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GUEST COMMENTARY: FOIA remains best tool compelling transparency – nwitimes.com

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lata Nott is executive director of the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute. The opinions are the writer’s.

Membership one year on: together we are producing important Australian journalism – The Guardian

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In July 2016 we launched Guardian Australia’s membership program, and you, our supporters, responded in your generous tens of thousands. As we celebrate our first year anniversary, I am very happy to report we have 33,000 supporters. You have helped us produce award-winning reporting on politics, the environment, asylum policy, Indigenous issues and more over the past 12 months – thank you. Our independent ownership means that we can pursue…

FOIA: Fired Google Employee’s Labor Complaint Against Alphabet Alleges a Week of ‘Threatening Employees’ – Gizmodo

Thursday, August 10, 2017

As reported yesterday by Recode, former Google engineer James A Damore filed a complaint against the search giant’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., with the National Labor Relations Board. Parts of that complaint have been given to Gizmodo through a Freedom of Information Act request and are available to read in full (excepting NLRB redactions) below. Damore was the author of a 10-page manifesto, first reported by Motherboard and later obtained in…

How much is too much to charge for public records requests? FOIA fees subject of debate in Waukegan – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Proposed changes to how the city of Waukegan charges for public records requests led to questions Monday evening about whether the city should even be charging for the records, and what would happen if someone couldn’t afford to pay. The proposed ordinance would have brought the city in line with the maximum fees allowed under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), City Attorney Bob Long said during a Monday…

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism – The Atlantic

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Growing traffic required a new mentality. Unlike television, print journalism had previously shunned the strategic pursuit of audience as a dirty, somewhat corrupting enterprise. The New Republic held an extreme version of this belief. An invention of Progressive-era intellectuals, the magazine had, over the decades, became something close to a cult, catering to a loyal group that wanted to read insider writing about politics and highbrow meditations on culture. For…

Here are some ways to make accountability journalism better so people will actually read it – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Legos, quizzes, and tweetstorms: these are some of the tools and presentations of facts that the American Press Institute highlights as exemplary uses by leaders in accountability journalism, in the API’s latest report on “how to make the best of journalism better for audiences.” The 58-page report examines how accountability journalism — which it defines as “work that encompasses fact-checking, explanatory and investigative reporting, but more generally applies to the…

Judge rules against former treasurer in governor FOIA spat – Washington Post

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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Newspapers to Seek Limited Antitrust Exemption to Take on Google, Facebook – Rivard Report

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

During the past 20 years, many U.S. newspapers have experimented with online news delivery, but they’ve had just limited success. It’s true that consumers are increasingly getting news online, but most turn to news aggregators such as Yahoo News and Google News or social media like Facebook. The problem is most aggregators and social media sites do not produce original news content. Rather, they republish news stories produced by newspaper…

Fox News’ Seth Rich Story Echoes Previous Problems For Owner Rupert Murdoch – NPR

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Six years ago, media mogul Rupert Murdoch shut down one of Britain’s largest newspapers. It was because of a scandal over its coverage of a girl’s murder. And he made that move to protect a huge business deal in the U.K. which later collapsed. He’s since resurrected that deal, but a new journalistic scandal involving Murdoch’s Fox News channel and a murder in the U.S. could damage…

We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism – Recode

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Reports of the death of the written word are greatly exaggerated. The much-lamented and much-snarked-about phrase “pivot to video” is, if I’m being honest, somewhat warranted — video advertising is becoming central to every digital media company’s revenue model. But along with the effects on advertising, we’re also massively misunderstanding a pretty critical shift in journalism itself. Written journalism has a strong place in the pantheon of complex and deep…

Kenya’s newspapers give voters the front pages they want to sell more copies – Quartz

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Kenyan politics is notoriously tribal. The country’s newspapers, local language radio and TV stations have become captive of deep ethnic enclaves that typically rear an ugly head during election seasons. But, for all its deeply parochial nature, such politics has provided rich fodder for the two major newspapers, Nation and The Standard, to appease readers across the political divide with regional-specific headlines and content to drive their sales. With Kenyans…

Newspaper headlines: Tesco axes 5p bags and EU bill revealed – BBC News

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Image caption Tesco’s decision to stop selling 5p single-use plastic bags and instead offer customers 10p reusable bags “could boost” the supermarket giant’s profits and result in it using more plastic, the Times claims. Image caption The i newspaper says the figure that Britain pays the EU every week has finally been revealed, after it had been “hotly disputed” during last year’s referendum. It says the weekly bill is £156m,…

Kenya’s newspapers give voters the front pages they want to sell more copies – Quartz

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kenyan politics is notoriously tribal. The country’s newspapers, local language radio and TV stations have become captive of deep ethnic enclaves that typically rear an ugly head during election seasons. But, for all its deeply parochial nature, such politics has provided rich fodder for the two major newspapers, Nation and The Standard, to appease readers across the political divide with regional-specific headlines and content to drive their sales. With Kenyans…

Fox News’ Seth Rich Story Echoes Previous Problems For Owner Rupert Murdoch – NPR

Monday, August 07, 2017

Revelations about Fox News’ role in concocting a baseless story on the death of a young Democratic staffer has problematic echoes for the network’s controlling owner, Rupert Murdoch, who had to shut down the biggest paper in the United Kingdom for outcry over its reporting on a dead British girl.

We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism – Recode

Monday, August 07, 2017

Reports of the death of the written word are greatly exaggerated. The much-lamented and much-snarked-about phrase “pivot to video” is, if I’m being honest, somewhat warranted — video advertising is becoming central to every digital media company’s revenue model. But along with the effects on advertising, we’re also massively misunderstanding a pretty critical shift in journalism itself. Written journalism has a strong place in the pantheon of complex and deep…

Trump hands US policy writing to shadow groups of business execs – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Monday, August 07, 2017

President Donald Trump, lacking trust in the speed, skill or loyalty of the government workers he inherited, is shifting the task of writing U.S. policy to a network of advisory groups stacked with business executives that operates outside of public view. It’s a move that could be cheered by the voters who sent Trump to Washington to clean house. But it’s also one that might be breaking the law. In…