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New York Times editor Jill Abramson spoke on Monday at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin and discussed the future and the changes of the paper, the Huffington Post reported.

The Guardian reports that former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested, along with her husband Charlie, on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The arrests were part of Operation Weeting, in connection with the ongoing investigation into phone hacking.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that Meixco’s national Senate is very close to passing an amendment to the constitution that would make the murder of a journalist a constitutional offence. CPJ writes that the change would mean “the typically less corrupt and more effective federal police and prosecutors would move aside state authorities to tackle cases of murdered journalists.”

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-13 19:42

Today is International Women’s Day, but while we are surrounded by examples of inspiring female journalists – Marie Colvin, killed in Syria last month, for one – many news organisations still have a long way to go when it comes to supporting their female members.

A study by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts compared the number of bylines published in major literary magazines by women and by men and found that the majority are dominated by male voices. Bylines at the London Review of Books were 14% female last year, said VIDA. At the New York Review of Books, just 12.5% of articles in 2011 were written by women. Granta, which was 53% female, was the only exception to the rule.

The Columbia Journalism Review reported earlier this week that the percentage of female bylines at most of the magazines in VIDA’s study isn’t just small; it’s shrinking. Comparing the 2011 VIDA data with that of 2010 showed that the proportion of stories written by female journalists had fallen at The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and the Boston Review.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-08 20:03

Two British journalists arrested last month by a Libyan militia group in a direct challenge to the authority of the country's new government have been accused of spying, the Guardian reported. To justify the arrest the militia group said that "suspicious material" was found on the two men. This included a field dressing in a black wrapper which he said was suspicious because it was "made in Israel" and lists of Tripoli militia members killed in clashes last year, the article explained.

Poynter reflects on the relationship between the newsrooms and individual journalists creating a personal brand through their accounts on social media.

Also on Poynter, an article reported how the Huffington Post reached its largest audience ever last Monday due to the coverage of the Oscars. Social sharing gets some of the credit for the 13.3 million unique visitors that came to the site, which was recently identified by Newswhip research as one of the top three most viral news sources, the article said.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-06 11:11

Earlier this week, New York Times' staff members of the New York Newspaper Guild protested, lining in the hallway, outside the Page One meeting room. As the Huffington Post reported, the incident demonstrated staffers' dismay over their contract negotiations, which have been going on for over a year, including negotiators' calls for freezing their pension plans and ending their independent health insurance.

Pearson Plc, the publisher of the Financial Times newspaper and Penguin books, has a capacity to make £1 billion in acquisitions ($1.6 billion) as the digital publishing revenue grows, Bloomberg said. "The digital publishing business grew 18 percent to 2 billion pounds to make up a third of Pearson's sales last year after revenue from Penguin e-books doubled and digital subscriptions to the Financial Times and online learning programs for students increased by more than 20 percent", the article said.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-02 19:48

Conservative US blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart has died aged 43, reports the New York Times. On his blog, Jim Romenesko has collected some Tweets showing reactions to his death.

Poynter writes that the Washington Post has added a long editor's note to a story it published about the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, which implied that police manipulated data to give a better impression of homicide closure rates. The note acknowledged that "the department has followed practices consistent with federal crime-data guidelines and relied upon the same methodology used by other major municipal police agencies."

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-01 19:09

Bizcommunity.com reported yesterday that South African Sunday tabloid Scoop! is set to close down after being launched just four months ago. The website also announces that Cape Argus, another South African paper, is being reduced in size from broadsheet to compact.

Journalists at the FT, who have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay, have told the company's chief executive that disagreement could be "extremely damaging to the FT brand and to relations in the newsroom." FT management has called the vote in favour of industrial action "unwarranted and unreasonable," writes Press Gazette.

The Guardian announces that its reporter Nick Davies has been named as the winner of the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism for his work in uncovering phone hacking at the News of the World.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-29 19:25

WikiLeaks' latest leak, which is calls 'The Global Intelligence Files' is not as yet particularly interesting because of the content of the files, but because of the fact that WikiLeaks is back, and because of the partnerships that the episode reveals.

WikiLeaks claims to have created an online database of more than five million emails from Stratfor, a global intelligence company based in Austin, Texas, sent between July 2004 and December 2011. Stratfor provides its subscribers with geopolitical analysis via emails and explains on its site how it differentiates itself from news organisations.

For more on this story, please see our sister publication www.editorsweblog.org.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-28 19:42

French journalist Edith Bouvier and UK photographer Paul Conroy have both been smuggled out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs into Lebanon, the BBC reports.

Stephen Farrell discusses conflict reporting in the 'post-embed era' in the New York Times blog At War.

The Knight News Challenge has opened, inviting entries via Tumblr on the theme of 'Networks.' The first round application, which consists of seven questions, will close on 17 March.

The Leveson Inquiry continues: see the Guardian's extensive coverage here as the paper's star investigative reporter Nick Davies gives evidence.

For more industry news please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service


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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-28 19:38

Several media commentators have been contributing to a discussion about whether including external links is important for journalism, and what the best practices are for linking. Steve Buttry of the Journal Register Company lists four reasons why he thinks linking is good for journalism, and two why it's good for business. Felix Salmon at Reuters stresses that linking is important, but that journalists should be more focused on linking to primary sources rather than to other news organizations.

The BBC has released its new social media strategy for England in 2012, writes the BBC College of Journalism. The new strategy includes a commitment to a minimum level of social media coverage in each region, and a stipulation that journalists and programme makers in all English regions should have or develop the skills to use social media.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-27 19:16

Fact-checking initiatives have been emerging in France in advance of the presidential elections this spring, reports France24. Inspired by Politifact in the US, French news site OWNI has launched Véritomètre, in conjunction with itele, and daily Le Monde has launched Décodeurs.

Ten Latin American newspapers have published the column that led to a libel suit by Ecuadorian Present Rafael Correa against the daily El Universo, reported the Knight Center for the Americas.

The Washington Post has launched 'Personal Post,' which allows users to provide their preferences and receive a personalised stream of headlines, according to TechCrunch.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-24 19:00

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