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Cit-J agency photographs from Iran make front page of NYTimes… twice

Further to our round-up of Demotix activity from Iran, here are two front pages from the New York Times, both featuring images from the pro-am agency’s contributors.

Demotix images have also been published by the Telegraph, El Pais, Wall Street Journal, ABC.es, and syndicated by Reuters, AFP and EPA to other outlets around the world.

“The bravery of our Iranian reporters has been astonishing. They are defying their government and risking their safety to tell their stories to the world, and we are delighted to be able to help them make their voices hear more loudly,” said Demotix commissioning editor, Andy Heath. “Demotix exists for moments like this.”



magCulture.com: ABC should support more mag innovation

In an anniversary post from last week marking his 1,001st blog post, Jeremy Leslie discusses what makes a magazine a magazine.

Leslie’s post raises a serious issue – the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) definition of a magazine. Last week the bureau rejected a membership application from title MK Bruce Lee.

As Chris Roper points out on News24:

“If you’re not allowed to call yourself a magazine, you don’t get audited. And if you don’t get audited and have an official circulation, it’s tricky to sell ads in a magazine. You don’t sell ads, you go bust.”

“Whether mainstream or independent, consumer, B2B or customer, old or new, industry bodies like ABC should be supporting innovative publications. And if we’re supporting innovation in content and presentation, why not format too?” writes Leslie.

Full post at this link…

PDA: B2B ‘news marketplace’ launches for UK

Beamups, a website where news organisations and producers can sell unused or archived footage, has launched in the UK.

The site launched in beta in the Middle East in April and has established deals with the BBC, Al Jazeera and ABC.

Content is sold with 40 per cent of the fee going to Beamups.

Full post at this link…

For @GuidoFawkes, Twitter is a fad that will disappear; for @MickFealty, it’s a valuable tool

Twitter is a ‘fad that will soon disappear,’ political blogger Paul Staines said yesterday.

Staines, who blogs under the alias Guido Fawkes, told participants at the Voices Online Blogging conference at City University that he has ‘not got the time’ to monitor the 3,000 + followers of @guidofawkes.

“How profound can you be in 140 characters?” he said. “I use Twitter to broadcast, but I go to individual bloggers for information.”

Staines argued that the increasing popularity of the site, boosted by celebrity users such as Stephen Fry and Oprah Winfrey, meant that ‘overload is inevitable’.

However, Mick Fealty (@mickfealty) creator of the Slugger O’Toole blog, agreed that Twitter is a ‘nightmare’ but insisted it remained an ‘important tool’ for journalists.

“I used it on the day of the US elections last November, when I was writing a live blog on the Slugger site,” he explained. “I canvassed for US readers to be mini-bloggers for one day.

He used feeds from people who were watching three or four American television networks, he said. “Within about two minutes I knew what had gone out on ABC, Fox and CNN, and I could give a clear judgement about what was going on.”

Fealty added that the site was an effective tool to generate information about an area where he had ‘no local or native knowledge’.

Twitter’s usefulness was a result of the ‘very smart and intelligent’ contacts he has made using it, he said.

“The value of Twitter is the value of people I follow,” he explained.

Journalism.co.uk reported from the Voices Online Blogging conference 2009. Follow @journalism_live on Twitter for live updates from a wide array of media events.

ABC continues to verify airline copies for national newspaper circulation audit

Journalism.co.uk is interested in all things online, so the print stats from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) are a bit off-patch, but just a quick heads-up that the body is continuing to investigate claims about ‘bulk newspaper sales’ and the number of airline copies included in the audit.

“ABC stated in the February and March National Newspaper reports, that airline copies were subject to further verification. This verification work continues, along with verification of the April data, and is being progressed as quickly as possible, in line with ABC’s usual processes.”

The Guardian reported in March 2009:

“It is believed that the problem came to light after ABC carried out a spot check on multiple sales copies sent to airlines. According to one senior newspaper executive, the checkers found a wide disparity between the claimed distribution figure and the reality. Other aspects of bulks sales are not believed to be affected.”

NB: The ABC has a new website in beta, which can be viewed here: http://preview.abc.org.uk/

TG Daily: McCain Twitterview – attempting the impossible

Samantha Rose Hunt offers a thoughtful analysis of US broadcaster ABC’s attempt to interview Senator John McCain using Twitter.

“Interviews are conducted so that individuals can learn and understand situations, products or an individual better. Understanding someone within the confines of 140 characters has now been shown to be nearly impossible,” writes Hunt.

Perhaps Twitter wasn’t the right tool for the subject matter of this interview – but can it work for more appropriate content?

We’ve been experimenting with conducting interviews on Twitter at Journalism.co.uk. There are still some bugs to be worked out, but the social element of the interview that you get by opening it up to Twitter is encouraging. All thoughts for improvement greatly appreciated.

Full post at this link…

ABCNews: Journalism students ‘don’t read papers’

This, from Australian news broadcaster, ABC: “a survey of Australian journalism students found 90 per cent of students do not like reading the newspaper, preferring to source news from commercial television or online media.

ABC reports that “the journalists of the future are rapidly moving away from traditional news services, saying they are impractical compared to new media.”

Full story at this link…

Crikey.com: Viewers ‘flock’ to television coverage of Victoria fires

From Crikey.com: There were large audiences for Australian news broadcasts yesterday, as a result of the Victoria fires.

“More than 5.5 million people watched the flagship evening broadcasts on Seven (1.903 million), Nine, 1.883 million, the 7 pm ABC broadcast, 1.036 million and Ten News at Five with 726,000,” Crikey reports.

Full story at this link (you can subscribe for a free Crikey.com trial to view) …

ABCe opens six month audit option to all publishers

Following the release of six month certificates for the regional press, media auditors ABC are extending the offer of twice yearly online audits to all media owners, from January 2009.

An ABC press release said yesterday that the new certificates will detail monthly and daily unique users or browsers for media publishers. Visual charts will also be available.

The existing monthly audits can still be conducted using ABCe.

The ABC statement explained that by choosing to report their online figures on a six month basis, publishers ‘are committing to continuous reporting of their online activity’.

Speaking in the release, Jan Pitt, director of magazines, ABC, said: “The response has been good so far, these changes are to give publishers more options and enable them to demonstrate to advertisers and media buyers their cross platform performance.”

A guide to how the reporting options work can be downloaded from the ABC website at www.abce.org.uk.