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Guardian.co.uk: Lord Triesman complains to PCC over MoS ‘bribery’ investigation

Lord Triesman, former chairman of the Football Association, has made a formal complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) about the Mail on Sunday report into allegations of corruption in the World Cup bidding process.

Reports the Guardian:

In the extract that led to Triesman resigning the Mail on Sunday wrote that he “accused rival nations of corruption” in their bids to host the World Cup. The paper wrote that Triesman “accused” the Spanish and Russian football authorities of planning to bribe referees in this summer’s World Cup. Triesman was described as making “the extraordinary claim” that Spain’s FA might drop out of its joint bid with Portugal for 2018 in return for Russia helping to bribe match officials.

Triesman says the article has breached three clauses of the Editors’ Code of Practice – accuracy, privacy and subterfuge.

Full story on Guardian.co.uk at this link…

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Sports journalists in Ghana deny taking money from government during world cup

November 10th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Press freedom and ethics

A group of sports journalists in Ghana have denied allegations that they received money from the Ghana Football Association or Ministry of Youth and Sports during the World Cup earlier this year.

According to a report by Citifmonline, the ministry has said it spent $50,000 on media relations during the competition, which was given to the Ghana FA and distributed to journalists.

Full story on Ghanain news site Citifmonline at this link…

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Does Guardian ‘World Cup Wall’ show a nation’s growing interest in football?

July 21st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers

Martin Belam shares the Guardian office’s Word Cup Wall with us over on his blog, which documented in clippings the newspaper’s coverage of the event since 1950.

While layout remained fairly similar over the years, the importance of football to the news agenda today is far greater than in years gone by, according to Belam.

Even in 1966, when England had just secured the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley, the Guardian was leading with issues in Nigeria, and framed the England victory through the prism of wage demands.

The next time England got anywhere close to the World Cup Final was in 1990, and by then football was important enough to get a picture lead on The Guardian front page.

It’s an interesting way of looking at how topics of importance change over time in our printing press, which Belam hopes to develop by looking at digital content in recent years.

See his full post here…

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BBC explains semantic technologies and linked data behind World Cup site

Using their World Cup site as an example, the BBC have posted an article explaining how they used, and intend to develop, linked data and semantic technologies to better present and share data.

John O’Donovan who is chief technical architect at BBC Future, explained how such technologies more effectively aggregate data on information-rich topics, such as the World Cup, which he says has more index pages than the entire rest of the BBC Sport site.

Another way to think about all this is that we are not publishing pages, but publishing content as assets which are then organised by the metadata dynamically into pages, but could be reorganised into any format we want much more easily than it could before.

The principles behind this are the ones at the foundation of the next phase of the internet, sometimes called the Semantic Web, sometimes called Web 3.0. The goal is to be able to more easily and accurately aggregate content, find it and share it across many sources. From these simple relationships and building blocks you can dynamically build up incredibly rich sites and navigation on any platform.

He identified the process as a shift from simply publishing stories and index pages, to publishing the content with intelligent tagging, saving time and improving accuracy.

He adds that it also enables the site to “accurately share this content and link out to other sites”, which was illustrated by a recent paidContent report where the BBC was rated number five for directing traffic to UK newspaper websites.

Read the full post here…

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Everyone’s a winner: CBS News error sees Spain and Netherlands lift World Cup

July 12th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

All is not lost if you’re a Netherlander – CBS says you’ve won the World Cup. At time of writing the story below was still live on the CBS news site:

And on the CBS World Cup news site, everyone’s a winner:

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NYTimes.com: Brazilian journalists want goal-line reporting

July 1st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

In soccer-mad Brazil, radio and television reporters stand behind the goals and along the sideline during matches. Technically, they are restricted to interviewing players before matches, at half-time and after the final whistle. But sometimes they get a few comments after goals are scored or when players receive red-card ejections. Once, they were even known to follow Pelé into the shower.

The New York Times looks at the frustrations of the Brazilian journalists covering the World Cup as they are restricted to media areas in the stadia for Brazil’s games and have to watch non-Brazil matches on a television screen in the media centre away from the ground.

There are security and exclusivity issues here, of course, but are Brazilian readers and viewers losing the access and immediacy they have become accustomed to in football journalism?

Full story from the New York Times at this link…

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Radio 5 Live’s Big Mexican Wave digital project

England fans might be desperately trying to sell on their World Cup tickets, but there’s still time to join a Mexican wave in support for the remaining teams playing in South Africa.

BBC’s Radio 5 Live is building an online Mexican Wave, as its special Twitter account advertises:

Join the mother of all Mexican Waves with BBC Radio 5 Live for 2010 World Cup! Dizzee Rascal, Miley Cyrus & Richard Hammond are in, are you?

To be included, users upload need to upload a photo as described at this link. This generates a Mexican Wave video containing the user’s photo, and photos of Radio 5 live and Radio 1 presenters and celebrities; the user will also be included in the 5 Live Mexican Wave.

The latest news? @bigmexicanwave says the former morning doyen of Radio 2 might be making an appearance too:

There’s a rumour we’ve got the godfather of radio, Mr @terry_wogan to do a #bigmexwave. Watch this space!

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TheGame: How World Cup journalism works

June 21st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

The phone goes. It is the newsdesk. “We need you to go and find North Korean fans now,” comes the instruction. “There aren’t any,” I helpfully reply. “Don’t care. There must be at least one. Go and find him.”

Hmmm. I am in Soccer City, the North Koreans are at Ellis Park across the City. I have only a couple of hours to kick-off, no North Korean contact – but then, who has? – and no ideas, except for simply standing outside the ground and waiting for a North Korean to arrive. This is not time quibble because the message from the newsdesk is that this is a “must-have” story. Foreign correspondents in South Korea and Japan are filing dispatches and Jonathan Clayton, our correspondent in Johannesburg, has been stationed outside the team hotel. I have 800 words to write on the mysterious North Korean fans. Oh dear.

Times reporter Kevin Eason gives a great, first-hand account of tracking down stories – and North Korea fans – at the World Cup. It’s a story of shoe leather, pressure and a little bit of luck as a reward for doggedly chasing leads. Would be interesting to know if any World Cup reporters are using social media shoe leather too?

Full post at this link…

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Rebekah Wade’s first public speech in full

January 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism, Newspapers

If the Wordle and other coverage isn’t enough, here’s the Hugh Cudlipp speech by the editor of the Sun, Rebekah Wade, in full [note: may have differed very slightly in actual delivery]:

The challenging future of national and regional newspapers is now the staple diet of media commentators.

If you have been reading the press writing about the press you’d all be forgiven for questioning your choice of career.

I’m not denying we’re in a tough place – we are.

But I don’t want to use this speech to make grand statements on the future of our industry.

I want to talk to you about journalism.

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Online Journalism Scandinavia: lessons in UGC, follow the crowd

Image of Kristine LoweKristine Lowe’s (left) Online Journalism Scandinavia this week looks at the (weird and wonderful) challenges of soliciting readers’ contributions.

Local newspaper readers more keen to submit photos of their own kids than of world champions, that’s what one online newspaper in Norway found out last month.

Mecom-owned Drammens Tidende (DT) invited its readers to help them cover this year’s World Cup Ski Sprint in Drammen, but found their readers were more interested in the Children’s Ski Cup that took place a day prior to the international event.

image of reader submitted photo from ski race

(Reader-submitted picture (above) and the pro snap (below) – both courtesy of DT)

image of world cup ski racing

“In retrospective, we might have done better to put more of our resources into soliciting pictures from the Children’s Cup,” said Geir Arne Bore, editor-in-chief of DT, a Norwegian regional newspapers headquartered in Drammen.

“The traffic to our news site doubled on the day of the World Cup, and the shots submitted by readers garnered quite some interest, but people were particularly interested in viewing and submitting pictures from the Children’s Cup.

“Our experiences confirm the general impression which is taking root in Norwegian media: user generated content does not come unsolicited, and if it does come it is on issues people are very passionate about, or as a result of substantial marketing.

“I guess you could say this in line with the trend described in ‘The state of the news media 2008’,” Bore added.

DT is one of the early testers of ‘The Readers Newspaper’, an online portal where readers can upload text, pictures and video. It’s developed by Edda Media, Mecom’s Norwegian arm, and is still in Beta.

So far, DT’s readers have mostly uploaded text and pictures about entertainment events, while Budstikka.no, another early tester, has attracted more content about local sports events.

The portal is expected to be rolled out to all of Edda Media’s regional and local papers over the coming months.

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