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A week from today, French radio station France Culture will launch a new web portal geared at luring the next generation of listeners to the airwaves via the Internet.

"France Culture Plus" as the new site is called, will mix content from campus radio stations with original work created by students specifically for the web platform, selects from the station’s own academically relevant programming, and audio and video recordings of university lectures and events.

The cultural radio station, which celebrates its 50th birthday next year, is not the only heritage media outlet in France to be reaching out to students this fall. Today, national television station France Télévisions announced “francetvéducation,” a free educational platform targeted at students, parents and teachers. At the end of October, daily newspaper Le Figaro also launched a website dedicated to students, www.lefigaroetudiant.fr.

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Emma Knight

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2012-11-19 19:32

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Radio used to be the most immediate method of accessing news information and to many it remains an indispensable means of obtaining news. But how can radio maintain its position as a valuable and relevant medium when digital media offer effective, instantaneous methods of communicating using a combination of text, video and audio?

The answer, many would argue, is 'visualisation'. Essentially, this is a process of filming what is actually happening in a studio and broadcasting it via the web. Why do this? What is the difference between visualisation and television?

However, the effect that visualisation achieves is quite different, as explained on the BBC College of Journalism Blog. Visualisation shows the radio studio as a working environment, where interviews are held, where music is performed and where news is reported. It is very much unlike watching interview or performances in the highly engineered context of a pre-recorded television show, for instance. The attraction with visualisation is occupying the privileged position of 'fly on the wall', seeing the internal workings of a radio studio, which traditionally remains closed to the eyes of the public.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-07-19 17:30

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The U.S. Agency for International Development's new project is turning to cell phones to disseminate news in an unstable country with a tradition of low literacy.

According to NextGov, the initiative, called Mobile Khabar (meaning mobile news in both Dari and Pashto) is a mobile phone service that aims to provide Afghani subscribers with free customized daily news reports. When the system is running, the reports will stream radio broadcasting from local and foreign radios, as well as newspaper articles read aloud.

The initiative is good news for developing media. Mobile phones have become an integral part of reading and sharing news in the West, and focusing on the mobile to spread news means that more Afghanis will have access to independent news sources regardless of their location.

Much has been said about how cell phones are effectively "crowd-sourcing" journalism, as citizens that witness news can now take pictures, videos, and send tweets to bring attention to an event. The Afghani project is far off from turning Afghanis into ad-hoc journalists - internet access and smart phones, as well as technological know-how would be necessary pre-requisites. However, it is one of the first initiatives geared towards making media relevant for all citizens.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-07-08 13:14

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BBC World Service rocked headlines when it announced in January that it would be making major cuts to save money after a budget cut from the government. A cross-party of MPs is now asking that the budget cut decision be reversed in order to save the news organization's reputation, according to the Guardian.

The House of Common's Foreign Affairs Committee released a report today, April 13, entitled "The Implications of Cuts to the BBC World Service," reported Journalism.co.uk. It contains 37 pages of written testimonials on the importance of the service from former BBC correspondents. The document is available in pdf form here.

The committee's chair Richard Ottaway said, "The value of the World Service in promoting the UK across the globe, by providing a widely respected and trusted news service, far outweighs its relatively small cost."

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-04-13 19:06

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One of Ruport Murdoch's largest (daily circulation of 7,700,000) tabloid newspapers, The Sun, has announced the immediate shutdown of Jon Gaunt's internet radio show, SunTalk.

The announcement comes two days after Gaunt lost his last remaining legal challenge against media regulator Ofcom over an on-air exchange in November 2008 while he was still a presenter with the national speech station TalkSport. Gaunt was censured by Ofcom after insulting councilor Michael Stark by referring to him as a "Nazi" and "ignorant pig" on live air.

News International has made the following statement on the matter: "News International can confirm that SunTalk has closed. This was a business decision taken as part of an ongoing review of costs and strategy to focus on core operations."

The Guardian recently reported that The Sun was set to take SunTalk on to a digital radio platform. News International sources had dismissed that story as "speculation".

Two of News International's other U.K. publications have recently announced budget cuts of 10 percent which will result in the loss of at least eighty editorial jobs. During that announcement in May, Times editor James Harding had stated that "all News International titles - including the Sun and the News of the World - will be looking to make savings for the start of the company's new financial year on 1 July.

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Colin Heilbut

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2010-07-16 17:42

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The headquarters of Agora, Poland's biggest media concern, in a southern district of Warsaw, have huge windows as a façade, and inside, terraces on every floor. The whole configuration seems to facilitate contact between the different editorial units housed in this imposing building. They are numerous and varied, from flagship daily Gazeta Wyborcza to freesheet Metro, from talk-news radio Tok FM to countless Internet portals and the administrative departments. Their members or contributors don't need to go to the basement, to the cafeteria, to see people from other platforms or professional cultures. The in-house newsstand and bookstore, which sell not only the group's productions, also remind them they are not alone in the industry.

Agora, which also has a strong presence in magazine, book and DVD publishing, in music-film production and in outdoor advertising, has more than half of its 3,150-odd employees based in this "horizontal skyscraper". The architecture building that is longer than it is tall, with stretching, low wall corridors, may reflect the interaction between separate units. Ironically however, it also contradicts the term "vertical", often heard in this four-storey building and applied to some of the integrated online activities.

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Jean-Pierre Tailleur

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2010-03-10 14:06

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