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Meerkat vs. Periscope: What are the tech journos saying?

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When Twitter launched its its new live-streaming video app Periscope on Thursday — the same day that its rival Meerkat announced $14 million in new funding — tech journos immediately scrambled to size the two up head-to-head, for both consumers and journalists hoping to use the apps to enhance their news coverage. And so far, a large number of reviews are strongly leaning in Periscope’s favor.

Many reviewers cited numerous advantages Periscope has over Meerkat — advantages that could prove decisive. Whereas Meerkat’s streams vanish from the your network of followers once the user stops recording, Periscope automatically saves streams for your followers for almost 24 hours, offering viewers who didn’t stumble upon the clip as it was being shot a chance to watch it even if they’ve only heard about the piece a few hours after the stream was live. Read more

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The Telegraph soft-balled bank to save advertising contract, former staffer says

Our Kingdom | Al Jazeera

Peter Oborne, formerly chief political commentator for the Daily Telegraph, has resigned from the paper, claiming that it went easy on a multinational bank in an effort to win back an advertising contract.

In a lengthy post published to, Oborne details a history of lickspittle coverage he says was caused by The Telegraph’s desire to repair a relationship with HSBC Holdings. After publishing six articles in an investigation into HSBC, The Telegraph’s investigations team was “ordered to destroy all emails, reports and documents related to the HSBC investigation,” Oborne writes.

This was the pivotal moment. From the start of 2013 onwards stories critical of HSBC were discouraged. HSBC suspended its advertising with the Telegraph. Its account, I have been told by an extremely well informed insider, was extremely valuable.

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Why NPR didn’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

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NPR decided not to publish controversial cartoons from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo because “posting just a few of the cover images” of the Prophet Muhammad “could be misleading,” standards editor Mark Memmott wrote Monday.

Publishing a few magazine covers, Memmott writes, might give readers the impression the magazine is “only a bit edgier” than similar publications. But a more thorough examination of the cartoons would violate “most news organizations’ standards regarding offensive material.”

At NPR, the policy on “potentially offensive language” applies to the images posted online as well. It begins by stating that “as a responsible broadcaster, NPR has always set a high bar on use of language that may be offensive to our audience.

In the aftermath of the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, news organizations have been divided over whether to publish cartoons from the magazines depicting Muhammad, whose likeness is sacrosanct among Muslims. Read more

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Is being a mom headline-worthy? Take our quiz!

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A sexist headline and lead greeted Rona Fairhead’s appointment as head of the BBC Trust, Sophie Kleeman wrote Tuesday for Mic.

From Kleeman’s story:

Instead of highlighting Fairhead’s professional accomplishments — the things actually landed her the job — the newspaper instead decided to highlight her maternal status.

The story’s lede just makes it worse. It gives the message that because she’s the first woman to hold the position, we must somehow use “feminine” characteristics to distinguish her from her predecessors; in this case, her motherhood.

Kleeman points out that the Web version of The Telegraph’s story uses a different headline. Read more

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Russian ‘law on bloggers’ takes effect today

mediawiremorningHello there. Sorry this isn’t Beaujon. Here are 10 or so media stories. Happy Friday!

  1. Russian blogger law goes into effect: It could crack down on free expression, Alec Luhn explains: “Popularly known as the ‘law on bloggers,’ the legislation requires users of any website whose posts are read by more than 3,000 people each day to publish under their real name and register with the authorities if requested.” (The Guardian) | “Registered bloggers have to disclose their true identity, avoid hate speech, ‘extremist calls’ and even obscene language.” (Gigaom) | The law also states that “social networks must maintain six months of data on its users.” (BBC News)
  2. More on David Frum non-faked photo fakery saga: Photo fakery surely occurs in places like Gaza, James Fallows writes.
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The Daily Mail changes Georgia courtroom story

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has tweaked the first and third paragraphs of a story that ran Tuesday detailing a courtroom scene in Georgia. On Wednesday, Poynter wrote about Joe Kovac Jr., The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph reporter who was in that courtroom and called the Mail out on the story on Twitter.

Here’s how the story now reads:

And the original:

The changes are very small but they correct, at least, a scene that never happened. No note or correction accompanies the story. Read more


Daily Mail publishes fictional account of real trial

The Daily Mail | The Telegraph

On Tuesday night, Joe Kovac Jr. sat down and did a search to see how a murder trial in Macon, Ga., was getting covered elsewhere. That led him to The Daily Mail’s James Nye, whose account of the trial begins with a sentence that is fictional. Kovac, a reporter with The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph, knows it was wrong because he sat in the front row of the Georgia courtroom Monday morning and saw the whole thing for himself.

He tweeted about the Mail’s bizarre account Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The family didn’t didn’t listen to the killer confess, Kovac said. Read more

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French newspaper cuts all photos to support photographers

British Journal of Photography

On Thursday, the French newspaper Libération ran with no photos, according to a story Friday by Olivier Laurent in the British Journal of Photography.


The empty white space came on the opening day of Paris Photo, in support of the work of press photographers, specifically war photographers, who “barely make a living.” BJP ran Libération journalist Brigitte Ollier’s own explanation.

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper.

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