From the Editors Weblog
With print circulations plummeting and most organisations looking to digital, a new daily newspaper has arrived on Los Angeles newsstands: The Los Angeles Register. Launched on Wednesday, the new centre-right paper looks to challenge the dominance of the Los Angeles Times in the city, even as its rival sees a drop in readership.
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School has released a multimedia report titled “Video Now: The Form, Cost and Effect of Video Journalism”.
“The Palestinian media portray stereotypes of women as sisters, daughters and wives of a male hero, or we are the victims who cry and weep after the death of a beloved one or over a demolished house.” To challenge such stereotypes, Wafa’ Abdel Rahman decided to launch NAWA, a women’s news agency in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Online comments on news articles have once again come under scrutiny in recent days. The Chicago Sun-Times has temporarily suspended comments across their website, while The Guardian has been grappling with the issue following the death of Peaches Geldof.
In just a few weeks, some 80 to 100 developers and journalists from around the world are expected to arrive in Aarhus, Denmark, to take part in MediaHackDays, an event organised by Hacks/Hackers and supported by CCI Europe and WAN-IFRA with the Guardian of the U.K. and Knight-Mozilla’s OpenNews as partners.
Thousands of participants gathered in the centre of Moscow yesterday to take part in the “March of Truth”, dedicated to freedom of speech and journalistic independence. The official theme of the event was the defence of the integrity of mass-media.
In the run up to the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, we’ve been talking to some of the experts who will be speaking in Torino in June. Eduardo Campos Pellanda is Director of the Ubilab at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), and helping to carry out research on Google Glass with the MIT Mobile Experience Lab.
Carlos Guyot may have only been editor in chief of La Nación for a few weeks, but his aims are grand. “La Nación has to offer poignant, intelligent and accessible journalism on all of its platforms, so that our readers feel part of a conversation that enriches and enhances their lives” Guyot explained to WAN-IFRA.
"As I unfolded the first edition, the new French newspaper struck me as ironically outdated and impractical. I scrutinized its A1-sized layout, finding its perimeter more expansive and disorienting to navigate than a Parisian Metro map. I thought to myself that this philosophical 'oeuvre' may work better in theory than in practice. Soon enough I learned that the origin of the verb ‘to explain’ comes from the Latin term ‘explico’, defined as ‘to unfold’." World Editors Forum intern, Alexandra Sazonova-Prokouran reviews Le 1.
“Whereas people spend time on other social networks, they invest time on LinkedIn, and for you as news publishers, working with LinkedIn means access to a more interested and engaged audience than you get through Facebook,” Isabelle Roughol, Editor at LinkedIn in France, told the Digital Media Europe audience in London.
The European Digital Media Awards have honoured the continent's most innovative digital news media, from best data visualisation to best reader engagement. This year, 107 entries were submitted from 21 countries.
An international media freedom symposium held in London this week formally called on governments to bear the primary responsibility to ensure effective protections for free speech and the safety of journalists. But the inaction of the Canadian and Australian Prime Ministers in the case of the ‘Al Jazeera Three’ points to the reluctance of political leaders to advocate for journalists. WAN-IFRA's Research Fellow, Australian journalist-academic Julie Posetti, reports.
News organisations have a responsibility to act and seek better protection for not only their own staff, but the profession as a whole, argues Peter Horrocks, the BBC's World Service Group Director, who this week led a protest at the increasing attacks on journalism around the world.
BBC News Online Editor Steve Herrmann gave the Digital Media Europe audience in London some key learnings as the broadcaster is adjusting to (video) life on the web. Herrmann’s team has developed a number of video formats created for the Internet, some of which are now proving popular with TV editors as well.