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Royal charter's 'press recognition panel' recruits five board members

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The "press recognition panel" - the body created by the press regulation royal charter - will formally exist as a legal entity from Monday 3 November.The panel's chair, barrister David Wolfe, will sit with five other board members, whose appointments were announced today. Continue reading.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 2:22 pm

Newspaper to mark remembrance day with artistic front page

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A regional daily is to mark remembrance day by publishing a special Sunday issue with an original painting, reports HoldTheFrontPage.The painting that will appear on the front page of the Darlington-based Northern Echo is a closely guarded secret. The paper commissioned the work from Middlesbrough-b...

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:24 am

'The Vow' and the Daily Record - creative journalism or political spin?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The crucial moment during the Scottish referendum campaign was the pledge made by the three English-based party leaders that, in return for voting No, further powers would be devolved to Scotland."There is no official document, it was something that the Daily Record mocked up.""Fact:...

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 9:48 am

Campaign highlights the five greatest challenges to global press freedom

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Here are three journalists talking about the problems reporters are facing in different places around the globe... Continue reading...

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:57 am

Irish Times to launch metered paywall next year to boost digital revenues

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Irish Times is planning to launch a metered paywall on its website next year, its managing director, Liam Kavanagh, has announced.By the end of this year, he said, the company will have the technical platform in place to enable "digital pass" subscriptions on its website. The metered p...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:28 pm

TV programme guide so good the Brighton Argus printed it twice

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I don't think this can have been a subtle message to their colleagues in Oxford, but the Brighton Argus today illustrated the dangers of remote production. Continue reading...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:50 pm

Newsquest cuts 20 jobs at Oxford as it switches production to south Wales

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In yet another round of cutbacks, Newsquest is set to make 20 staff redundant at its Oxfordshire titles. The official announcement was made this afternoon.It is part of the group's strategy of transferring all subbing duties to its production hub in Newport, south Wales. The subs will therefore take...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 4:07 pm

Panorama's planned Mazher Mahmood exposé may face legal gag

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Will the BBC be able to screen Panorama next Monday? The programme that is scheduled to be broadcast, "The fake sheikh exposed", is about Mazher Mahmood, the Sun on Sunday journalist who is currently under suspension by his newspaper.But a tweet by the producer, Meirion Jones, suggests its...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:16 pm

The Sun and the Guardian agree on need for a change in drugs policy

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Oh yes they do - and the Independent agrees tooThe Guardian and the Sun agree about drugs policy. I think I'd better write that again before I feel faint: the Guardian and the Sun agree about drugs policy.In truth, I may be over-stating that agreement just a tad. But consider their coverage today fo...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:48 am

How journalists are facing up to ever-shrinking newsrooms - study

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

We know the "news industry", as some still like to call it, is undergoing digital disruption. We also know that journalists are facing up to enormous changes. But how are they coping with ever-shrinking newsrooms?A group of American academics has been trying to find out and have published...

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:44 am

My 22-month ordeal at the hands of al-Qaida sadists, by American journalist

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

American journalist Theo Padnos, who was taken captive in Syria and held for almost two years, has told of his ordeal in a lengthy and graphic New York Times magazine article. The freelance writer was abducted in October 2012 by a group linked to al-Qaida and released in August 2014. During his peri...

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:46 am

John Whittingdale is wrong - the licence fee is nothing like the poll tax

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I have long regarded John Whittingdale as one of the more sensible Tory MPs. With only a couple of blips, he has enjoyed a good run as chairman of the culture and media select committee.So I was astonished to read, courtesy of the Daily Mail, that Whittingdale believes the BBC licence fee is "w...

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:23 am

TV journalist in Kosovo stabbed by man angered by televised report

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A man walked into the newsroom of a television station in Kosovo and repeatedly stabbed a journalist in his head and neck as he sat at his desk.Milot Hasimja, who was working for the private broadcaster Klan Kosova in Pristina, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. Continue reading...

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 8:41 am

A departing editor's lament - too few reporters to deal with too much PR puff

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Here's the valedictory message of a weekly newspaper editor. At his farewell after almost 25 years in the local press, including two-and-a-half of them at the helm of the Andover Advertiser, Steve Dancey is quoted as saying: "People employed in big organisations' corporate communications depart...

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 8:18 am

BBC programme on IRA rape allegations flawed by lack of political balance

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A BBC programme provoked controversy across Ireland by accusing the IRA of trying to force a woman to keep quiet about being raped by one of its members.The Spotlight programme, made by BBC Northern Ireland and screened on 14 October, resulted in severe political embarrassment for Sinn Féin,...

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 11:25 am

Pearson to sell off The Economist for £570m? I don't believe it...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A Daily Mail report today, "Pearson eyes £570m Economist stake sale", suggests that the company is thinking of selling off its 50% holding in the weekly magazine (that calls itself a newspaper).It reminded me of a story in the Daily Telegraph in January last year: "Economist inv...

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 9:10 am

90% of journalists' murderers across the world get away with it - report

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Governments failing to break cycle of impunity as 370 journalists murdered in past 10 yearsGovernments are falling short in their efforts to combat impunity in the killing of journalists, with 90% of murderers walking free, according to a report issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).I...

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 8:12 am

Unesco chief calls for investigation into Mexican journalist's murder

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Unesco's director-general has urged the Mexican authorities to investigate the murder of citizen journalist Maria del Rosario Fuentes.Irina Bokova issued a statement about the "brave woman" saying: "It is important that the authorities do all in their power to bring those responsible...

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 7:23 am

Two men executed by firing squad in Somalia for killing journalist

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two men convicted of killing a journalist have been executed by firing squad in Somalia, according to an Associated Press report.Colonel Mohamed Hassan, a spokesman for the judiciary in Mogadishu, said Ali Bashir Osman and Abdullahi Shariff were convicted of the killing of Mohammed Mohamud Tima Adde...

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 11:02 am

Glasgow newspapers benefit from Scottish independence referendum

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Scottish independence referendum has proved to be beneficial for two Glasgow-based titles, the Herald and Sunday Herald.The papers, owned by Newsquest/Gannett, enjoyed rises in both newsprint sales and in online clicks. "Our digital, paid readership is growing faster than ever as a result a...

Posted on 27 October 2014 | 10:48 am