Guardian US unanimous for unionisationFriday, July 31, 2015
HUFFPOST MEDIA, New York. 29 July 2015.The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously Wednesday to unionize under the News Media Guild, an action that comes amid a spate of labor organizing in newsrooms.
"The Guardian has a long tradition of supporting union effort," a spokeswoman for the Guardian US chapter of the News Media Guild said in an email to The Huffington Post.
"The move by Guardian US editorial staff to seek collective representation is consistent with the strong history of working in strong partnership with unions in the UK and Australia," she continued. "The vote was unanimous and we look forward to working constructively with Guardian management moving forward."
US tv and radio group gets podcastingThursday, July 23, 2015
Barack Obama and Marc Maron podcasting in LA, 19 June 2015. Official White House photograph by Pete Souza
FT. New York, 22 July 2015. EW Scripps is buying Midroll Media, a Los Angeles-based podcast and advertising company, as the US television and radio group looks to capitalise on the rising popularity of on-demand audio.
The companies did not disclose the price Scripps paid for Midroll, which is privately owned and has not taken outside investment.
Midroll produces podcasts and sells advertising space for about 200 shows, both its own and those from other producers, including the comedian Marc Maron, who recently interviewed President Barack Obama in his garage studio. It counts HBO, Netflix and Amazon’s Audible audiobook service among its 240 advertising clients.
European Court deals a blow to online freedom of expressionThursday, June 18, 2015
ARTICLE 19. London, 16 June, 2015. Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court issued a judgement in Delfi AS v. Estonia (no.64569/09), a case about the news portal's liability for comments made on its website.
In response to the decision, Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 commented, “The European Court has delivered a serious blow to freedom of expression online, displaying a worrying lack of understanding of the issues surrounding intermediary liability, and the way in which the internet works.
"In confirming the previous Chamber's decision, the European Court showed a profound failure to understand the EU legal framework regulating intermediary liability. ARTICLE 19 is concerned that the decision will have a serious chilling effect on freedom of expression beyond the Council of Europe states. It will also greatly undermine the news publishers' business model at a time when the news industry is already struggling.”
Apple News service to use real journalistsTuesday, June 16, 2015
FT, London. 15 June 2015. Apple is hiring a team of journalists to run its Apple News service, part of a broader push by the company to personalise the content it selects and delivers to users of its devices.
The Apple editorial team will liaise with publishers, which include the Financial Times, New York Times, The Guardian and The Economist, which have signed up to provide content to the news service.
A job ad posted for Apple News, which replaces Apple’s Newsstand and will compete with Facebook’s new Instant Articles service, said successful candidates would “identify and deliver the best in breaking national, global, and local news”.
It is seeking candidates with more than five years of “newsroom experience” able to “recognise original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms”. Apple declined to comment beyond the job ad.
We are unionizedThursday, June 4, 2015
GAWKER. New York, 4 June 2015. Yesterday [3 June 2015], more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union. The results are in.
Media groups move on to FacebookThursday, May 14, 2015
FINANCIAL TIMES. 13 May 2015, London and New York. In their quest to build profitable and more far-reaching digital audiences, publishers in the US and Europe have turned to the world’s largest social network for help.
Nine media organisations, including the BBC, through its youth-oriented Newsbeat service, the Guardian and the New York Times, have struck a deal with Facebook to publish some of their content directly through the social network rather than simply hosting it on their own sites as part of a trial.
Facebook says the publishers will be able to keep 100 per cent of any revenue from advertising they sold directly. Publishers will also be able to sell remaining ad space via Facebook, which would take a 30 per cent cut.
The nine publishers initially participating in Instant Articles are the New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC News, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild, the German tabloid newspaper.
The move comes as increasing numbers of readers rely on the social network as the main portal through which they receive news. Facebook wants not only to point users to news sites but to be the place where they stay and consume it, too.
Court makes it harder for US companies to steal your dataThursday, March 26, 2015
European Court of Justice, Picture by Gwenael Piaser
ARS TECHNICA. New York, 25 March 2105. In a key case before the European Union's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Commission admitted yesterday that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework for transatlantic data transfers does not adequately protect EU citizens' data from US spying. The European Commission's attorney Bernhard Schima told the CJEU's attorney general: "You might consider closing your Facebook account if you have one," euobserver reports.
Google's Adsense a blunt instrument for censorshipWednesday, March 25, 2015
MANCHESTER. NUJNewmedia, 25 March 2015. Under a headline reading "Google Disables All Ads on Antiwar.com", theAntiwar.com website recently announced that the increasingly high-handed ad agency known as Google had imposed an ad blackout on the site because it contains a nine year old item on the well-documented Abu Ghraib abuses during the Iraq war and subsequent occupation by US troops.
The problem, it appears, is that the Antiwar.com page includes a number of familiar (and a few less familiar) graphic pictures of the abuses of Iraqi prisoners of war.
We reprint the Antiwar.com article in full below, but please visit the site and decide for yourselves whether it is a responsible campaigner against grotesque abuses of human rights, or an irresponsible publisher of violent and gory material.
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