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Powers takes step toward new-media regulation

VIRGINIA McMILLAN: Justice Minister Simon Power is calling cyberspace a “bit of a Wild West” as he announces a major review of media regulation.

The Law Commission has the job of examining new media and its intersection with the justice system.

The work will be led by the commission’s chairman, lawyer Sir Geoffrey Palmer, and policy adviser, former Sunday Star-Times editor Cate Honore Brett.

Questions will include:

  • How to define “news media” for the purposes of the law.
  • Whether and to what extent the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and/or the Press Council should be extended to cover currently unregulated news media, and if so what legislative changes would be required to achieve this.
  • Whether existing criminal and civil remedies for wrongs such as defamation, harassment, breach of confidence, and privacy are effective in the new media environment, and if not whether alternative remedies are available.

The minister’s release is here.

Whale Oil (Cameron Slater) has collated a colourful array of responses from bloggers, many incensed at an assumed threat of censorship.

Soccer’s lost boys

CARL SUURMOND: Vanguard Journalism investigates the less glamorous side of football/soccer in what has been called “the new slave trade.” Young African footballers are lured to Europe illegally to chase the promises of stardom in the European football league.

How Google works – the graphic

JIM TUCKER: For those who wondered how Google works, take a look at this graphic. Thanks to Julie Starr (Evolving Newsroom) for alerting us.

How Does Google Work?

Infographic by PPC Blog

Media ignored calls for tougher slug gun laws in 2008, but they’re all over it now

JIM TUCKER: This today from Stuff, following the conviction of a man who used a slug gun to kill a police officer:

The Police Association is calling on the Government to licence powerful airguns following the murder conviction last week of a man who killed an undercover policeman.

This, reported on NewsWire nearly two years ago:

Sep 15th, 2008 | By Charlotte Hilling: A piece of legislation that would make it more difficult to get powerful airguns has been sitting on Parliament’s legislation books for more than three years.

This story was ignored by mainstream media. They obviously needed a death before they took it seriously.

iPad ‘revolutionary’, New York Times digital boss tells Fairfax conference

APPLE’S new iPad tablet computer is ”revolutionary” and an ”exciting” prospect for publishers, says a senior New York Times executive working on the newspaper’s digital strategy.

Marc Frons, the company’s chief technology officer, said the device would present ”the best of print and digital in one package” with ”exquisite typography” and ”dynamic page layout”.

The iPad, unveiled last month, has generated much excitement in the media and publishing industries because of its potential to allow them to charge for content that has until now been given away online.

Mr Frons, a former journalist, was speaking at Fairfax Digital’s Media 2010 conference in Sydney yesterday. ”It’s both very exciting and scary for us,” he told new media professionals.

Read about the greatest journalist of my era – Harold Evans

By Jim Tucker

IF you want to know about one of my heroes in journalism, read this interview with Harold Evans.

Evans was the ultimate editor of my era. His triumphs as editor of the London Sunday Times included exposing thalidomide and fatal flaws in the DC10 aircraft, plus much more.

He’s 81 now. But he still loves journalism with a passion that probably keeps him alive. We all want to go the same way…


No wonder Murdoch wants to charge for content

By Virginia McMillan

While we can all appreciate that online advertising is comparatively cheap, this report from Columbia University’s Journalism Review shows media companies are getting slim pickings indeed from the web.  The comparison between web and print revenue per reader is dire.

Our students will graduate into a brave new media world where the numbers don’t yet add up. I’m still excited by the possibilities out there and the business models that may evolve.

(Hat tip: Bernard Hickey.)