Monitoring Change in Journalism - July 2010 Archive

[Summer Break]



Australia: Online

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 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.

13 July

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.
To obtain

a copy of the study, please visit:

US: Citizen

Journalists Aren't Filling News Gap
A study

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

orgainisations offer.

9 July

UK: Mirror

to Replace Casual Staff with Part-timers Working from Home
It is

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.

8 July

 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.


obtain a copy of the study, please visit:

7 July

 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

engine.  According

to Yahoo!,

this model will attract more advertisers by targeting specific

audiences and advertisers,

but it also raises concerns about the journalistic value of such an


6 July

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:

5 July


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.

2 July

: Reference

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.

: 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

price of newspapers is too high.



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.

1st July

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.

: State-owned

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