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2 May 2012 | AFPprnoticias.com. El Mundo plans to lay off a third of its journalists, cutting some 195 jobs, and El Pais is likely to make comparable cuts, he said. The left-wing daily Publico, which champions victims of the economic crisis and criticises the ruling class, now has only an online presence since it scrapped its print edition in February with the loss of 160 jobs. The federation has called for rallies in 40 towns across Spain on Thursday to mark World Press Freedom Day, to "demand better conditions for journalists and raise awareness that weakening journalism also weakens democracy."
2 May 2012 | New York Timesreport on the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers concluding that Mr. Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run a huge international company has convulsed Britain’s political and media worlds and threatened a core asset of Mr. Murdoch’s American-based News Corporation. The parliamentary report, issued Tuesday, found that three senior Murdoch executives misled Parliament in testimony. It also alleges that the company sought to cover up widespread phone hacking that Mr. Murdoch’s News of the World, a tabloid newspaper now shut down, used to gather information about politicians, celebrities and other people in the news. It has opened deep divisions between the main political parties, accentuated the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces in explaining his past ties to Mr. Murdoch and some of his top executives in Britain, and added new momentum to regulators’ scrutiny of Mr. Murdoch’s controlling interest in the British Sky Broadcasting network, or BSkyB, which is one of the most lucrative Murdoch investments. It also offers new details that suggest further damaging revelations may lie ahead. Sprinkled through its 121 pages are tantalizing references to potentially damaging sealed documents in dozens of lawsuits from the scandal, and an audio recording in police hands of a conversation between two News of the World journalists that may implicate an unnamed Murdoch executive.
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2 May 2012 | Zapadaywww.zapaday.com/newheadlines/, uses real time analysis of online news and Twitter texts to spot upcoming headlines as they emerge. The news service is freely available at www.zapaday.com. Mid May, the Breaking Future News service will be available in the free ‘Tomorrow’ iPhone app and in the upcoming Zapaday mobile website. Zapaday uses Natural Language Processing technology to analyze events and stories from thousands of news, government and company websites. Zapaday also spots ‘trending future events’ on Twitter, working together with Alan Ritter, a computer scientist at the University of Washington. The future news service now requires approval by editors. In June, Zapaday will launch a next version of the service that will include stories that are automatically spotted, selected and published by computers.
2 May 2012 | Journalism.co.ukannounced a partnership with social newswire Storyful, which will see the creation of a real-time wire service. According to an announcement by both parties, Demotix content will be "delivered through a dedicated channel on the StoryfulPro platform". "Clients will now have the ability to source from a comprehensive real-time feed of content, discovered and verified by Storyful alongside rights-cleared imagery from the Demotix network." Chief executive of Storyful Mark Little said the new channel "meets the great challenge facing journalists in a social age – how can we find user-generated content that we can trust and safely use in our stories?". Turi Munthe, chief executive of Demotix, said: "By combining Storyful's discovery and verification system with the vast reach of the Demotix network, we can offer a valuable commercial connection between the most authentic and compelling content creators and the most forward-thinking newsrooms". As well as Demotix content being published via Storyful, it is understood Demotix will look to license Storyful's breaking news material.