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Robert Freeman is a social media specialist with the BBC College of Journalism. Robert was Head of Multimedia at The Press Association and Head of Video at The Guardian, as well as a member of BBC News Online's original launch team.
The problem with most news apps and data journalism is that they rely on the government to produce the data. If the government keeps numbers and you can pry it loose, game on. But what happens when the government doesn’t keep the data? Or you have a reason to believe it’s fatally flawed? Or what if you just want more?
The problem with data journalism as practised in most newsrooms is that it usually relies on other people's data. It's a classic case of Garbage In - Garbage Out. The problem I see here is that most of the journalists I know simply don't have either the technical or scientific skills to acquire their own data.
Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the growing number of news providers being arrested in connection with the continuing anti-government protests in Turkey.
For news organisations to survive and thrive, they have to understand their competitive advantage and the relative competitive advantage of different digital strategies. I was reminded how important this is when I read a great article by Anika Gupta, the product manager for Citizen Journalist Online, a new user-generated content portal for Indian news channel CNN-IBN. Writing on MediaNama, Gupta points out that free content is not the competitive advantage for user-generated content: "Either you pay content producers or you pay content editors, but somebody has to get paid. There is no such thing as a free lunch."
Barbara Serra is a news presenter and correspondent with Al Jazeera English. She anchors the main news programmes from Al Jazeera’s London broadcast centre and has also reported extensively from across Europe and the Middle East.
In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The case is legally open to the public, but no journalists are present in the small, cramped courtroom. After several hours, one of the police officers perusing his Twitter account outside discovers that someone is tweeting updates from the trial. He marches in during a break and angrily forbids the unknown user from covering proceedings. When the Tweets continue, the officer informs the judge, who also insists the tweets stop.
Is there too much hype around 'big data'? The Economist's data editor, Kenneth Cukier, thinks so, and yet he remains passionate about what we can achieve with it.
Facebook has launched Media on Facebook, a portal that houses best practices, case studies and research for media companies.
Twitter is hiring a 'head of news' in its bid to be even more indispensable to global media, but will it work?
Twitter is aiming not only to strengthen, but also to formalise its relationship with news media.
Al Jazeera is well-funded and doesn't need to make money. But its prospects, here and in Middle East, are uncertain
GENEVA, 11 JUNE 2013
Today the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) expressed profound dismay on behalf of Europe’s entire public service media community at reports that ERT – a founding Member of the EBU in 1950 – has been shut down with immediate effect. Emergency powers granted to the Finance Minister and the competent Minister have been used to stop ERT’s transmissions, leaving Greek citizens wishing to watch ERT programmes in front of black screens.
In a letter sent today to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, the President of the EBU, Jean Paul Philippot and the EBU Director General, Ingrid Deltenre urged Mr Samaras “to use all his powers to immediately reverse this decision”.
The existence of public service media and their independence from government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament – and not through a simple agreement between two government ministers.
In the letter, the EBU stresses the importance of public service media as an essential pillar of democratic and pluralistic societies across Europe.
The EBU President and DG go on to highlight that “While we recognize the need to make budgetary savings, national broadcasters are more important than ever at times of national difficulty. This is not to say that ERT need be managed less efficiently than a private company. Naturally, all public funds must be spent with the greatest of care.”
The EBU is on standby to offer its knowledge of Europe's public service media to provide the advice, assistance and expertise necessary for ERT to be preserved as a true public broadcaster in the European mould.
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The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO.
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The Guardian and blogger Glenn Greenwald shocked the U.S. and much of the world with their stories about government surveillance, scoops that may have come about in part due to their outsider status in U.S.
Former NOS Editor-in-chief Hans Laroes shares some thoughts on Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and why the Watergate Deep Throat wouldn't get very far today.
The line that editors walk between legitimate investigation and entrapment can sometimes be a fine one, says The Guardian's Roy Greenslade.
Data visualisation creates powerful, elegant images from complex data. It’s like good prose: a pleasure to experience and a force for good in the right hands, but also seductive and potentially deceptive. Because we have less experience of data visualisation than of rhetoric, we are naive, and allow ourselves to be dazzled.
What are the ethical responsibilities of public service journalists covering events as dramatic and disturbing as the recent attack in the London suburb of Woolwich, in which a man was hacked to death? ITV’s decision to broadcast pictures of one of the attackers with his hands apparently covered in blood has provoked a fierce debate.
Why should we believe claims made in The Times and the Daily Telegraph that a senior Tory referred to the party's activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons"? Because, frankly, it stretches credulity to think that two reporters from competing titles would concoct a fake story based on such a specific quote.
Google Glass is the perfect medium for receiving news updates about the topics you care about, but up until today no one had quite perfected how to do that. The New York Times app comes standard with every pair of the high-tech glasses, but only sends the paper’s top headlines on an hourly basis. News isn’t tailored to fit your interests, nor is the frequency of news headlines are sent to you. The result? You end up with a backlog of news stories in Glass you likely don’t care about. For those you do care about, the app is only capable of reading you the first few sentences of the story or letting you share the story with friends on Google+.
How Google Glass could change the way we consume news
Since ITV News launched its atomized, live, streaming redesign a little over a year ago, they’ve adhered fairly resolutely to a single maxim: “We’ll tell you what we know, when we know it.” Julian March, ITV’s online director, argues that because of that philosophy, ITV has become widely considered the speediest outlet for breaking news in the U.K.
ITV News online is using social media in a clever way to reconcile speed with accuracy. It has earned them a reputation as the fastest outlet in the UK for breaking news and increased unique views to their site by more than 500 per cent in one year.
The AP is fine-tuning its social media guidelines for reporters, specifically on how to exercise caution while tweeting. Given the confusion and misinformation that spread around the Boston Marathon bombing story, not to mention its recent recent Twitter hacking, the news service wants its reporters to exercise extreme caution, saying “Staffers are advised to avoid spreading unconfirmed rumors through tweets and posts.”
Even journalists who never broadcast or publish facts that they haven't verified seem to lose all self-control on Twitter. Is it the pressure to be first?