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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