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No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

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As the traditional media business continues to flounder, a number of people seem to think that Guardian investigative editor David Leigh has come up with a smart new idea for saving journalism and newspapers in particular — namely, a tax on internet service providers that would be used to finance...
No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

Russia's secret internet blacklist

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The Russian state has created a blacklist of blocked websites and internet addresses - but the list itself is secret. It was drawn up following the enactment of a statute called the "law to protect children from information detrimental to their health and development", which is ostensibly aimed at protecting...
Russia's secret internet blacklist

Philippines law threatens press freedom

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A new "cybercrime" law introduced in the Philippines increases punishments for criminal libel and gives the authorities excessive powers to shut down websites and monitor online traffic.According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the penalties for online libel amount to a serious threat to free expression.HRW's Asian director, Brad Adams, said:...
Philippines law threatens press freedom

China clamps down on media's use of micro-blogging site

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The Chinese authorities have issued instructions to the country's media outlets to stop posting foreign news reports without government permission.The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), reports that the order was made by China's "state administration of press publication, radio, film and television".Its directive "on...
China clamps down on media's use of micro-blogging site

Media Talk podcast: our pundit's 2013 predictions

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John Plunkett is joined by Steve Ackerman, Sam Delaney and Vicky Frost to discuss the stories making the headlines. We talk al-Jazeera's purchase of Current TV and find out exactly how much we spent of the £1bn splashed out on digital downloads in 2012. Plus, we say farewell to Gaydar...
Media Talk podcast: our pundit's 2013 predictions

Press Gazette goes weekly - on screen

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The Press Gazette is irrepressible. The weekly journalism trade magazine that went monthly four years ago after a period when it looked likely to disappear may become a weekly once more. But it will be in digital form rather than in print, as editor Dominic Ponsford announced in his PG...
Press Gazette goes weekly - on screen

Video tribute as local paper closes

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There is always sadness when a newspaper closes, and that's certainly true of the Prestwich Advertiser, which was terminated this week by Trinity Mirror.It even prompted one fan, who tweets as @Missus_IP (MrsInsidePrestwich), to make the YouTube tribute above, which calls it "a sad day for journalism." I would guess...
Video tribute as local paper closes

Empire magazine launches US app

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Empire, the movie magazine, is launching an iPad edition in the United States. It is hoping to enlarge on almost 500,000 monthly unique users who visit it online in the US.Like the UK version, which was launched in December 2010, it will be an interactive app featuring embedded film trailers...
Empire magazine launches US app

Cuban press freedom hero detained

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez spent 30 hours in custody - during which she lost a tooth - after being detained while travelling to cover the controversial trial of a Spanish politician.After her release, Sánchez tweeted: "A little feminine vanity: no remember me without a tooth, remember me flying free on...
Cuban press freedom hero detained

Memo to would-be journalists - get your drone pilot's licence

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I know it's fashionable for publishers to cut back on staffing so I wonder what they think of this initiative: drone journalism.The film above shows how a drone - more properly called an "unmanned aerial vehicle" - was used to cover this year's record drought in the US state of...
Memo to would-be journalists - get your drone pilot's licence

French business daily gives up on print

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La Tribune, the troubled French financial newspaper founded in 1985, has ceased daily newsprint publication.Its new owners, France Economie Régions and Hi-Média, say it will print a weekly issue from 6 April and publish daily news on its website.La Tribune, which had a circulation of about 75,000, was formerly owned...
French business daily gives up on print

Wildly Popular Irish Newspaper Puts Up Paywall And Gets... 1,215 Subscribers

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Paywalls sound like a great idea. They just don't work. Roy Greenslade, The Guardian: [S]ince its launch in December 2009, the [Irish] News's site has secured just 1,215 paid subscriptions: 525 weekly, 370 monthly and 320 yearly. In other words, whatever positive gloss one tries to put on those figures,...
Wildly Popular Irish Newspaper Puts Up Paywall And Gets... 1,215 Subscribers

ABC to release combined print and digital figures for UK magazines

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Next week's release of circulation statistics for Britain's magazines will combine both print and digital totals.The innovation by the magazine industry body, the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), comes as it prepares to celebrate its centenary later this year.An ABC chart showing the combined figures for the second half of last...
ABC to release combined print and digital figures for UK magazines

Highfield hopes to launch local online TV

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Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield would like to launch a series of "mini, ultra-local TV stations" for some of the smaller communities served by his company's papers.He believes journalists issued with the latest smartphones could provide video content for such website channels and, during an interview on BBC Radio...
Highfield hopes to launch local online TV

McAlpine is right to sue the tweeters and not Twitter

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That old saw about not blaming your tools for bad workmanship springs to my mind whenever people complain about Twitter.I cannot see how a wonderful facility, a digital blessing to our generation, should be blamed because people happen to use it irresponsibly. In the aftermath of the Newsnight drama, when...
McAlpine is right to sue the tweeters and not Twitter

Guardian Students Ebook: How to blog

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Get advice on bloggging from the likes of Roy Greenslade, Owen Jones and the Guardian's social media teamWhether you want to establish yourself as a journalist, develop your knowledge of a niche subject or simply vent some anger, blogging is the perfect way to flex your writing skills.But there are...
Guardian Students Ebook: How to blog

FT stakes claim to 2.2m daily audience

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The Financial Times now reaches 2.2m people across the world on a daily basis, according to the latest Average Daily Global Audience (ADGA) figures.Before I continue, a health warning: ADGA is a metric devised by the FT's own research department in 2009. They are independently verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers rather than...
FT stakes claim to 2.2m daily audience

Growing love for digital magazines

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More than half the British population have bought and read digital magazines, according to research by lekiosk, the digital newsstand app that enables people to purchase magazines.Some other statistics from the survey, conducted in the UK by OnePoll: 19% read their magazines on tablets and 14% of tablet magazine readers...
Growing love for digital magazines

Saudi columnist claims he is banned

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A Saudi journalist says he has been banned from writing in a Saudi newspaper after criticising the country's interior minister, reports the Associated Press.Ali al-Elayan tweeted that the daily paper, Al-Watan, stopped him from writing after publishing his last column, which urged interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to pay...
Saudi columnist claims he is banned

Metro to publish weekend Olympics issues

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Metro, the newspaper given away on weekday mornings, is to produce weekend issues during the five weeks of the London Olympics.It is planning to distribute 325,000 printed copies on Saturday and Sunday mornings in London plus a series of tablet editions across seven days.The production of an interactive tablet edition...
Metro to publish weekend Olympics issues

Radio 4's 'dropped calls' are unacceptable

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The telephone interview disappearances on Radio 4 are getting beyond a joke. This morning, on the Today programme, the line broke when Jim Naughtie was interviewing Trevor Hicks, who chairs the Hillsborough Family Support Group.Minutes ago, on The World At One, a campaigner on the same issue, Sheila Coleman, vanished...
Radio 4's 'dropped calls' are unacceptable

Blackhurst promoted at Indy to take charge of 'future integration'

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Clearly, the man who runs the Independent titles and the London Evening Standard loves Twitter.Evgeny Lebedev tweeted news today that the Indy's editor, Chris Blackhurst - who is gratifyingly described as "a brilliant journalist" - has been appointed as the "group editorial director."Moreover, he is said to be "in charge...
Blackhurst promoted at Indy to take charge of 'future integration'

Northcliffe drops Twitter legal action

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Northcliffe Media has withdrawn its legal action over a Twitter account spoofing its chief executive, Steve Auckland.The regional publisher sued Twitter in the US to have the identity of the tweeter known as @UnSteveDorkland revealed. But the account holder successfully challenged the order and the media group has subsequently backed...
Northcliffe drops Twitter legal action

Dear Lord, don't sue silly Sally for £50,000

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I know I wrote that Lord McAlpine was right to sue the tweeters who defamed him over the Newsnight scandal. But that was because he was said to be demanding only nominal sums to be donated to charity.I cannot see any justification for his seeking to take £50,000 in libel...
Dear Lord, don't sue silly Sally for £50,000

Neigh, that's not the British Olympians

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Twitter and a variety of blogs are humming this morning with one of those newspaper cock-ups that puts a shiver up night editors' spines and makes sub-editors red-faced.Pictures supposedly showing Britain's gold medal-winning dressage team were really the rival Dutch trio, who won bronze.Apparently, Getty Images sent out a wrongly...
Neigh, that's not the British Olympians

PEN writers tell Mexican government to act against murderers of journalists

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A delegation of PEN International has called for "immediate and definitive action" to end the killings of journalists in Mexico. Calling the mounting death toll "an assault on the dignity and rights of all Mexicans and a blight on Mexico's reputation internationally," PEN International president John Ralston Saul said: "Our...
PEN writers tell Mexican government to act against murderers of journalists

Telegraph takes it on the nose after calling Irish boxer British

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A mistake in today's Daily Telegraph about the nationality of Ireland's fighting female, Katie Taylor, prompted many an Irish blogger and tweeter to complain.For example, Cormac Eklof, writing on Irish Central, called the paper "incredibly crass, docile and ill-informed" because it referred to Katie as British in a preview paragraph...
Telegraph takes it on the nose after calling Irish boxer British

German newspapers defy print decline

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Are German newspapers, which are largely regarded as having defied the downward print trend, about to go the way of papers in the US and the rest of Europe?That's the question posed by the New York Times and then answered: not in the short term.The article points to signs of...
German newspapers defy print decline

Now Wolff is at our door

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Michael Wolff, biographer of Rupert Murdoch, scourge of US military censorship, internet pioneer and one-time media entrepreneur, is joining The Guardian.In announcing Wolff's appointment, the paper's US editor-in-chief Janine Gibson said he would be writing a weekly column that will appear in the Comment is Free section.Wolff said: "I have...
Now Wolff is at our door

Tatler's exclusive isn't at all revealing...

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Hats off to Kate Reardon, editor of Tatler, for her cheeky cover line in the magazine's March issue, as circled below. It says: Exclusive - Charlie Brooks reveals all.You'll be disappointed if you rush off to fork out £4.10 in the hope of reading the intimate secrets of Charlie and...
Tatler's exclusive isn't at all revealing...
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