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10 August 2012 | PoynterDigital Training Comes ofAge“ surveyed 600 alumni of Knight-funded programs, finding that "the digital tsunami that upended the news industry is remaking the journalism training landscape as well". Journalists want more training in digital tools such as multimedia, data analysis and technology. Most give their news organizations low marks for providing training opportunities. Digital classes are gaining popularity as a cost-effective way to reach more trainees. A third of U.S. journalists and eight in 10 international journalists say the online classes they took were as good as, or better than, conventional training in the classroom. Training organizations are adapting to the digital age. They are providing more training online and rethinking how their programs can foster the transformation of journalism. Although the study focused on Knight-funded programs, the authors believe the insights are relevant to all who are interested in journalism training. Professional development will play a key role in the transformation of the news landscape.
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10 August 2012 | BBC NewsPinterest has relaxed its sign-up policy, opening the site to all. Previously, people needed invites to become members and "pin" online images onto its virtual "boards". Launched in 2010, Pinterest became the fastest-growing site ever, passing 10 million users in nine months. Although it has tried different money-raising techniques, the company has not yet disclosed a commercial plan. Fashion and recipes have quickly become top topics on Pinterest, and women outnumber men on the site. Its number of users grew hugely over the past year, according to a digital media analytics company Comscore. It said that last June, there were 1.2 million unique visitors globally - but a year later there were 31.2 million. In February, the company had to address concerns about users "pinning" copyrighted material. It now allows websites to opt out of being featured on Pinterest. To do so, sites can block their content by adding a line of web code.