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30 November 2012 | AFP
30 November 2012 | The Guardian
30 November 2012 | Knight Centeressay on the state of journalism in the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The report cum “manifesto,” Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present, argues that nothing can save the industry’s advertising-based model and reporters and institutions need to restructure in order to take advantage of new ways of doing journalism. “Post-industrial journalism assumes that the existing institutions are going to lose revenue and market share, and that if they hope to retain of even increase their relevance, they will have to take advantage of new working methods and processes afforded by digital media,” the authors write. C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky say that shocks brought on from leaps in technology and the Internet have created an “ecosystem” where “news organizations are no longer in control of the news […] and that the heightened degree of public agency by citizens, governments, businesses and even loosely affiliated networks is a permanent change, to which news organizations must adapt.” Part of this adaptation is moving away from a news industry built around physical infrastructure (printing presses, television broadcast towers, etc.) and towards a more decentralized, post-industrial system of newsgathering.
30 November 2012 | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
30 November 2012 | Asia Pacific Broadcasting Unionbroadcast content sharing project that intends to make available science and education TV programs to public and non-profit education TV channels in countries in Asia-Pacific. The project has been developed in partnership with the Korean television broadcasting company YTN Science TV Channel and the Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). Under this partnership, YTN Science will translate a selection of its science TV programs into English by adding English sub-titles. UNESCO Bangkok, in charge of project coordination, is establishing a network of public and non-profit TV channels interested in broadcasting the materials. To date, 13 broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed interest in participating and they include Thailand, Fiji, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Palau and Samoa. The partners hope that this initiative will pave the way for public and non-profit Education and Science TV channels to share their broadcast materials and strengthen cooperation among broadcasters in the region. Watch the trailer.
30 November 2012 | Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union
29 November 2012 | AFPstudy released this week by Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, titled "Post-Industrial Journalism." The authors of the report said technology has led to an explosion in the amount of information available, with economic shifts which are affecting journalism in both negative and positive ways. But in certain kinds of reporting, professional journalists cannot be replaced by machines or crowdsourcing, the study said. It is not journalism's best moment if much key work were taken over by amateurs, or done by machine, the study said. The role of the journalist "as truth-teller, sense-maker, explainer -- cannot be reduced to a replaceable input... we need a cadre of full-time workers who report the things someone somewhere doesn't want reported," the authors said. But because of the changes to the media, the report said the advertising-supported model of newspaper and broadcast journalism may never be the same, and this means news "has to become cheaper to produce." "There is no way to preserve or restore the shape of journalism as it has been practiced for the past 50 years," said authors C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky. The report argued that social media, blogs and "crowdsourcing" can have a positive influence by generating content not available in the past.
29 November 2012 | Washington Post
29 November 2012 | New York Times
29 November 2012 | Zdnetpetition against the proposals, arguing that they would make it much harder for web surfers to find what they are looking for. Google has complained about the Leistungsschutzrecht before, but is now stepping up its opposition due to the fact that the bill will be debated this week in the Bundestag. "Most people have never heard of this proposed legislation," Google country director Stefan Tweraser said in a statement. "Such a law would affect every internet user in Germany [and] mean less information for consumers and higher costs for companies." The petition is accompanied by an interactive map intended to show people how to contact their local MP to lobby back against the bill.
29 November 2012 | AP
29 November 2012 | CNET Newssix more languages to its closed caption feature, allowing users to read a video's audio in German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Dutch. Viewers just turn on the closed captioning by clicking on the "CC" button in the toolbar during the video. YouTube is also testing a translate feature, available in beta, that translates the caption into another language. In addition to the automatic captioning, video creators will have editing tools to improve the automated captions since there will undoubtedly be errors in the initial text, according to YouTube. These tools include the ability to download captions for editing, or editing them in-line on YouTube. Users can also upload plain-text transcripts to generate captions, software engineer Hoang Nguyen wrote on the site's blog. "Captions are important to make sure everyone--including deaf, hard-of-hearing, and viewers who speak other languages--can enjoy videos on YouTube," he wrote. YouTube starting incorporating the closed caption feature in 2009, when it introduced automated captions in English. Captioning in Japanese, Korean and Spanish followed. There are now approximately 200 million videos with automatic and human-created captions on YouTube, according to the post.
28 November 2012 | Eurasia ReviewWeFightCensorship (WeFC) on which it will post content that has been censored or banned or has given rise to reprisals against its creator. The website’s aim is to make censorship obsolete. “It is an unprecedented initiative that will enable Reporters Without Borders to complement all of its other activities in defense of freedom of information, which include advocacy, lobbying and assistance,” said the organization. Content submitted by journalists or netizens who have been the victims of censorship – articles, videos, sound files, photos and so on – will be considered for publication on the WeFightCensorship site. The content selected by the WeFC editorial committee will be accompanied by a description of the context and creator. It may also be accompanied by copies of documents relating to the proceedings under which it was banned or other documents that might help the public to understand its importance. There will be French and English-language versions of the site. Documents from all over the world will be published in their original language (including Chinese, Persian and Vietnamese) and in translation. The site is designed to be easily duplicated and mirror versions will be created in order to thwart attempts to filter or block it. Internet users will be asked to circulate the censored content in order to give it as much visibility as possible.
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27 November 2012 | Journalism.co.ukTruthLoader, which curates content and invites suggestions for investigations via Reddit, was one of a number of new channels announced earlier this year as part of YouTube's original channels initiative. In a release on Monday ITN Productions said the channel "showcases the work of citizen journalists from around the world with original daily programming from amateur eyewitnesses and passionate online campaigners". According to ITN Productions, the channel is also "supported by [social news agency] Storyful and other social media experts". The channel will curate citizen journalism reports each weekday, as well as hosting "The Hangout", a "live debate show over Skype and Google Hangout for citizen journalists", held on Wednesdays. On Fridays the channel will also publish "reports and investigations ... about conspiracy theories from around the world". In a mission statement video published on the channel today, presenter Phil Harper calls on the audience to help "set the agenda". The channel has also created a subreddit, a discussion topic within Reddit, to help its online community submit suggestions for content to be investigated by the channel.
27 November 2012 | Reuters
26 November 2012 | Digital TV EuropeConverged Markets – Converged Power? Regulation and Case Law. Which country shows the greatest level of media concentration depends on the measure used. Taking the combined audience share of the four main media groups in each country analysed, and using date provided by Eurodata TV World-wide, Sweden shows the greatest level of concentration with the top four groups holding 91.9% of the market. Taking the power of the top three European groups as the measure, Hungary shows the greatest concentration, with RTL group holding almost 30% of the daily audience. The three largest European media groups are ProSiebenSat.1, RTL Group and TF1 Group.
26 November 2012 | AFP
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