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Newsroom trends and "future of journalism" subject of second-annual report by World Editors Forum

The World Editors Forum has announced publication of its second-annual "Trends in Newsrooms" report. The 150-page report, in part a best-of compilation and editing of posts from its World Editors Forum blog, includes original essays by experts like Philip Meyer, Dan Gillmor, Rich Skrenta, Robert Montgomery and Mark Glaser. For non-members of the forum, it costs 139 Euro and is downloadable after payment.

BBC-Reuters-Media Center poll finds news consumers switch sources over trust; confirms 18-24 swing toward web

Most news consumers worldwide trust media more than their government (except in the United States) switching sources readily over lack of trust, and 18-24-year-olds are increasingly choosing the web as their primary news sources. Those are among findings of a 10-nation poll commissioned for the BBC, Reuters and the Media Center at the American Press Institute and made public on Tuesday. The findings elevate the issue of online trust and also confirm evidence that a younger generation is not print-centric. DETAILS . . .

USC's Jeff Cole's long-term study tracks the Internet's effect on politics

University of Southern California Center for Digital Future researcher Jeffrey I. Cole is managing a multi-year study, the "World Internet Project" -- of the Internet's impact on politics and society and he offered preliminary results in December -- showing Internet users believe going online creates political clout.

Online economics eroding journalism, PEJ study finds

A Project for Excellence study concludes that print publishers and broadcasters are gaining substantial online audiences -- but that success is eroding news gathering.

DePauw researcher's book uses four cases studies to distill the essense of successful, new community media

Cambridge University Press published in May, 2005, a book by researcher Kevin Howley at DePauw University in Indiana which includes cases studies of four community-media projects -- radio, TV, print and computer network -- which he says are meeting the "felt need" of local populations "to create media systems that are relevant ot their everyday lives." (READ MORE)

Medill study by Edward Malthouse finds web usage increases print usage and vice versa

A study by the Medill School of Journalism finds that users of websites increase their use of the print equivalent and vice versa. One of the study's co authors is Associate Professor Edward Malthouse.

PEJ study finds new commuter papers are informing readers in contrast to traditional image of tabloid approach

The Project for Excellence in Journalism is out with a new study which looks at the recent crop of free-circulation commuter newspapers in major U.S. cities. The study finds they break some traditional notions of tabloid journalism.

Newspapers aren't the only traditional media in serious decline, research shows

Chris Anderson's TheLongTail.COM blog site has compiled new statistics showing it isn't just newspapers which are suffering curculation declines. The latest data shows books, music, radio, DVDs and videogames are all off, while Internet advertising surges -- especially keyword search ads.

LINK: Free Expression Policy Project report

The Information Commons, published by the Free Expression Policy Project at the Brennan Center for Justice, is a groundbreaking report that links the vitality of 21st century democracy to the creation of online communities dedicated to producing and sharing information. A response to "digital rights management," media consolidation, and growing imbalance in the copyright system, the "information commons" emphasizes open access, sharing, collaboration, and communal management. FEPP's report, authored by former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich, gives an overview of the problem of enclosure, explains how theories of the commons have been adapted to the information age, and describes dozens of flourishing information communities. For the full report . . .

STUDY: Internet is now critical part of college students' future

Almost three-quarters of U.S. college students now use the Internet more than the library, and a strong majority said the Net has been an asset to their educational experience, according to a report expected to be released today.
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