Unrequired Reading {2.11.08 to 3.11.08}

November 3, 2008

These are some of the things that have caught my atten­tion lately. It’s a more eclectic mix than just the news busi­ness, but then so’s life:

  • Rede­fin­ing Journ­al­ism | monday #note — “Journ­al­ism schools must kill — or at least down­play – the idea that there is only one “royal path”, that is writ­ing for Le Monde or The Guard­ian, prefer­ably on major issues. This envi­able genre will shrink dra­mat­ic­ally as news organ­iz­a­tions will have a much harder pay­ing for it. Sad but true, refus­ing to face it won’t help. There­fore, it is mis­lead­ing to enter­tain the idea that high pro­file news report­ing on for­eign affairs or polit­ics is the only noble goal (or exit) for a journ­al­istic career. Oth­er­wise, we’ll end up pro­du­cing legions of bit­terly dis­il­lu­sioned newspeople.”
  • Hack­ing Edu­ca­tion | Fred Wilson — “The exist­ing large insti­tu­tions in the world of edu­ca­tion are the pub­lic and private schools, the col­leges and uni­ver­sit­ies, the test­ing insti­tu­tions that inform them, and the uni­ons and polit­ical sys­tem that sup­port them. I want to help take all of them down and build some­thing bet­ter in its place.”
  • Cor­por­a­tion rampant | FT.com — “Undoubtedly, the weight of World­wide has helped focus the PSB debate in a way its sup­port­ers can­not wel­come. A per­son famil­iar with the BBC Trust’s think­ing says: “The suc­cess of World­wide has argu­ably threatened the BBC’s future more than any­thing else in recent times, by sim­ul­tan­eously provid­ing an image – pos­sibly illus­ory, pos­sibly not – of great wealth and a yard­stick, also pos­sibly illus­ory, of sup­posedly anti-competitive behaviour.”

    The res­ult, accord­ing to a lead­ing Lon­don banker who is close to both main shades of UK polit­ical opin­ion, could be a fun­da­mental change in the BBC when its cur­rent guar­an­tee of licence-fee fund­ing expires in 2016. “The topic comes up from time to time, but in the past it has been too far down the agenda for the gov­ern­ment to do any­thing about it,” the banker says. “But now, there has been tech­no­lo­gical change – and gov­ern­ment change may be just around the corner, so there may well be a new landscape.”

  • Live-streamed foot­ball | News Of The World — “[T]he concept couldn’t be sim­pler. Any­one with legal live access of a game can, via a web­cam poin­ted at their TV screen, upload their feed to Justin.tv for the world to watch — illegally.

    For instance, last Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Liv­er­pool was avail­able live on no fewer than EIGHT dif­fer­ent chan­nels on Justin.tv.

    And the best qual­ity feed came through one called p2pstation.net, which had uploaded a feed from a user watch­ing South African sports chan­nel Super Sport.”

  • Rupert Mur­doch lec­tures Aus­trali­ans | The Courier-Mail — An Amer­ican cit­izen speaks: “The estab­lish­ment of a repub­lic of Aus­tralia will not slight the Queen, nor will it deny the Brit­ish tra­di­tions, val­ues and struc­tures that have served us so well,” Mr Mur­doch said.

    But we are no longer a depend­ency, and we should be independent.

    In this young cen­tury we should assert our per­son­al­ity. We alone must define our future.

    An inde­pend­ent Aus­tralia will have no excuses for fail­ure because the mis­takes will be all our own.”

  • Pro­posed USC-Dubai journ­al­ism school con­cerns fac­ulty and com­munity | Jew­ish Journal — “Accord­ing to a pro­posed memor­andum of under­stand­ing, Annen­berg would receive $1 mil­lion a year for three years to provide the Amer­ican Uni­ver­sity and its Mohammed bin Rashid School for Com­mu­nic­a­tion with cur­riculum advice and fac­ulty assist­ance. Annen­berg would also work with its Dubai part­ner to set up an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence cen­ter and think tank there.

    The memor­andum states that neither USC nor the Rashid school would “dis­crim­in­ate on the basis of race, reli­gion, gender, color, age, phys­ical or men­tal dis­ab­il­ity, national ori­gin, vet­eran status, mar­ital status or any other cat­egory pro­tec­ted by law in employ­ment or in any of its pro­grams and/or activ­it­ies.” But it’s unclear how this clause would be enforced.”

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