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October 15 2010


October 08 2010


#WEFHamburg: WaPo mulling its own paywall plus all the news from the World Editors Forum

Yesterday at the World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Washington Post, told Journalism.co.uk that the Post was not ruling out its own paid-content model.

The quality of the content we produce needs to be well funded, and one of the ways could be to make users pay for it, not all of it. I am not a big believer of putting everything behind a paywall. I am a big believer in saying we should monetise.

More power to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in figuring out and if they do we would be happy to look at that. We may find our own way.

You can read the full interview with Narisetti at this link and below are all the stories from the WEF meeting on Journalism.co.uk:

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October 01 2010


September 03 2010


MediaLens’ response to Alex Thomson on Afghanistan

A response from the website MediaLens to Alex Thomson’s piece on the Afghanistan war and the practicalities of embed journalism:

In his September 1 piece, ‘Afghanistan: the rough guide to roughness’, Alex Thomson writes:

“Chief among the carpers about embedding, of course, the indefatigable editors at MediaLens who get extremely hoity-toity at the entire concept of embedding.

“However, ask them how they would cover Helmand if they were off to the main bazaar, Lashkar Gah, at noon next Tuesday and guess what? Total silence from the normally electronically incontinent MediaLens email service. Which rather clinches the argument, simple though it is.”

This is false. In April, Alison Banville, an activist and freelance journalist, asked us to respond to Thomson’s question. We did so and she forwarded the following comments to Thomson on 3 April:

“From the Davids [David Edwards and David Cromwell, editors of MediaLens]:

“He’s never asked us ‘how will you cover Helmand assuming you are going there next week?’ The answer is that he should report it as he would any illegal invasion of a sovereign state. He should report it as he would have reported the 1979-89 Soviet invasion and occupation. In other words, present the opinion of the invading forces, of the people under occupation, including the resistance, and of experts in international law who declare the whole operation illegal.

“Obviously, alongside the warmongers, leading anti-war commentators should be regularly quoted and featured: Chomsky, Herman, Pilger, Goodman, Curtis, Ellsberg, et al. I’m not suggesting he could achieve all of that himself in the field, but his reports should be part of a news service that does. There’s no question of intellectual cowardice [on our part, as claimed by Thomson] – the answer couldn’t be more obvious. Happy for you to quote us on this.”

Thomson responded to Banville’s email on the same day, expressing agreement with our comments while claiming that Channel 4 had already done as we had suggested.

Thomson now claims that by “total silence” he meant we had totally evaded his question – hard to reconcile with the meaning of “total silence” and with his positive response on April 3 when he made no mention of evasion.

The truth is that we never avoid difficult questions from mainstream journalists. On the contrary, we are forever seeking to engage them in written debate and are consistently ignored or fobbed off. Readers can find 3,000 pages of examples here: http://www.medialens.org/alerts/archive.php

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August 27 2010


#jpod: The week’s biggest news stories from Journalism.co.uk, 27 August 2010

August 11 2010


Announcing the 50th member of the j-list…

In response to recent media lists that took an executive-led view on the movers and shakers in the media and journalism industries, Journalism.co.uk decided to compile its own list of digital media innovators and pioneers – the j-list.

As with all lists, it’s incredibly subjective and open to debate. To provoke discussion further we asked for nominations for the 50th member of the j-list and opened the selection process up with a poll.

More than 600 votes later, the winner is…

Tomáš Bella

Tomáš Bella was longtime editor-in-chief and deputy director of Sme.sk, the most popular news site in Slovak republic. He was the author of projects such as the first European newspaper-owned blogportal  (blog.sme.sk, 2004) and the first digg-like service (vybrali.sme.sk, 2006) that put the links to the competitors’ articles directly on the frontpage of major newspaper web.

In April 2010 he co-founded Prague-based new media consulting company NextBig.cz and is working on a payment system that will allow the access to all the premium content of major newspapers and TV stations with one payment – it will be launched in Central Europe in January 2011.

Tomáš, who received 15.78 per cent of the vote, was surprised and delighted to make the list, he told Journalism.co.uk.

Here’s how the rest of the voting went:

Those who received nominations and votes in the “other” category were: TechChuff, FleetStreetBlues, Kelly Fiveash, not on the wires, Niall Nash, Chris Lake/Econsultancy, Malcolm Coles, Patrick Smith, Dan Chung, John Paton, Nick MacGowan-Lowe, Keely Stocker, Turi Munthe, Nicolas Voisin, Steve O’Hear, Paul Waugh, Christian Payne and Oben Ozaydin.Similar Posts:

August 06 2010


#jlist: Vote for your 50th member of the J-list

Yesterday Journalism.co.uk published our final list of 49 people that we consider to be innovators in their area of journalism or digital media. As with all lists, it’s incredibly subjective and open to debate – which is exactly what we wanted people to do.

We’ve had lots of suggestions for who else should be included. We’re listing them all below – remember, these are NOT Journalism.co.uk’s selections, they are from our readers.

Vote for your choice below – voting will close at 5:00pm on Tuesday 10 August.

See below the poll for descriptions of the candidates.

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Mike Butcher - long-time journalist and blogger, taking industry titles online long before anyone else was publishing websites. Joined TechCrunch in 2007 and is now editor of TechCrunch, Europe.

Adam Westbrook – freelance multimedia journalist, nominated by Mike Butcher.

Deborah Bonello - now working for the Financial Times, Deborah Bonello founded the multimedia reporting project Mexicoreporter.com. Nominated by Mike Butcher.

Mike Magee - founder of the Register and technology news website the Inquirer. Nominated by @wegotblankets.

SOCHI project - Ambitious, crowd-funded project from photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen to document the changes in the area around Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will take place in 2014, over five years. Nominated by Ann Laenan.

Mike Rawlins/Pits ‘n’ Pots – part of the team behind hyperlocal news site for Stoke with an emphasis on local politics. Nominated by Sam Freeman.

Natasha Loseva - Curator of internet projects at Russian news agency Ria Novosti. Nominated by colleague Valery Levchenko, who says: “Her innovative multimedia ways made @rianru the best source on Russia with UGC.”

Brian Farnham – editor-in-chief of US hyperlocal website Patch. Nominated by colleague Benji Feldheim for Patch’s rapid growth in websites.

Richard Wilson (a.k.a. @dontgetfooled) – Nominated by Naomi McAuliffe for “for his sterling work on Trafigura and Carter-Ruck, dodgy MPs, the ignored problems in Burundi and freedom of expression and libel”.

Emily Bell - former digital director at Guardian News and Media, Emily Bell will now lead the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Nominated by @balihar.

Ilicco Elia – head of consumer mobile at Thomson Reuters, nominated by Sarah Booker. Pushing innovation in social media and mobile media for news organisations.

Niall Hunt - Digital content strategy manager for CMP Medica with a history of innovation, including time at EMAP investigating new approaches to web journalism. Nominated by colleague Chris Chapman, who said: “leading a web revolution here, with amazing track record in online journalism”.

Guy Clapperton - freelance journalist, broadcaster and author (has also worked as a trainer for Journalism.co.uk in the past) – an expert in online branding and marketing for freelancers.

OWNI.fr – collaboration of journalists, developers and designers creating new forms of online storytelling and news applications – and making a profit from its work. Team features Nicolas Voisin, founder and CEO, Adriano Farano and Nicolas Kayser-Bril.

Tomas Bella - Nominated by Nicolas Kayser-Bril: “He’s the only person I know of to have bought and integrated a digg-like for a news website (sme.sk) and he now offers solutions to the local online media, such as a Kachingle-like paywall plan.”

Dejan Restak - Nominated by Nicolas Kayser-Bril: “He developed a last.fm-like for the news portal B92.net and now works with mobile news at WAN/IFRA.”

Chris Wheal – freelance journalist who is successfully making a living from online journalism working for a range of finance and insurance news titles. Leading online training and development for young journalists as part of the National Union of Journalists’ training arm.

Robert Andrews – editor of paidContent:UK, nominated by Patrick Smith: “He’s been doing analysis-driven live journalism with data/charts for years.”Similar Posts:

August 05 2010


Are you on the j-list? Check today’s updates

We’ve updated our list of the people we think are helping to build the future of journalism and the news media, adding a host of new names

The list is now has 49 names, and we are still looking for a 50th. Please make your recommendations via Twitter using the #jlist hashtag or by leaving a comment on the post, and we’ll open it up to a public vote very soon.

See the updated list at this link…Similar Posts:

August 04 2010


#TNTJ – the return of a blog and information network for young journalists

TNTJ, or Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists, was set up to provide an informal blogging network for young journalists to share their experiences of the industry and debate, discuss and dissect the issues affecting their fledgling careers.

We’re relaunching the blog network under the same criteria, but with some new features planned. Every month there will be a new question or topic up for discussion. If you join TNTJ, we’d like your views on it, but we also want you to blog on your own site too to spread the word. It’s an opportunity to make new contacts, get advice and promote yourself online – you can create a user profile for all your posts on the TNTJ site.

In addition to the monthly debates, we’ll post events, opportunities, interviews and advice that we think would interest our TNTJ members. Please feel free to do the same.

To sign up, please click ‘Register’ in the sidebar or click here to register. ANYBODY can sign-up, so long as you:

1) Are younger than 30-years-old;
2) And you blog about journalism/are interested in taking part in an online discussion about journalism.

Enter your details, and soon we’ll activate your account so you can post your entry. Bear with us while we do that – it’s not an automated process, but we’ll be quick as we can.

The revamped TNTJ will be moderated by a team of young journalists, who we’ll be introducing shortly along with a question for August. You can also follow the blog on Twitter, @TNTJ.

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July 19 2010


Safety training places for would-be foreign correspondents up for grabs

Editorial safety training organisation Future Voices is offering 10 spots on its next four-day training course to Journalism.co.uk readers.

The course will run for four days from this Thursday night (22 July) at a location in Hampshire, UK, and is aimed at working journalists and students considering work in conflict or crisis zones. The courses have been designed to teach safety and survival skills to journalists, while keeping the editorial process in mind.

Developed with safety specialists and the support of the army, the courses are intended to be as realistic as possible to working in the field. Journalism.co.uk readers will have the opportunity to take part for free – the only cost is £75 for food and transport.

Journalism.co.uk took part in an open day to experience some of the training available first hand – you can find out how we got on at this link.

To register your interest email course organiser Chris Green at christopher.green [at] fvmedia.org.uk.Similar Posts:

June 10 2010


#newsrw: 10 tickets left – get yours before the price goes up

There are just 10 tickets left for news:rewired – the nouveau niche, Journalism.co.uk’s one-day event on 25 June for journalists working within a specialist beat or patch.

If you want one now – here’s the link to book: http://www.journalism.co.uk/195/

The price is currently discounted at £80 (+VAT), but will return to the full price of £100 (+VAT) tomorrow, Friday 11 June.

If you need more convincing, full details of the day are at this link. In summary we’ve got speakers from MSN UK, the Financial Times, Reed Business Information and the BBC discussing paid content, mobile, social media, data journalism and much, much more.

If you’re not able to attend you’ll be able to follow proceedings on @newsrewired and http://www.newsrewired.com.

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April 01 2010


January 14 2010


#FollowJourn: @newsrewired/Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism event

#FollowJourn: news:rewired

Who? Journalism.co.uk’s inaugural event on digital journalism.

What? It’s happening today! There are sessions on multimedia, social media and crowdsourcing for journalists, as well as special focus on working in partnerships in local media, using data and making money online.

Where? You can follow the whole day and participate online at www.newsrewired.com.

Contact? @newsrewired.

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to judith or laura at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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December 23 2009


Journalism.co.uk’s top 10 blog posts of 2009

Unless there’s a Christmas surge in traffic, the top 10 posts on the Journalism.co.uk Editors’ blog in 2009 are as follows:

  1. 1. Ten things every journalist should know in 2009: this list of tools and trends for journalists is essential reading for 2010 too;
  2. 2. Twitterers claim victory over loaded Daily Mail gypsy poll: how Twitterers and emailing academics nearly brought the Daily Mail’s servers to a halt;
  3. 3. Personal comments detract from original MMR/LBC debate: an update in Guardian writer Ben Goldacre’s copyright case with LBC;
  4. 4. BNP members list leak gathers pace online – to link or not to link?: a post from 2008 that came back to light after speculation of a secondary BNP members’ list leak;
  5. 5. How to: Track a conversation in Twitter: more handy hints on using Twitter from @johncthompson;
  6. 6. The $10m lawsuit against the New Yorker – Papua New Guineans challenge Jared Diamond article: the story of a a $10 million defamation lawsuit in the US;
  7. 7. Labour conference wearies political hack (and it’s only day one) #lab09: a napping Michael White caught on camera;
  8. 8. Too old to become a journalist – The NCTJ fast-track course: say so long to your social life: part of our series from then Lambeth College journalism student Amy Oliver;
  9. 9. paidContent:UK: Sun’s page 3 girls too ‘obscene’ for Apple newspaper app: paidContent:UK’s story in our daily editor’s picks on why Apple rejected the iPhone app;
  10. 10. Heather Brooke thanks the Speaker for ‘making my career’/Alan Keen update: FOI campaigner and investigative journalist on her investigation into the MPs’ expenses scandal.

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December 21 2009


#newsrw: Who’s attending our digital journalism event?

If you’ve been under a rock for the last month and haven’t heard us mention our digital journalism event news:rewired next month, then here’s an idea of who’s going, courtesy of Wordle:

news:rewired is a practical, one-day event at City University London with the aim of giving working journalists relevant and immediately useful advice on multimedia, social media and online business models.

There’s still tickets left, but they’re going fast. If you want to book before the VAT hike, tickets are £80 +VAT and available at this link.

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December 17 2009


Journalism.co.uk signs up Press Association as event partner

Press Association logoThe Press Association has signed up as a media partner for Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism event news:rewired.

The Press Association joins the BBC’s College of Journalism and sponsor Audioboo as partners for the event on 14 January 2010 at City University London.

To meet a growing demand for digital and multimedia content from its clients, the agency launched its video news wire in April. In keeping with our news:rewired session on working in partnerships, the Press Association is also planning a public service reporting pilot in collaboration with local media groups.

You can follow the agency on Twitter on @pressassoc and find out all about news:rewired at this link.

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December 09 2009


#newsrw: Win a Flip Ultra HD camcorder

To spread the word even further about our forthcoming digital journalism event news:rewired on 14 January 2010, we are enlisting the help of the Twitter army and offering you the chance to win a brand new Flip Ultra HD pocket camcorder, just in time for Christmas!

The entry requirement is simple, all you have to do is follow @newsrewired and tweet or re-tweet the following:

Come to #newsrw digital #journalism event 14:1:10. Follow @newsrewired & RT for chance to #win FlipHD http://is.gd/58NY8

The competition will close on Friday 18 December 2009 at 13:00 GMT and the winner will be selected at random and announced shortly after.

Full details of news:rewired are on www.newsrewired.com, but a quick summary: this is a one-day event for journalists looking to up their digital game and for trainers and new recruits hoping to stay one step ahead of the industry.

We’ll be offering practical sessions on videojournalism, using social media and data, and working in partnerships – all from the perspective of a journalist or publisher in the field.

We’ll also be discussing where the potential for making money to support digital and new forms of journalism is.

Tickets are £80 + VAT and can be purchased here. Contact us on laura [at] journalism.co.uk for more details.

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