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Why too few women work at senior levels in broadcasting

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The dearth of women working at senior levels in the media is largely due to cultural factors that continue to favour men, according to three women giving evidence today to the lords select committee on communications.Despite the fact that roughly the same number of women as men enter the profession,...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:59 pm

Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in digital restructure

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Telegraph Media Group is to cut about 55 more editorial jobs as the publisher continues its digital restructuring. Some 18 months on from the last cull of editorial staff, TMG is announcing the new round of cuts as part of its plan to transform itself from old to new media."I am writing to upda...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 12:43 pm

Newsquest hardly gets a mention in Gannett's third quarter report

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newsquest, the publisher of 185 newspapers across Britain, gets very little mention in the latest earnings report by its US owner, Gannett. Similarly, its American newspapers don't figure too highly in its third quarter report either. It's all about TV now. Continue reading...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:31 am

Magazine pays 'substantial' damages to husband of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's husband has accepted substantial damages over an article about his private life in Reveal magazine.Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini regarded the three-page article, "The 'shy and quiet' past of Cheryl's new husband", as a violation of his privacy. Continue...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:01 am

23% increase in defamation actions as social media claims rise

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

There has been a 23% rise in the number of reported defamation cases in the UK over the past year, up from 70 to 86, according to research by Thomson Reuters. The growth in the number of reported defamation cases is partly due to a sharp rise in claims brought over defamatory material published thro...

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:06 pm

Iranian broadcaster raises suspicions about death of reporter on Syrian border

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A journalist working for Press TV on the Turkish-Syrian border was killed on Sunday in what are claimed to be suspicious circumstances.Serena Shim was reported to have died in a car accident while returning to her hotel in Turkey after leaving the strategically important Syrian town of Kobani. Conti...

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:45 am

How to rebuild local news: a spaghetti-throwing competition!

Posted by George Brock

Tweet The dolorous laments over the ruin of journalism have many variations. Many grieve for what they see as the collapse of “accountability” journalism or investigative reporting. Given the quantities of attention and philanthropic money boosting the revival of difficult, lo...

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 9:12 am

Chris Evans, the Telegraph's editorial supremo, has a nose for news

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Chris Evans, the new editorial kingpin at the Telegraph titles, has kept a low profile while managing to rise to high office.Former colleagues regard him as a good choice to fill his expanded new role, which combines the editorship of the Daily Telegraph with being "director of content."...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 2:59 pm

Why Sun journalists on police bail deserve our sympathy

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I guessed that the article by a former Sun reporter John Coles, Nineteen months on bail is an injustice, would engender plenty of anti-Sun (and anti-journalist) comments. And it did, of course.The Sun's law-and-order agenda of the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key variety, plus its often prejudicial...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 1:15 pm

Why we need a UK equivalent of the Knight News Challenge

Posted by Martin Moore

This post was first published on the LSE Media Policy Project blog on 9th October 2014 You'll remember the scene fromĀ It's a Wonderful Life: the angel Clarence shows George Bailey what Bedford Falls would look like if he had never existed. Mr Potter owns virtually everything in the town. There are...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 12:33 pm

Telegraph's Jason Seiken takes an extra non-editorial business role

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Telegraph Media Group (TMG) issued a bland press release today announcing "key new promotions... as part of its accelerated transformation plan."But it was easy to read between the lines of the corporate document. Essentially, it means that Jason Seiken, the American imported as the gr...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 11:51 am

Paraguayan reporter murdered months after receiving death threats

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A reporter with Paraguay's ABC Color newspaper was shot dead yesterday (16 October), becoming the third journalist to be murdered in the country this year.Pablo Medina was ambushed by two gunmen while driving back to the eastern town of Curuguaty after covering a story in nearby Crescencio Gonzalez.

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 9:22 am

French journalists face jail for reporting from Indonesia

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two French journalists who were detained by the Indonesian authorities on 6 August are to face trial on Monday (20 October) for "abusive use of entry visas".Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were arrested while filming a documentary about the separatist movement in West Papua for the Fr...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 8:51 am

South Korea urged to drop libel charges against Japanese journalist

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Press freedom organisations are calling on South Korea to drop charges against Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato, who has been charged with defamation. Continue reading...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 8:41 am

Films that highlight agenda-setting public service journalism

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two new films highlighting the journalism of the Times and Sunday Times have been released in "the unquiet film" series.They are, as one might expect, blatant ads for the papers and urge viewers to become subscribers. But they should be seen also as a tribute to agenda-setting public servi...

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 2:09 pm

Family of missing journalist upset by foreign office apathy

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Saturday (18 October) marks the fifth anniversary of the disappearance in Costa Rica of British journalist Michael Dixon. He walked out of his hotel one evening in the seaside town of Tamarindo and never came back. His brother, David, has - though his own efforts - turned up several leads that indi...

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 1:31 pm

Article 19's call to Google over 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Article 19, the human rights organisation dedicated to promoting freedom of expression, has entered the debate over the European court of justice's so-called "right to be forgotten" ruling by calling on Google and data protection watchdogs to protect free speech The organisation was giving...

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 11:00 am

Conference to discuss the state of local journalism after Leveson

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

What is the present state of local and regional journalism in the wake of the Leveson inquiry, and what about its future? Also, what will be the effect of the new form of press regulation?Those questions will be tackled at a one-day conference being staged at Chester university by the policy network...

Posted on 16 October 2014 | 9:18 am

Jon Snow: media coverage of Pakistan is negative - but not all bad

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

"The British media reflects a relatively negative view of Pakistan," says Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, "partly because of the Afghan war and partly because of racial prejudice."But he adds: "I don't think it is all negative... to be honest, I'd have said the greatest c...

Posted on 15 October 2014 | 4:31 pm

Press freedom the winner if the use of police bail and Ripa are curbed

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Theresa May's plan to cap police bail has come too late for the many Sun journalists who waited in limbo for months after being arrested.But if the home secretary does indeed introduce a statutory time limit on the use of police bail it will be welcome all the same. Continue reading...

Posted on 15 October 2014 | 3:08 pm