Archive for the ‘Digital Journalism’Category

Journalists exposed for their biased coverage of England riots

News outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the headline-hitting English riots, a new report has argued.

Media and the Riots: A Call for Action, published on the first anniversary of the Tottenham, north London, riot which took place last August, is the first report to examine the impact of the mainstream print and broadcast media’s reporting on the communities most affected.

The report, written by University of Leicester sociologist Dr Leah Bassel, reflects the views of those people who attended the Media and the Riots conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust and The-Latest.com in November.

Read more about the Media and the Riots – A Call For Action report on The-Latest.Com: http://www.the-latest.com/media-exposed-its-biased-coverage-english-riots

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Using a global site to drive local traffic

The Nieman Journalism Lab tells us of an experiment NPR did on their Facebook page. A little known feature is that some posts can be geotargeted to certain areas. Their experiment involved taking one story a day from the local Seattle affiliate and only posting it on Facebook for people in the Seattle area. Considering that people more likely follow the NPR national Facebook page rather than the local KCLU Facebook page, this reached more Seattle followers and drove more traffic to the local affiliate.

How NPR drove traffic to a local station by geotargeting stories on Facebook (Nieman Journalism Lab)

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02 2012

‘Twitter censorship’ raises concerns from press freedom group

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Head of new media at press freedom group Reporters Without Borders says Twitter’s ability to ‘withhold’ content from users based on local restrictions could have ‘real consequences’ for journalists.

They are preparing an open letter to the chief executive of Twitter, to raise concerns about an announcement that the social media platform now has the power to “reactively withhold” tweets from users to meet country-based restrictions.

Read the full article on UK website Journalism.co.uk.

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Wikipedia will go offline for 24 hours

I had to do a double-take on that one. At first I thought I had read WikiLeaks. Yet it’s actually Wikipedia that will go offline for 24 hours to protest SOPA. This will start  at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. So you better get all your research for your book reports done by then.

English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout (Wikimedia)

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17

01 2012

Google News Changing News… again?

Justin Ellis at Nieman Journalism Lab brings up Google’s latest experiment, “Search Plus Your World.” It’s a more personalized social search, something that had been predicted from Google for a while. Ellis takes it a step further to predict what would happen to Google News, which is how many people get their news these days.

What would a Google News Plus Your World look like? (Nieman Journalism Lab)

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01 2012

The Big Picture Street Photographer of the Year winners

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We’re proud to announce the result of our wonderful competition that attracted thousands of participants from around the world. Thanks to The-Latest.Com, the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust, Time Out and Olympus.

It is the first time ever that the title “Street Photographer of the Year” has been awarded in the UK to a citizen journalist using a mobile phone. The winner is young tech whizz Kheoh Yee Wei, who lives in Leeds. His prize, on top of the street photographer title, is the state of the art Olympus LS-20M camcorder. Kheoh’s winning photo is pictured, above.

One of the judges, Eamonn McCabe, the renowned and award-winning press photographer, said: “The quality of entrants was surprisingly so good it was really hard to choose a winner. Kheoh’s entry stood out as a result of the wonderful characters he cleverly captured with his mobile phone.

Read more about the competition winners and view their photos on The-Latest.Com: http://www.the-latest.com/cjet-photography-winners.

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12 2011

Italian blogger helps the Observer crack UK defence secretary abuse of office

The Italian blog NOMFP contributed a video as evidence in the investigation undertaken by the Observer last week over allegations that saw defence minister Liam Fox involved in abuse of office.

Italian mainstream daily newspaper Il Corriere della Sera interviewed the curator of NOMFP, Filippo Sensi, who explained how the  Guardian got in touch with him over a video published on the blog allegedly depicting Adam Werritty accompanying the defence secretary during a 2009 visit to the president of Sri Lanka.

Sensi highlighted how the video was found just through an ordinary YouTube search and therefore was not obtained through any kind of “espionage tactic”: the video was already in the public domain and what the blog actually did was simply to “connect” the information to the investigation launched by the Guardian.

The blog was quoted in the Observer’s article on the Fox case on Sunday, October 9th and it bears evidence to the increasing importance and integration of grassroots media with mainstream media.

 

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10 2011

It’s from Bob, Not Twitter

Large news organizations have a problem–they’re large. In this largeness, it’s difficult to make sure everyone understands what the rules are, particularly in the copyright department. If a video or picture goes viral, the news organization would run it and attribute it to YouTube or Twitter without giving credit to the person who actually created the media. They’re attributing it to the platform as if it was a content creator.

Online Journalism Blog looks into this issue in detail.

When will we stop saying “Pictures from Twitter” and “Video from YouTube”? (Online Journalism Blog)

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08 2011

Citizen Journalist iPhones?

People who try to foretell the secret plans of Apple use many methods. The most common is keeping track of patents that Apple registers with the US Patent Office. This was how people found out about the iPad a good while before it was revealed.

Patently Apple suggests that future iPhones could have specific citizen journalist features, such as “report” and “interview” modes. Basically, it works by detecting the direction of speech and switching on either the front or rear camera, based on who’s talking. The phone acts as technical director to your news story.

Read more about it here.

I should also note that sites like Patently Apple are good examples of data mining journalism, which we have talked about before.

Apple Invents New iPhone Features for Today’s iReporters  

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15

07 2011

Writing for free doesn’t have to mean betrayal

The US blog-led news site The Huffington Post launched its UK edition today.

It launched a Canadian version in May, but the UK edition will be the first one outside North America.

The Huffington Post was set up by Arianna Huffington in 2005 and bought by AOL earlier this year for $315m (£222m).

Since the acquisition took place complaints have been made by disgruntled unpaid bloggers on The Huffington Post who argue that some of the cash from the AOL deal should trickle down as fair compensation to those who have volunteered writing during the site’s enormous growth period.

In April, The Huffington Post was hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading the proposed class action filed in New York’s federal court.

Journalist Kat Brown debates the value of writing for free in her blog on Huffington Post UK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kat-brown/writing-for-free-yeah-and_b_889706.html

*Arianna Huffington remains the president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.

 

 

 

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