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Wed - 23.04.2014

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Do-it-yourself ethics: AP's Tom Kent on the development of a code

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:39

Having a strong set of ethical standards is important for every news organisation, but while there are certain fundamentals most people would probably agree on, "no one ethics code can satisfy every news organisation, startup, blogger and individual journalist," Tom Kent tells WAN-IFRA.

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Turning the page on hate speech in Rwanda

Fri, 2014-04-18 15:36

"This is why we’re turning the page on hate speech in Africa and we want to ensure the role of media and journalists in saying never again." A two day conference - Turning the Page of Hate Media Dialogue - has been staged in Rwanda to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi. WAN-IFRA’s Alison Meston reports from Kigali.

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Print's new pioneers: paper and ink in the digital age

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:17

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.

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'Video Now' Is this the future?

Wed, 2014-04-16 15:42

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”

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Women's news agency seeks to challenge gender stereotypes in Palestine

Tue, 2014-04-15 21:56

“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.

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Russia's top tabloid editor on Crimea and the 'Information Wars'

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:32

From the heart of Russia’s media world, Editor-in-Chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vladimir Sungorkin* has offered the Editors Weblog an exclusive perspective on the impact of the Crimean crisis on contemporary news coverage.

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Read now, pay later: Is LaterPay the longed-for silver bullet?

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:49

The debate over paywalls, freemium and online subscriptions continues to rage as publications try to find the best way to monetise their product. Amidst it all, a German start-up has quietly been developing what they think could be the solution - LaterPay.

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Cleaning up online comments

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:43

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.  

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MediaHackDays: The goal is radical innovation

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:24

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.

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Thousands in Moscow march against the Crimean media crisis towards a "Putin-free Russia"

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:13

 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.

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Q&A with Ubilab's Eduardo Campos Pellanda: We like problems

Mon, 2014-04-14 10:47

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.

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Argentinian newspaper La Nación's new editor talks digital and the World Cup

Fri, 2014-04-11 12:18

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.


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What we learned at the Digital Media Europe Conference #DME14

Fri, 2014-04-11 11:26

WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe conference, staged in London this week, focused attention on mobile, the role of video, social news and the vexed issue of paid content. Here is the World Editors Forum curation of the event highlights.

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"Le 1": is France's new A1-size weekly newspaper really the one?

Thu, 2014-04-10 16:34

"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.

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DME14: LinkedIn builds a news brand – and want news publishers to link in

Wed, 2014-04-09 16:56

“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.

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Groundbreaking coverage of surveillance honoured at European Digital Media Awards

Wed, 2014-04-09 16:52

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.

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DME14: Yahoo: All banners on mobile to go by mid-year

Wed, 2014-04-09 13:06

The theme of native advertising at this year’s Digital Media Europe conference continued on Wednesday, as Regan Senkarik, Senior Director of Channel Sales, Yahoo! announced that the company is moving away completely from banners on mobile this summer.

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DME14: BuzzFeed and native advertising: Whatever you do – don’t trick the reader

Wed, 2014-04-09 07:13

“Create great content and think about how you can get people to share it, rather than focus on how you can 'work' Facebook to make people share,” Will Hayward, BuzzFeed’s VP Advertising Europe told participants at WAN-IFRA's Digital Media Europe conference in London.

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'Shameful inaction' from Western democracies in Al Jazeera Three case

Tue, 2014-04-08 18:54

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. 

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Media organisations must do more to stop violence against journalists

Tue, 2014-04-08 17:21

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.

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