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CSMonitor.com: Huffington Post gets the wrong Faisal Shahzad

Christian Science Monitor reports on a worrying mistake:

Earlier today, as news of the alleged identity of the would-be Times Square bomber rocketed around the web, a reporter at the Huffington Post published a screen shot from the Facebook page of a man named Faisal Shahzad. It made sense: Shahzad, a Shelton, Conn., resident, had been identified by law enforcement after he was hauled off an airplane preparing to depart Kennedy Airport. But the Huffington Post got the wrong Faisal Shahzad – a fact noted by several bloggers, including Glen Runciter of Gawker.

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csmonitor.com: Israeli officials seek Swedish government condemnation of organ theft story

Christian Science Monitor reports on the ‘blood libel’ charge made by Israeli politicians and journalists against a Swedish daily newspaper, Aftonbladet.

“In the view from Jerusalem, the answer to the controversy is simple: the Swedish government should condemn Aftonbladet, the tabloid which last week printed an article suggesting that Israel snatched the organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.

“In the view from Stockholm, the answer is equally simple: Israel should accept that in a democracy, newspapers are free to print what they wish, and that it isn’t the place of governments to interfere.”

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Journalism Daily: Press freedom, the Guardian’s Joseph Harker and MyReporter.com

July 31st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism Daily

Journalism.co.uk is trialling a new service via the Editors’ Blog: a daily round-up of all the content published on the Journalism.co.uk site.

We hope you’ll find it useful as a quick digest of what’s gone on during the day (similar to our e-newsletter) and to check that you haven’t missed a posting.

We’ll be testing it out for a couple of weeks, so you can subscribe to the feed for the Journalism Daily here.

Let us know what you think – all feedback much appreciated.

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Ed’s picks

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#FollowJourn: @csmlibrary/Christian Science Monitor archivist

July 31st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

FollowJourn: Leigh Montgomery

Who? Librarian, research manager, digital archivist

What? Information professional supporting any & all information needs and digital archiving for the staff of The Christian Science Monitor international news organization – ‘the first publication to have a global focus, and to move to a web-first publishing model’.

Where? @csmlibrary

Contact? csmlibrary@csps.com

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to judith or laura at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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Christian Science Monitor: ‘Journalists deserve low pay’

May 20th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

…so writes Robert G. Picard in this CSM opinion piece that’s likely to spark some debate.

Central to Picard’s argument (it’s worth reading the whole thing before unleashing a response):

“Wages are compensation for value creation. And journalists simply aren’t creating much value these days.”

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Christian Science Monitor: Boston Globe closure by New York Times postponed

May 5th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers

The New York Times has suspended a move to shut down the Boston Globe following an agreement with six of the titles seven unions.

The paper is reportedly set to lose NYTimes Co $85 million this year – but could it be saved and restructured to create a model for recession survival, asks Alexandra Marks from CSM.

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John Yemma: Lessons from Encarta for newspapers

April 2nd, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers

“general knowledge, whether under the brand name of a giant like Britannica or Microsoft, can’t withstand an effort that was developed specifically for the Internet and that harnesses gifted amateurs,” writes John Yemma, editor of the Christian Science Monitor, one week into web-only production.

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Newseum.org: Video – ‘The next generation of news’

We can’t embed it, so follow this link for a video looking at ‘Going Digital – the Next Generation of News’ from the Newseum, with some interesting interview extracts and a look at the Rocky Mountain News’ last days and the online future at Christian Science Monitor. Full story at this link…

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CSM and CMS: Christian Science Monitor readies technology for web-only move

December 10th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Handy tools and technology

Following its decision to become an online-only outfit from spring next year, the Christian Science Monitor has opted for an open source content management system (CMS) produced by Norway’s eZ Systems.

The eZ Publish CMS will support multimedia content and allow the monitor to publish to multiple platforms if needed, a release from eZ said.

The deal marks the CMS provider’s plans to expand into the US.

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End print edition of New York Times, argues Netscape co-founder

October 30th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Newspapers, Online Journalism

In Marc Andreessen’s world the Christian Science Monitor wouldn’t be the only traditional print product going online-only.

In this interview in the latest edition of Portfolio, Andreessen, who is co-founder of Ning, Netscape and investor in Digg and Twitter, says the New York Times should cut its print losses and focus on ‘the market of the future’.

If you were running the New York Times, what would you do?
[Andreessen] Shut off the print edition right now. You’ve got to play offence. You’ve got to do what Intel did in ’85 when it was getting killed by the Japanese in memory chips, which was its dominant business. And it famously killed the business – shut it off and focused on its much smaller business, microprocessors, because that was going to be the market of the future. And the minute Intel got out of playing defence and into playing offence, its future was secure. The newspaper companies have to do exactly the same thing.

The financial markets have discounted forward to the terminal conclusion for newspapers, which is basically bankruptcy. So at this point, if you’re one of these major newspapers and you shut off the printing press, your stock price would probably go up, despite the fact that you would lose 90 per cent of your revenue. Then you play offence. And guess what? You’re an internet company.

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