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How Bad Is News Corp.?

AdWeek – 2011-08-08

In my biography of Rupert Murdoch, I referred to News Corporation as Mafia-like, provoking the annoyance of my publisher’s libel lawyers. I explained to them that I did not mean to suggest this was an organized crime family, but instead was using...
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Apps rush: Cosmo For Guys, HELO TC, Tweetminster and more

Guardian – 2011-08-01

What's new on the app stores on Monday 1 August 2011A burst of 13 apps for your considerationCFG: Cosmo For Guys"Chances are, you sometimes take a peek at Cosmo in an attempt to figure out what women really want," notes the App Store description for...
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Mobile ads poised to hit big—are you ready?

Online Journalism Review – 2011-07-26

Mobile advertising is likely to start booming in 2011. Smart news organizations can adapt their mobile sites and text alerts (and the ad-unit offerings they support) to this into a revenue opportunity. This week ComScore published its 2010 US...
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News International 'deliberately' blocked investigation

Guardian – 2011-07-20

All-party home affairs committee report into phone hacking to be published in time for David Cameron's statementRupert Murdoch's News International has been found by a parliamentary committee to have "deliberately" tried to block a Scotland Yard...
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Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch calls in PR firm Edelman

Guardian – 2011-07-14

PR company will report directly to general manager of News InternationalRupert Murdoch's News Corporation has called in PR and lobbying specialists Edelman to help the embattled company handle mounting public anger and political pressure over the...
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More foreign newspapers to be published in London

Guardian – 2011-07-12

More foreign newspapers are about to be printed in London, enabling people to read them in the capital on the same morning that they are published. Three companies - Stroma, Océ and Newspaper Abroad - have formed a partnership to produce almost 100...
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Saga magazine gets a print revamp - and an app

Guardian – 2011-06-27

Saga Magazine may be aimed at the over 50s but it is determined not to get stuck in the past as its parent group celebrates its 60th anniversary.The magazine's July issue - with Kristin Scott Thomas on the cover, as above - started to drop through...
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Want to know which PR pitches tickled Pogue? It’ll cost you!

Poynter. – 2011-06-27

Romenesko Misc. An email sent this morning by PR Daily publisher Ragan Communications promotes an upcoming $159 seminar (“Pitch me, Baby”) featuring “a video rebroadcast” of New York Times tech columnist David Pogue’s favorite PR pitches. The...
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Penguin General forms communications department

The Bookseller – 2011-06-21

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Tue, 21/06/2011 - 08:32 Penguin General has combined its publicity and marketing teams into a single communications department, with publicity director Amelia Fairney becoming communications...
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Yet another week of big changes for local paper publishers

Guardian – 2011-06-17

It has been an interesting week for regional newspaper publishers, with a strike at Newsquest/Gannett in south London and a vote to strike for a second time at Tindle Newspapers north of London.Meanwhile, there have been a series of commercial...
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New publisher named for Hagerstown, Md., newspaper

San Francisco Chronicle – 2011-06-14

(06-14) 08:34 PDT Hagerstown, Md. (AP) -- The publisher of the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pa., has been named the new publisher of The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown. Schurz Communications Inc. of South Bend, Ind.,...
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Facebook: newspaper of the people?

Editors Weblog – 2011-06-08

Last month, Vadim Lavrusik, the coordinator of Facebook's new journalism program, called Facebook a "newspaper of the people". His speech at Columbia's Social Media Weekend came a few weeks after the launch of Facebook's Journalist page, and media...
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Controversy over council's advertising and advertorial deal with newspaper

Guardian – 2011-06-06

An advertising deal between a local newspaper and a London council has run into a spot of bother. The decision by Lambeth council to award a contract to the independently-owned Southwark News has been "called in" for scrutiny after an objection by...
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The Secret World of Apps

AdWeek – 2011-05-23

Last week, Apple went to Washington, D.C., to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers about consumer privacy in the mobile marketplace. The visit was triggered by the discovery that Apple’s iPads and iPhones tracked and kept users’ locations for up...
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Amnesty International hails WikiLeaks and Guardian as Arab spring 'catalysts'

Guardian – 2011-05-13

The human rights group predicts a serious fightback from the forces of repression as it releases its annual reportThe world faces a watershed moment in human rights with tyrants and despots coming under increasing pressure from the internet, social...
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Connecting the Dots on Facebook’s Smear Campaign

AdWeek – 2011-05-13

Perhaps you’ve probably heard: Facebook and Google are at war, and Facebook’s not afraid to play dirty. Thursday’s revelation that the social networking site hired PR firm Burston-Marsteller to plant a negative story about Google’s privacy...
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Father's concern for journalist daughter believed to be in Iranian custody

Guardian – 2011-05-13

Diplomatic efforts to communicate with al-Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz after her deportation from SyriaThe father of a journalist who was deported to Iran by Syria and has been held there for nearly two weeks has spoken to the Guardian of his "grave...
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Press freedom denied in Ivory Coast

Guardian – 2011-05-12

The government may have changed in the Ivory Coast, but a question mark hangs over press freedom.A month after the fall of Laurent Gbagbo, newspapers loyal to him are failing to appear, and one - the daily Notre Voie - is even under armed occupation...
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Burson-Marsteller PR Reps Caught Spreading Fake Google Stories

AdWeek – 2011-05-11

According to USA Today, Burson-Marsteller, a top-five PR firm, started a “whisper campaign” aimed at getting newspapers (including USA Today) to run stories about how an obscure Gmail feature, Social Circle, infringes on peoples’ privacy and...
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YouTube founders acquire nearly all of Delicious, except blog password

Guardian – 2011-04-28

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are back in action: having cashed out for $1.76bn in 2006, they've now bought the bookmarking service. But what will they do with it?Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the founders of YouTube, have acquired the Delicious...
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