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.
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.
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 NYTimes.com, 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.
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, the innovative site begun by former Facebook staffers, sees its popularity to explode – and it looks set to get bigger”, the Guardian noted.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Preliminary data from Journalism Online shows no major drop in traffic or ad revenue with metered paid model
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.