Category Archives: Media

Journalism in April

Follow the money. Tools for reporters investigating companies

The Investigative Dashboard, or ID, is a space for investigative journalists and citizen reporters to find resources, share information, and learn new ‘tricks of the trade’.

ID is not, however, just a collection of tools and tips. It is also part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national work and to build networks between investigative reporters across the globe.

Organized crime and corruption doesn’t stop at national borders, so why should journalists?


Investigative Dashboard




Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Pitch us your stories

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has issued an open invitation for journalists with great unpublished stories to pitch them for possible funding.

The Bureau is based at City University and was officially launched yesterday after receiving £2m in funding last year from the Potter Foundation

Press Gazette





PEW Research Center Report: The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future download PDF


When complex business models collapse Clay Shirky on why online video will not generate enough revenue to support the cost base of existing TV companies.

[T]here are two ways to generate a profit: raise revenues above expenses, or cut expenses below revenues … for many media business, that second option is unreachable.


In [complex] systems, there is no way to make things a little bit simpler – the whole edifice becomes a huge, interlocking system not readily amenable to change. Tainter doesn’t regard the sudden decoherence of these societies as either a tragedy or a mistake—”[U]nder a situation of declining marginal returns collapse may be the most appropriate response”, to use his pitiless phrase. Furthermore, even when moderate adjustments could be made, they tend to be resisted, because any simplification discomfits elites.


Morozov “Think Again: the Internet” piece in Foreign Policy

They told us it would usher in a new era of freedom, political activism, and perpetual peace. They were wrong.


Digital power and its discontents. Morozov & Shirky discuss.


An economist on rival goods and public goods Why content is a public good


The “fair use economy” is enormous, growing, and endangered by the relatively tiny entertainment industry

Cory Doctorow


Jeremy Silver of Featured Artists Coalition on piracy, artists the music business and licensing

We want copyright to ensure that artists get paid for their work equitably in equal proportion to the effort involved in its creation, promotion and distribution. We want copyright to ensure that artists are credited by name for the work that they create. And we want copyright to ensure that specific moral and ethical requests made by an artist are respected. So if an artist says: “I don’t want my work used in advertising at all” that is adhered to. But that the default condition of their work is that it is available for use, to be licensed, from day one automatically – without need for negotiation.

The Music Void




Digital Economy Bill

JP Rangaswami to the music industry: The Digital Economy Bill: Be Careful What You Wish For


BBC: Call for ‘fuller’ debate on Digital Economy Bill


The debate in Parliament

Download Tera consultants Building a Digital Economy report PDF

“The substitution rate represents the number of units that would likely have been sold if piracy were eliminated.” TERA consultants

This is not research, it’s 68 pages of projection based on an assumption about lost revenue by Tera consultants.

International Chamber of Commerce funds Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy, who commissioned the TERA consultants study.



Stephen Timms quoting abjectly bad ICC funded lobbying ‘study’ 9:42 PM Apr 6th

MPs at the debate on 6th April 2010 07:30:10 PM pastebin 40MPs at #debill debate


Digital economy bill: government forced to drop key clauses Guardian


Did my MP show up or not?


The Internet Manifesto

Is a modestly-titled list of propositions about ‘how journalism works today’ produced by 15 German bloggers and journalists Internet Manifesto.
It’s pretty good at challenging mainstream media’s attempts to protect failing business models and traditional position as information gatekeeper. A piece by one of the authors in the Guardian.
It’s also given to rhetorical conceit. Some of the statements are platitudes: thanks to the internet ‘Individuals can now inform themselves better than ever.’ Indeed. Other statements like ‘The Internet’s open architecture constitutes the basic IT law of a society which communicates digitally and, consequently, of journalism.’ seems to have lost something in translation, or were nonsense to begin with.
Or as Evgeny Morozov tweeted ‘view that never made it to Internet Manifesto: avoid pundits compiling banalities & calling ’em “manifestos” Net Effect.
As Patricio Robles has pointed out the statement on copyright is contradictory and there is no mention of journalistic ethics.
Not good on the details, but the spirit of a new journalism with a social and educational purpose and which embraces the internet, is right.


Argentine philosophy professor Horacio Potel faces criminal charges and a possible jail sentence for posting  translations of Jaques Derrida’s work to his website for his students. Via Boing Boing and More

New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet

A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open Democracy

guardiantech: Channel 4’s 4ip fund invests in discussion tool Yoosk  ‘famous people. you ask. we connect. they answer’ Based in Warwickshire and Vietnam. About Yoosk . Download pdf

Music Week on Digital Rights Agency Geoff Taylor of the BPI would like government  enforcement against filesharing, but cheaper.

“…the [digital] rights agency is ‘an answer looking for a question’…without a clear remit or responsibility.”

No case for copyright extension on sound recordings. Academics’ letter to Times.

Downloadable font formats for the Web (article): An example of thinking about how the rights of creators can be respected without  resorting to DRM.  Exactly the kind of pragmatic discussion we should be having about other forms of creative work.

Clay Shirky on newspapers & journalism

“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.

When we shift our attention from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.”

Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

Proposed Digital Rights Agency. Comment now.

Lord Carter’s office have issued a proposal for the Digital Rights Agency referred to in the Digital Britain report. The consultation is open until 30th March.

WriteToReply have a site for you to comment on the proposal in detail.

You can download the proposal and read the press release from the Intellectual Property Office.

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