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December 15, 2010

Fox News viewers prone to misinformation, 63% don't know if Obama was born in the US

Fox News viewers are much more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. A recent study also shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation. The findings are from a survey by World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland. The poll found that nine in ten voters said that in the 2010 election they encountered information they believed was misleading or false, with 56 per cent saying this... MORE
September 11, 2010

US journalism groups team up on global reporting

Two journalism organisations in the US are joining forces to promote stronger international news coverage. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University said Tuesday that it is forming a partnership with the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting to support international reporting initiatives. The collaboration will include a special focus on global health coverage. Journalists from the Washington, DC-based Pulitzer Centre will also come to Harvard to discuss underreported... MORE
September 11, 2010

Guidelines on how to report on Koran burning and other hate speech

Even as the Indian home ministry issued an advisory urging the Indian media to help maintain communal peace and harmony in the wake of reports of a pastor in the United States threatening to burn the holy Koran, has recommended guidelines on how to report the incident. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had issued a statement on Thursday saying, "While we await the action of the US authorities, we would appeal to the media in India – both print and visual media – to refrain... MORE
August 21, 2010

Many Americans feel coverage of poor, Muslims, Hispanics is too negative

Muslims and low social economic standing groups are portrayed too negatively in the US media, pluralities of Americans feel. Negative coverage of the black and Hispanic communities trail closely behind, a new study has revealed. When asked about coverage of Muslims in the news, 40 per cent of the younger generations and 24 per cent of those 65 years and older believed it was too negative. The difference becomes more significant when assessing factors of educations, with 51 per cent of those... MORE
August 19, 2010

Online tool to help journalists, consumers discover political connections in news

A new online tool has been released in the US that tries to add political context to news stories. Poligraft, released by the Sunlight Foundation, scans news articles for the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians and shows how they are connected by contributions. The tool is easy to use: Just submit the URL or text of a news article, and Poligraft creates a sidebar containing the relevant information from data provided by the Centre for Responsive Politics and the National... MORE
August 13, 2010

US group releases draft guidelines for online content syndication

It’s not just job-threatened journalists who are worried about the rise of low cost content generators like Demand Media and Associated Content. A group of established content syndicators are concerned enough by these companies’ growing clout–and what they see as diminishing content standards on the Internet-that they are looking to do something about it. Officials from the three-year-old Internet Content Syndication Council (CSC), which includes members such as Procter & Gamble, Reuters... MORE
July 30, 2010

BBC coverage less partial to England but more change needed, suggests report

The BBC's news coverage of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has almost doubled in the last two years, a report released by the BBC Trust has said. The broadcaster, however, was also found to still show a bias in favour of stories about England in some areas including health and education, where only eight out of 112 stories related to the three other countries. The latest research, which was carried out by Cardiff School of Journalism and based on detailed content analysis of four weeks of... MORE
July 29, 2010

Standard and Mail pay damages over suicide bomber slur to Muslim academic

A teaching assistant at the London School of Economics accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over claims that he had "groomed" a suicide bomber, the Press Association has reported. Reza Pankhurst brought proceedings at London's High Court over stories which appeared in the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard in January. His counsel, Lucy Moorman, told Justice Tugendhat that they falsely alleged that the father of two had groomed Omar Sharif for his attempted suicide bombing mission in... MORE
July 27, 2010

Media in Kerala flayed for 'wrong' reporting of court proceedings

The Kerala High court on Monday criticised a section of the media for publishing and telecasting "wrong" reports regarding court proceedings. The observations were made by a division bench, comprising Justice CN Ramachandran Nair and Justice PS Gopinathan, while considering a review petition filed by the state government against the judgment prohibiting conducting roadside meetings. The bench said some media had published false reports regarding court proceedings and had attributed certain... MORE
July 24, 2010

Journalists charged for takling pictures of Chelsea Clinton wedding venue

Two Norwegian journalists are facing trespassing charges after they were arrested snapping photos of the New York estate where Chelsea Clinton is expected to get married, says Huffington Post . Thomas Bjorn Nilsson, 43, of New York, and Kjerste Sortland, 41, of Snorova, Norway, were charged with a violation after they were stopped around 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Astor Estate in this picturesque town along the Hudson River 90 miles north of New York City, according to Maj. Michael A. Kopy of the... MORE