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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