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Marketers plan to spend more online, less on print

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More bad news for print media: A survey of U.S. marketers finds most plan to spend more advertising dollars online during the next few years and reduce the amount they spend on print.
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Marketers plan to spend more online, less on print

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More bad news for print media: A survey of U.S. marketers finds most plan to spend more advertising dollars online during the next few years and reduce the amount they spend on print.
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British study explores link between PR and news

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Most of the journalism produced by Britain’s national newspapers is “pre-packaged” or “recycled” news derived from public relations material and wire services, according to a recent study by researchers at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural studies. At least 19 per cent of press stories originated wholly or mainly from PR material, the researchers reported. Other findings: Print journalists are producing three times the copy they did 20 years ago and are doing less fact-checking and contextualizing as a result; broadcast news outlets are less dependent on PR and news wires for their material but continue to rely heavily on newspapers when deciding their news lineup. (Note: You can download the entire study; use Word to open.)
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Mapping newspaper job cuts

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Journalist and designer Erica Smith is interactively mapping locations and details of newspaper job cuts in the United States. The subject matter is depressing, but the presentation technique (using Google Maps) is impressive.
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The newspaper of the future, as seen by editors

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The newspaper of the future? Glad you asked: Print and
online functions will be fully integrated in the newsroom, newspaper journalists
will be expected to produce content in all media formats, some editorial
functions will be outsourced, analysis and opinion will be more important and news
will be distributed for free. At least, that’s the majority view of more than 700
editors and news executives surveyed for the 2008 Newsroom Barometer. Most of
the editors see declining readership among the young as their biggest threat and they are almost evenly divided as to whether newsprint or
online will be the dominant medium of  news publishing in the future.

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Anthropologists study young people’s news habits for AP

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Sparking young people’s interest in the news is a daunting challenge. In an effort to learn more about how young adults
interact with the news, Associated Press commissioned a team of anthropologists
to study the digital news habits of 18 young people (aged 18-34) in
the United States, Britain and India. According to a preview of their report posted
on the Editors Weblog
, their subjects considered news
to be an important source of “social currency” – and wanted to know more about events – but they encountered news reports haphazardly,
mostly through e-mail sources and social networks. The full study is scheduled
to be released in early June at the World Editors Forum in Sweden.

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Appeal court got it right; press freedom not absolute

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In a March 4 opinion piece featured on the Globe and Mail website, Ryerson journalism professor John Miller argues the Ontario Court of Appeal made the right decision last week in ordering the National Post to surrender a leaked and allegedly fraudulent document relating to “Shawinigate.” The court ruled that the public interest in determining whether or not the document was forged outweighed the newspaper’s right to protect its source in this particular case. Miller says the court got the balance right and suggests journalists should avoid issuing absolute guarantees of anonymity to sources.

Full Article: The Ontario Court of Appeal was right: Press freedom is not absolute
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Canwest sues Tyee and columnist

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Canwest is suing Vancouver-based online publication The Tyee
and columnist Raif Mair for libel. At issue is a Mair column published by
the Tyee on Dec. 24 that Canwest claims was defamatory and malicious. In an apology published
Jan. 17, Mair acknowledged the column contained errors. The column now
appears to have been removed from the Tyee site.

More information is available in a story published by the Vancouver Sun, a Canwest newspaper.

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Voters and the Press: Who’s in Charge?

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If you watched early evening cable news coverage of last night’s New Hampshire primary, you may have witnessed the appalling (or perhaps amusing, depending on your perspective) spectacle of Fox News declaring Barack Obama the Democratic Party winner even though the actual count-in-progress gave Hillary Clinton the lead. The reason? Fox trusted media exit polls more than the vote itself. As it turned out, the exit polls were wrong, as were most media predictions about the Democratic Party results.

There’s an interesting piece in Salon today by Glenn Greenwald excoriating U.S. journalists for continually acting as if they know vote results before ballots are counted. Food for thought there as we get closer to another federal election in Canada …


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List of journalism feeds

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This list of journalism feeds was generated by Alan Bass, a moderator of the Canadian Association of Journalists list-serv.
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