Wikileaks looking for new media partners… a journalism roundup

WikiLeaks looks for more partners while news organisations start to consider in-house submissions?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

While WikiLeaks is apparently looking to enlist the help of 60 news organisations around the world to cover the secret US diplomatic memos, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has written a long article for the paper’s magazine detailing how the NYT and other papers have been working with the whistleblower. The New York Times has also recently suggested that it might launch its own leaking system.

BBC World Service to drop five languages

from Wikinews

Thursday, January 27, 2011

According to the BBC News website, five languages are to be cut from the BBC World Service’s coverage. Albanian, Macedonia & Serbian are no longer going to be used on the global radio station, and Portugese will no longer be used in African regional programmes, nor English in the Carribean. Seven undisclosed languages are also going to be scaled back. The cuts mean that approximately 650 jobs will be lost in order to save around £65bn. The cuts were officially announced at a staff briefing today.

New York Times plans at least two different digital subscription options

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

The New York Times is planning more than one subscription package as part of its paid online content strategy, the Wall Street Journal reported today. As well as an Internet-only subscription for unlimited access to, which is expected to implement a ‘metered’ payment model next month, the paper will sell a broader digital package which offers both website access and the paper’s iPad application.

A new Italian blog analyses and compares European media laws

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

iPads, Print-on-Demand Slowly Transform Magazines in 2010

from MediaShift

Top trends to watch in 2011

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
2010 has not seen the same level of doom and gloom in the news industry that dominated 2009. True, there are still cuts being made and a full recovery is still some way off, not to mention the still unresolved question of how to find an effective digital business model. But overall, there has been a greater acceptance of the fact that digital is the future, and of the necessity to embrace innovation.

Rethinking the value of journalism

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Reginald Chua, the editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, has an interesting take on how to extract more value from what journalists produce in a series of posts  on the (Re)Structuring Journalism blog that focuses on creating content that can be used over a longer period of time than traditional daily journalism. In Chua’s opinion, journalists need to rethink what they’re doing and get beyond just filing a story. This is the idea behind the concept of Structured Journalism: “change the way we create content so as to maximize its shelf-life, as well as structuring – as much as possible – the information in stories, at the time of creation, for use in databases that can form the basis of new stories or information products”.

Quora: a database of knowledge

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

“Quora, the innovative site begun by former Facebook staffers, sees its popularity to explode – and it looks set to get bigger”, the Guardian noted.

Using Twitter to find, approach and question sources

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

It would be hard to deny the significance of Twitter‘s impact on journalism, although there are of course some reporters who still don’t use it. Many journalists use Twitter to instantly promote their stories and receive feedback, cultivate their communities, and they are increasingly using Twitter for research and sourcing for stories.

Press release: Mexico, Pakistan most deadly places for journalists in 2010

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Sixty-six journalists and other media workers were killed world-wide because of their professional activities in 2010, with Mexico and Pakistan emerging as the most deadly countries for journalists, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) said today.

The UK libel reform bill and the self-regulation of the press in light of the public interest

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

The UK government’s libel reform bill, anticipated in March, has sparked considerable debate about the impact that libel law (and reform) have on the public. The public’s interest and ease of access to justice were the focus of the event “Libel Reform: in the public’s interest?”, held on January 11th by the Media Standards Trust together with Gray’s Inn and INFORRM, the International Forum for Responsible Media.
Chaired by the lawyer Helena Kennedy, the panel discussed the affordability of libel claims, the difference between individual bloggers and large media organisations and whether libel is too “claimant friendly”, as well as standards in journalism and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.  “Libel law isn’t on the National Curriculum, but it’s something that will become increasingly relevant to UK citizens, whatever their educational or training background. That’s because more and more of us are publishers now, whether through email groups, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts or blogs. Defamation is a tricky part of English law anyway, made even more complicated by online technology”, says Judith Townend reflecting on what emerged from the panel discussion.

Social media at The New York Times

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

More and more news organisations have been developing their ‘social media strategies’ as studies show the growing impact of social networks on news traffic. The New York Times has the most Facebook fans of any newspaper in the US, having recently topped 1 million, as well as more than 2.8 million Twitter followers, but interestingly, it still gets the majority of its traffic direct from its own homepage, reported MediaShift.

Social Media Grows at NY Times, But Home Page Remains King

from MediaShift

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Social Media content on MediaShift is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, a program offering innovative and entrepreneurial journalists the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley. Learn more here.

Preliminary data from Journalism Online shows no major drop in traffic or ad revenue with metered paid model

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

A few answers have started to emerge about the effect of paid online content, said The New York Times yesterday. The paper looked at what it describes as “Steven Brill’s Journalism Online experiment:” a service that allows newspapers to develop a tailored paid model and, for example, charge more frequent readers to read online while allowing occasional visitors free access.

Interview: USA Today social media editor Michelle Kessler on the evolving newsroom, measuring success

from social media vb by Trevor Jonas
The impact of social media on the media and publishing industries has been well documented. Newspapers and magazines are increasing their focus online, which means an investment in social media channels as well as the company website.

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