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-02-20 18:56

The Economist's debate on the pros and cons of social media wraps up today. So far, 69% of readers have agreed with Jeff Jarvis, who is defending the motion that "society benefits when we share personal information online".

Media Helping Media has published an article running through the basics of fact-checking for journalists.

The Guardian reports that, for the London Olympics, the BBC will be broadcasting the men's 100 meter final in 3D.

The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have made a deal to share their content through the Associated Press's digital platforms. The AP announces in a press release that the two new brands will become available through its distribution network this month.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-15 19:47

Who said long-form journalism was dead? Time Out Chicago announces the upcoming launch of The Chicagoan, an ad-free 194-page magazine with a cover price of $19.95. Editor-in-chief and publisher J.C. Gabel states that the content is "really an amalgamation of the best of New York magazine, the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker".

Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern that several foreign journalists have been refused visas to Bahrain in the run-up to the one year anniversary of the uprising that took place in the country.

Piano Media, the company that has set up national paywalls in Slovakia and Slovenia, is planning to bump up its Slovakian subscriptions fees by about 25%, Nieman Lab reports. Piano spokesman David Brauchli thinks that "opposition to payment at this point is not socio-economic but rather philosophical" and "those who are going to pay will pay whether the price is €2.90 or €3.90 per month."

Finally, the Amazon Kindle may soon be launched in Japan and Brazil, reports paidContent

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-13 19:58

Sales of i have risen 47% year on year according to ABC figures reported by Press Gazette. This makes it the only UK national daily to have increased year on year circulation last month.

As PrimaComunicazione reported, there's also been some good news for the Italian newspaper market. Audipress, the national bureau tracking newspapers circulation, announced that daily papers' readership grew of the 3% between September and December 2011, compared to the period April-July.

Nieman Lab reports that the Wall Street Journal has been using Instagram and Pinterest to cover New York fashion week. Pinterest, an increasingly popular, invitation-only social network, has a high proportion of young, female users.

Facebook has updated its format to give ads a more prominent position, writes BetaBeat.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-10 19:43

Hello iPad 3? All Things D writes that Apple is gearing up to launch its next iPad at the beginning of March.

AOL has hired Rachel Fishman as Chief Content Officer for its hyperlocal news network Patch, which has been struggling financially, reports Reuters.

The Guardian announces that its editor Alan Rusbridger has taken a voluntary 10% pay cut, and has asked the publisher of the newspaper to reduce the contributions it makes to his pension by 50%.

Poynter has published a career chat, asking what skills digital first news rooms are looking for.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-09 20:06

News International, which has already settled more than 50 civil actions brought by News of the World phone hacking victims, is now facing over 50 more damages claims, reports The Guardian. The new claimants include Peter Crouch and James Blunt.

The Women's Media Center has launched a new project documenting the use of sexual violence as a weapon. The project has its own website which shows testimonies given by journalists who have been sexually assaulted or who have reported on sexual assault, writes Poynter.

Mashable has published an article about how the new social network Pinterest is influencing the design of other sites.

Editor of Lifehacker Jason Chen has left Gawker Media to start an e-bookstore named StoryBundle. Paid Content reports that Chen is the third tech blogger in the past few months to launch his own e-book company.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-08 19:32

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