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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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Reactions to the U.S. State of the Union Speech

Here are a few headlines and reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

Obama defends clean power, embraces offshore oil (GigaOM)

Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs (TechCrunch)

Obama Makes ‘Spilled Milk’ Joke During 2012 State Of The Union (VIDEO)(Huff Post)

Obama Proposes Steps To Keep Tuition Down (Huff Post)

And this was an amusing time waster.

State of the Union: The 44 top tweets (Current)

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25

01 2012

News Under the Surface 2012-01-19

Here are some headlines from CJ sources that you may have overlooked.

New trial for pregnant woman convicted of killing boyfriend in abortion dispute (Global Reporter)

Cocaine conspiracy trial underway (Global Reporter)

Feds. aware of fabricated Rwandan genocide evidence: Mugesera lawyers (Global Reporter)

NAMM Media Day 2012: Mike Huckabee Challenges Bill Clinton To Jam In A Band! (CNN iReport)

Women found dead in alley due to police mistake! (CNN iReport)

Los Angeles to porn industry: Use condoms or else (Digital Journal News)

AP source: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife (Newsvine)

Protests Continues in Maldives (CNN iReport)

 

A note to CNN iReport: Citizen journalism is not uploading vacation pics or giving birth announcements.

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19

01 2012

The Oldest Son Visits Kim Jong Il’s Grave Secretly

Joan Firstenberg at Digital Journal sums up some reports on Kim Jong Il’s oldest and most colorful son avoiding the official state funeral of his father and instead going to a private location with his half-brothers to pay their respects.

Kim Jung iI’s elder playboy son secretly visits father’s grave (Digital Journal)

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01 2012

Kim Jong Il is Dead

The news in South Korea is all about the death of Kim Jong Il. The Korean twittersphere is as well. He reportedly died on Saturday, December 17th from fatigue during a train ride. South Korean forces have been put on high alert, and the KOSPI is taking a bit of a dive.

As for what people in Korea think, here are a few Twitter highlights:

@hanbae: Journalist friends @eieayo, @basverbeek, @rjamesyork offering color commentary on Kim Jong-il’s death. All worth a follow!

@cynthyoo: #kimjongil dies on 17th SK Pres Lee visits Japan 17-18 did both countries have no clue about Kim’s death? K-tweeps are critical of BlueHouse

@WhoAteTheSquid: I suppose if Kim Jong-il died 2+ days ago, and North Korean state TV are still staying Jong-eun is taking over, chance of coup is remote.

@tomcoyner: Kim Jong-Il is Dead – North Korea: Kim Jong-Un To Take Over; DPRK short- & mid-term future uncertain. icont.ac/NjrY

@cj_koall: Quoted from a Facebook status: “First he sinks the cheonan, now the cheon won.”

@cj_koall: Really surprised that there isn’t more of an elated reaction coming from South Korean people at the moment. No one really seems to care!

@cynthyoo: K-tweep wonders why Ri Chun-hui, the NK anchorwoman hasn’t appeared on the news since Oct19 until today’s announcement. Via @polargom

 

Follow us @OhMyNews_Intl for updates.

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19

12 2011

Korean Woman’s Interview about Foreigners Sparks More Controversy than Intended

A simple blog interview with a young Korean university graduate has created a stir on the internet. On face value, she talks about concerns with English education in Korea. But for people following the media coverage of foreign ESL teachers over the years, she spouted most every xenophobic stereotype about foreigners that the media had been creating.

This coincides with the announcement that Seoul will no longer hire foreign teachers in its schools in the next couple of years. It cites budget concerns, but the conventional wisdom is that it’s on the tail of an ongoing anti-foreigner campaign led by groups like Anti-ESL Spectrum, a recognized hate group that was formed in 2005 when pictures appeared on the internet of Korean women dancing with foreigners in clubs.

Other than the complaints stemming from xenophobia, the main complaint has been the lack of effectiveness of bringing native speaking English teachers to teach in Korean public schools. Yet only now after Seoul has announced ditching the program do articles come out revealing that the reason they failed was the the schools themselves violated regulations. Instead of having Korean co-teachers in the classroom with the foreigners, the foreigners have frequently been left alone to maintain classes of thirty or more students with no common language between them. Foreigners, who have elementary Korean language skills at best, have been trying to teach classes to unruly students with less than elementary English language skills. That’s a recipe for disaster, and has been so. Yet rather than punish the Korean co-teachers who violate regulations, the foreigners who obeyed their contractual obligations get scapegoated.

For in-depth analysis on the ongoing controversies, refer to Roboseyo, Gusts of Popular Feeling and Brian in Jeollanam-do.

Teaching in Korea from a Korean perspective – A Girlandtheworld Girls Of The World interview (Girlandtheworld)

SMOE to Phase Out Native English Teachers: Turnover, Gatekeepers, and Alternate Sources (Roboseyo)

Article on SMOE foreign teachers teaching alone (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

The SMOE native speaking teacher budget cuts (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Inefficiently-used native speaker English teachers inefficient. (Brian in Jeollanam-do)

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12 2011

Occupy Rundown 2011-11-28

This video is making the rounds, picked up by Russia Today, of Oakland protesters being rushed by police during a Thanksgiving meal.

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Here are more Occupy-related headlines:

Occupy Lisbon is spreading the message (CNN iReport)

Deadline looms for Occupy Philly to dismantle camp (Newsvine)

Occupy Wall St. Press Conference: Why did NYC destroy library books? (CNN iReport)

Three Op-Eds Offer Differing Views of Occupy Movement (CNN iReport)

Thanksgiving At Occupy Philly (CNN iReport)

Occupy LA deadline comes, many say they won’t go (Newsvine)

Occupy in pictures (current.com)

Occupy Claremont is small but effective (Digital Journal News)

Retired Police Captain Still Occupying Wall Street (CNN iReport)

“Si, se puede”: Occupy Phoenix Protesters Persist in César Chávez Plaza (CNN iReport)

Missing SD student turns up at NY Occupy protest (Newsvine)

Occupy Salt Lake City – Really Really Free Market (CNN iReport)

Gay porn shoot at Occupy Oakland camp (Digital Journal News)

Occupy NOLA Camp (CNN iReport)

How One Man’s Lie became the SHOCKING truth about Occupy (Allvoices)

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11 2011

Occupy Rundown 2011-11-17

Occupy San Francisco (Nov. 16, 2011) Credit: Eric Wagner (cc)

The crackdowns in New York and Oakland–have they dissipated the occupy movements, is it a temporary setback, or will it make them more aggressive?

City Room: Protesters Find Their Belongings in ‘Chaos’ (Global Reporter)

Calif. Occupy protests focus on cuts to education (Newsvine)

Eviction of Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park, NYC (CNN iReport)

Occupy Crackdown in Full Swing (Allvoices)

Occupy Calgary tent catches fire, two injured (Digital Journal News)

Occupy Wall Street: Day 61, Day 1 Without Tents (NowPublic)

OWS Sep-Nov (CNN iReport)

Occupy the Highway: The March from Zucotti Square to Washington D.C. (CNN iReport)

City Room: Religious Groups Helping Evicted Protesters (Global Reporter)

Six Arrested in Occupy Norfolk Movement (CNN iReport)

Jesse Jackson Shows Support for Occupy Cincinnati (CNN iReport)

Boston judge temporarily blocks Occupy removal (Newsvine)

Call Goes Out to Occupy Movement to Shut Down for Winter (CNN iReport)

84 year old woman pepper sprayed @ Occupy Seattle (CNN iReport)

How the mighty have fallen (CNN iReport)

Aftermath of the Eviction of #OWS in Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15th (CNN iReport)

Top #OWS Tweets: Victory in Boston; heartbreak in Seattle (Current)

Top #OWS Tweets: Victory in Boston; heartbreak in Seattle (Current)

Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park Reclaimed (CNN iReport)

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11 2011

Occupy Rundown 2011-11-14

Occupy Rundown 11/11/11