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31 May 2012 | The Guardian
31 May 2012 | Journalism.co.ukBundlr has announced a new version of its service which allows for embedding of content from a wide range of sources. By partnering with Embedly the site now supports over 200 sources of content, including Storify, Pinterest and Amazon, for users to add to their bundles. Embedly is the service that the new version of Twitter uses to embed photographs and articles in your Twitter stream and is used by a host of other sites such as Reddit and Bitly and comes as a WordPress plugin. While Bundlr was originally seen as an alternative to sites like Storify, which can be used to create stories from curated links and content, Bundlr's focus is now on creating a top-level resource for curated content around a story or topic. Articles can be read in a simplified style, akin to Readability or Instapaper, and interactive content like Prezi or Slideshare presentations can be played from the Bundlr site. Bundlr's new design is very visual and users of Pinterest boards will quickly grasp the idea of creating bundles. One clear advantage over Pinterest is the support for more than just images and links. When clipping various media Bundlr will pull an image for the tile but when clicked on this will display the full content.
31 May 2012 | Journalism.co.ukannounced the launch of a new iPhone app, to encourage people to read and share breaking news based on a location. The "see it, snap it, share it tool for geotagged breaking news" is now in the App Store. n0tice, which describes itself as the "local noticeboard that lives on the web" and utilises developments in social, local and mobile, wants to encourage "people to see and report what is happening near them in real-time", according to a release. The launch of the free app comes a week after notice announced its "open journalism toolkit", the opening of its API, enabling publishers to take data posted via the platform. According to the n0tcie blog, the technology used to build the iPhone app includes the n0tice API, the release of which came less that a month after the launch of a n0tice Facebook app.
31 May 2012 | Knight Center2012 AP Stylebook with more than 270 new or updated entries, including new broadcast and fashion chapters, and an expanded social media section, the AP said in a statement. "At nearly 500 pages, the AP Stylebook continues to evolve to meet the diverse needs of writers and editors," the organization said, reported the Huffington Post. The chapter on social media use was originally added to the Stylebook in 2010. The AP prompted criticism in 2011 when journalists contended that the AP's guidelines on re-tweeting - which are included in the new Stylebook - demonstrated that the news organization just didn't "get" Twitter and social media. See this post from Poynter about other changes to the 2012 AP Stylebook, including guidelines on when to use racial identifications in stories. The relevance of race in the news came to the forefront during media coverage of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
31 May 2012 | AFP
30 May 2012 | Reuters
30 May 2012 | Business Week
30 May 2012 | Fox News
30 May 2012 | Knight Centerannounced that it is eliminating its copy desk entirely. Instead of dedicated copy editors, reporters and assignment editors will be responsible for copy editing duties, which will be spread throughout the newsroom. And now Canada's leading newspaper publishing company, Postmedia NetworkCanada Corp., which publishes the Vancouver Sun, the Star Phoenix and the Leader-Post, is not only experimenting with a paywall and suspending publishing Sunday and Monday print editions of various of its newspapers, but also laying off copy editors as it "consolidates" editorial duties, according to Postmedia News. Meanwhile, the Contra Costa Times announced that it, too, is shifting copy editing duties as part of a digital-first strategy to get copy editing done earlier so content can be published faster, according to Poynter. Similarly, earlier in May the Salt Lake Tribune said it is laying off copy editors as part of a newsroom restructuring, in which "copy-editing and page-design functions, along with some copy editors and designers, will be integrated with existing news-gathering and content-producing teams."
30 May 2012 | Wall Street Journal
30 May 2012 | The Guardian
29 May 2012 | Reuters
29 May 2012 | BBC News
29 May 2012 | Knight Centerreported the news agency AFP. "We have a way to defend ourselves, by not buying that junk called newspapers, stop watching those TV channels that keep politicking instead of informing," said President Correa during his weekly report on Saturday, May 26, according to the Peruvian newspaper Correo. After criticizing the newspapers El Universo and La Hora, the president also tore a copy of the newspaper La Hora, saying: "So they may complain as they wish, where ever they wish," reported the news agency EFE. On May 21, the United Nations expressed concern about the state of freedom of press and expression in Ecuador during the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights. During this meeting, 17 governments asked the Ecuadorian government to “effectively respect and guarantee freedom of expression and of the press in the country,” and 24 suggestions for freedom of expression were given, according to the Ecuadorian NGOFundamedios and the newspaper La Hora.
29 May 2012 | VOA News
29 May 2012 | Knight CenterJournalism Magazine of the ESPM, the Brazilian version of the influential Columbia Journalism Review, reported the portal Meio e Mensagem. The magazine, to be published every trimester, started circulating at the beginning of May. There will be translated articles from the U.S. magazine as well as content from Brazil. Journalist Eugenio Bucci, who also is the journalism graduate school director at ESPM, is heading the magazine. The first magazine edition, which will be sold through subscriptions, includes an article by journalist Alberto Dines about the effect of technology in journalism, Afro-American press history, and a reflection about the relationship between press consultants and the newsrooms, among other topics. The Journalism Magazine of the ESPM adds to the few journals dedicated to this profession. Another example is the Brazilian Magazine ofTeaching Journalism, oriented more to education than the journalism profession itself.
29 May 2012 | Journalism.co.uk
25 May 2012 | AP
25 May 2012 | Rapid TV News
25 May 2012 | Journalism.co.ukMeograph will also enable journalists to integrate multimedia content, such as YouTube videos or images and link to extra context such as articles or galleries on other website. The graphic moves through a series of created moments through a timeline and uses Google maps to show the geographical journey, assisted by audio narrations uploaded by the user. The platform, which is due to be launched publicly in around a month, is the brainchild of Misha Leybovich. He said the ability to add extra context to a given "moment", such as by linking to a news article, a gallery, a full video or a wikipedia article, will offers a choice on the viewing experience. He added that he sees the platform being equally useful in breaking news situations, or to show the journey of a past event or story. Added features are due to be added to the platform in the coming weeks, including the ability to embed the final Meograph and search for other projects by location or time. The technology will be free to use, with the platform looking at "some sort of ad-support" and possibly video pre-roll adverts and "some sort of premium plans".
25 May 2012 | Reuters
25 May 2012 | The Guardian
25 May 2012 | Knight CenterAmnesty International 2012 report presented in London on Wednesday, the group said that there "were new restrictions" to freedom of expression in Venezuela, with journalists facing fines and myriad accusations, reported the newspaper El Universal and the news agency EFE. Although the Amnesty International report makes reference to the year 2011, conflicts between journalists and the Venezuelan government have continued in the country during 2012, specially during the period prior to the presidential elections, which will take place in October. On Friday, May 18, the Inter American Press Association formally asked Venezuelan authorities to stop attacks against the newspaper Notitarde. Globovisio'n is one of the TV stations that most frequently accuses the Venezuelan government and its supporters of attacks against journalists, making death threats and, damaging transmission equipment. Recently, the Venezuelan National System of Public Media (SNMP in Spanish) team was attacked by supporters of the presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, Chavez's opposition, reported the National Journalists Association of Venezuela. According to Venezuelan minister of communication and information, Andres Izarra, the SNMP reporters now cover the opposition equipped with safety helmets and shields, reported El Impulso.
24 May 2012 | European Press PrizeEuropean Press Prize, rewarding excellence in journalism across all 47 countries of Europe. They believe that saluting serious writing and reporting - in print or on newspaper websites - can help raise journalism's role as a vital defender of democracy's freedoms. Four awards In the first year of the Prize, awards will be given in four separate categories. Each award consists of EUR 10,000. 1. The Editing Award - For the editor who the judges believe has contributed most to public debate and public understanding; 2. The Commentator Award - For the feature writer, columnist or commentator who has done most to illuminate vital issues for readers; 3. The News Reporting Award – For the reporter or specialist expert whose work has made a decisive impact; 4. The Innovation Award – For the outstanding innovation of the year - in print or via digital: anything that makes a significant contribution to journalism's future. Entries for year one of the awards open on July 1 and close on October 26, 2012.
24 May 2012 | APAxis." It alters browsers made by other companies to display search results in a more convenient and visual format. The troubled Internet company Yahoo Inc. released Axis in Apple's appstore late Wednesday. That version will work only on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The software also can be installed as a plug-in on most major browsers used on desktop computers and laptops. Apps for other mobile devices are in the works. A device running Axis can display search results in a panorama of visual thumbnails that can be scrolled through above a Web page. It's a departure from search engines' traditional presentation of a list of staid Web links that require more navigation and guesswork. Its greatest appeal figures to be on mobile devices because users with the app installed can see their search results at the top of the screen just by flicking on whatever page is displayed. The relevant results appear in a ribbon of Web page snapshots, making it easier for users to find the right information. Much like Google's Knowledge Graph, Axis draws its results from a custom-built index. Most of the data in the Axis index resides on Yahoo's own services. If Axis can't find answers there, it presents links from Bing's search index.
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