Unrequired Reading [14.9.08 to 15.9.08 ]

September 15, 2008

This is some of what’s caught my attention in the past hours:

  • In Italy, female editor signals women’s rise | csmonitor.com – "Journalism is the one field where we will soon reach gender equality," says Franco Abruzzo, a professor at the Carlo de Martino Institute for Education in Journalism in Milan.

    He adds that 45 percent of professional journalists in Milan are women and that the percentage is expected to grow as 50 percent of young apprentices are female

  • Online rumours must be brought under control, says Web’s creator | Telegraph – Sir Tim said his World Wide Web Foundation, which is scheduled to start work next year, will offer kite mark-style branding to websites it deems to be reliable sources of information.

    However, he insisted it will not act as a threat to freedom of speech, adding that it will "advance a Web which is open and free."

  • Bears Watching | Economic Principals – "[T]he key to understanding university economics lies in recognizing that colleges and universities pursue lofty social goals and crass money-making activities at the same time, supporting their mission-related activities (for which there can be no simple “bottom line”) by engaging in conventional business-like activities…"
  • The Sarah Palin Phenomenon is doomed | MarketWatch – "The primary reason why the Palin bubble will burst is that the media will decide that they are bored with her. They'll need to move to shine a light on a fresh issue or individual."
  • Your favourite covers #3 | Jeremy Leslie – "[T]he words hair, chocolate and sex are the most effective words to use on covers…"
  • Blogs no match for ad-supported investigative journalism | The Australian – "There was a time a few years ago when blogging was seen by some as the magic potion to sustain journalism. It was said to be the ultimate in publishing democracy: a means by which everybody could have their say, everybody could contribute to the great community debates, and we would all become citizen journalists. Well, it hasn't happened, and it's not likely to."

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