Marketplace Launched for Freelancers Creates Loopholes for Authors' Rights
journalists, photographers and cartoonists can now trade their content online
in a new online market place founded in Australia . Freelancers can
upload their work to Globizzle.com free of charge and sell
the content at a price they set. The site will take a 10% of the sale proceeds.
Authors can also set the terms and conditions, including the option for an
exclusive licence, for the use of their work. However, purchasers are not
obliged to credit authors for their work : they can alter the content under the
terms and conditions of the website, and the "non-exclusive licence"
can allow purchasers to legally alter 20% of the content.
Contradictory Studies on Citizen and Social Media:
UK: Online and
Social Media Enhanced Networked Journalism
A study of
the UK 2010 general election and the
roles of traditional and new media shows that online and social media enhanced
the development of "networked journalism" by complementing and enriching mainstream
election coverage. The study looked at how social and digital media affected
the business of politics and journalism and shows during the 2010 election
period in the UK.
According to the study, "facebook generation" (young people aged 18 to 24) became
more engaged during the election because of social media. Online news sites
became the most important source of election news for the "facebook
generation", ahead of television and printed newspapers.
a copy of the study, please visit:
Journalists Aren't Filling News Gap
conducted by the University of Missouri School of Journalism shows that citizen
journalists are not filling the news gap caused by cutbacks in the newsrooms of
traditional news organisations. The study looked at the top 60 citizen
journalism websites and showed that many citizen journalism sites are "not even
close to providing the level of coverage" that financially stressed news
to Replace Casual Staff with Part-timers Working from Home
reported that one of the biggest news groups, Mirror Group Newspapers, is
planning to cut its currently employed sports sub-editors and replace them with
a team of part-timers who will work from home. Some full-time news
sub-editors are also expected to be made redundant as the Mirror
is considering outsourcing most of its news production.
Europe: New Survey Suggests that Journalists are Adopting Social
A recent digital journalism study
on the changing nature of news-gathering shows that European journalists have adopted social
media and see it as an important tool for their work. The study, covering 750
journalists in 15 countries, shows that nearly half of
journalists said social media has improved their work, but almost half respondents
declared that they are expected to produce more content than ever before.
Another study on social media shows that around 75% of Spain's online
media sites have an official account on Facebook and Twitter.
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US: Is Yahoo! Right to "Give Readers What they Want"?
Yahoo! introduced its
"search-generated news" blog called "Upshot" claiming that it will democratise the news agenda from the bottom
to the top by giving readers what they want to read. Two editors and six
bloggers are being
employed to update daily news on the blog. They will report and
write news that is frequently
searched for by internet
users on its search
this model will attract more advertisers by targeting specific
audiences and advertisers,
but it also raises concerns about the journalistic value of such an
US: The Future
of Newspapers May Lie in
Community Crowdsourcing and Free Online Publishing
A group of 18 daily newspapers have joined together
to utilise community crowdsourcing and free online publishing tools to sustain
their business. The group has been using free social media and publishing tools
to crowdsource stories since last April. The group recently started publishing their
print dailies and website content using only free web-based softwares proving
that their "new business model" can be sustainable outside the traditional publishing
Survey results: http://www.sfnblog.com/industry_trends/2010/07/sfn_report_more_than_166_us_newspapers_h.php
Trust Approves 25% Budget Cut in Online Services
A proposed 25% cut in the BBC's
online service was approved
today by the BBC Trust after
a report showed that the international website of the BBC made a loss of £1m year on
year. The Trust
concluded that the corporation's online service needs "more active" editorial,
strategic and financial management.
Newspaper may Abandon Print Version
newspaper Jornal do Brasil published for 119 years
in Rio de Janeiro,
is consulting its readers over proposals to stop the printed version and
concentrate all resources on the online edition only. On June 30, the newspaper
published an announcementr inviting its readers to comment on the proposal.
If the public agrees, the Jornal do Brasil will be the first major
Brazilian daily to be available onlineonly.
UK: Readers Prefer to Buy Newspapers Rather Than Pay for Online News
"UK readers prefer to buy newspapers rather than
pay for online news," concluded the YouGov SixthSense report which surveyed 2,160 UK
adults. 60% of respondents said they are willing to pay for "quality"
newspapers whilst 83% of them refuse to pay for online news. Only 4% said they
would pay for news and content online if the material was not available
anywhere else. Around 44% of respondents said that they are willing to pay for
a newspaper rather than read freesheets which have "not much real content".
However, a considerable number (38%) of UK readers believe that the current
Three Dutch Public Broadcasters to Merge into One
Dutch public broadcasters, NPS, RVU and Teleac, announced plans to merge into a
single organisation, NTR, which will be officially launched on 1 September this year. The new
broadcaster will employ around 300 people working on existing programmes on
information, education and culture. However, it is not known if there will be
any redundancies taking place among the three public broadcasters.
Google Introduces "News for You" Service
Google introduced its personalised news service called "News for You" on
Google News website at the end of June. The new service will deliver "a stream of headlines automatically tailored"
to readers' interests. Readers can customise the
type and source of news they want to read and get it delivered to their Google
homepage everyday. Readers can also share
their favourite stories with friends on social networking websites.
Broadcaster Launches 24-hour English News to Reach Global Audience
The state-owned broadcaster, China Xinhua News
Network Corporation, (CNC) launched its
24-hour English news network "CNC World" to expand its reach to the global
audience. International audiences will be able to watch CNC World through
satellite and cable TVs, smartphones and the Internet from 1 October this year.
Last year, the state broadcaster CCTV began a 24-hour channel airing in 22
Arabic-speaking countries, reaching a total population of nearly 300 million