What exactly is journalism in the public interest? It's the most important question in journalism today. It's a question which lies at the heart of the Leveson Inquiry. It's a question which is hotly disputed and to which there seem to be few easy answers. Yet unless it can be answered convincingly, it is a question which threatens to destroy independent journalism in this country.
This article written by Kristina Riegert of Stockholm University discusses the ways television news media reinforce national perspectives in the coverage of events outside their borders, and the potential consequences of this for mainstream television news.
One of the original aims of Media Lens, when we began in 2001, was to engage in honest, open and rational debate with journalists working for major news organisations. It wasn’t about ‘bashing’ them or trying to make them look bad. We wanted to examine media assumptions, challenge journalists’ arguments and find out more about the unwritten rules of ‘responsible’ reporting.
“We are deliberately not doing television on the web.”
As strategies go, that sounds like a solid start for Reuters TV, which launched this week as a YouTube channel and a new destination on Reuters.com. But what Barclay Palmer, Reuters global executive producer, was getting at is that, while sharing some commonalities with cable and network news, Reuters TV won’t just be CNN, MSNBC, or FOX News recreated for YouTube.
BBC News and The Huffington Post are easily leading the way worldwide at "social distribution", according to Newswhip, an innovative start-up company that monitors which news stories are spreading fastest through the social web.
Data nerds from government and academia gathered Friday at Northeastern University to show off the latest version of Weave, an open-source, web-based platform designed to visualize “any available data by anyone for any purpose.”
It was to be expected that the hacking scandal and the events culminating in the Leveson Inquiry would dominate this year’s Oxford Media Convention. However, the key word that emerged from the presentations and discussion was not ethics, or self-regulation, but media pluralism – much desired but as yet rather undefined.
The race to uncover the next big thing in journalism is firmly underway. While media giants like AOL and Yahoo experiment with content betas, a small army of startups continue to jostle for position with new staffers, new technology, and new ideas.
Reporters Without Borders has written to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey voicing deep concern about the announcement that Twitter will introduce geolocated censorship – censorship varying according to the social network user's country.
This is iReport’s fifth anniversary, and a CNN spokesperson calls it “the most developed and active citizen journalism platform of any news organization worldwide.” It claims 1,002,428 registered iReporters, and 2.4 million unique users each month.
Press freedom and freedom of expression remain under serious threat in the Middle East, despite the democracy revolutions and reforms that are sweeping the region, a panel of experts said at the Arab Free Press Forum in Tunisia.
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