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December 12, 2007

Media companies ‘failing over training’

Filed under: Uncategorized, Headlines — news_editor @ 12:19 am

Media institutions are criticized for failing to support adequately the training and education of journalists in a major new report by Professor Stephan Russ-Mohl, of the European Journalism Observatory.

He cites the decision to close down the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in the United States. ‘Though it was probably the most successful think-tank, the board of the Freedom Forum, an offspring of America’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, simply decided to concentrate all its funds on another, perhaps more visible and prestigious project, a huge interactive newspaper museum, the Newseum in Arlington Va.’

In Germany, after a few successful years of funding journalism training, the Bertelsmann Foundation decided to cut resources from the media sector and invest them elsewhere. Elsewhere, Russ-Mohl reports, the Ringier School in Zurich was closed. Similarly, in Berlin, the only mid-career training programme for journalists in the German-speaking world, Journalisten-Weiterbildung, was shut down.

  • See: The economics of journalism and the challenge to improve journalism quality: A research manifesto, by Stephan Russ-Mohl, Studies in Communication Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2006) pp 189-208. It is published in pamphlet form by the European Journalism Observatory.

Journalists protest over threats to standards

Filed under: Uncategorized, Headlines — news_editor @ 12:14 am

Journalists from all sectors of the media - broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, PR and online - joined in a massive campaign across the UK on 5 November in protest at the cuts in the industry which are seriously threatening standards and jobs.

According to the website www.standupforjournalism.org.uk: ‘Most media companies make big profits but they engage in round after round of cuts to increase their profit margins. Journalists are reduced to a cross between call-centre workers and data processors. Stuck at their desks re-jigging press releases. Who knows what corruption, lies and law-breaking is going on in the corridors of powers. No one has the time to look.’

As part of the day of action, members of the National Union of Journalists, which co-ordinated the campaign, lobbied the Society of Editors’ conference in Manchester and then held a protest meeting at Friends Meeting House.

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