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March 15, 2011

Passive news reports may lead readers to feel they can't find the truth

Passive news reporting that doesn’t attempt to resolve factual disputes in politics may have detrimental effects on readers, new research suggests. The study found that people are more likely to doubt their own ability to determine the truth in politics after reading an article that simply lists competing claims without offering any idea of which side is right. “There are consequences to journalism that just reports what each side says with no fact checking,” said Raymond Pingree, author of the... MORE
March 15, 2011

Malaysian daily apologises for insensitive cartoon on tsunami

An insensitive cartoon by a Malaysian daily showing the Japanese superhero Ultraman running helter-skelter from the massive tsunami has sparked an outrage in the country, prompting the newspaper to tender a public apology. Berita Harian newspaper, the Malay-language daily, on its front page Monday apologised for the offending caricature of the popular Japanese icon running away from an oncoming tsunami. Several people had voiced their objection and regret over the newspaper''s insensitive... MORE
March 15, 2011

New Al-Qaeda magazine offers beauty tips mixed with bombing advice

Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine Al Shamikha (meaning the majestic woman), which mixes tips on skin care with articles on 'marrying a mujahedeen' and carrying out suicide attacks. The first issue of the 30-page publication was released recently by the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Fajr Media Centre and must be ordered online. Its cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to the image of a woman in a veil. The magazine features exclusive interviews with martyrs' wives who praise their... MORE
March 10, 2011

PFF welcomes fair use ruling on mining photo in Papua New Guinea

A judge's instruction backing the fair use of photos snapped by landowners at a controversial mining project in Madang, Papua New Guinea, is being welcomed by the Pacific Freedom Forum. "The judiciary in Papua New Guinea deserves praise for refusing to gag the use of photos," said PFF chair Susuve Laumaea, of Papua New Guinea. PFF has reviewed the background into the case brought by the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), which co-owns the Ramu Nickel Mine with an Australian company,... MORE
March 8, 2011

How youth editions are explaining the Middle East protests

The unparalleled recent events in the Middle East have offered newspapers a chance to make use of their youth pages and supplements to explain a complex situation. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have gathered some examples from around the world. "Newspapers – yes newspapers – are playing a leading role in providing explanatory journalism for children, who are just as interested and just as concerned about these events as their parents," said Dr Aralynn McMane... MORE
March 8, 2011

Public broadcacst stations in US putting in millions into investigative reporting

NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations in the United States are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into investigative news to make up for what they see as a lack of deep-digging coverage by their for-profit counterparts, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Public radio and TV stations have seen the need for reporting that holds government and business accountable increase as newspapers and TV networks cut their staffs and cable television stations have filled... MORE
February 27, 2011

Islam overtakes Catholic Church for first time in US media coverage

Events and controversies related to Islam dominated US press coverage of religion in 2010, bumping the Catholic Church from the top spot, according to a new study by the Pew Research Centre’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Much of the coverage focused on the plan to build a mosque and Islamic centre near ground zero in New York City, a Florida pastor’s threat to organise a public burning of the Koran and commemorations of the anniversary of... MORE
February 25, 2011

International Press Institute and Google announce $2.7 million grant for news innovation

The International Press Institute (IPI) has been awarded $2.7 million by Google Inc, to sponsor the ‘IPI News Innovation Contest’, a project aimed at advancing the future of digital news by funding new ways to inform communities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The IPI News Innovation Contest aims to encourage breakthrough ideas with the potential to create lasting impact. Grants will be awarded to non-profit and profit organisations working on digital, including mobile, open-source... MORE
February 15, 2011

Washington Post announces personalized news aggregation site

The Washington Post announced Friday it will launch Trove, a site that aggregates news and enables users to personalize their news stream based on their interests. The site, which is currently in private beta, is expected to launch in March, according to The details: [ Link ] The announcement highlights a trend among news publishers looking to personalize news consumption based on social connections and topical interests. Trove combines aggregated stories picked by editors, along... MORE
February 12, 2011

Israeli soldier faces jail for passing secrets to reporter

A former Israeli soldier who leaked secret military documents to a journalist suggesting that the army had ignored a court ruling in carrying out targeted assassinations of West Bank militants faces years in prison. Anat Kamm, who was held under secret house arrest for four months before her case was made public, pleaded guilty yesterday to the possession and distribution of classified documents, charges that carry a maximum sentence of 15 years. Prosecutors, who had dropped the more serious... MORE