EJC/Google debate: New EU Commission Proposal on Copyright and Telecom Regulation

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Belgium] - European Journalism Centre and Google invite you to a panel debate on the new EU Commission Proposal on Copyright and Telecom regulation in Brussels on October 10. Streamlining and modernising EU’s copyright laws is a cornerstone of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy, which could contribute €415 billion into Europe’s economy, according to Commission estimates, boosting jobs, growth, competition, investment and innovation.
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GEN Summit 2016

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Austria] - The GEN Summit 2016 will gather over 600 international editors­in­chief and media experts in Vienna, Austria next June to tackle "The Rise of Platform­Driven News". Speakers from CNN, Twitter, The Washington Post, Mashable, NBC News, and many more will present a variety of thought­ provoking sessions identifying real media solutions.
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EUROVISION ACADEMY Master Class: What News for what audience?

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Switzerland] - This masterclass with help professionals understand the motivation of the news consumers. For anyone working in news production, it is essential to be aware of the audience and what motivates them to consume the news. Because in these fast changing times, you can best keep up with the evolving techniques by looking at how people are using them.
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The 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[USA] - The International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin delivers a unique and rich repository of information on the progress of Online Journalism, with comments and insights from professionals and scholars who have been working on the frontlines.
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7th Digital Innovators’ Summit

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Germany] - The Digital Innovators’ Summit is an annual international digital media conference designed to bring together senior executives from content businesses, technology innovators and solution providers to understand emerging trends, share innovative ideas and solutions, see new relevant technologies and network.
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BBC Academy’s Women in Radio

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[United Kingdom] - The BBC Academy in conjunction with BBC Local Radio is holding two further awareness days for women who are interested in presenting on BBC Local Radio in England.
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The 4th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication for Development

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Senegal] - The conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development.
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International Journalism Festival

EJC Events Calender - zo, 09/04/2017 - 23:24
[Italy] - The annual Perugia International Journalism Festival is the leading journalism event in Italy. It is an open invitation to listen to and network with the best of world journalism. The leitmotiv is one of informality and accessibility, designed to appeal to journalists, aspiring journalists and those interested in the role of the media in society. Simultaneous translation into English and Italian is provided. The festival is open to the public free of charge.
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Two new features let publishers interact with readers through Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook’s relationship with the news industry has been, shall we say, a little one-sided. While the news industry depends on the platform for its growth and distribution, Facebook itself has sometimes downplayed the outsized role it plays in the news industry.

On Friday, though, Facebook announced some new additions to Instant Articles that were developed after direct feedback from publishers: the email sign-up feature, for example, will let readers share their email addresses from within Instant Articles. Similarly, publishers will now be able to offer readers the option to like their pages.

Josh Roberts, a Facebook product manager, wrote in a blog post that the new features are a result of ongoing feedback from news organizations, many of which are looking to “extend the business value of Instant Articles. Across the board, publishers want to have more direct lines of communication with their readers and drive the conversions that matter to their business,” he wrote.

Roberts wrote that Facebook has other similar projects in mind, such as a feature that would let news organizations offer free subscription trials through Instant Articles and one that would drive users to download publishers’ mobile apps.

Facebook’s status as a middleman in publishers’ relationships has been an enduring sticking point over the years. While few publishers have shunned the Facebook traffic referral firehose outright, discontentment over how the company has handled some components of Instant Articles has made some news organizations less gung-ho about publishing on Facebook itself. The New York Times, for instance, has stopped using Instant Articles.

Facebook highlighted some success stories in its Friday blog post. Slate, for example, said that the call-to-action feature helped boost its newsletter signups by 41 percent in two months. The Huffington Post said Instant Articles has become “one of our highest performing acquisition channels for driving email newsletter subscribers” thanks to the feature.

The additions are a product of the ongoing Facebook Journalism Project, which the company announced in January to “establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry.” Core to the initiative was the idea that Facebook would directly collaborate with publishers on new news products such as the one Facebook wrote about today.

In other words, while the new features are compelling in their own right, they also serve as vital PR for Facebook’s publishing outreach overall. Facebook’s message: “We’re listening.”

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Convicted scammer creates federal PACs from prison

Public Integrity - vr, 07/04/2017 - 16:53

Angelo Pesce is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Illinois for “theft by deception.” While behind bars, he’s barred from voting.

But that hasn’t stopped Pesce from apparently creating “Impeach the Assole” — a crudely named federal political action committee formed last week to raise political campaign cash — and another dubbed “Angelo Pesce Defends Pedophiles.”

No federal law prevents Pesce from forming a PAC or soliciting money for it. And he doesn’t have to tell unsuspecting donors he’s an inmate at Taylorville Correctional Center, having scammed a woman out of nearly $100,000.

Pesce’s situation is the latest reminder of a nagging problem with political committees: While most PACs follow the rules, there are few safeguards against hucksters looking to make a buck.

With some PACs, “people donating think it’s a legitimate organization, but sometimes the creators take your money and run,” said Brett Kappel, a Washington, D.C., campaign finance lawyer.

“There is no rule that a PAC is barred from buying a boat and riding off into the sunset,” added Brendan Fischer, associate counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.

As a practical matter, that makes it close to impossible for a misled political donor to recover his or her money.

A message the Center for Public Integrity sent to an email address Pesce provided in paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission was not returned. The prison where he’s an inmate doesn’t allow reporters to contact inmates by phone unless they appear on a pre-approved list.

Creating a federal political committee is relatively simple: just fill out a few forms and submit them to the FEC.

It isn’t clear from Pesce’s FEC paperwork whether he meant to create a traditional PAC, which may give limited amounts of money directly to political candidates’ campaigns, or a super PAC, which may raise unlimited amounts of money to independently promote political campaigns. Pesce won’t be required to reveal until mid-summer whether his PACs have raised and spent any cash.

Either way, this is at least the second political group created by an inmate in as many years.

Two years ago, the Center for Public Integrity reported that Adam Savader, a former political volunteer who had been convicted of cyberstalking and extortion, created a super PAC named Second Chance PAC. Savader’s super PAC ultimately reported raising no money.

Then there’s the curious case of Cary Lee Peterson, a self-styled “congressional lobbyist and election campaign guru” whose purportedly pro-Bernie Sanders super PAC seemingly scammed dozens of donors out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Among those donors: “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig, who in 2015 gave $47,300 to Peterson’s “Americans Socially United” super PAC, which has repeatedly ignored the FEC’s requests to comply with federal campaign finance disclosure laws.

The FEC has fined Peterson’s PAC, and agency officials confirmed Tuesday that this fine remains unpaid. There’s little evidence indicating Peterson’s PAC used more than a token amount of the money it raised to promote Sanders’ bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Where the rest of the money it raised went remains a mystery.

And last year, the FBI arrested Peterson on unrelated criminal fraud charges related to his business ventures. The Securities and Exchange Commission also has a civil complaint pending against Peterson alleging multiple counts of securities fraud.

Some government officials have attempted to address these so-called “scam PACs” — groups that solicit money using the names of candidates but then spend little or no money on politics.

For example, the oft-gridlocked FEC, whose commissioners agree on almost nothing, have nevertheless been united in asking Congress for more authority to deal with scam PACs.

But to date, Congress has ignored the FEC’s requests.

Unscrupulous PACs could continue to hoodwink less sophisticated donors, commissioners and campaign finance experts say, as efforts to tighten PAC rules and increase oversight have so far failed.

In other words, the FEC can’t really do much to shut down these groups, even if they do have the mailing address of a state prison, as is the case with Pesce’s PAC.

(Update: 10:51 a.m., April 7, 2017: The FEC on April 6 sent Pesce a letter asking him to verify the accuracy of his "Impeach the Assole" PAC filing. The letter reminds Pesce that it's illegal to "knowingly and willfully" make a "materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation to a federal government agency" and asks him either verify the accuracy of his PAC filing, amend any false information or withdraw the filing. Pesce has until May 6 to respond.)

In 2004, Pesce stole $93,534 from a woman by falsely presenting himself as a commodities trader, according to a DuPage County, Illinois, press release. Pesce pleaded guilty to theft by deception but fled before he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison.

Police arrested Pesce in 2014. He began serving his sentence in Taylorville in 2015, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said inmates are permitted to receive money electronically. And while Illinois corrections law prohibits inmates from “engaging in an unauthorized business venture,” it’s silent on the specific issue of inmates forming political committees.

Pesce “would be wholly responsible for complying with any laws and regulations governing political action committees,” Wilson said.

One potential problem for Pesce: the banking address he lists for one of his PACs does not correspond to that of a bank at all. Instead, it’s a Motel 6 in suburban Chicago.

The FEC forms he submitted included a notice that PAC filings with “false, erroneous, or incomplete information” are subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.

This article was co-published by TIME, NBC News, Public Radio International, the Buffalo News and Philly.com.

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‘John de Mol krijgt zeggenschap nu Sanoma SBS verlaat’

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 07/04/2017 - 16:40
Talpa, het mediabedrijf van John de Mol krijgt de zendergroep SBS (SBS 6, Veronica, Net 5 en SBS 9) in handen, melden ingewijden aan het Algemeen Dagblad.…
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More kudos for 'Panama Papers' project

Public Integrity - vr, 07/04/2017 - 15:47

April 7, 2017: This story has been updated

The “Panama Papers” project published by the Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has this week been honored in three prestigious journalism competitions, the latest in a series of awards for the landmark international collaboration.

“Panama Papers” won two prizes in the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards: Innovation in Investigative Journalism — Large and the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Judges said the international consortium “showed exceptional ingenuity and skill by developing new tools and approaches that facilitated the unprecedented collaboration, and demonstrated a new model for journalistic cooperation to expose dealings of hundreds of thousands of entities.”  

Investigative Reporters & Editors, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit national organization dedicated to training and supporting journalists who pursue investigative stories. 

“Panama Papers” also received the O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism from the American Society of News Editors. Judges in that contest said the project was honored “because of the breadth of its reporting, the strength of the partnership that yielded this effort and the global impact that resulted.”

(Update, April 7, 2017, 9:47 a.m.: The White House Correspondents' Association recognized the project with an honorable mention in its annual journalism awards, as well.)

These latest prizes marked the sixth, seventh and eighth major American journalism awards for “Panama Papers,” which was published last spring. The international consortium was a project of the Center for Public Integrity when the Panama Papers series was published but has since spun off into a separate entity.

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What is the right amount of money to throw at the fake news problem?

Critics say the bill would limit free speech, and on Wednesday, Andrus Ansip, European Commission VP for the digital single market, told European Parliament (echoing remarks he’d made previously), “We have to believe in the common sense of our people. Fake news is bad, but a Ministry of Truth is even worse…We need to address the spread of fake news by improving media literacy and critical thinking.” At least in the U.S., the audience for fact checks has become somewhat partisan; research here last year found that Democrats view fact-checking more favorably than Republicans. “At a time of no trust in the media, why would the voter trust the [fact-checker] over the politician he or she supported?” Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, asked recently at a fact-checking summit in D.C.

Facebook: “No, no, don’t worry, we’ve got this.” An “educational tool for spotting fake news” will appear at the top of users’ News Feeds in 14 countries, Facebook announced Thursday. If you click on it, it links to “more information and resources in the Facebook Help Center, including tips on how to spot false news, such as checking the URL of the site, investigating the source and looking for other reports on the topic.” It was developed in partnership with First Draft. These are the tips:

Facebook also “plans to pay fact-checkers to monitor news on its platforms in response to sustained criticism that it has not been doing enough to crack down on fake stories,” reports Madhumita Murgia for the Financial Times.

Quote from Mosseri says they're "open" to paying checkers, but it's not underway. Suspect they need to do this to get more German checkers. https://t.co/Jq7NLHp1So

— Craig Silverman (@CraigSilverman) April 6, 2017

“It’s not porn, it’s not hate or guns”: “More than 60 websites publishing fake news are earning revenue from advertising networks and most of them are working with major networks such as Revcontent, Google AdSense, and Content.ad,” BuzzFeed News’ Craig Silverman, Jeremy Singer-Vine, and Lam Thuy Vo report. Continuing with the whole “it’s not fake news, it’s satire” claim, Google told BuzzFeed that some sites “continue to show AdSense ads because they include disclosures that their content is satirical and they don’t fit the company’s definition of misrepresentative or deceptive content,” while Taboola CEO Adam Singolda said, “While there are different definitions of what ‘fake news’ is, we assume it to include a deliberate intent to deceive and cause harm to consumers. The stated goal of these sites that you sent us is to entertain through parody, we believe.” There is a lot of satire out there!

BuzzFeed conducted part of its analysis with the coauthors of the new Field Guide to Fake News; those authors summarized their work for us here. They stress that fact-checking is not enough to combat fake news: “‘Thicker’ accounts of how fake news circulates may also suggest the limits of approaches to fake news that predominantly focus on fact-checking, debunking, and flagging fake news items — which might imply that fake news thrives because of a deficit of factual information, downplaying its affective resonance or emotional appeal.”

$100 million to promote “global trust.” eBay founder/billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s philanthropy, the Omidyar Network, announced it’s committing $100 million over three years to support investigative journalism and fight fake news. The first organizations to get funding: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which was behind the exposure of the Panama Papers; the Latin American Alliance for Civic Technology; and the Anti-Defamation League, which will use the money to build “a state-of-the-art command center in Silicon Valley to combat the growing threat posed by hate online.”

The fight against misinformation, authoritarian lies, and online abuse is a fight we can win. https://t.co/RxBWy64pLn

— Pierre Omidyar (@pierre) April 4, 2017

Also in funding news this week: The News Integrity Initiative, a $14 million project “to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world, and to better inform the public conversation,” funded by Facebook and Craig Newmark, among others, and run out of CUNY.

Illustration from L.M. Glackens’ The Yellow Press (1910) via The Public Domain Review.

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Commissariaat legt NPO dwangsom op om kaartjesacties

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 07/04/2017 - 15:04
NPO Radio 2 en 3FM hebben zich volgens het Commissariaat voor de Media structureel voor het karretje van concert- en festivalorganisatoren laten spannen. En hebben zich daarmee dienstbaar gemaakt aan commerciële belangen van een derde partij, hetgeen…
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With Push, small publishers have a cheaper, quicker way to develop their own mobile apps

Does every news organization need an app? It’s been a sticky question since Apple opened up the App Store nearly a decade ago. The app pendulum has swung in both directions multiple times over the years: For some publishers, apps remain an essential part of the distribution formula, while for others, developing an app is a waste of time and resources.

Christopher Guess can’t say if developing a news app is always the right call, but he wants to make doing so within reach for any news organization that opts to invest in one. Guess is the developer behind Push, an open source iOS and Android app designed to cut down on the time and effort it takes for news organizations to develop news apps. It’s aimed at small-and mid-sized teams that lack the developer resources and capital to create their own apps from scratch.

By Guess’s estimation, the typical news app can take at least six months and cost $50,000 to develop. Using Push, though, a single developer can develop an app within a few days. “With the current financial situation for newsrooms, the economics are impossible,” said Guess, who developed the app during a two-year ICFJ Knight fellowship. “If you want a mobile app as a small newsroom, you’re pretty much completely out of luck unless you’re owned by one of the big newspaper companies.”

News apps built on Push look and function as you would expect, with features that include caching for offline reading, built-in search functionality, video support, and as its name suggests, support for push notifications. The app also lets news organizations integrate donation features.

Since its launch in late 2015, Push has gained the bulk of its traction in Eastern Europe, where 10 publishers are in some stage of using the software to develop their own apps. For news organizations such as Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) and Azerbaijan’s Meydan TV, Push’s features — particularly its Push notification support — opened up a new way to keep readers engaged. The early Push users, all of which are affiliated with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, have embraced push notifications because they offer a way to notify readers when new pieces are published. That’s important for investigative news outlets, which don’t publish as frequently as the typical site.

“When people visit a site, they want to see brand new things every single time. If you can’t supply that because of resource constraints, you fall off the radar. With push notifications, you stick right there,” Guess said. “Even if users haven’t opened the app for a month, you can still get their phone buzzing. That’s a really big deal for these small publications that need that attention.”

Of course, just because you develop an app doesn’t mean that people will use it. U.S. smartphone users spend nearly three quarters of their time within just three apps, according to comScore. Still, the app remains a powerful distribution channel, particularly for news organizations looking to develop direct relationships with readers. Big platforms’ interests often diverge from those of news organizations. Organic reach on Facebook, long a vital traffic source for publishers, continues to shrink: MarketingLand, citing a report from social publishing tool SocialFlow, said that organic reach declined 52 percent from January to June of 2016.

The ever-shifting reality of news organization-platform relations means that many news orgs are hungry for ways to interact directly with their readers. “This is all about staying in touch with users without those intermediaries,” Guess aid.

It’s an idea that appeals to local news organizations as well. Last month, the Center for Cooperative Media announced plans to help five New Jersey news organizations (Banana Tree News, Delaware Currents, Hudson County View, Route 40, and Planet Princeton) develop their own apps using Push’s software. The project is part of NJ Mobile News Lab, which the Center for Cooperative Media started in an effort to “bridge the innovation gap” between large and small publishers, said Joe Amditis, the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media.

“Large publishers have the ability and flexibility to play around with different tools, try new things, fund exciting new innovative projects. Their reserves of capital and audience loyalty allow them to do so without much fear of the consequences,” he said. “We want to help the smaller publishers compete by helping everyone recognize the value of collective input.”

The project is still in its early stages, but Amditis said that the goal is to collect data on the publishers’ Push apps to evaluate what works and what can be tried elsewhere. The Center for Cooperative Media is particularly interested in the revenue impact of the efforts. “Hopefully we can try to replicate some of the sustainability we see in some of the larger organizations at the local level,” Amditis said.

Guess, who this week was awarded a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship at the University of Missouri, has other plans for Push as well. He aims to use the fellowship to build more features into the app, including support for more content management systems, increased anti-censorship tools, and increased automation and stability.

“The ultimate goal here is to help news sites make apps that feel essential to their readers,” said Guess.

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Google Fact Check wereldwijd beschikbaar

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 07/04/2017 - 11:16
De in oktober door Google gelanceerde dienst Fact check, is nu wereldwijd beschikbaar voor zowel Google Nieuws als bij de zoekresultaten.
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Vreemde dictators

Apache.be - vr, 07/04/2017 - 10:37
Een oude favoriet in de gedragswetenschappen, die vaak uit de kast wordt gehaald om aan te tonen dat we niet ‘rationeel’ zijn, is het experiment dat bekend staat als het Dictatorspel. Volgens de conventionele economische theorie worden mensen verondersteld te handelen om hun eigen economische nut te maximaliseren. Dit is niet wat wordt waargenomen in dit experiment, en dus levert het een aanwijzing voor ons ‘irrationeel’ altruïsme.
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63 nieuwe schadevergoeding-eisen om afluisterschandaal Groot-Brittannië

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 07/04/2017 - 09:29
Nadat onlangs al 28 mensen een schadevergoeding eisten omdat ze meenden slachtoffer geworden te zijn bij het afluisterschandaal van Britse kranten, eisen nu nog eens 63 mensen een schadevergoeding bij het Britse gerechtshof. Dat meldt…
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De schimmige oorlogsboer achter Donald Trump

Apache.be - vr, 07/04/2017 - 08:42
Wie is Erik Prince, de man die Donald Trump deze week in moeilijke papieren bracht? Portret van een zeer omstreden figuur.
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Telegraaf wint kort geding om verspreiding telefoonnummer redacteur

Villamedia Nieuws - vr, 07/04/2017 - 08:35
Ferdy Roet, oprichter van stichting Loterijverlies, had niet het telefoonnummer van Telegraaf-verslaggever Bart Mos mogen verspreiden onder zijn leden. Dat heeft de kortgedingrechter donderdag bepaald. Roet verspreidde het nummer van Mos omdat hij…
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