A handpicked selection of today’s media-related news. With 24.000 entries, our archives chronicle 15 years of press industry developments. A goldmine for scholars and researchers.
Click here if you would like to subscribe.
9 August 2012 | The Guardian
9 August 2012 | Reuters
9 August 2012 | The GuardianAbout.com, ending a costly and ill-fated attempt to extend its online publishing business. AllThingsD first reported that the Times is looking to sell About.com to the online Q&A business site Answers.com. The NYT bought About for USD 400m in 2005. The Times confirmed that it is in late stage talks to sell About, but said "negotiations are ongoing, and there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached or that a transaction will be completed." The Times made a net loss of USD 88.1m in the second quarter, as a USD 194.7m write-down on the value of About wiped out gains from paying subscribers and a small increase in revenues. About.com produces articles and how-to videos on a topics from finance and physics to astrology and pet care. Its revenue fell 8.7 percent to USD 25.4m last quarter, and it posted an operating loss of USD 186.8m. Answers.com, set up by internet entrepreneur Bill Gross in 1998, is similar to About and calls itself "the most trusted place for answering life's questions." Answers, which is based in St Louis, did not respond to requests for comment.
9 August 2012 | Article 19/IFEX via The GuardianArticle 19, which has been campaigning for some time against the criminal defamation provisions in the Italian penal code.
9 August 2012 | Washington Posthttp://g.co/searchtrial. That’s a small fraction of the more than 425 million Gmail accounts that have been set up since Google launched its free email service eight years ago to compete against the offerings from Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
9 August 2012 | INSI via The GuardianMessenger survey of news mediacasualties produced for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) by the Cardiff school of journalism. The next worst countries were Nigeria, where seven unidentified newspaper staff were killed by a bomb, Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia, where five journalists died in a plane crash, and Mexico. The toll compares with 124 for the whole of 2011 and 56 for the first seven months of last year. And 70 may be a conservative figure as INSI has recorded the deaths of an additional 30 news people where it was unclear whether the killings were related to their work. The survey also highlighted that the great majority of news media deaths occur in countries during supposed peacetime. Forty-three journalists died in countries officially at peace, victims mostly of vicious criminals, and often abetted by corrupt security forces, politicians and business interests. Impunity remains the big problem. The rate of impunity for murder of a journalists has remained constant at around 90 percent globally for the past 10 years - undoubtedly fuelling more of the same.