Journalists at Fairfax, Australia’s second largest newspaper company, have voted in favour of a 36-hour strike to protest against the outsourcing of 66 sub-editing jobs to New Zealand. The Australian Broadcast Corporation and the Wall Street Journal report.
And because it's important to have two sources, AP has released its 2012 Stylebook, with new sections on broadcast and social media, writes Mallary Jean Tenore of Poynter.
Here's one digital practice: write what you please, verify it yourself, and sink or swim. Jeff Sonderman of Poynter decrypts Forbes’ incentive-based, entrepreneurial model for bloggers.
Under the less-desireable practices tab: a female webmaster in Thailand has been sentenced to an eight-month suspended sentence for being too slow to remove Internet posts deemed insulting to the country's royalty. The Guardian reports.
Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, has improved its censorship functionality: introducing a driving license-style point system, it reprimands posts deemed harmful to national unity or destructive to societal stability by knocking off users’ points. You start with a base of 80, and when you get to zero your account is terminated, says Voice of America.
Mind the byline gap – Erika Fry of the Columbia Journalism Review looks into why opinion writing is still a white man’s turf in 2012.
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