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22 October 2012 | Turkish Weeklyreport from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has shown. “The Turkish government is engaging in a broad offensive to silence critical journalists through imprisonment, legal prosecution and official intimidation,” the report said. CPJ has identified 76 journalists imprisoned in Turkey as of Aug. 1, 2012. Following a case-by-case review, the CPJ concluded that at least 61 journalists were being held in direct relation to their work or newsgathering activities, the highest global figure in the last decade. The CPJ’s 53-page report featured letters sent from imprisoned journalists and government responses to CPJ inquiries. About 70 percent of those jailed were Kurdish journalists charged with aiding terrorism by covering the views and activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK). Over three-quarters of the imprisoned journalists have not been convicted of a crime, but are being held as they await resolution of their cases, the report said. According to the report, up to 5,000 criminal cases were pending against journalists at the end of 2011.
22 October 2012 | Journalism.co.ukCNN Trends, an area of the news outlet's website which showcases the stories generating the most "buzz" on the social web. Each topic on Trends is "anchored" by an article from CNN.com, which "provides context", and links to content from up to 10 additional sources. Linking out to other news outlets provides "a launch pad" for users "to explore new perspectives and related analysis from a diverse array of publishers", CNN said in a release, which adds that social curation "democratises the editorial process". CNN Trends is fuelled by the technology behind Zite, a personalised newsreader for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, that was acquired by CNN in August last year. CNN Trends uses Zite's algorithm to display stories generating buzz, and marks the first major project between Zite and its parent company. In the release CNN describes the new feature as "a news discovery dashboard that enables users to track and explore the web's most buzzed about stories". "CNN Trends identifies the most conversation-provoking news topics to pair with a CNN story and content from up to 10 additional sources."
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22 October 2012 | Journalism.co.ukshared findings from its latest eye-tracking research, which is looking at the ways users engage with news on tablet devices. Sara Quinn, director of the research, said that Poynter has carried out a number of eye-tracking projects in recent years, looking at print and online, and late last year it announced plans to use eye-tracking research "to determine best strategy for news on tablets". In May Quinn shared some findings from an initial study - used to inform its later research - which included that "iPad users have an overwhelming instinct to swipe horizontally through a full screen photo gallery, regardless of portrait or landscape orientation". And this week, she shared some further results and interesting statistics based on the use of three prototype tablet news products following traditional, carousel and tile designs. One of the most interesting findings for the team related to the level of engagement and touch a user had with the prototypes. According to her post 61 per cent of the testers were what she defined as "intimate readers", those who maintained "nearly constant contact" with the device. Others were instead said to have "carefully arranged a full screen of text before physically detaching as they sat back to read". Other findings include that 98.3 seconds was the average time recorded for consumption of the first article.