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In a lecture at the British Library Monday, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding said journalists upset by the changes to their industry are “missing the point.” Not only is Harding “extremely optimistic about the future of journalism,” he said, “I think this is the most exciting time to be a journalist since the advent of television.”

Professional journalists cannot expect to have the influence we once did, but, if we’re clever, if we’re innovative and if we’re trustworthy, we can earn it. This is because we live at a time when there is an unprecedented hunger for information and ideas, because the proliferation of new news providers means the number of working journalists is, actually, rising, because the tools available for story telling and story getting are more powerful than ever and because, as I hope to make clear, the new technologies have unexpectedly revealed the enduring value of some old principles in journalism.

The tools of technology also make it an exceptionally exciting time to be going after a story. Of course, a journalist is a fool to rely solely on Google or Wikipedia for information. But they are just as stupid to ignore them: the modern search engine has given us all a running start at any story. Citizen journalism is not just a competitor to established news media, but a streaming source of information and ideas for it. And the internet has turned our audience into a giant fact-checking machine: journalists are more directly and immediately accountable; our viewers, listeners and readers do not need simply to throw a shoe at the TV or put their foot through the paper, they can promptly e-mail or tweet us to point out our mistakes. This can be embarrassing, no doubt, but surely makes it more likely we will get it right.



BBC Global News will produce original videos for Twitter followers


BBC Global News will produce original short videos to be carried in paid tweets starting this fall, Jeanine Poggi reports in AdAge. The videos, called “#BBCTrending,” will cover “trending news on social media that day” and go out to the followers of the @BBCWorld account.

Twitter in May announced a program called Amplify that lets partners put preroll ads in videos they share. “Twitter’s media partners in the Amplify program have typically tweeted clips from existing TV programming thus far, not original content created with the platform in mind,” Poggi writes.

Here’s a sample #BBCTrending video. It features a controversial talking goat.
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How taxonomies help news organizations understand and categorize their content

News organizations such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and Thomson Reuters are teaching computers to categorize text and images by building robust taxonomies that their systems use to tag news content.

Adding digital information under the hood in this way helps link stories together and serve up relevant content to news audiences.

In a recent interview with Poynter, Associated Press staffers talked about the AP’s News Taxonomy and why a news organization might consider using it.

What’s taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the practice of classifying information. News organizations do this already: putting articles in the sports section instead of the business section is a way of classifying them. What’s different today is organizations are classifying articles using computers instead of human judgment.

Stuart Myles, director of information management at the AP, led the team that built the AP News Taxonomy with machine-learning and natural-language-processing tools to teach computers how to make decisions instead of having a person read every article or look up a caption on every photo.… Read more


New CEO Mark Thompson ends first week with memo to New York Times staff

At the end of his first week as CEO of The New York Times, Mark Thompson was the subject of yet another story in his new paper about his tenure at the BBC. The latest story revealed that a letter sent in his name detailed sex abuse allegations against former host Jimmy Savile, allegations Thompson denies having known at the time. On Friday, Thompson sent this memo to staff, which does not mention the BBC scandal:

As I finish my first week at The New York Times Company, I would like to thank the many people I’ve already met. As you’d expect, Times employees come across as super-smart and totally committed to maintaining the values and quality that the company and its newspapers have always stood for.

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Mark Thompson says he didn’t see letter about BBC allegations sent on his behalf

The New York Times
Mark Thompson says he was not aware of the details in a letter he authorized threatening London paper The Sunday Times with “defamation proceedings” over an article it was preparing about BBC program “Newsnight”‘s decision to drop an investigation into sex-abuse charges against one of its stars, Jimmy Savile, reports Matthew Purdy.

The letter was prepared in September by a law firm and “included a summary of the alleged abuse, including the allegation that some abuse might have occurred at the BBC,” Purdy writes. It “appears to have been the last in a string of opportunities for Mr. Thompson, while director general, to have gotten a fuller picture of Mr. Savile and the ‘Newsnight’ program,” he writes.

Thompson is now the CEO of the New York Times Co.… Read more

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BBC reaches a settlement with politician it called a sex abuser

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The BBC has reached a settlement with Lord McAlpine, the politician it erroneously fingered as a sexual predator in a report on its “Newsnight” program.

But how did the BBC botch that report so soundly — especially after after it killed a “Newsnight” story about a BBC presenter credibly accused of pedophilia?

It’s not for lack of editorial process, Sarah Lyall and Nicholas Kulish write: After a 2004 scandal,

The corporation also appointed a deputy director general in charge of news operations; established a “journalism board” to monitor editorial policy; issued numerous new guidelines on journalistic procedures; and put an increasing emphasis on “compliance” — a system in which managers are required to file cumbersome forms flagging dozens of potential trouble spots, from bad language to “disturbing content” like exorcism or beheadings, in every program taped for broadcast.

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BBC News director asks staff to keep the pedophilia crisis to itself

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BBC News Acting Director Fran Unsworth is drawing the scorn of the Internet Tuesday morning after asking the staff not to tweet or talk publicly about the organization’s ongoing scandals.

“It would be helpful if some of our problems were not played out publically across social media and in the pages of the national press,” Unsworth wrote, according to the Telegraph. “We need a collective and collegiate sense of all pulling together to restore trust in the BBC’s news output.”

The full email was reprinted by Broadcast magazine.… Read more

Entwistle announced his resignation in central London, Saturday Nov. 10, 2012. (Max Nash/AP)

BBC in ‘ghastly mess’ after resignations, as its former leader takes reins at NYT

Still reeling from the fallout of a sex abuse story it spiked, the British Broadcasting Corporation is now in even more peril because of another sex abuse story that never should have been broadcast. Director General George Entwistle resigned Saturday over a report that falsely accused a former British politician, Lord McAlpine, of child sex abuse.

Acting BBC Director General Tim Davie told staff in an email, “I am determined to give the BBC the clarity and leadership it deserves in the next few weeks.”

• BBC director of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Steve Mitchell have temporarily “stepped aside” — not resigned — though neither “had anything at all to do with the failed ‘Newnight’ investigation into Lord McAlpine,” the BBC said.… Read more


NYT: Mark Thompson ‘missed opportunities’ to address BBC scandal

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Incoming New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson “repeatedly missed opportunities” when he was director general of the BBC to learn why one of its news programs canceled an investigation into sex-abuse claims against entertainer Jimmy Savile, reports Matthew Purdy in The New York Times. Thompson “said he knew nothing of the Savile investigation before it was canceled by the editor of the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ program,” Purdy writes.

As for what he knew afterward, his statements have evolved: He first said he was unaware of the investigation, but then acknowledged he was subsequently told of its cancellation by a reporter at a cocktail party. He said while he “may have formed an impression” about possible areas of a Savile investigation, including his charity work, he was unaware of child-sexual-abuse accusations.

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Report: Mark Thompson’s office was contacted twice about BBC killing news program

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Incoming New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson’s BBC office was contacted twice by journalists seeking comment after one of the network’s news shows spiked a program investigating claims of rampant sexual abuse by a BBC star. Neither request made it to Thompson personally, his spokesperson told Britain’s Sunday Times.

Thompson, who was the BBC’s director general until September and was named the Times Co.’s CEO in August, has said he only heard about the decision in late 2011, at a party where BBC journalist Caroline Hawley asked him about the segment, which had been scheduled to run on a show called “Newsnight” and investigated a longtime BBC personality named Jimmy Savile. But in The Sunday Times this weekend, a journalist named Miles Goslett wrote that he’d filed a freedom of information request for internal BBC correspondence regarding the decision, and that Thompson’s office referred him to the BBC’s media relations department when he called for comment after that request was denied.… Read more