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  • Clive 11:52 am on January 13, 2009 Permalink
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    Flat Earth News – Nick Davies 

    Flat Earth News

    Flat Earth News

    This is a relentless, detailed, investigation into why and how the ‘mass production of ignorance’ has been created in/by traditional media over the past thirty years.  The main findings:

    1. Corporations have taken over the newspaper and broadcasting industry. They have cut staff, increased their output, restricted the flow of news arriving in the newsroom by destroying local frontline reporting.

    2. Journalists rely on a tiny number of wire agencies for national and international news. Those agencies have themselves followed the corporate ethic and dismantling of fact checking journalism.

    3. News is created and disseminated in an echo-chamber. Everyone monitors and mirrors the output of everyone else – consensus news wins out – fact checking is relegated to a luxury activitiy.

    4. The PR machine is overtaking journalism as the source of ‘news’. PR acts for commercial and political groups; its interest lies principally in the manipulation/manufacture of news serving these groups.

    What we are looking at here is a global collapse of information-gathering and truth-telling. And that leaves us in a kind of knowledge chaos, where the very subject matter of global debate is shifted from the essential to the arbitrary; where government policy, cultural values, widespread assumptions, declarations of war and attempts at peace all turn out to be poisoned by distortion; where ignorance is accepted as knowledge and falsehood is accepted as truth. (154)

  • Clive 11:52 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink
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    Media Research from Cardiff School of Journalism 

    The Quality and Independence of British Journalism

    Source: Cardiff School of Journalism, Justin Lewis, Bob Franklin, Andrew Williams, James Thomas, Nick Mosdell

    Download research file (573K)


    Report by Cardiff University’s School of Journalism analysing the quantity of public relations material and news agency copy within news output, measuring the changing number of journalists employed by major news organisations, and illustrating the role of PR in news based on three case studies.

    The key findings are that:

    • Journalists are producing more copy: ‘While the number of journalists in the national press has remained fairly static, they now produce three times as much copy as they did twenty years ago’
    • A majority of the output is based on news agency copy or public relations material: ‘60% of press articles and 34% of broadcast stories come wholly or mainly’ from either PR material or news agency copy
    • ‘The most PR influenced topic was health, followed closely by consumer/business news and entertainment/sport’

    The statistics regarding the use of PR material were based on an analysis of 2,207 stories from five national newspapers. 71% of these were ‘standard news articles’, most of the rest news in briefs. The broadcast analysis was based on 402 TV news items.

  • Clive 11:00 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink
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    Citizen Journalism vs Established Journalism – Flickr discussion 

    Flickr: Discussing Citizen Journalism vs Established Journalism in FlickrCentral

    After reading the thread on the Mumbai terrorist attacks I thought this would make an interesting topic for discussion.

    Most of us are aware that the internet has certainly boosted the stocks
    of “citizen journalism” – the rise of blogs and connectivity has made
    this very easy.

    We also have the established news outlets that have traditionally relied on trained reporters, photojournalists, editors, etc.

  • Clive 10:38 am on November 11, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: citizen journalism, tikiwiki, , wiki   

    Cuban Journalism Wiki 

    The translation wiki is now ‘live’ at:


    Here’s information from the welcome page:

    Welcome to a collaborative community involved in the multi-lingual translation of work emerging from desdecuba.com, a web portal collecting and disseminating citizen journalism from Cuba.

    Through a massively collaborative translation project we envisage the dialogues initiated by the writers at desdecuba.com reaching a wider audience and enabling a multi-lingual discussion on the nature of a fully participative, civil society.

    Hopefully the number of collaborators will grow in the next few weeks.

  • Clive 12:23 pm on August 26, 2008 Permalink
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    Global Voices – Internet Democracy 

    From an interview with Ethan Zuckerman in We-Magazine about Global Voices Online

    If you are studying Internet and democracy you have to be very cognisant of the fact that the Internet is still on a very early stage in most countries. I think you have to be very conscious of the fact that people are always looking for local voices and local opinions more than they are looking for those international voices and opinions.

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