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July 4, 2011

Twitter launches tool to help journalists

Twitter is trying to encourage journalists, with the company publishing guidelines designed to help journalists — traditional, new media, professional, citizen — to use the platform effectively, The Australian has reported. Twitter for Newsrooms, which went live last week at, is split into four main categories, starting with "Report", which shows how to use Twitter's advanced search functions and includes case studies on how reporters have used it to find and verify... MORE
July 2, 2011

Guardian to scrap international print editions

Guardian News and Media will scrap its international print editions later this year as part of its new “digital first” strategy, according to Press Gazette. In an announcement made July 1 the company said the last international editions of The Guardian and The Observer – which are printed at five sites in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, Malta and Cyprus – will be published on 1 October 2011. Some details: [ Link ] GNM executive director (commercial) Adam Freeman said: "Our international print... MORE
July 1, 2011

Times boasts more than 100,000 digital subscribers

There are now more than 100,000 digital subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times one year after it introduced its paywall, owners News International claimed, according to Press Gazette. Some details: [ Link ] At the end of June The Times and The Sunday Times had 101,036 monthly digital subscribers– a 28 per cent increase from 79,000 in February 2011. The figures include subscribers to all digital channels such as the websites, iPad and the Kindle. The Times is now downloaded onto an... MORE
May 5, 2011

Australia: Fairfax staff up in arms as publisher decides to outsource subbing

Staff at two of Australia's biggest broadsheet newspapers are considering strike action after their management announced another round of cost cuts, ABC has reported. Fairfax Media has announced that in-house sub-editors at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will no longer proof-read, fact-check and rewrite stories before they go to print. The details: [ Link ] The company's chief executive, Greg Hywood, announced the roles of news, business and sport sub-editors would be shifted to an... MORE
April 22, 2011

IFJ marks World Copyright Day by demanding an end to authors' rights grab

To mark International Copyright Day on April 23 the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on media organisations to put an end to rights-grabbing contracts that deprive journalists of a major part of their income and influence over the use of their work. "The increasing abuse of buy-out contracts whereby media employers require the total ownership of journalists' authors' rights is a great threat to our profession," said Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary. "Journalists are... MORE
April 18, 2011

EFJ alarmed by restructuring in French, German and British international public broadcasters

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has expressed its concerns over restructurings and downsizing taking place in major public broadcasters in Europe. "Within a couple of weeks it was announced that the three major international public broadcasters in Europe, BBC World Service, RFI-France 24 and Deutsche Welle, will reshuffle their operations and make hundreds of journalists redundant. This is terrible news for... MORE
April 6, 2011

New Zealand national news agency future in doubt as Fairfax pulls out

The future of New Zealand's national news agency was thrown into doubt today when major subscriber and shareholder Fairfax Media announced it was pulling out of the cooperative, the Press Association has reported. New Zealand Press Association Chairman Michael Muir said the board of the 131-year-old agency had ordered a review to determine whether it could keep operating. A union representative said staff were told at a meeting that NZPA would be closed within six months. The details: [ Link ]... MORE
April 6, 2011

Algeria: State radio strips top officials of duties

Algerian state radio has stripped top news officials of their duties after an illegal demonstration by about 30 employees, mainly journalists, its director general Tewfik Khelladi said Tuesday, according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) announced in a statement that the news director of the news channel Chaîne 2, Mohand Said Bensekhria, “has been sacked” and that the chief editor of Chaîne 1, Hassiba Kecheroud, was “relieved of his duties” on Monday. Both... MORE
March 31, 2011

Al-Jazeera aims to become Balkans news hub

The Al-Jazeera pan-Arab satellite channel says it will begin airing a Balkans programme in September, hoping to to establish itself as a regional news hub in the ethnically divided region, says an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. With powerful public television divided along ethnic lines across the region and dozens of private channels mostly focusing on entertainment, Al-Jazeera Balkans hopes to fill the void for a regional news broadcast. "In the region there are currently more than 100... MORE
March 31, 2011

How to start your own local news site: Tips from a Berkeleyside co-founder

The prospect of starting your own news site is more viable an option than ever in the current media climate. Traditional news organizations are plunging left and right, the tools for publishing are free and easy, and communities are finding a new desire to access and share information. In Berkeley, California, the circumstances were similar in 2009, which led a group of journalists to fill the need by starting their own dedicated site, Berkeleyside. Some excerpts from an article on Media Bistro... MORE