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Tue - 31.03.2015

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Google's Richard Gingras on journalism innovation, the value of trust, and the creativity renaissance

Mon, 2015-03-30 13:03

Google's Senior Director of News and Social Products, Richard Gingras, is pitching for closer ties with legacy news organisations. Google has a complex relationship with publishers but proudly sends 10 billion visits to news websites each month.

Delivering a keynote address at the #MediasDemain conference in Paris last week, Gingras called for increased collaboration with publishers: "in sharing of ideas, in providing enabling platforms, in helping improve information architectures." Here are the edited highlights of his speech.

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New Study: Combating the rising threats to journalists' digital safety

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:30

A new UNESCO study underlines the growing threats confronting online journalism, and provides a framework to help build digital safety for journalists. The study identifies 12 key challenges and it recommends that practitioners develop a “threat model” on which to build a personal security plan that covers both digital and physical threats. Julie Posetti reports.

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Al Jazeera's Peter Greste calls for universal media freedom charter

Thu, 2015-03-26 12:37

Freed from an Egyptian jail on terrorism-related charges, Greste has called for a global ‘gold standard’ to define the relationship between governments and the press, amid an international climate where the so-called ‘war on terror’ is used by governments to justify repression of press freedom.

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Let's talk about User Generated Data

Wed, 2015-03-25 15:31

We have been all about User Generated Content (UGC), but now it's time to truly connect journalism to devices and shift the discussion to User Generated Data, according to former AP UGC Editor Fergus Bell in this guest post. 

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Towards the media of tomorrow: notes from the #MediasDemain conference

Tue, 2015-03-24 21:23

Today's #MediasDemain conference (Towards the media of tomorrow) in Paris, organised by Google-IPWA's Fund for Digital Innovation of the Press (FINP) and WAN-IFRA, was a chance for news media to gather before a showcase of innovative projects driving change in the industry. Here are the highlights curated by Jake Evans and Julie Posetti.

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Facebook will host your news. Is that a deal?

Tue, 2015-03-24 18:59

The New York Times is reporting that several key global publishers may be close to a deal with Facebook on hosted content and a possible revenue share. This could be a pivotal moment for the industry.

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World Editors Forum welcomes first female Editor-in-Chief at The Guardian

Mon, 2015-03-23 15:30

In a world where women are still dramatically under-represented behind editors' desks, the appointment of Katharine Viner as The Guardian's first female Editor-in-Chief has women journalists across the globe fist-pumping in the direction of the glass ceiling. Julie Posetti reports. 

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Tom Rosenstiel breaks down what millennial trends mean for journalism

Fri, 2015-03-20 14:44

Millennials discover news through Facebook, not the homepage of a legacy newspaper, and they don't care much about government spying, as the American Press Institute's (APi) study on 'How millennials get news' reported. APi's Executive Director Tom Rosenstiel tells the World Editors Forum what he takes away from the study, and how the trends of the first digital generation are likely to impact on journalism.

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The homepage is dead, long live the homepage!

Fri, 2015-03-20 10:32

The new journalism startups have one fundamental difference with their old school colleagues: they believe the age of the homepage is over. But are they jumping the gun?

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Sacking of top journalist connected to Mexicoleaks a “tragedy” for Mexican investigative reporting

Thu, 2015-03-19 15:26

The sacking of one of Mexico's top investigative journalists in retaliation for her affiliation with the newly launched whistleblower website Mexicoleaks, has sent a chill through the country's investigative journalism community. Julie Posetti reports.

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The Bloomberg News recipe for newsroom transformation

Tue, 2015-03-17 13:23

When Bloomberg News turned 20 in 2010, the founding Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler says the organization was forced to face a disturbing reality: graphic gender imbalance. “Whenever I looked at our reporting on markets, companies, governments, virtually any subject, the voices on these stories were overwhelmingly men. As a reporter and editor this disturbed me, because although some of the most authoritative voices on the issues belonged to women, they were conspicuously absent,” he told a UN panel on media and gender in New York last week. Julie Posetti reports

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Key takeaways from the American Press Institute's millennials study

Mon, 2015-03-16 17:16

An extensive study into the news habits of US 'millennials' by the American Press Institute (APi) finds that young people are engaged and interested in the news. Jake Evans pulled together some of the most interesting results from 'How Millennials Get News'. 

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New alliance between European newspapers a model for innovation

Mon, 2015-03-16 12:25

The Director of the newly formed Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA) says joint projects between seven of Europe’s biggest newspapers will give them an edge in the tough financial climate. Their plans for content sharing jointly-developed digital projects could become a model for newspapers everywhere. Jake Evans reports.

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Swedish investigative journalism project clears funding hurdle

Wed, 2015-03-11 12:49

A Swedish team which hopes to uncover the untold stories of the world in new and immersive ways will be putting boots to the ground after clearing their one million krona funding target, writes Jake Evans.

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Why publishers and academics need to connect

Tue, 2015-03-10 18:51

Young people are disengaging from online spaces out of a concern for the repercussions of saying anything people might disagree with, according to a study to be released by the Engaging News Project team this week.

Jake Evans spoke with Katie Steiner, the Communication Associate at Engaging News Project, who will be co-hosting an event with WAN-IFRA, Global Alliance for Media innovation at SXSW next week, about how this shows why media businesses and academia need to collaborate.

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Welcome to your automated news future

Tue, 2015-03-10 15:10

‘Robots are not going to take your job’ will always be a welcome and reassuring phrase to hear, but unfortunately it's not entirely true. While automated reporting isn't the end times for journalists, it will occupy seats in the newsroom - especially at entry-level positions - and this impact on employment will grow as it develops. However, it might also be a boon to journalism, as Jake Evans reports.

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The need for enhanced source protection in the Digital Age recognised in UNESCO conference statement

Fri, 2015-03-06 20:06

The official Outcome Document from this week’s major UNESCO conference on the future of the internet has put the need to enhance protection for journalists’ sources firmly on the table. Julie Posetti reports that the conference, staged in Paris, was designed to engage governments, media, internet intermediary companies, and civil society on the preliminary findings of a global study on freedom of expression, access, privacy and ethics online.

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New information could disqualify World Press Photo winner

Wed, 2015-03-04 13:55

World Press Photo are reopening their investigation of the controversial prize winning story ‘Dark Heart of Europe’. An investigation by some concerned journalists found that one of the photos was shot in Brussels, 50km from Charleroi, the town the story depicts. Jake Evans reports.

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Algorithm helps examine media impartiality at Helsingin Sanomat

Wed, 2015-03-04 12:50

With the Finnish parliamentary elections coming up on 19 April and the election coverage intensifying by the day, the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat (HS) is now using an automated system in order to provide further light on the issue of media impartiality.

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UNESCO considers protection of journalists' sources in the digital era

Wed, 2015-03-04 01:07

The impact of the digital era on journalistic source protection is under consideration at a major UNESCO conference on the future of the internet being staged in Paris this week. The conference is designed to engage governments and civil society on the preliminary findings of a global study on freedom of expression, access, privacy and ethics online. Julie Posetti is there.

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