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The Editors Weblog's Top 20 posts of 2014

Tue, 2014-12-23 10:58

The rise of the 'new media monoliths', audience engagement and new technology are the key themes to emerge from our curation of the most popular posts on the Editors Weblog in 2014. Julie Posetti's interview with US media critic Jay Rosen about the Facebook power-imbalance heads the top 20 posts of 2014 list, which ranks stories according to the number of unique views. Other identifiable themes are social media, trends in journalism, media freedom and digital security, business, ethics, education and training.

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Landmark freedom of expression cases in Africa test validity of criminal defamation law

Mon, 2014-12-22 17:25

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has delivered a landmark decision this month on criminal defamation, declaring custodial sentences a violation of freedom of expression rights. But in South Africa, a court has ruled that criminal defamation is constitutionally valid. Angelique Lu reports on these conflicting judgements.

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'I wanted to show the public this openness of Ekstra Bladet': A conversation with Editor-in-Chief Poul Madsen

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:04

From December 2012 to January 2014, a film crew was granted full and unfettered access to the newsroom of controversial Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet. Director Mikala Krogh wanted to make a Danish version of “Page One: Inside The New York Times” and the result is “The Newsroom: Off the Record.”

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Personalisation and algorithms are predicted to change 2015

Wed, 2014-12-17 11:28

As the year draws to a close, Ashleigh Tullis looks at the trends expected to shift journalism and newsrooms in 2015. Drawing from NiemanLab's Predictions for Journalism 2015, Schibsted’s Future Report and Webbmedia Group’s 2015 Trend Report she finds common threads, including personalisation and algorithms.

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On Turkey's detention of Journalists: Zaman's Deniz Ergürel

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:58

Turkish journalists continue to be detained following weekend Government raids on media organisations across the country. Deniz Ergürel, technology journalist and Media R&D Director for Zaman, tells Angelique Lu about the arrests, and what they mean for press freedom in Turkey.   

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Reporting the #SydneySiege in realtime: verification risks and ethical challenges

Mon, 2014-12-15 20:25

Live coverage of an armed hostage siege in Sydney, Australia has once again highlighted flaws in the way crisis situations are reported in the social media era. Ashleigh Tullis writes.

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Raids on Turkish media offices condemned

Mon, 2014-12-15 17:45

Turkish authorities have detained at least two-dozen journalists, editors and critics of the Government in a number of raids on Sunday writes Angelique Lu.

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Review: The Newsroom - Off the Record

Mon, 2014-12-15 11:43

So this is off the record. Or to be precise, this is a review of The Newsroom – Off the Record. It’s not often we get a chance to conduct film reviews, but this documentary makes essential viewing for the news publishing industry, telling the story of Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet’s fight against dropping print circulation and their own local critics.

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Five things you need to know about new practices in journalism

Fri, 2014-12-12 17:10

The annual New Practices of Journalism conference at Sciences Po University in Paris this week focused on how algorithms, robots and data security are shaping journalism. Ashleigh Tullis reports her top take-aways.

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Alan Rusbridger's Legacy

Thu, 2014-12-11 14:56

Alan Rusbridger announced this week that he will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian in the 2015 summer after 20 years in the role writes Angelique Lu

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Amy Webb on trends that will affect journalism in 2015

Wed, 2014-12-10 10:24

Webbmedia Group's annual trend study, released this week, is a much anticipated pointer to digital and tech developments affecing media. Founder Amy Webb spoke to Ashleigh Tullis about the advances that are likely to touch journalists in the next 12 months.

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Can data aggregation help you understand controversial topics?

Tue, 2014-12-09 13:57

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne are investigating whether you can use a search platform to understand controversial topics. Angelique Lu speaks with Claudiu Cristian Musat about his research.

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Six tech trends that are set to change news media in 2015

Mon, 2014-12-08 15:00

Webbmedia Group has released their research into near-future trends in digital media and technology. They have identified 55 key insights about media trends in 2015. Ashleigh Tullis shares the top trends relevant to news organisations and editors.

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Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste wins major Australian Press Prize

Thu, 2014-12-04 16:26

Jailed Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste was awarded the second highest journalism prize in Australia last night, winning the Walkley award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. Angelique Lu writes.

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The Observer's Readers' Editor on the future of online commenting

Thu, 2014-12-04 14:34

Stephen Pritchardthe Readers' Editor of The Observer, UKhas seen the progression from readers writing letters to the editor to them posting their comments online. He talks to Ashleigh Tullis about the future of online commenting systems, the tension between moderator and commenter, sponsored comments and anonymity.

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In California news is free; donations welcome!

Wed, 2014-12-03 19:00

"You can't speak truth to power from behind a paywall" – Paul Carr, Pando Daily

After three intense days of our Study Tour to San Francisco, the west coast view of original news content seems brutally clear: news is a loss leader and real investigative journalism can only be funded by donations.

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What does the future of online commenting look like?

Wed, 2014-12-03 12:47

Publications such as Reuters, the Chicago Sun-Times, tech site Re/Code and Popular Science have all turned off their commenting system on their news sites. The arduous task of moderating the hundreds of uncivil comments that plague comment threads are making news sites reconsider their value. With more and more sites turning towards social media for reader contribution, Ashleigh Tullis reports on the future of online reader comments.

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When the past is an investment in the future: an Italian newspaper museum builds community engagement through history

Wed, 2014-12-03 11:41

During these challenging times for newspapers, it can be tempting to wallow in the memories of the good old times, focusing on past glories. But at Italian daily La Stampa, memories are a link to the future. Federica Cherubini reports.

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Rapping the News - Engaging young people in news

Tue, 2014-12-02 17:36

Vietnam Plus, an online news site, is using rap music to engage their younger audiences. Editor-in-Chief Le Quoc Minh talks to Angelique Lu about the popularity of the videos.

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