by the way, welcome back Özgür Gündem! [and a journalism roundup]

Legendary pro-Kurdish daily is back. It has recently been launched. In fact, the paper is always on the stacks but with different names. now it has its own name back. official site here.

I am proud to state that I have worked in that daily for 6 months once in my life…

Ozgur Gundem Re-launched

by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | Starting publication in 1990s when conflicts were lived most intensely and closed after two years, Ozgur Gundem newspaper is meeting its readers again after a period of 17 years.

Legendary Turkish daily returns to newsstands after 17 year break

by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires

The daily Özgür Gündem (The Free Agenda) returned to newsstands Monday, 17 years after it was forced to close following the murders of 76 employees.

Here is a journalism roundup:

Collective, Non-Profit Investigative Journalism Takes Spotlight at Logan

from MediaShift

BERKELEY, CALIF. — I am back at Day 2 at the 5th Annual Reva and David Logan Investigative Reporting Symposium, a gathering of the top investigative journalists and thinkers at University of California at Berkeley. Day 1 coverage is here, including an appearance by Skype by Julian Assange. Day 2 is shorter, but more focused on new models of journalism, including “collective work” and non-profit journalism.


What is legitimate “newsgathering” and what is “piracy”?

by Cory Doctorow

Zunguzungu’s got an excellent, nuanced piece on the creation and attribution of value in newsgathering and reporting. Zz reminds us that the current arrangement is perfect arbitrary and contingent: no underlying universal principle reifies certain news-related activities (writing the story), ascribes no ownership stake to other activities (sources quoted and unquoted, tipoffs, references); and damns yet another set of activities (curating, aggregating and commenting upon the news).

NPR’s Andy Carvin: how to verify information on Twitter

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Craig Silverman of on the Columbia Journalism Review reported on his talk with NPR Andy Carvin about the real-time verification system underlying his Twitter account.

Senior strategist at the National Public Radio, Andy Carvin became the “man who tweeted the revolution” and “the go-to source of information on Twitter during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya”, as the Guardian described him.

Media blackouts vs media coverage: can news organisations be blamed for the consequences of their reporting?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

When does an event become newsworthy? Does media coverage in itself make an event newsworthy? Can news organizations and journalism be blamed for giving a made-for-media event the attention it was looking for?

These and other similar questions arose from the coverage (or the non-coverage) of evangelical pastor Reverend Terry Jones, who runs a small church in Gainesville, Florida, burning a copy of the Quran on March 20.

What Impact Has The New York Times Paywall Had on Traffic? [STATS]

by Ben Parr

The New York Times? paywall has now been up for two weeks. What impact has it had on the popular website?s traffic? More importantly, is the paywall working as intended, or is it taking a bite out of The New York Times? revenues?

The power of “iterative journalism” in the General Electric tax case

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

On March 24 the New York Times published a story by David Kociniewski claiming that the largest corporation in the US, General Electric, didn’t pay federal taxes last year.

In his story, Kocieniewski wrote: “The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion”.

Should newspapers give reporters access to their traffic stats?

from Bloggasm by Simon

A few years after Nick Denton stopped shelling out bonuses based on Gawker Media pageview tallies, USA Today has decided that such a strategy is a grand idea. The Big Lead reports that the paper ?outlined a plan in which it will pay annual bonuses to writers based on page views.? It used to be that Gawker allowed anyone to view the individual monthly traffic stats broken down by author, so media nerds could follow along at home (I?m too lazy to check if they still do this), and a New Yorker profile of Denton revealed that he keeps a large television leader board displaying the most-viewed articles across Gawker Media sites. But Denton later closed down the pageview bonus system, voicing what many who have access to traffic stats have come to learn: focusing on raw page views often brings in crap traffic, which isn?t easily monetizable. Denton said he?d begin focusing more on growing Gawker?s core readership, which could be measured by return readers, RSS subscribers, and other indicators of longtime loyalty.


Press release: Newspapers world-wide to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

What do the Nobel Committee, Google, a Tunisian novelist and a Mexican journalist on the front lines of a drug war all have in common? They all have contributed to a package of editorials, essays and other materials being offered to newspapers world-wide to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

Politics and journalism 3.0

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Is politics going digital? After Barak Obama, Dmitry Medvedev and Benjamin Netanyahu, yet another politician has started to use social media new digital channels like YouTube as a communication resource.

It’s still a man’s media world

Latest study shows despite huge influx of female journalists, men still dominate top management jobs in media firms.


Are live blogs the future of journalism?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Meghan Hartsell

Regular blogging can allow for a more detailed, expert opinion than traditional print stories, Reuter’s Felix Salmon pointed out earlier this month. However, live blogging is different. It depends on information given right now, usually without analysis or heavy wording.

Is it impossible to avoid bias in journalism?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Meghan Hartsell

Trying to be fair and impartial in the news industry is a well-established goal. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) released the Principles of Journalism several years ago, stating, “Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map.”

Journalists on Facebook: how to make the best use of social media

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Reflecting the fact that Facebook is becoming an increasingly essential tool for news organisations, Facebook has launched a new page specifically for journalist: Journalists on Facebook.

5 Teachable Lessons From the Washington Post’s Mistake

from MediaShift

It’s rare for the public to see news sausage in the grinder. The gore of the editing process is kept from view. Yet while the factory floor of the newsroom may be less sanitary than a meat processing plant, a glimpse inside the news process may still be more likely to inspire confidence in the final product.

Who?s afraid of Arianna Huffington?

from BuzzMachine by Jeff Jarvis

The New York Times has been gunning for The Huffington Post lately, which makes me wonder what exactly Arianna Huffington has done to scare or anger them so. Or perhaps that?s the wrong question. Given that our enemies are often those we don?t understand, I wonder what The Times fails to grasp about HuffPo. That then leads to the question of what The Times can learn from this Post.

More paywalls going up: San Francisco Chronicle and UK’s Express and Star

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

It seems “paywall” will be the word of 2011.

, two more newspapers announced their plans to introduce digital subscriptions.

The Hearst Corporation is considering a paywall for, the online portal of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Citizen reported, citing Chronicle staffers who have been briefed on the company’s plans.

How Paywalls Are Changing News Organizations? Social Media Strategies

by Meghan Peters

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