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A personal ad for Taraf daily. As Taraf tries hard to survive financial, an ad campaign started. Readers paid for these kinds of ads. Here it says, "I switch to use the cell phone service who chooses to give ads to this newspaper, I mean it."

Turkish Newspaper Makes Waves Taking on Establishment

By Grassroots

"Turkish Newspaper Makes Waves Taking on Establishment
By Dorian Jones
Istanbul
13 November 2008

A small but spirited newspaper is taking on the establishment in Turkey and shaking up the compliant Turkish media. Taraf, the paper with sources deep within the military, has published scoop after scoop exposing military interference in politics. But, the paper is facing increasing legal and political pressure. For VOA, Dorian Jones has this background report from Istanbul."

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The crack in the wall: Taraf newspaper

The walls of the Taraf daily are cracked. They are more cracked than our walls.

‘Anti-government’ humor applauded by the ‘state’

If you talk about the existence of anti-government humor in Turkey that is applauded by the state to the citizens of a normal country who see the "government" and the "state" as the same thing, they will not understand you.

Getting rid of disgraces in Turkey

By MİLLİYET HASAN CEMAL on Turkish Press Review

I love the Taraf daily because it tirelessly discloses the disgraces, errors and faults of Turkey and it makes reports about them with thorough details.

Turkish media and its flaws

In Columnists

When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lashed out against a particular media group in recent months, issues such as media ethics, reporting and conflict of interest once again took the spotlight.

Agents in disguise as journalists

By STAR MUSTAFA ERDOĞAN on Turkish Press Review

An old claim has recently been brought onto the agenda: There are currently more than 20 National Intelligence Organization (MİT) secret agents working in disguise as journalists.

The List of the Govts That Have Persecuted Journalists by Glenn Greenwald

US: Huffington’s new book on the merge of blogging and traditional media

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging is the new book describing how "the two worlds" of new media and traditional media are joining together and "bringing out the best in each other" by Arianna Huffington.

The two realms are mixing, Huffington said in an interview with Reuters, with traditional journalists blogging, and bloggers gaining "credibility and stature" in traditional media.
The book is in effect a "blogging guide," offering tips on how to get started and Huffington’s point of view.  She has created "one of the most influential websites" of the 2008 presidential election, and her product is only gaining prominence in the news industry.

What is ‘Hyperlocal’ News? What is ‘Microlocal’ News?

By Munir Umrani on New Media

What is "hyperlocal" news? What is "microlocal" news? Chicago-based Journalist and web developerAdrian Holovatyattempts to answer the questions. See "Goodbye hyperlocal, hello microlocal."

Online journalists jailed more than other media

More Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. …

Too much information! Journalism’s battle for relevance

The flood of news created by the production bias of the Internet could, in the end, point to a new role for journalistic institutions, says Bree Nordenson in CJR. …

Is Wikipedia in the Newsroom?

While the line “according to Wikipedia” pops up occasionally in news stories, it’s relatively rare to see the user-created online encyclopedia cited as a source. But some journalists find it very valuable as a road map to troves of valuable …

Roy Greenslade: Making sense of news in the information age

By Roy Greenslade on Media

A long and detailed article in the latest Columbia Journalism Review, Overload!Journalism’s battle for relevance in an age of too much information, contains all manner of insights. Examples:

"The information age is defined by output: we produce far more information than we can possibly manage, let alone absorb. Before the digital era, information was limited by our means to contain it.

"Publishing was restricted by paper and delivery costs; broadcasting was circumscribed by available frequencies and airtime. The internet, on the other hand, has unlimited capacity at near-zero cost.

The risks of running a news section on your website

By Ascii on Hot topics

Mr. Jang

On 19 November this year, Kosovar authorities arrested three German nationals for the alleged bombing of the office of the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in Kosovo, Pieter Feith. One of the Germans apparently threw an explosive device at the building on Friday, 14 November.

According to Der Spiegel, the three Germans were agents of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service, BND), the foreign intelligence service of the German government. Whether true or not, the claim by Der Spiegel has considerably increased media attention on the bombing.

European press ‘losing credibility’

Media in both Eastern and Western Europe are starting to lose their credibility, warned journalists and academics at a conference in Sofia last week (5-6 December). EurActiv reports from the Bulgarian capital.

The future of e-readers Part 3: The content pitch

By Jan Bierhoff

With the evidence growing that readers want customisation instead of pre-packaged portfolios, the newspaper sector is challenged to develop alternative publishing formats (see Part 1 and Part 2 of our eReader series). A recent McKinsey survey (August 2007 newsletter) revealed the growing habit of ‘brand promiscuity’, with consumers using up to 16 different news sources weekly. Moreover, readers classified internet as much more useful compared to established media such as print. Modern news junkies go for convenience, comprehensiveness and timeliness rather than the traditional quality standards.

Is the print industry taking up the challenge? Not really. When it comes to using the Net, many newspapers feel more comfortable with direct transfer of existing copy onto the new medium. Companies like NewspaperDirect make a business out it; from next year on this company will start its PressDisplay news portal for delivery of associated papers on e-readers, tapping directly into the pre-print workflow and keeping the trusted appearance.

Christian Science Monitor Interview Part 2: Preparing the newsroom for a paperless future

By Katherine Thompson

Following on from Part 1 of our interview with the Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Science Monitor, John Yemma – where we looked at why the CSM is pursing a digital future and how it prepared its readership base – we now look at what is happening inside the CSM itself. Yemma and his team are restructuring the newsroom, its mindset and the technology powering it. This is the cutting edge of news distribution, and Yemma talks us through how it is preparing itself for uncharted territory.

images-2.jpegRestructuring the newsroom – rebuilding the engine

Christian Science Monitor Interview Part 1: Why the move away from print?

By Katherine Thompson

The 100-year old Pulitzer prize winning Christian Science Monitor has bravely announced that it is ending its daily print format and going fully digital: it will now only print a weekly "magazine" edition. The Editors Weblog caught up with the Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Science Monitor, John Yemma, and we discussed the thinking behind this move and how on earth a nationally distributed newspaper completely restructures itself for a digital future.

Opinion: Digital world demands higher quality journalism

By Lauren Drablier

Leonard Downie, Jr., longtime executive editor of The Washington Post recently discussed the ethical and moral obligations of journalists online.  Downie questions what journalism consists of in the digital world and how journalists can remain accountable.  These questions are becoming increasingly important when anyone can publish anything on the Internet.  

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