From the Editors Weblog
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.
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.
'I wanted to show the public this openness of Ekstra Bladet': A conversation with Editor-in-Chief Poul Madsen
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.”
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.
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.
Stephen Pritchard, the Readers' Editor of The Observer, UK, has 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.
"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.
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.