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Al-Jazeera English has seen off competition from Sky News and the BBC to be named news channel of the year for the first time at the RTS television journalism awards.
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By Hannah Storm
My daughter plays a journalist in her school class assembly this week. It’s a role that she’s very excited to have.
The free press gods initially gave us the old testament. Then the news testament rose and took over for about 90 years. Recently the old testament has roared back to life and now we have something close to parity or détente, in which it is recognized that we need both.
The growth of social media as a way to find and share stories, has presented journalists with both challenges and opportunities in the way they connect with the public. The rich supply of text, video, audio and photo updates which surface on social media, particularly in breaking news situations, also means newsrooms are faced with an additional channel of communication requiring effective verification, where possible, at speed.
How far behind will developing countries be if they don’t speed up to the social media information challenge?
On Facebook, news is a common but incidental part of the experience, according to a new survey. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook, and half of those users get news there. Young people (18- to 29– year-olds) account for about a third, 34%, of Facebook news consumers.
BuzzFeed has been named the "most social" publisher on Facebook in aranking of August's most shared online content, with the BBC boasting the best performance on Twitter. The BBC had more than 2m tweets for the 8,016 articles it produced in August - putting them far ahead of Mashable, the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN and even BuzzFeed.
By Ferruccio de Bortoli
Publishers are struggling to survive in an age when information technologies have revolutionized the press industry. However, cutting costs is not the answer, as it will affect quality and move publishers closer to their own extinction - they are behaving like lemmings, the little, Arctic animals who, according to popular myth, rush together to their death.
Gourmet restaurants don't compete with fast food businesses by cutting costs but by focusing on quality and catering to customers who are looking for a different kind of culinary experience. Why should the news business be any different?
The Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit news organization that does what its name suggests, and Public Radio Exchange (PRX), which distributes content to public radio stations, are joining forces to launch Reveal, which they hope will morph into a weekly, hour-long show packed with powerful journalism.
Anyone working in newspapers knows what the three key issues facing the industry are: survival, survival and survival. But, writes Charlie Beckett, as we look around at what’s left after the first digital tsunami of change, this is a good moment to ask if there’s more to a future strategy than ‘not going bust’.
The current British government may be about to politicise the BBC to a greater extent than any of its predecessors. Traditionally, governments of all colours have protected its independence, recognising, whatever their differences with the organisation, that it is the source of the BBC's credibility and international standing.
It would be overly cynical to suggest that when politicians are having a bad time and want to distract public attention, they just goes to war. Nevertheless, right now we are all shifting our focus on Syria and away from Snowden, Greenwald, Miranda and the way the British government is putting pressure on The Guardian.
Look at the home pages of two major German news sites today, August 20. TheSüddeutsche Zeitung talks about the government forcing the Guardian to destroy computers holding leaked NSA data in “a scene out of a spy novel.” Spiegel Online talks about the UK as “the land of black helicopters.”
Jeff Jarvis compares the German media's outrage at the British government's clampdown on The Guardian with the cool indifference of the UK and US press. Jarvis struggles to understand why the Brits and Americans are ignoring a major news story, while the usually more conservative Germans are exhibiting deep distrust in government. I think Jarvis exaggerates a wee bit the strength of the feeling in Germany - DW describes the protests as rather small (http://www.dw.de/german-anti-nsa-protests-attract-small-crowds/a-16981027). He also misses the point that any anger is really directed at the US and UK, while at most the German government is accused of guilt by association. Perhaps the British press is taking the view that since The Guardian has revealed government secrets, it should come as no suprise that the government is taking an aggressive interest in The Guardian's affairs.
Damon Kiesow, senior product manager at The Boston Globe, offered insights into important mobile metrics during a recent visit at Poynter. In this video, Kiesow — a former digital media fellow at Poynter — explains how to craft a mobile strategy and describes common mistakes newsrooms make when it comes to mobile.
Reader experiences must be designed not from a mobile-first perspective but from a device-first sensibility, argues the Washington Post's Kevin Gentzel.
The American start-up is popular with young audiences because of its fresh approach to news. Vice also has a magazine show on HBO and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp recently bought 5% of the business. Vice is now expanding across Europe with specific offers in a number of countries.
Outlets from National Public Radio to ProPublica have turned to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Spot.us to help solve journalism's funding woes and make a bit of online buzz. But is this solution sustainable?
No, crowdfunding is not a sustainable solution, but it can fund investigative reports and other projects.
What kind of people post comments on news websites? Buzzfeed thinks it has identified 12 types - which one are you?
Over the past 10 months, my job at the Global Editors Network gave me the opportunity to be touring the most renowned newsrooms all over the world to organize journalism hackdays where teams of journalists, designers and developers competed in the development of innovative journalism tools, content and apps.
What do banks and public service media (PSM) have in common? According to the RAI President, Anna Maria Tarantola, both are built on a relationship of trust.
YouTube shares information about what videos are popular in different cities and different countries, and for the US, offers a tool to see what videos are popular with different age groups and genders. MIT Media Lab was interested in seeing what videos were popular in different countries, and especially, what videos were popular in more than one country.
The impact of US National Security Agency and other surveillance programmes on EU citizens' privacy and media freedom and the lack of democratic oversight of these programmes were the key concerns voiced by MEPs and key journalists in the first of a series of hearings on alleged spying by the US and EU countries.
The war on leaks is pitting journalist against journalist. The recent security and military leaks have received predictable criticism from the government, but a number of journalists have also lashed out at those who are closest to the stories.
This week’s detention of a journalist’s partner at Heathrow has ignited an August row. Glenn Greenwald is the journalist responsible for reporting Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA and GCHQ surveillance activities for The Guardian. When his partner was held for 9 hours and had all his computer equipment confiscated by “agents” during a change of plane at Heathrow it produced predictable responses. Some cried foul – families should be off limits. Others shrugged and said “what do you expect?”. In the midst of this was a debate about free press and the role of the state.
Balanced and fair assessment of the controversy surrounding David Miranda's detention at Heathrow Airport