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Should we allow court proceedings to be tweeted?

30 Mar

Twitter free courtrooms may be locked in the past. Photo: Most Uncool.

The Lord Chief Justice is backing the use of twitter in court in the hope that it will spark a revival in court reporting.

“My fervent hope is that the advance of new technology will make it easier for the media to be ‘present’ in court, and that the present trend for fewer and fewer reporters in every court will come to an end,” Lord Judge said in a speech on the judiciary and the media.

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Get videos analysing global news straight to your mobile

30 Mar
 

CNN will be shown next to Al Jazeera coverage. Photo: Lubrio.

With the boom of the web, people are demanding fast, convenient news that can be quickly consumed. Critics of the internet often argue that the context of stories is being lost, and that even though we are living in an increasingly connected world, knowledge of events outside our immediate sphere remains limited.

There may be multiple sources of news to choose from, but we are still often sticking to what we know best.   

Newsy is a mobile video site that is tacking this. Using short video segments, it helps people understand the differences in how news organisations from across the globe are reporting a story. For example, coverage from CNN will put right next to Al Jazeera.      

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Weather updates are the top search on mobiles

26 Mar

Weather updates beat news in mobile searches. Photo: Svedek.

Weather updates and local business searches are the most popular reason for people tapping into their mobile according to research.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism  found that local news coverage followed next, trailed by sports and traffic information.

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Mobile journalism conference

20 Mar

An upcoming international conference will explore how emerging digital and social technologies will impact journalism, media communications and publishing.

For two days, professors, journalists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs will debate how social technologies can be used to improve the journalism we produce. Speakers include press critic Jay Rosen, and Riyaad Minty, head of social media at Al Jazeera.  

Held by Media140 Frontiers, the event in Barcelona takes place 13 – 14 April. Tickets cost €120 and are still available.

Click here for conference details.

Top five mobiles with HD video

20 Mar

The iPhone 4 makes it inot the Top Five. Photo: k-ideas.

Massive advances made in mobile phone video technology have meant that many of the videos put up on newspaper websites come from citizen journalists. With the release of mobiles with HD video, this is happening more and more often. Should you find yourself at the scene of a news breaking event, here are the phones you want to have.

Top Five phones with HD video:

1. Samsung Galaxy S (I9000)
A decent camera which supports 720p video recording. Built-in 16GB memory (2GB reserved for apps). No camera flash and one-day battery life.

2. Apple iPhone 4
A big player in the smartphone wars. Much better battery life compared to the old iPhone.

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iPad is saving longform journalism

16 Mar

The iPad is set reignite longform journalism. Photo: Wilbertbaan.

The development of journalism online has seen a reshaping of how content is delivered. Some feared that long, indepth articles would be killed off, but Mark Armstrong, founder of Twitter’s @longreads, believes that tablet computers, such as the iPad, have changed the playing field.

Talking at a panel on the future of journalism, it has been reported by Community Impact Newspaper that Armstrong said:

“The content that was created over 15 years ago on the Web was created specifically for workplace engagement—five minutes or less while at work or on a quick break.”

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Nearly half of subscribers access FT online via mobile

9 Mar

The Financial Times sees the future in the mobile. Photo: agenciaacn.

Nearly half of subscribers to the Financial Times website are accessing content using their mobile phone.

Robert Grimshaw, the managing director of the FT online, has said that 45 per cent of digital subscribers and registered users access FT news via mobile platforms.

In an interview with Beet.tv Grimshaw said: “I think it demonstrates actually how quickly the audience is picking up mobile devices and shifting away from the desktop and into the many new digital channels that are emerging.”

Advertisers are also shifting towards the mobile. Grimshaw said that about a third of advertisers in the digital space are now asking for mobile elements when they give advertising briefs.

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