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International

December 13, 2010

Press Freedom Prize goes to Radio Shabelle and Abdolreza Tajik

Jailed Iranian journalist Abdolreza Tajik and embattled Somali news radio station Radio Shabelle have been awarded the Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) Press Freedom Prize for 2010. The award is given in associated with French retail chain FNAC. “This year we are honouring a courageous journalist, Abdolreza Tajik, and a beleaguered radio station, Radio Shabelle,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “These laureates work into two countries, Iran and Somalia, where reporting the... MORE
September 15, 2010

Bill Gates and Guardian launch global development site

The Guardian has launched a new section on its website dedicated to the reporting on global development. The new site will be jointly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Guardian News and Media. "The site will provide a new space for discussion and interaction on the biggest challenges affecting the lives of billions of people across the developing world, including poverty, hunger, infant mortality, adaptation to climate change and economic development," the Guardian said in... 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, PoynterOnline.org 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 13, 2010

Groups urge UNESCO to cancel prize in name of Equatorial Guinea dictator

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation should cancel the Obiang prize at its next session in October 2010, 96 press freedom and human rights groups have said in a letter to UNESCO Executive Board members. At its last meeting, on June 15, UNESCO agreed to delay the prize to allow for further consultation, following a public outcry from a diverse group of scientists, health professionals, press freedom advocates, and rights groups around the world. A total of 96... 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
August 10, 2010

Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji declared IPI’s 59th World Press Freedom Hero

Iranian journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji has been declared a World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute (IPI), in recognition of his decades of work defending freedom of speech and equal rights for all, in the face of continued harassment and imprisonment. Often called "Iran’s most prominent political dissident," Ganji spent six years in Iran’s infamous Evin prison for a 1999 series of articles which he, (along with investigative journalist Emadeddin Baghi) wrote on Iran’... MORE
August 5, 2010

Global newspaper circulation fell just slightly despite downturn, impact on ads easing

Newspaper circulation worldwide fell just slightly in 2009 despite the economic downturn, and the impact of the global recession on newspaper advertising revenues appears to be easing, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has said in its annual world press trends update. The report showed that, contrary to conventional wisdom, newspapers remain a large and thriving industry world-wide, despite the impact of the global recession and the rise of digital media. "... MORE
August 2, 2010

Spain wants three US soldiers for death of journalist in Iraq

A Madrid judge reissued arrest warrants Thursday for three US servicemen over the death of a Spanish journalist killed by American tank fire in Iraq in 2003. Judge Santiago Pedraz acted in response to a recent order from the Spanish Supreme Court that the case — twice shelved by a lower court — be reopened. Cameraman José Couso was one of two journalists killed when the US soldiers — members of a tank crew — responded to what they said was hostile fire from a Baghdad hotel that housed Western... MORE
July 13, 2010

People prefer print – and not paying for news

An Ipsos survery has revealed that 63 per cent of 501 online adults said they would prefer to access their newspaper of choice by buying the printed copy – while only 11 per cent would choose to access it digitally, according to a report in The Guardian . Of this 11per cent , most said they would prefer to pay a one-off fee for a mobile application, while 3 per cent of those surveyed said they would opt for a monthly online subscription. Paying for online access per day and per article were the... MORE
June 30, 2010

AP Stylebook adds 42 new guidelines for social media

The AP Stylebook has released its new social media guidelines, including the official change from"Web site" to "website" (a move first reported back in April) and 41 other definitions, use cases and rules that journalists should follow, according to Mashable.com Among the more interesting changes -- at least from a grammar and style standpoint -- are separating out "smart phone" as two words, hyphenating "e-reader," and allowing fan, friend and follow to be used both as nouns and verbs. Some... MORE

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