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  • Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    A selfie stick, a smart phone and a bit of practice is all you need to make compelling, broadcast-quality video packages, enthused Aileen O’Meara. Then, with a cheap extendable pole braced to her side she thrust her phone towards audience members quick-firing interview-style questions. Moments later she deployed the same pound-shop technology to demonstrate how […]

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  • Spain is different: Iberia’s new-media Spring

    Spain is different: Iberia’s new-media Spring

    Spain’s media landscape is being fundamentally reshaped by journalist-run new media start ups – according to research by Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid (APM), the country’s professional journalists association.  Since the start of the financial crisis, nearly 300 web publications have been launched – some of which are now employing more than ten staff. […]

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  • More heat than light in the debate about UK press regulation

    More heat than light in the debate about UK press regulation

    Report by Tim Dawson The continuing discussion of the Leveson Inquiry proposals has thrown up a number of abiding mysteries – which were sharply highlighted, but entirely unresolved by at the Soho Sceptics meeting last night at London’s Conway Hall. To consider the case for regulation of the press defined in statute, Nick Cohen and […]

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  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. For those hoping that the dust will soon settle on the digital revolution and that we can get back to quality journalism as usual, here is the bad news. The transformations brought about by the digital revolution have only just begun, according to a report published by the Reuters Institute for […]

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  • Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Report by Tim Dawson With a UK Communications Bill White Paper expected in early 2013, there is a growing hope that one of its provisions might be to make it easier for local newspapers to operate as charities.  A consortium of charities and trusts has already made a submission to this effect to the Department […]

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  • Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Friday saw a strange phenonmenon in Media Land: the launch of seven hyperlocal newspapers across south London. The weekly newspaper South London Press, now nearly a hundred and fifty years old, is printing seven editions specific to particular areas. Streatham, Brixton, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Deptford & New Cross and Forest Hill […]

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  • The places that the tablets can’t reach

    The places that the tablets can’t reach

    Rupert Murdoch’s reputation as a media visionary might have taken a battering in recent months.  His famed enthusiasm for iPads as a news deliver device, however, is beginning to look as if it might yet prove to be as shrewd as his gamble as the one that he made on subscription tv two decades ago. […]

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  • Paywalls proliferate, despite their detractors

    Paywalls proliferate, despite their detractors

    Comment by Tim Dawson A string of positive recent headlines suggest that paywalls will be with us for some time to come, however regressive some consider them.  The New York Times a few days ago announced that it has 455,000 paying online news users – and reduced the amount of free content available on its […]

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  • From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Where are all the women? That was the question behind an NUJ fringe meeting at last week’s TUC women’s conference. A wide range of women gathered from all sections of the media. Shadow media minister Helen Goodman, citing the coalition government’s plans to relieve Ofcom of the duty to promote equal […]

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