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17 September 2012 | Journalism.co.ukSocial Sensor, a three-year project partly funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, has been underway for around a year now, in which time research has been carried out into how journalists across Europe currently filter the social web - and the difficulties they face doing so. The research actually covers two use cases, news and infotainment. In the news case, for example, the research will help inform the creation of a prototype for an application designed for journalists searching social networks for news. At the end of the project there will be a period of evaluation at which point the prototype application will either become a commercial product, or parts may feed into other commercial products.
17 September 2012 | Web Pro Newsreport from their Internet & American Life Project, 56 percent of adult internet users posts photos or videos online. That means interacting visually with networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Pew breaks down these media distributors into two categories: Creators and Curators. Creators are those who share photos and videos that they have taken themselves. They found that 45 percent of internet users post their own photos to social networks, while 18 percent post their own videos. Curators are those who share photos and videos that they’ve found online, but didn’t produce themselves. According to the report, 35 percent of internet users curate photos, while 25 percent curate videos. “The internet has always been a platform for creators and curators,” said Pew Internet’s Joanna Brenner, co-author of the report. “Now, as social media services continue to grow and expand, the tools are more visual and social, and that seems to be attracting special audiences of early adopters.” The true content distributors, those that both create and curate, make up about one-third of the online adult population (32 percent).
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17 September 2012 | Knight Centerannounced it will be shutting down its journalism program in two years, a decision that contrasts sharply with recent calls for universities to improve journalism education by embracing the digital era, a necessary condition for keeping citizens informed and American democracy healthy. Robin Forman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, said Friday, Sept. 14, that the journalism department and three others will be phased out in two years, allowing current students to finish their studies. The action was part of a large reorganization at the school located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Meanwhile, calling on universities to hurry up and embrace digital communication and the age of continuous disruption, Eric Newton, a senior adviser to the president at the Knight Foundation, and representatives of five other foundations urged journalism and communication programs, in an open letter released Aug. 3, to adopt the "teaching hospital" model, one that requires a more professional and less academic approach to journalism instruction. Newton praised institutions like the School of Journalism at the University of Texas for updating its curriculum, while also citing the News21 project at Arizona State University as an example of how students and faculty can produce meaningful reporting that benefits the community at large.
17 September 2012 | Knight CenterEl Dia. The 23-question voluntary survey asked which television, radio, online, and print media outlets individuals preferred along with which journalists they liked and if they "shared your 'point of view or opinion,'" reported the newspaper El Tribuno. The head of the AFIP, Ricardo Echegaray, said the survey's objective was to "most efficiently direct public advertising funds," even though the tax administration does not manage public advertising budgets, according to the newspaper La Voz and the news service TN. The questionnaire was called "worrying," by the newspaper Clarin and "an assault on individual liberties," by the newspaper La Razon. Clari'n went on to darkly note the questions were akin to "thought police archives rather than improving communication."