The Guardian, the 191-year-old British daily newspaper whose name is synonymous with broadly left-leaning values, is reported to be planning to open an Australian online-only news operation
. The venture (which has not been confirmed) is said to be headed by current Saturday Guardian editor Katherine Viner, and to be a joint venture with Australian philanthropist Graeme Wood, who already runs a not-for-profit media site
). The Guardian already runs a US online news operation
) with local reportage and commentary. [more inside]
“The United States [owes] its fall of 27 places [to 47th] to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.”
-Reporters Without Borders
Btw, Occupy Wall St. has begun heating up again for the spring
with 400 arrested
in Oakland yesterday
. And a blooming Occupy K Street
) [more inside]
Drew Curtis' FARK.com has settled a lawsuit with a patent troll.
The popular "not news" site was sued by "Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC" which held a ridiculous broad patent (6,370,535) that it claimed covered the basic concept of generating a press release online.
Other sites targeted included Reddit, Digg, Slashdot, TechCrunch & Others.
In the case of Fark, the suit was settled for $0. Curtis writes, "I paraphrased our best one-time settlement offer as "how about jack sh*t and go f*ck yourself."
: progressive, LGBT-and-atheist friendly, interfaith, non-academic journalism on faith and religious culture. Also of note: Good magazine
has limited print distribution but a rich website.
"‘Churnalism’ is a news article that is published as journalism, but is essentially a press release without much added."
Churnalism.com is a site created by the British charity Media Standards Trust
, which lets you input the text of a press release to compare it with the text of news articles in the British media. [more inside]
Every issue of The Times
published between 1785-1985, digitally scanned and fully searchable. (Via Wordorigins.org
As a result of the Dutch film Fitna
, Indonesia has blocked several websites including MySpace and YouTube.
This follows hot on the heels of a new bill which could see people face six years of jail time or a 1 billion rupiah fine for being caught sending out porn, “false news” or racial or religious slurs on the Web.
The Indonesian government will start censoring the Internet next month with specialised software. Very disappointing for a country which had a reasonably free press.
:: True Tales of Adventure in the American West
The big payback in Iraq.
Last night on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, ROBERT LICHTER, President, Center for Media and Public Affairs put forth the following: You know, Charlie Peter, a great Washington journalist, once said, "The message of Watergate was dig, dig, dig, but journalists thought the message was act tough." And so I think you're getting negative coverage that may be kind of compensatory criticism.
Should the news focus more on the optimistic elements
or is it reflecting public opinion
. Is "compensatory criticism" justified for what it might wrongly perceive as possible White House manipulation during the run up to the war?
Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
The New York Times runs a
long article detailing its preliminary findings in the matter of Jayson Blair, The Times' young staff reporter who made up sources, facts, and anecdotes in potentially hundreds of stories. Does this investigation help the Times avoid permanent disgrace? Or does this just confirm what you've always thought about the Times?
Slate magazine is attributing part of the problem to affirmative action
(Blair is black). Is AA relevant here?