Media Channel 11 May, 2010: How to Save the News By James Fallows, The Atlantic

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How to Save the News

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Now, having helped break the news business, Google wants to fix it – for commercial as well as civic reasons…

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A Failed Terror Attack Tops a Grim Week of News (PEJ)
In a week dominated by disasters and near disasters, the New York bomb plot led the news, registering as the biggest terrorism story in the past three years. From May 3-9, the failed attack in the heart of Manhattan accounted for 25% of the newshole, according to the Pew R…

Iran sentences Newsweek journalist in absentia
A lawyer says a Newsweek reporter has been sentenced in absentia to more than 13 years in prison and 50 lashes. Maziar Bahari, a dual Canadian and Iranian citizen, spent nearly four months in jail but was released on bail and allowed to leave the country to join his British…

Being the Complaint Department at the New York Times
When veteran journalist Daniel Okrent joined the New York Times as the newspaper’s first public editor in 2003, he entered a newsroom reeling in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal and found himself critiquing the work of some of the best reporters in the country-many of w…

How Facebook’s Geo-Networking Plans Will Change Everything
Facebook is preparing to launch functionality that allows people to instantly broadcast their present locations and whereabouts in addition to their status updates, and latitude and longitude to the long list of data points that marketers can use to engage audiences with th…

Twitter catches up with Facebook in US
Some 87% of Americans know what Twitter is, compared with just 5% two years ago, giving it almost the same visibility as Facebook, which wins 88% awareness. But according to a study by the polling firm Edison Research, actual usage still lags far behind. Just 7% of American…

German music organization orders YouTube to remove 600 videos
A group representing Germany’s performing artists and musicians has called on online video Web site YouTube to remove 600 videos it says are being “used illegally.” GEMA, an organization that represents 60,000 German songwriters, composers, and music publishers, c…

Here We Go Again (Again): 100% Unverifiable E-Voting Systems Set for Use in PA, KY, Elsewhere…
After all these years, not much has changed for the denialist jurisdictions that still insult their voters by using 100% unverifiable electronic voting machines. Pittsburgh’s WTAE filed a report last week with a ring of exhausting familiarity — at least to long time reade…

Court Orders Documentary Filmmaker to Hand Ecuador Footage to Chevron
Last week a federal court in Manhattan ordered a documentary filmmaker to hand over to Chevron hundreds of hours of footage. Joseph Berlinger’s award-winning film, Crude: The Real Price of Oil, chronicles the struggle of indigenous Ecuadorians against ChevronTexaco’s oil co…

Dodging presidential scorn of the iPad
After President Obama cited Apple’s iPad–among other devices–as being a “distraction” rather than a tool for learning, he spoke of only one possible vision of the tablet’s future. In a widely reported commencement speech at Hampton University in Virginia, Obama …

It’s Time to Declare War Against Apple’s Nipple Censorship
The App Store censorship horse may have been beaten to death, but mainstream German media-whose iPhone applications have been censored by Apple because of its content-are not surrendering. The censorship problem is not only about the 5,000 titillating apps that fell down in…

Wikimedia pornography row deepens as Wales cedes rights
A row over sexually explicit content on the web encyclopaedia Wikipedia and related sites has escalated. Co-founder Jimmy Wales has given up some of his site privileges following protests by contributors angered that he deleted images without consultation. Mr Wales had prev…

Exhausted Noam Chomsky Just Going To Try And Enjoy The Day For Once – Onion News
“The systems of control designed to manufacture consent among a largely ignorant public will still be there for me to worry about tomorrow. Today, I’m just going to kick back and enjoy some much-needed Noam Time. No fighting against institutional racism, no exposing th…

‘Fair and balanced’ network: ‘Liberal media helping terrorists?’
Curious “fair and balanced” minds at Fox News want to know if the “liberal media” is aiding and abetting terrorists. “LIBERAL MEDIA HELPING TERRORISTS?” a large graphic on the screen asked during Fox & Friends Monday. “Do media outlets…

Media moguls on elevated pay scale
When an executive runs a company whose success depends on stars – whether they are richly rewarded TV news anchors or generously compensated movie idols – it is only fitting that the boss is paid, well, like a star. Call it the Katie Couric Syndrome. That’s one take-away fr…

Liberty Media Chairman: FCC Move Influenced By Web Companies
John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, said the FCC appears to be acting in the interests of Silicon Valley and major Internet companies in taking a more aggressive stance on Internet regulation. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this week announced he’ll begin a process to…

Consumer Watchdog targets Google
Too big to fail turned out to be wrong for banks and other corporations. But don’t tell that to Google, which has quickly expanded into making smartphones, mapping streets of the world, streaming videos, connecting friends and selling digital books. As Washington focuses mo…

Facebook hires former Bush regulator
Facebook has hired a former senior Bush administration regulator in Washington to defend its privacy practices as it confronts increasing scrutiny on Capitol Hill and the federal regulatory agency charged with consumer protection. Tim Muris, the former Republican chairman o…

Canada: Journalists cannot protect sources: top court
Canadian media’s attempt to establish a right to protect confidential sources was quashed by the nation’s highest court. In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the National Post daily to hand over to police documents obtained from a source in 2001 alleging a former pri…

Amnesty launches online push to fund press ad
Human rights charity seeking to raise money through social media for campaign targeting Shell. Amnesty International is putting its next marketing push in the hands of consumers after developing a protest ad targeting Shell that will only appear in newspapers if it raises …

FCC paves way for studios to push movies into the home, rattling theaters
Federal regulators have granted a controversial waiver to the Hollywood studios that clears the way for them to show first-run movies in the home shortly after — or even during — their release in theaters. The FCC granted a petition from the Motion Picture Assn. of Americ…

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