BBC must get more women on air, oversight group says

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In an annual report, the BBC Trust wrote about the need for “improvements in the representation of women on air.” The report came out Monday. John Plunkett wrote about the report for The Guardian.

The BBC has been told to tackle a continued “gender imbalance” among its presenters and talent following sustained criticism that it is failing to put enough women on air.

The BBC Trust called on management to come up with a co-ordinated plan to tackle the shortcomings, despite various initiatives announced by director general Tony Hall since he took on the job last year.

According to the report from BBC Trust, “we want the BBC to make measurable progress in reflecting better the diversity of the UK population in the BBC’s workforce and its output, in particular increasing the number of women on air.”

Gender imbalance is also a problem for newspapers in the U.K. Read more

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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Armed Thai soldiers and local officials inspect the Patong beach during a clean up operation Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Phuket, southern Thailand. Thailand's new military junta sent soldiers to one of the country's best known beaches Wednesday to evict food hawkers, massage huts and other illegal vendors as part of a campaign to clean-up the country's image and enforce laws that have long been ignored. (AP Photo/Krissada Mueanhawong)

BBC plans to expand past Facebook in Thailand

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Armed Thai soldiers and local officials inspect the Patong beach during a cleanup operation in Phuket, southern Thailand. (AP Photo/Krissada Mueanhawong)

On Thursday, the BBC launched a Thai news feed through Facebook to help get news in and out of a country with a military that has tightly controlled information since it took over in a coup in May.

And they’re planning to expand to other social media platforms, Charlotte Morgan, head of International Communications for BBC News, told Poynter in an e-mail. Facebook will be the BBC’s content management system using the Notes feature, she said, and the BBC is focusing on publishing short stories with four to five paragraphs.

“The content will be around international news, international reactions to the situation in Thailand, news from Thailand – through the BBC and also content from agencies, Thai media, stringers and social newsgathering,” Morgan said. Read more


BBC uses Facebook to get around Thai military censors

BBC | The Telegraph

The BBC launched a Facebook news stream in Thailand on Thursday. The initiative “follows the military coup in May after which international channels, including BBC World News TV, were taken off air temporarily,” the Beeb reports.

The news org says it plans to run the “pop-up” service for three months. Stories will be in Thai and English.

The news stream “is targeting Thailand’s 24 million Facebook users, among a population of 67 million Thais,” Damien McElroy writes for The Telegraph. “There are over 13 million in Bangkok alone, a figure that has quadrupled in just 12 months.”

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Google removes Guardian, BBC search results; Facebook drives 25% of Hearst’s traffic

— Google has notified The Guardian and BBC that certain articles will no longer appear in European searches, Mark Scott writes at The New York Times Bits blog. A European court ruling allows people “to ask for links to information about themselves to be removed from search results.”

— As news organizations fail to take advantage of the surge in mobile ad spending, Poynter’s Rick Edmonds says his hunch “is that getting video right and getting stronger mobile ad performance will go hand in hand for news sites.”

— Facebook drives 25 percent of traffic to Hearst magazines, up from 4 percent last year. Lucia Moses explains the publisher’s new focus on Facebook at Digiday.

— Vice Media will move to a larger Brooklyn headquarters, Laura Kusisto reports in The Wall Street Journal. Read more


BBC journalists will hold strike ballot

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Journalists with the BBC will vote on whether or not to strike, Mark Sweney reported Tuesday in The Guardian.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are to be balloted over industrial action after passing a motion calling for an overhaul of the pay gap with programme-makers and senior management.

BBC Radio also announced today that 65 jobs will be cut, Jason Deans reported in The Guardian. Last week, Neil Midgley reported in Forbes that the BBC would cut 500 jobs from the news division. Meanwhile, members of the National Union of Journalists cite a 1 percent pay raise granted to some employees this year and perks and pay for those at the top.

The motion also called for a “radical overhaul of executive pay and perks”, such as the “generous” expense accounts and car allowances that senior managers enjoy.

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Newspapers in Myanmar print black front pages

A vender sits by local weekly news journals with their front pages printed black with letters saying “By opposing recent arrest and sentencing of journalists including a video journalist of DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma)” at a roadside shop Friday, April.11, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. Several private newspapers in Myanmar printed black front pages on Friday to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists, in the latest sign the country’s media climate is worsening. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

BBC | Associated Press

Newspapers in Myanmar ran blacked-out front pages on Friday, the BBC and the Associated Press reported.

Several private newspapers in Myanmar printed black front pages on Friday to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists, in the latest sign the country’s media climate is worsening.

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Hoax earthquake letter rings in April Fools’ Day

Los Angeles Times | The Guardian | BBC

No, California, the U.S. Geological Survey is not warning people that a large quake is on its way.

It’s early yet in the U.S., but by now, April Fools’ jokes are pretty much all played out in the UK. The Guardian collected the best jokes of the day, including their own, reporting that Scotland might switch to driving on the right, (which I did see on my Twitter feed this morning and remember thinking, hmmm, wonder how that’s gonna work.)

“It sends out an explicit signal: we are part of Europe,” said one of the brains behind the scheme. “The little Englanders who want out of Europe are the only ones driving on the left-hand side.

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Why TV journalists ‘test the system’ with stunt reporting: It sometimes works

New York Post | BBC | The New York Times

On Tuesday, two CNN producers tried to sneak into the World Trade Center site. Several times. They were arrested, Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick and Bruce Golding reported for the New York Post.

Connor Boals, 26, and Yon Pomrenze, 35, made multiple attempts to get onto Ground Zero before being arrested shortly after 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said.

The pair initially tried to get through a gate at Vesey and Washington streets, with a source saying they told the cop who stopped them that “if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should be able to get in.”

Yon Pomrenze, left, and Connor Fieldman Boals, are shown after their arrests on Tuesday, March 25.
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You can use Getty Images for free, sort of

The Wall Street Journal | The Verge | BBC | Nieman Lab

The “sort of” is you’re using Twitter, Tumblr or “non-commercial WordPress blogs,” Georgia Wells reported in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday after Getty Images announced they’d make a whole lot of images available for free.

On Wednesday, the company unveiled the embed tool, which will allow users to include images on websites, such as non-commercial WordPress blogs. The eligible images also come with buttons for Tumblr and Twitter, where a link to the image can be shared. (The image itself doesn’t appear on Twitter, however.)

Poynter is a nonprofit, and we do use WordPress. But we do sell ads against our content. So I think it’s OK that I pulled this shot this morning, because, well, look at that guy. Read more


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