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December 2011

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SOPA: who is for and who is against the controversial American online piracy act? 120 companies have publicly shown support for the bill, whereas only 40 have declared they are against the bill.

Three years after receiving multiple complaints about a TV broadcast, new media privacy guidelines have been published in Australia.

The Argentinean government has taken control over the one and only newsprint manufacturer in the country, previously owned by two major newspapers. The president claims this will encourage media plurality by stopping the 15% mark-up charged to rival newspapers. Opponents say it will harm freedom of expression.

Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, may become the editorial director of the French language Huffington Post.

The Eurozone crisis explained: The BBC uses an infographic to unravel the complex causes of the Euro's troubles.


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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-23 18:32

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Print sales continue to drop in Denmark, according to data from Newspaper Innovation. Every newspaper in the country has experienced some decline in print sales since 1997. Danish broadsheets have been particularly hard-hit by this drop in sales, Jyllands Posten has lost more than half of its print readership in 14 years and Politiken's print readership has declined by a third over the same period.

Although the free daily Metro Xpress is still retains the highest readership levels, it too has lost readers, although not as many as the free daily, Urban, which has suffered a steep loss of 60% since 2005.

According to data published by Press Reference earlier this year, Denmark currently has 31 daily newspapers with a circulation of 1,481,000 and an average daily newspaper consumption of 27 minutes per day. Yet, print sales have still taken a huge slide over the past fourteen years.

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2011-12-23 15:36

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Big data is big business.

Management professionals have known this for some time; this report published by the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company back in May notes that "the amount of data in our world has been exploding, and analyzing large data sets--so-called big data--will become a key basis of competition." The need to engage with large sets of data is growing all the time for leaders in all sectors, claims the report, as the rise of new business practices, multimedia and social media means that more data than ever is being recorded.

This has already proved itself to be a major opportunity for journalists. Take the news application Dollars for Docs. This feature from ProPublica allows users in the US to search their local doctor to find out whether he or she has accepted payment from drug companies. Journalists who constructed the app assembled payment disclosures from 12 companies and pulled them into a single, easy-to-use database.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-12-23 14:56

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A local investment group is buying up Sun-Times Media for over $20 million in a move that may bring more digital focus to the media company.

The Chicago Sun-Times, one of the papers owned by Sun-Times Media, announced the deal, which was previewed in The Chicago Tribune, yesterday. The new investors include Michael Ferro Jr., Chairman of Merrick Ventures LLC, who will serve as company chairman, and the former publisher of Newsday, Timothy Knight, who will be CEO.

The group that is selling Sun-Times Media brought it out of bankruptcy in 2009, cutting costs by laying off staff, closing its own print plant and outsourcing the printing to Tribune Co. The group was originally led by former Mesirow CEO Jim Tyree, who died earlier this year. Until yesterday it was run by Jeremy Halbreich, who is stepping down to make way for Knight.

Under new ownership, the media group will keep the printed paper as a key part of its business model, but the buyout may be the start of a more digital-focused direction.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-12-22 21:22

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What the 'Arab spring' has taught journalists about social media: has the balance now tipped in favour of social media and citizen journalists over traditional media outlets?

Will 2012 be the year when social media 'grows up'? Burt Herman of Nieman Lab predicts that journalism will become more decentralised, more collaborative with greater emphasis on real-time reporting.

Vladim Lavrusik of Nieman lab thinks journalism will be rebuilt 'Six million Dollar Man' Style - better, stronger, faster - through better content curation and amplification.

McKinsey predicts that analysing big data sets is the new frontier in journalism and many other industries due to the information explosion that will continue to grow exponentially.

How Facebook makes money from ads: the social network's revenue model explained in its own words.

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2011-12-22 20:11

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As 2012 draws ever nearer, speculation about the future of news in the next 12 months is rife. While changes in the year ahead are certain, newspapers haven't stopped innovating simply because the festive season is upon them.

The Sunday Times is preparing a Christmas day edition, the first in the paper's 190 year history, to be released on digital platforms, specifically the iPad and Android tablets. The edition will include interactive elements, such as quizzes and 'rub and reveal' pictures, and will be sponsored by retailer John Lewis so it can be given away as a free download.

The Sunday Times is not the only paper that is investing in digital strategies this Christmas time. Gannett has just purchased a raft of new equipment to enable its journalists to produce multimedia content with greater ease and speed. 'Thousands' of new iPhones and iPads have been bought by the company to equip journalists in making multimedia content and to facilitate news gathering.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-22 19:31

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Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, announced the Columbia School of Journalism this morning. According to Columbia's website, the prize is the "equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes" for broadcast journalism.

The award recognises the quality of the report "Haiti - Six Months on", part of Al Jazeera English's Faultlines documentary series. The program examines the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 and is praised by the Columbia School of Journalism as "an emotional, accurate and visceral report about the lack of progress in reconstruction".

AJE was one of 14 prize-winners, including The New York Times, Detroit Public TV and Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation. But if AJE was not the only winner, this Poynter article suggests that it was, in some ways, the most significant.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-12-21 19:31

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Italy's paid content market seems surprisingly healthy: twice as many people in Italy pay for digital content as in the US.

Social advertising: as AOL Ventures invests $7.1 million in Appsavvy, a social advertising company, it seems social might be the latest trend in the advertising business.

2011, the year that journalism changed: the BBC College of Journalism discusses how Leveson will re-work the industry in 2012.

French publications Rue 89 and le Nouvel Observateur have announced they are to merge at the end of the year.

Seth Godin tells us how journalism has become lazy: the hard part of professional journalism is writing fresh material that no one has covered.

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

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2011-12-21 19:00

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project founded by Centre for Public Integrity, has announced the addition of 41 new members, which brings the total number 158 journalists positioned across the world, collaborating to uncover issues of corruption and abuses of power that span borders. In the interest of transparency, the ICIJ publishes a list of its member here.

The ICIJ was founded in 1997 and offers journalists access to the resources of the Centre for Public Integrity: computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, for example. ICIJ members can then partner with journalists who operate in territories where resources are scarce or press freedom is limited, in order to investigate crime and corruption where it would otherwise go unreported. The ICIJ is also associated with a global network of non-profit journalism organisations and networks that can provide training and funding for investigative projects for those who need it.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-21 17:32

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El Punto Semanal, a new weekly for the Spanish language market in Los Angeles, will be released by EC Hispanic Media in the first quarter of 2012.

The three elements of a successful news organisation: content, distribution and credibility. Robert Hernandez predicts that in the future size won't matter - as long as individuals have these three characteristics, they will become more valued than enormous distribution companies.

The New York Times will raise the cost of home delivery by 30 cents in 2012.

The distinction between the software industry and the media business is going to blurr more more and more in 2012, argues Nicholas Carr.

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

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2011-12-20 20:26

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'Hatchet Job': a term first used in 1944, denoting 'a forceful or malicious verbal attack'. So who would want to celebrate 'hatchet jobs' in literary criticism? The Omnivore would, that's who.

Too often, the Omnivore believes, the review sections of newspapers, especially the books section, go ignored by readers because the writing is "inward-looking and self-serving." The publication, which aggregates and showcases criticism relating to literature, film and theatre to provide readers a "cross section of critical opinion", is running the 'Hatchet Job of the Year' award that aims to reward book reviews that are "not simply informative, but entertaining". Anna Baddeley from The Omnivore team explained to the Editors Weblog why celebrating the hatchet job is the ideal way to encourage great quality literary criticism.

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2011-12-20 20:04

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What's in your journalism kit? A notepad? A laptop? A smartphone? A video camera? How about a remote control aeroplane...?

Crazy as it might sound, The Washington Post published an article at the beginning of this month about reporters using unmanned aircraft, or drones, to collect footage for news stories.

The idea seems to be taking off. Last Friday the BBC College of Journalism published a piece about drone journalism, showing some impressive images of protests in Russia captured by an unmanned aircraft. Just yesterday, the International Journalists' Network and Mashable published a story detailing the "5 things you need to know about drone journalism".


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2011-12-20 17:24

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Five things to know about drone journalism: Mashable gives you the low down on the latest innovation in covering large scale events like demonstrations or disaster zones.

Five numbers that express in no uncertain terms why 2011 was year of the mobile: this year has seen more news consumed on mobile devices than ever before.

What is a reverse paywall? Jay Rosen explains how loyal site users could be charged less than those who drop in occasionally.

Graphics in motion: Adam Westbrook shows us what one entrepreneurial journalist can achieve with a graphics package and some data.

Is technology as disruptive to traditional media as electricity was to the candle business? Ken Auletta of The New Yorker discusses.

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

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2011-12-19 19:50

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The Associated Press has announced the release of its automated style-checking software, AP StyleGuard. For the APs online subscribers, the AP StyleGuard plug-in, developed by Equiom Linguistic Labs, has been available for download since December 16.

The programme acts as a proof reading tool, much like Microsoft Office spell check, and tells journalists when they their writing departs from the stylistic rules dictated by the AP Style Guide. Bassam Saliba, co-founder of Equiom Linguistic Labs, said "We developed AP StyleGuard as a Microsoft Office enhancement, by integrating AP Stylebook to allow authors to interactively validate the quality and consistency of news articles, press releases and documents". The program has taken more than a year to develop and is currently in the beta phase of development, available only for Microsoft operating systems.

Colleen Newvine, product manager for AP Stylebook, told WAN-IFRA all about the motivations for creating the product, the impact the software will have on journalists and the future of AP StyleGuard.

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2011-12-19 17:46

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ProPublica has created an "explore sources" button that allows readers to check the sources behind an article without leaving the page. See how they did it here.

31 weekly newspapers have closed in the UK this year.

The Guardian downsizes: the separate film and music supplement will now be a feature in the daily G2 supplement and the main newspaper will lose at least 4 pages.

Designing or adjusting your social media policy? Here's some advice on what good social media policies should do.

Christopher Hitchens, journalist, secularist and conversationalist has died: the contributing editor for Vanity Fair passed away due to pneumonia as a complication of esophageal cancer.

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2011-12-16 19:01

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A new study from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future states that the majority of newspapers in the USA will cease to exist in printed form within the next five years. The report asked whether America had arrived at a "digital turning point" and examined the role of new, often disruptive, digital technologies in American politics, media, communication and the American lifestyle in general.

The report concluded that, as print circulation continues to drop, most newspapers will suffer, causing them to terminate printing operations altogether. Whether publications stand a chance of maintaining printed editions seems to be a question of size; large organisations, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, could potentially keep their printed editions, whilst local weeklies presumably thanks to their small numbers of staff and dedicated readerships, could also keep their printed editions.

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2011-12-16 16:18

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Need reminding of the 'Elements of Style'? Well Columbia Journalism School will give you the low down via a rap video.

Proposed media law in Macedonia causes journalists to fear press freedom will be further restricted in the country.

The Guardian has put together a Christmas list for journalists and developers, including methods to make journalism more transparent

http://blogs.journalism.co.uk/2011/12/15/guardian-developer-blog-journalists-compile-a-christmas-wish-list-for-developers/

TIME Magazine's Lightbox blog presents the best viral photos of 2011.

Italian daily la Repubblica uses Storify to tell the tale of the resignation of Tg LA7 Director Enrico Mentana

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2011-12-15 18:15

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The top 40 most shared stories in America during 2011 have been revealed by Facebook. So what does America's 'most shared' list tell us about the state of media consumption and journalism in the US today?

The Huffington Post dominated topped the chart. 10 articles from the online-only news organisation feature in the list, more than any other outlet. The highest charting entry from the HuffPo was entitled: 'Michelle Obama dances 'The Dougie' & 'the Running Man''. Not exactly Pulitzer winning reporting. However, when it comes to all things political, HuffPo Politics was the most visited political news website in the USA this September, according to comScore.

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Journalists and legal commentators can live tweet court proceedings without getting special permission from a judge, declared the UK's Lord Chief Justice yesterday.

"Twitter as much as you wish," said the judge as he handed down the guidance, which comes into effect immediately and determines the use of laptops and handheld devices in court.

In the past, journalists had to get special permission from the judge in order to be allowed to tweet, text or email live from the courtroom. These rules were based on guidelines issued December 2010.

But although the new guidance lifts restrictions, there are still caveats. Journalists' rights to use Twitter, text and email inside the courtroom can be withdrawn by the judge at any time if they seem to be compromising the administration of justice. Journalists are still bound by rules on legal reporting that were established in the 1981 Contempt of Court Act. The ruling only applies to legal proceedings that are open to the public. Photography and tape recording is still not allowed in court.

Within these boundaries, the Justice was positive about tweeting in court: 'a fundamental aspect of the proper administration of justice is the principle of open justice. Fair and accurate reporting of court proceedings forms part of that principle.'

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Timu is a Swahili word which means "team:" team being the core principle of the new platform the Italian <ahref Foundation recently launched.

Timu is a publishing platform for crowdsourced information and its main feature is to apply a common research method which is then recognised by a specific icon that websites and blogs can display in their homepage, to declare they are following that method.

The Timu hallmark is an assessment of a shared working methodology based on the core standards for high quality information: accuracy, impartiality, independence, legality.

This means providing accurate information, facts and data, being as impartial as possible, publishing a disclaimer for any possible conflict of interests involved in the article or in the subject of the article, acting in the shadow of legality and respecting fundamental liberties as well as privacy rights.

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The New York Times reports that a senior editor and a top executive of the Russian news magazine Kommersant Vlast have been fired, apparently due to the publication's coverage of Russia's contentious parliamentary elections. The magazine reported accusations of wide-spread electoral fraud and published a photo of a spoiled ballot with profanity directed at Vladimir Putin.

James Murdoch did receive an email including information that phone hacking at the News of the World was not limited to a single reporter, writes The Guardian. However, Mr Murdoch wrote to MP's stating that he had not read the relevant email in full.

Digital publishing company SAY Media has bought up the popular technology blog ReadWriteWeb, reports Paid Content. The blog's founder and editor-in-chief Richard MacManus will continue in his managing role, while Dan Frommer, founder and editor-in-chief of another technology site, SplatF, has been hired as editor-at-large.

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2011-12-14 19:30

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It's not just print that's going digital, but radio as well.

NPR has been granted $1.5 million by the Knight Foundation to train staff at local radio stations to use digital media effectively. The money will be used to help member stations collaborate with each other as part of a news network and to grow the stations' audience across different platforms.

The Knight Foundation's funding will power a two-year program, training reporters at 70 of NPR's 268 stations. The scheme follows on from the $1.5 million grant that the foundation gave NPR in 2007 to improve its journalists' digital skills.

Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen is quoted in a press release: "NPR is a great news organization and has become an essential part of American democracy. We want to support their embrace of the Internet." The Knight Foundation is serious about its support of public radio; it has invested a total of $5.4 million in NPR since 1992.

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Times are tough for the LA Times as Russ Stanton, who has been editor of the paper for the past four years, is standing down amidst the expectation of more job cuts.

Stanton leaves the news organisation on December 23rd and will be replaced by managing editor Davan Maharaj.

The LA Times published a positive review of Stanton's achievements with the paper, noting that under his leadership the paper extended its digital reach to over 17 million readers and won three Pulitzer Prizes.

Yet the LA Times acknowledges that the past four years have been a rocky period, citing problems caused by contracting newspaper circulation and shrinking advertising revenue. The New York Times provides some sobering statistics: the American newspaper industry saw a 26.2% drop in advertising revenue from 2008 to 2009 and an additional 4.6% decline last year.

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Want to learn how to program? An online book has just been released aimed at teaching absolute beginners how to use Ruby, a coding language used by many open source applications, such as Ruby on Rails.

The Guardian has put together an interactive map to show the amount and location of civilian deaths in Syria after the uprising earlier this year.

Detained Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been charged with "establishing an organization that aims to change the social and economical entity of the state" and "weakening the national sentiment, and trying to ignite sectarian strife", offenses that can lead to 15 years in prison.

Google+ has made it easier for bloggers to share their material on their site.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the arrest of a journalist during an Occupy protest after a video published on YouTube shows footage that contradicts the police account of the arrest.

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