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27 April 2012 | Data Journalism Handbookdatajournalismhandbook.org under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. Additionally a printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media.
27 April 2012 | Washington Post
27 April 2012 | Washington Postvisual history project online to retrace some of the most significant moments in the history of investigative reporting. The website, “Investigating Power,” was launched Wednesday night at the National Press Club. Professor Charles Lewis, a former producer for CBS’s “60 Minutes” and for ABC News, is leading the project. Contributors include Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Post reporter Dana Priest and Seymour Hersh. Lewis also interviewed journalists Mike Wallace and Daniel Schorr before they died about how they did their work. Organizers say the project examines six areas where journalism brought “truth to power.” They include the McCarthy era, Civil Rights, the Vietnam war, the Watergate scandal, post-9/11 America and corporate power.
27 April 2012 | Journalism.co.ukpublished online on Thursday, provides advice on how to handle dangerous situations, including issues of digital security, natural disasters and organised crime. In a statement, primary author Frank Smyth, senior advisor for journalist security to CPJ and executive director of Global Journalist Security, said: "Today's journalist is covering an increasingly dangerous world, operating in a climate where journalists are not only frequently killed, but murdered with impunity." "Investigating corruption or abuse of power can be more dangerous in many nations than covering combat. In this climate, journalists need to know how to protect their information, their sources, themselves and their families."
27 April 2012 | AP
27 April 2012 | Paid Content
26 April 2012 | New York TimesOffice for ScholarlyCommunications to release much of the published research from its faculty free. The metadata will be available for bulk download both from Harvard and from the Digital Public Library of America, which is an effort to create a national public library online.
26 April 2012 | The Guardian
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26 April 2012 | Rapidtvnews.comGlobal Internet Phenomena Report 1H2012 ”, based on data from a selection of Sandvine’s 200-plus customers spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific, YouTube was found to be the largest source of mobile video traffic in every region examined, accounting for as much as 25 percent of network data and no less than 12 percent. The data also revealed that home roaming accounts for 9 percent of total fixed traffic on North America’s household networks and that audio and video streaming will exceed 60 percent of North America’s mobile data by late 2014. Smartphones and tablets were driving 9 percent of traffic on fixed access networks including 16 percent of all real time entertainment, 28 percent of which from YouTube and 9 percent from Netflix. Sandvine believes that click-to-cloud smartphone photo back-up and synchronisation will emerge as a significant source of traffic worldwide: the phenomena of the continuous cloud/client connection. This said the company would see operators worldwide adding an intelligence layer across their networks.
26 April 2012 | Paid Contentreplica” and mimics the traditional look and feel of a newspaper on a screen or tablet. BostonGlobe.com launched last October but so far sign-ups have been sluggish. The site has only attracted 18,000 paid subscribers so far. Part of the challenge may be cannibalization from the paper’s affiliated site Boston.com which pre-dates the new site but also draws on content from the Boston Globe. The freebie offer lasts for 12 days and is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Other papers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have done similar promotions in which a select sponsor takes down a paywall, or part of it, for a short time. The Globe is also offering a 99-cent week introductory offer the first eight weeks. The site is free for print subscribers.
26 April 2012 | CNET NewsAgainstViolent Extremism (AVE). "What do a former violent jihadist from Indonesia, an ex-neo-Nazi from Sweden and a Canadian who was held hostage for 15 months in Somalia have in common?" director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "In addition to their past experiences with radicalization, they are all also members of Against Violent Extremism." AVE's goal is to bring together former extremists, survivors, nonprofits, academics, and private sector leaders to combine forces and use online tools to figure out how to prevent people from becoming radicalized. Google Ideas was founded in October 2010 by Cohen who previously worked on the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning staff. The plan was to create what he calls a "think/do tank" and use technology to deal with human challenges, such as gang violence, war, and extremism. Still in beta, the AVE Web site will be managed by the London-based think tank Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Google Ideas' partner. The site will have videos, research, online tools, forums, and an interactive map that lists nearby events, people, and resources.
25 April 2012 | Wall Street Journal
25 April 2012 | Washington PostAOL On Network, on Tuesday at a presentation of programming to advertisers in New York. It said the network will feature 14 content channels available online, on mobile, on tablets and through TV-connected devices. AOL On will pull from some 320,000 short-form videos from AOL and its many publishers. The company also announced seven new original series. AOL Inc. has been trying to generate more revenue from ad-supported content to make up for reductions in its older Internet access business. AOL and other websites see expanded video offerings as a way to increase revenue because the video ads that run with them can command higher prices. The event Tuesday was part of the inaugural Digital Content NewFronts, in which digital outlets like YouTube and Yahoo are presenting their programming slates in the style of television upfronts.
25 April 2012 | AP
25 April 2012 | The Guardian
25 April 2012 | Nieman LabMarkets Pulse, a platform for a continuous flow of news — including blog posts, articles, videos, tweets, photos, and other elements — that readers can dip into throughout the day from their computers or from a mobile device. The idea is to provide more choices to readers who are increasingly seeking news on-the-go. Markets Pulse is built around an area of coverage rather than a finite event, which means it has the potential to be neverending. Markets Pulse also includes an embed of the Journal’s video player right next to the content whenever a live show is on. With the newspaper’s big push in video, particularly live video, having a page that is always on could help increase the return on that investment. It also gives reporters a place to put all kinds of information — short updates, tweets, and other elements that don’t always fit in a traditional article. The format may also help drive traffic to Wall Street Journal content by fostering a habit of checking for frequent bite-sized updates the same way that people routinely check their email inboxes and Twitter feeds. News streams also seem to have the advantage of stickiness — meaning readers spend time on streams longer than they do on traditional news sites.
25 April 2012 | Fast CompanyAssignmint has an ambitious goal: To change freelance journalism as we know it. The company, headed by former New York Press and Forbes Traveler editor Jeff Koyen, will offer a complete pitch-to-payment cloud workflow system for freelancers and their employers. It helps digitally manage work assignments, editorial calendars, invoices, pitches, expenses, contract information, and payment. Freelance journalists, meanwhile, will be able to have access to all their outstanding invoice and payment information in one place. The startup also plans to implement a clip and algorithm service to match freelancers with potential new clients. While Assignmint will only handle writers and editors when it launches in late 2012, the firm plans to open their doors to freelancers and employers from the rest of media - along with financial services, academia, IT, fashion marketing, and other fields in 2013. The company's profit model is based upon their payment system: Assignmint will handle freelance payments on an company's behalf in exchange for an employer-paid service fee. Other revenue streams will include premium subscriptions for editorial teams, white-label enterprise installations, and custom services such as tax form fulfillment.
24 April 2012 | European Broadcasting UnionAudiovisual Content and Online Growth, pegs the contribution of commercial broadcasters to the European Digital Economy at EUR 15bn annually. Philippe Delusinne, CEO of RTL Belgium and president of the ACT, said these findings were new and contributed to the overall knowledge about the significance of the sector: “We know that European television is an EUR 84bn sector – but we did not know until today how much of that revenue is reinvested in sport, news, entertainment or movies.” “When the contributions of public broadcasters, and of smaller operators, are also taken into account” Mr Delusinne added, “we conclude that overall around 40 percent of broadcasters’ revenues are reinvested in the next season’s schedule.” The report also shows the strong consumer take-up of the hundreds of new services launched by commercial broadcasters online, part of the legal offer of content widely seen as a vital tool against piracy. The report concludes by looking at the many different ways in which content can cross frontiers today, and tomorrow – providing there is quantifiable consumer demand.
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24 April 2012 | BBC Newsreport ranks nations by the amount of junk mail routed through computers in each country. India has leapt to the top of the spam chart in less than a year, rapidly overtaking the US, said Sophos. About 10 percent of all junk mail sent across the web came from or passed through computers in India, said the firm. India's rapid rise up the chart of spam producers has been helped by the rapid growth of the web in the country, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. The inexperience of the many first-time net users in India had led many to fall victim to hi-tech criminals, he said. About 80% of all junk email is thought to be routed through PCs hijacked by hi-tech criminals who use computer viruses to seize control of the machines. Once a machine is under their control they use them to send out mail on their behalf, typically relaying it from another nation. Sophos estimates that about 9.3 percent of all junk mail travels through Indian computers. In second place is the US (8.3 percent) and South Korea (5.7 percent) is third. India's rise up the rankings was also helped by the ongoing shift away from traditional email by spammers. More and more of them, said Sophos, were using social networks as the route to spread their junk messages. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest were all being hit with increasing regularity by spammers, said Sophos.
23 April 2012 | Reuters Institutereport to systematically assess how online-only news websites across Western Europe are faring has found that new start-ups are struggling to find business models that can cover their operating costs. The report, published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at Oxford University, finds that although internet use and online advertising is growing fast across Europe and there is much experimentation in the online news space, the stumbling block continues to be the absence of a viable business models for new forms of journalism. Even the most innovative online enterprises in Europe have found it difficult to break even. The report, 'Survival is Success' is based on in-depth analysis of nine case studies from Germany, France, and Italy - including prominent pure players like Netzeitung, Mediapart, and Lettera43. The study shows that the start-up scene in Europe is still at a stage where surviving for more than a few years is a form of success in itself. Out of nine new start-ups analysed across the three countries, only two, Mediapart and Perlentaucher, broke even. Mediapart (in France) is sustained by a pay-wall system around quality niche content, while Perlentaucher (from Germany) survives by combining very limited costs with a highly diversified business model.
23 April 2012 | International Business Timesreports Asia 360°. These figures represent a stark contrast to the steep decline in newspaper print circulation in the United States and Europe. But In Asia, fast economic growth over the last 30 years has led to higher literacy rates as millions have been lifted out of poverty - driving new readership toward newspapers. In addition, limited Internet reach prevents free, online news from competing with the traditional subscription model.
23 April 2012 | Reuters
23 April 2012 | Kantar Mediastudy published by Kantar Media, the number of internet users generating content (UGC) - reading articles or commenting - varies significantly by country, but Latin America features on the top. 47 percent of internet users in Brazil and 44 percent in Argentina read UGC on newspaper websites, compared to only 35 percent in GB and 26 percent in Germany. Latin American countries also have the highest rates of activity in submitting articles or comment on the websites of newspaper publishers, with 27 percent in Brazil and 26 percent in Argentina. This drops to only 17 percent in Germany and 12 percent in GB. Regarding how important are the truth and how much users trust the websites they visited, Kantar Media found that in Brazil people show a 73 percent of agreement and in Argentina only 71 percent - a factor that may help to explain the acceptance and willingness to contribute to content.
23 April 2012 | Digital Media Wire
23 April 2012 | BBC News
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