Sarah Booker


links for 2010-08-23

Filed under: Links — Sarah Booker Lewis @ 10:01 pm
  • Entrepreneur Molly Graham describes her concept as a 21st-century newsstand. It will feature flat-panel TVs displaying breaking news and popular sports events, and music will sometimes play from the stand. In addition, the cube-shaped stand located on the median strip at 16th and California streets will sell more than 400 magazine titles and 15 different newspapers, including The Denver Post.
  • Rupert Murdoch is pushing forward with his plans for a tablet computer-only digital newspaper, tapping Greg Clayman, currently head of digital distribution for Viacom, to serve as publisher, All Things Digital's Peter Kafka reported yesterday.

    News Corp. is looking to spend US$30 million to $40 million on the project, paidContent confirmed today.

  • There is a good, strong editorial in this morning’s FT condemning a proposed law in South Africa that would go a long way to muzzling the press. The law would allow government ministers incredibly broad powers to classify information as secret and envisages penalties of upto 25 years in prison, for journalists who publish unauthorised secrets. The definition of a “secret” includes sensitive business information.

    The proposed law is a major threat to South African democracy. Yet, I have been struck by the almost total silence of the British press on this subject. Papers that devoted acres of space to the success of the World Cup cannot be bothered to follow up with a report of what’s going on in South Africa now. Even the famously liberal Guardian has not uttered a word, although it was assiduous in covering the outrages of apartheid. (To be fair, the Guardian’s sister newspaper, The Observer, carried a short piece over the weekend.)

  • But plans to close 103 courts across England and Wales could soon see the last witness called, the bench abandoned, and the clerk closing the book for a final time.

    It's a government initiative, originally considered by Labour but now part of the push to reduce the deficit. But this will be one decision that's rather close to home for David Cameron.

  • Useful you can do it guide for new starters.
  • The web is already a winner-takes-all environment with Facebook its portal, and Google its yellow pages. Journalism failed to take its chance in the information revolution. But now with the move to social and mobile, phones and e-readers, is there a second chance?

    Serious news organisations have placed their bets. With Apple selling a million iPads in barely a month, paid iPad applications from the likes of the Times and the Financial Times line up on app stores with free offerings from the BBC and Thomson Reuters.

    But already there are signs that native newsreaders like Flipboard for the iPad and LeNewz for the iPhone are stealing a march on the standalone offerings of news providers.

  • For as much as technology can distract us from long-form journalism, though, it can also be a gateway into it.

    Five guys — Nate Weiner of Read It Later, Marco Arment of Instapaper, Max Linsky and Aaron Lammer of, and Mark Armstrong of @LongReads — have found ways to use Web tools to renew attention to long-form journalism, increase its shelf life and make it easier for people to consume and share it.

    The tools they're using to create an immersive, focused environment for reading are the same ones that challenge our ability to avoid distractions at work and when we're out with friends: mobile apps, websites and Twitter.


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