Canada: Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist, not a bad thing – Ivor Shapiro

27 11 2018

File 20181123 149338 u0lkv5.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Read the rest of this entry »





Future of journalism: papers must deliver value, to readers not shareholders – Mark Bradley

23 11 2018

The conflict that exists within the organisations that own Britain’s newspapers, and the strategies that they employ in running their businesses, was recently brought into sharp focus. One of the key regional players, Johnston Press, went from publicly-listed administration to a controversial, private rebirth within 24 hours, prompting a wider debate around the state of the industry. Read the rest of this entry »





Ethical questions over Number 10’s social media push for Brexit deal – Toby S James

17 11 2018

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The prime minister is on a mission to defend her Brexit deal. After a three-hour grilling from MPs on November 15, Theresa May came out fighting in a press conference, dismissing the idea that she would be ousted as Conservative Party leader. The next morning, she took callers’ questions about the draft Withdrawal Agreement on LBC radio. Read the rest of this entry »





How new media recycles the mainstream press – Sean Dodson

16 11 2018

File 20181023 169831 1otz2tz.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1What are we to make of the hashtag #BoycottTheGuardian which was recently trending on Twitter? Whether we agree with the sentiment or not, the intention behind it is pretty clear. Read the rest of this entry »





Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan, and a problem in many Christian and Muslim countries

11 11 2018

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The citizens of Ireland voted recently, in a nationwide referendum, to remove a clause from their constitution that had made blasphemy a criminal offence. Ireland’s now-defunct Defamation Act of 2009 prohibited the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.” Read the rest of this entry »





Attention economy: Facebook delivers traffic but no money for news media – Merja Myllylahti

3 11 2018

File 20181031 76387 1asvvtp.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook and quality journalism are uneasy companions. Recent headlines suggest the platform’s “lies” about video metrics “smashed” journalism and the platform “crashed and burned” news companies’ referral traffic after it changed its algorithm in January. Read the rest of this entry »





Big Fail: The internet hasn’t helped democracy – Robert Diab

24 10 2018

File 20181015 165888 1a4fk3s.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Hardly a week goes by without news of another data breach at a large corporation affecting millions, most recently Facebook. In 2016, the issue became political with evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election and the spectre of foreign control over public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »