Journalism under attack across the globe imperils press freedom

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Roy Greenslade
An unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned in the past year, coupled with restrictive legislation and state censorship, is jeopardising independent reporting in many countries, according to a report issued today.

From the Annals of Optimism: The Newspaper Industry in 1981 Imagines its Digital Future

from Open Culture by Colin Marshall


?Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day?s newspaper.? A flamboyantly speculative-sounding notion, no doubt, were you watching this television news broadcast back when it aired in 1981. A production of San Francisco?s KRON, the segment takes a look at how the city?s newspapers, displaying admirable farsightedness, were then ?investing a lot of money to try and get a service just like that started.? We see North Beach resident Richard Halloran (he of  the immortally meme-worthy onscreen identifier, ?Owns Home Computer?) dialing, on his rotary telephone, ?a local number that will connect him with a computer in Columbus, Ohio.? We also see the editors of the San Francisco Examiner ?programming today?s copy of the paper into that same Ohio computer.? Halloran plops the phone?s receiver into his modem?sacoustic coupler, presumably pours his morning coffee, and downloads the day?s paper ? which takes two hours, at a cost of five dollars an hour.

Five ways media companies can build paywalls around people instead of content ? paidContent

from CyberJournalist.net by Jonathan Dube

Google settles French news dispute

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Google agrees to set up a fund to help French media to solve a row with news sites that demanded payment for the search giant to display their links.

Google to pay ?60m into French media fund

from FT.com – World, Europe
Search engine group heads off threat of legislation over links to newspapers? articles in breakthrough over copyright payments with Elysée palace

5 Tips for Transmedia Storytelling

from MediaShift
With readers juggling their tablets, mobile phones, laptops and more as they consume the news, journalists have an opportunity to create a new kind of story.
Transmedia storytelling means dividing chunks of a story across multiple platforms to form one cohesive narrative. Transmedia stories often have audience engagement as a key goal.

How to Succeed as a Voiceover Artist in the Digital Age

from MediaShift
In most people’s thinking, being in a small padded room would not be a good thing. But to voiceover artists, such as the incomparable Mel Blanc of Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes fame, such a room is the best place on earth.

The challenges of conversational journalism

from kottke.org by Jason Kottke
The most visible journalism these days — aka the loudest journalism, namely cable news, pop culture blogs, tabloid magazines, TMZ, Buzzfeed, HuffPo, talk radio, etc. — mostly takes the form of opinionated conversation: professional media people discussing current events much like you and your friends might at a crowded lunch table. A side effect of this way of doing journalism is that you rarely hear from anyone who actually is an expert on the subject of interest at any particular time. That approach doesn’t scale; finding and talking to experts is time consuming and experts without axes to grind are boring anyway. So what you get instead are people who are experts at talking about things about which they are inexpert.1

Judge: News Agencies Can?t Use Twitter Photos Without Permission

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV, launches push into US

from Hurriyet Daily News
The pan-Arab news giant Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, a struggling US cable channel, Wednesday in a deal aimed at giving the Qatar-based broadcaster the scope to challenge major American TV networks.

No surprise: News Corp. pulls the plug on its iPad-only newspaper app The Daily, after less than 2 years

from The Next Web by Paul Sawers

The Daily?s lesson: Charging only a little for your content can?t sustain a traditional newsroom

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm

How Social Networks Are Redefining Journalism

from Mashable! by Christine Erickson

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