Archive for December, 2015

Netflix to double original content next year, will produce 31 new scripted shows

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Source: Polygon

Netflix executives are aware of their incredible success and as such have decided to double the amount of original content they’ll deliver to subscribers next year.

That means there will be 31 scripted series instead of 16, 30 new children’s series and 10 feature films, according to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer.

One of the bigger problems that Netflix faces when partnering with development studios is the restriction on distribution. Most studios rely on regional distribution, meaning that they’re concerned about distributing across America, for example, while Netflix wants to make all their original shows and films available globally at once.

Guidelines for Social Media and Blogging

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Source: RTNDA

Social media and blogs are important elements of journalism. They narrow the distance between journalists and the public. They encourage lively, immediate and spirited discussion. They can be vital news-gathering and news-delivery tools. As a journalist you should uphold the same professional and ethical standards of fairness, accuracy, truthfulness, transparency and independence when using social media as you do on air and on all digital news platforms.

Truth and Fairness

Social media comments and postings should meet the same standards of fairness, accuracy and attribution that you apply to your on-air or digital platforms.
Information gleaned online should be confirmed just as you must confirm scanner traffic or phone tips before reporting them. If you cannot independently confirm critical information, reveal your sources; tell the public how you know what you know and what you cannot confirm. Don’t stop there. Keep seeking confirmation. This guideline is the same for covering breaking news on station websites as on the air. You should not leave the public “hanging.” Lead the public to completeness and understanding.
Twitter’s character limits and immediacy are not excuses for inaccuracy and unfairness.
Remember that social media postings live on as online archives. Correct and clarify mistakes, whether they are factual mistakes or mistakes of omission.

When using content from blogs or social media, ask critical questions such as:

  • What is the source of the video or photograph? Who wrote the comment and what was the motivation for posting it.
  • Does the source have the legal right to the material posted? Did that person take the photograph or capture the video?
  • Has the photograph or video been manipulated? Have we checked to see if the metadata attached to the image reveals that it has been altered?
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    RTNDA Guiding Principles

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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    Source : RTNDA

    Guiding Principles:

    Journalism’s obligation is to the public. Journalism places the public’s interests ahead of commercial, political and personal interests. Journalism empowers viewers, listeners and readers to make more informed decisions for themselves; it does not tell people what to believe or how to feel.

    Ethical decision-making should occur at every step of the journalistic process, including story selection, news-gathering, production, presentation and delivery. Practitioners of ethical journalism seek diverse and even opposing opinions in order to reach better conclusions that can be clearly explained and effectively defended or, when appropriate, revisited and revised.

    Ethical decision-making – like writing, photography, design or anchoring – requires skills that improve with study, diligence and practice.

    The RTDNA Code of Ethics does not dictate what journalists should do in every ethical predicament; rather it offers resources to help journalists make better ethical decisions – on and off the job – for themselves and for the communities they serve.

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    Guidelines for Balancing Business Pressures and Journalism Values

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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    The following standards should be applied to content-related decisions on air and online:

    • News operations should not show favoritism to advertisers. It should be clear to all advertisers that they have no influence over news content.
    • Professional electronic journalists should expose unethical or illegal business practices, but should not target businesses unfairly.
    • Content should be generated based on journalistic merits and not solely as an advertising vehicle.
    • The most important professional responsibility of an electronic journalist is to report the news. Everything else comes second.
    • News directors should carefully consider instances when ratings and demographics drive coverage decisions and ensure that news coverage remains journalistically sound and serves the public interest.
    • News organizations should protect the integrity of coverage against any potential conflict of interest arising from station owners’ commercial or other interests.
    • Coverage of a promotional or commercial event that an advertiser or station sponsors should be proportional to the event’s newsworthiness.
    • Stations or networks should foster a high degree of communication, collaboration, respect and trust among station leaders and staff members. Business-side managers should be encouraged to understand that journalistic independence and credibility are among the station’s most precious commodities.
    • News directors should insist that newsroom employees do not accept gifts, favors or other compensation from those who might seek to influence coverage.
    • A news operation’s online product should clearly separate commercial and editorial content and maintain the same high journalistic and ethical standards as the on-air product.
    • Professional electronic journalists should tell their audiences why and how they made decisions, especially if the public might perceive that journalistic independence has been compromised.
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