Ownership, governance & management

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JTM-MN: Libel, law and insurance

Jonathan Hart is counsel to the Online News Association and an expert on emerging aspects of Internet law, including libel. In a Skype teleconference, he meets with participants in New Pamphleteers/New Reporters on June 5, 2008, in Minneapolis. Among those joining the session are Jane Kirtley, attorney, professor and First Amendment scholar at the Univ. of Minnesota, and Robert Cox, of the Media Bloggers Association. Cox discusses his group's intention to sponsor the first libel policy for bloggers. To listen to a stream of the session, click on the carat on the left of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.

FCC's alleged quashing of 2004 draft study which boosted local-TV ownership criticized by Sen. Boxer and media activists

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has unleashed a fresh round of criticism of the FCC's handling of media consolidation. She made public a 2004 "working draft" of a study by two researchers which found that locally owned TV stations produce on the average about five minutes per newscast more local news than those owned non-locally. Click the headline to read more.

Two FCC commissioners hear testimony about media consolidation at Milwaukee event organized by Free Press

Free Press, the media-reform lobby group, orchestrated another of a series of hearings on Sept. 7, 2006, in collaboration with two Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein. A report at the website BizTimes said over 300 people attended at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, mostly of them speaking out against media consolidation . . . (EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT) / Janesville, Wis. Gazette editoral supporting cross-ownership.

Is it time for public-funded newspapers? Question asked of John Lloyd explored by Canadian magazine

Is it time for public funding of newspapers? Luke Peterson, a columnist for Embassy, Canada's foreign policy newsweekly, explores the question after it is raised at a speech by John Lloyd, a Financial Times editor.

Blogs will win unless newspapers transfer their brand integrity onto the Internet, says ex-NYTimes ombudsman

Blogs will overcome mainstream media as a source of news unless traditional media organizations successfully transfer the integrity of their brands onto the Internet, the former ombudsman of The New York Times says. Family ownership is the common thread among prestigious papers,adds Daniel Okrent. (DOWNLOAD AUDIO) / READ FULL STORY
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