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30 March 2012 | Folio MagFacebook page has surpassed the 1 million fan milestone. Nick Blunden, global publisher of digital editions for The Economist, says the print brand's status has translated well to the social Web. The Economist has a global circulation of 1.5 million, which includes print and digital figures, according to an Audit Bureau of Circulations July-December 2011 report. While the number of online fans could surpass that of actual circulation, The Economist is still coming out ahead of its competition: TIME has just over 489,000 fans; The Wall Street Journal has just over 471,000 fans; The Atlantic with just over 91,000, and Bloomberg Businessweek with just over 47,500. “We have focused, primarily, on the best ways and the most engaging ways to put content into social media and primarily Facebook,” says Blunden. "Now, in the social media world, if you want to associate yourself with The Economist and show you’re interested in the world, you share our content on Facebook and Twitter. What Facebook has allowed us to do is unlock the inherent social value of our content.” Blunden says the best way for his brand to post content on Facebook is through timing and targeted editorial choices instead of taking content and posting it online as and when it becomes available. Blunden adds that The Economist looks to its Facebook audience to provide a value exchange.
30 March 2012 | Euractiv
30 March 2012 | AP
30 March 2012 | New York Timesreported on the media blog JimRomenesko.com, citing newsroom reports. News of the imminent sale of the Philadelphia newspapers, for an estimated USD 60m, emerged in early February with newsroom reports of editorial interference in favor of the group, which was then being led by Mr. Rendell. After those reports came to light, 300 editorial employees signed a public statement insisting that the new owners agree not to alter the news coverage to reflect their “private or political interests.” The imminent sale comes as Philadelphia Media Network confronts newsroom layoffs in a continuing effort to cut costs amid a decline in print advertising revenue. The company eliminated 45 jobs in March, and on Tuesday said it would cut an additional 35 positions over the next six months.
30 March 2012 | Asia Pacific Broadcasting Corporation
30 March 2012 | Newspaper InnovationDePers has closed down. The last issue – March 30 – shows an empty glass on the cover. Covers of the paper were always special, as was the content that always differed substantially from its competitors. The pdf-version can be downloaded from the website. Notwithstanding the ambitions, De Pers never made any money. Also the deal with Mecom-daughter Wegener did not save the paper. Remaining editiors want to relaunch the paper as a online-only paid model. Almost 11,000 people have said they want to be a subscriber of the new paper.
29 March 2012 | Euractiv
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29 March 2012 | New York Times
29 March 2012 | IPI via The Guardian
29 March 2012 | The Guardianreport and a witness interviewed by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The Spanish daily El Mundo, citing local activists, said Naseem Intriri and Walid Bledi were killed during an attack on the town of Darkoush near the Turkish border. The Guardian reported Tuesday that journalists filming a documentary about Syrians escaping across the Turkish border had been killed, but could not confirm the fact, nor did it identify them. But a witness told the CPJ that Syrian soldiers, accompanied by militiamen known as "Shabiha," shot at the house where the journalists were staying. He told the CPJ that when the firing began Intriri and Bledi initially fled but returned to retrieve equipment when the shooting seemed to have stopped. Then the Syrian forces opened fire again. He said the army later took the journalists' bodies away. A third journalist, who was wounded by a shot in his left shoulder as he fled from the house, was said to have been driven to a hospital in Antakya by Syrians who crossed into Turkey. Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and north Africa programme coordinator said the deaths were "yet another illustration of the grave dangers that journalists face in reporting a conflict that the Syrian government has sought to hide from the world."
29 March 2012 | Radio Netherlands
28 March 2012 | V3.co.uk
28 March 2012 | New York Times
28 March 2012 | Knight CenterThe New York Times. The out-dated rules have journalists, now accustomed to tweeting the latest breaking news, scrambling to figure out how best to cover the three days of arguments, which got underway Monday, March 26. The one concession the court granted was to agree to release audio recordings and transcripts of the proceedings each day, NPR said. Newspapers throughout the country published editorials calling on the Supreme Court to lift its ban on cameras. The Washington Post noted that a USA Today/Gallup poll from December showed that more than seven in 10 Americans - whether Democrats, Republicans, or independents, believe the Supreme Court should allow cameras to televise the arguments over the health care law.
28 March 2012 | The Guardian
28 March 2012 | Mashable
28 March 2012 | Vancouverdesi.com
27 March 2012 | Deutsche Welle
27 March 2012 | AFP
27 March 2012 | The Next WebNational Audiovisual Institute (INA), the two partners announced Monday. Following the agreement, YouTube viewers will be able to access thousands of hours of archived TV content, coming directly from France’s official repository. In one sense, this partnership isn’t a surprise; not only does the Institute makes a large number of videos available for free on its own platform, but it also has a similar deal in place with YouTube’s French competitor Dailymotion. The Institute’s archives are very rich and diverse, ranging from old reports from Cannes Film Festival and the Tour de France to interviews with Salvador Dali, spanning over the last 60 years of French TV. The content included in this new partnership will progressively go live over the next weeks, the French media reports.
27 March 2012 | Reuters
27 March 2012 | EJCPoynter Institute's News University (NewsU) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) jointly announced the launch of "Reporting & Writing About Development in the World," an innovative three-month e-learning course for 40 journalism students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of covering international development and is funded by the European Commission's V4Aid project, which promotes awareness of development issues in the European Union's new member states. "Reporting & Writing About Development in the World" helps prepare students for the challenges of covering the political and economic issues inherent in international development stories. The course features live video lectures and lessons drawn from five self-directed modules on NewsU, Poynter's e-learning platform. Students attend live online lectures and chats, and complete weekly readings and assignments. The course is led by veteran journalism instructor and Poynter Institute adjunct faculty member, Bill Mitchell, a former Vienna bureau chief for the Detroit Free Press. Jim Breiner, a digital journalism consultant and trainer with a specialty in the business of online journalism, helped create the structure and training. Other Poynter faculty and adjuncts also will participate throughout the 12 weeks.
27 March 2012 | Radio Broadcast Newsroom
26 March 2012 | Mainichi Japan
26 March 2012 | The Guardian
26 March 2012 | Eurocult.orgYouth Media TrendReport (2010-2011), which was commissioned by ECF's Youth & Media Programme. The extensive research was carried out by the Belgian research centre Trendwolves, which looked at media use among young people aged between 15 and 25 in five European countries: Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and Croatia. Researchers mapped how young people use media in each of these five countries, focusing specifically on social networks, internet, telephone, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and games. The research is designed to fill a gap for the cultural sector, which is often deprived from mere facts and figures, unlike the business sector, in which such research data are used for designing successful marketing strategies and forecasting trends.
26 March 2012 | Reuters
26 March 2012 | AFPUS study released last Thursday. While 59 per cent of the experts surveyed for the study by Pew Internet/Elon University felt that the Web would continue to thrive, they also thought “apps” for gadgets such as smartphones and tablets would power an “anti-Internet” used only to connect to services such as films or Facebook feeds instead of for open exploration. “Instead of couch potatoes you’ll have app potatoes,” European Broadcasting Union head of institutional relations Giacomo Mazzone said in survey response. “There will be again a digital divide. This one will be between those who will prefer to use ready-made applications and those who are building ways or searching on their own to find the needed solutions.”The Internet could give way to a hybrid model that combines open-ended quests for information or content with the use of “apps” tailored to plug efficiently into offerings hosted on online servers, survey respondents said.
26 March 2012 | MediabistroTVNewser has learned Bloomberg TV has laid off up to 30 reporters, producers, associate producers, editors and other staffers as the company shifts to a digital-centric newsroom. As TV employees are cut, Bloomberg plans to add 13 new positions and create a Digital Video Desk focused on moving video productions to web platforms, including tablets, smartphones and desktops. The shift has been in the works since Andrew Morse joined as head of Bloomberg TV last summer. Morse spent 15 years at ABC News, most recently at ABC News digital. In an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser, Morse writes that while “new positions” will be added, “we have also had to remove some positions that are no longer aligned with digital newsgathering and production.” Of the new jobs, to be posted soon, there are six new positions for digital producers and digital strategists, leaving a net loss of about 15 positions.
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