Thursday, 22 January 2009

Flying a kitemark for 'professional' journalists: Reuters Institute report on news out today

Adrian Monck's blog has a good run down on the recommendations of Andrew Curragh's 'What's Happening to Our News?' report for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) which will be released at the Oxford Media Convention today. They are:
A review of the legislation governing charitable giving, which largely rules out newsgathering, to open up this source of funding for independent professional journalism, bringing the UK in line with countries like the US.

A voluntary set of media standards, leading to a digital kitemark, to make transparent the sourcing of news and to enhance the visibility of professional journalism on the web.

The release by the government of more data on the operation and performance of publicly funded bodies in accessible electronic formats to support both professional and citizen journalism.

More interactivity between parliament and citizens, with digital media used to democratise knowledge and the understanding of political processes.

The extension of media literacy teaching in schools to incorporate the unique challenges and opportunities of new media.

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