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20 June 2012 | Knight Centerwinners of round one of its Knight News Challenge, reported Mediabistro. Nearly USD 1.4m in grants will fund six media innovation projects focused on networks, according to the Knight Foundation. Winners were revealed Monday during the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported the Boston Globe. According to GigaOM, the winning projects are "trying to develop video, mobile and crowdsourced solutions to the problem of filtering the vast ocean of news that washes over us every day." The winners are Peepol.tv, which will aggregate live video of breaking news into a searchable map; Recovers.org, to help communities struck by disaster to create websites to attract media attention, volunteers, donations, etc.; Signalnoi.se, which lets newsrooms track which stories users are reading via social media and competitor sites; Watchup, an iPad app for aggregating videos of breaking news; Behavio, an "open-source platform that turns phones into smart sensors of people’s real world behavior;" and Tor Project, which focuses on creating ways for journalists to safely and anonymously communicate with sources. This year the Knight Foundation is offering three rounds of the News Challenge, instead of just one, in order to better keep pace with innovation.
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20 June 2012 | APstudy released Tuesday. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said opponents won, in part, because their positions were sharper and easier to understand. Critics also more frequently drove the coverage, particularly when Tea Party demonstrations came to the fore. Pew studied a 10-month period that ended on March 31, 2010, on various platforms including network and cable news, newspaper, magazines and online publications. It found the three main themes expressed by opponents — that the plan called for further government involvement, it raised taxes and rationed health care — were mentioned some 18,181 times. Terminology used by supporters to convey that the legislation increased marketplace competition, insured more pre-existing conditions and combatted greedy insurance industry practices received 10,883 mentions, Pew said. Phrases used by opponents, calling it government-run health care, a government takeover of health care and ‘‘death panels’’ were ‘‘really evocative,’’ said Tom Rosenstiel, the project’s director. They were also used more consistently, an indication that opponents were better organized than supporters, he said.
20 June 2012 | Journalism.co.ukExplore London 2012, a page designed to help Olympics fans and journalists to keep track of the latest stories. The page, which combines pages for athletes, national teams and sports, and will soon add Facebook pages for broadcasters NBC and BBC, and for sponsors. According to a release, Joanna Shields, VP and managing director EMEA at Facebook said the tool means "all athletes can have an audience" and "share their stories with the world." Mark Adams, director of communications at the IOC said in the release "these will be the first truly 'social' Games". TechCrunch points out in a post that Facebook’s relationship with the Olympics is not exclusive.