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‘Symbolia’ tablet magazine combines comic books and digital journalism

Do comics, serious journalism and tablet computers mix? The founders of the new illustrated tablet magazine startup Symbolia think so. Symbolia is described as “a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics.” The project is funded by The International Women’s Media Foundation, the…

Al Roker criticizes New York Post for subway death cover photo

The debate over Tuesday’s cover photo for the New York Post showing a man literally seconds before he was struck and killed by a subway train made its way to NBC’s Today Show, where meterologist Al Roker criticized the man who took the picture. “Somebody’s taking that picture. Why aren’t…

Taiwan student groups demand right to protest freely

Student groups in Taiwan Tuesday accused the government of trying to clamp down on their freedom to protest against a planned sale that they believe will make the media more Beijing friendly. The students reacted angrily after the education ministry sent a notice to 37 universities expressing “concerns over the…

Egyptian press refuses to print to protest ‘tyranny’

Egyptian independent and opposition newspapers refused to publish their Tuesday editions in protest against lack of press freedom in the country’s draft constitution, set for a popular referendum on December 15. The move was in order to “stand up to tyranny,” independent daily Al-Tahrir said on its website. “The Egyptian…

New York Times offers buyouts to 30 newsroom journalists

The New York Times said Monday it was offering buyouts to 30 newsroom managers and other journalists as part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive in a difficult environment for the newspaper industry. “There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced,”…

News Corp. to close iPad newspaper The Daily

Rupert Murdoch’s online subscription venture was losing $30m a year and failed to win enough subscribers.  Rupert Murdoch is to shut iPad newspaper The Daily from 15 December, admitting that it has failed to win enough subscribers to make the online subscription venture viable in its 21 months of life.…

Women sidelined in family films and primetime TV, says study

A study of top-grossing family films, prime-time TV shows and children’s TV shows showed the persisting gender gaps in entertainment media, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California and published by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, reported Mother Jones. They broke…

Listen: Baltimore blogger broadcasts police standoff

A Baltimore blogger and internet broadcaster aired his standoff with police Saturday night as a SWAT team stood outside his house. According to The Baltimore Sun, police went to Frank James MacArthur’s home Saturday to serve an outstanding warrant from from a 2009 gun case against him. MacArthur insisted throughout…

Brazilian hostage situation unfolds on live television

The phrase “live coverage” took on a whole new dimension during a hostage stand-off in Brazil on Friday, as a popular television host was called upon to negotiate the victims’ release. CNN reported that the unidentified man, who had allegedly taken his mother and sister hostage in Sao Paulo, told…

News Corp. taps WSJ editor as publishing CEO

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. plans to name Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson as chief executive of its publishing spinoff, the newspaper said on Saturday. The Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the name of the new publishing company, along with senior executive…

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