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UPDATED! Egypt Frees and Deports Australian Al Jazeera Journalist

Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Hard Pill to Swallow, Media, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Egypt Frees and Deports Australian Al Jazeera Journalist

UPDATED! Jailed Al Jazeera Reporter Mohamed Fahmy Renounces Egypt Citizenship

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy has renounced his Egyptian citizenship, his family says, in a bid to follow his Australian colleague Peter Greste in being released from a Cairo jail.

Fahmy’s surrender of his Egyptian passport is a necessary first step for him to be released and deported as a foreign national under a decree issued by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in November. He also has Canadian citizenship.

Canadian foreign minister John Baird said late on Monday (local time) that Fahmy’s release was “imminent”, following the freeing on Sunday of Greste.

The two men were jailed along with Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed on charges of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. A relative of Fahmy said he signed the papers giving up his citizenship more than a week ago :: Read the full article »»»»


Video Advertising Hits Facebook

Posted: March 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Media, Online Media, Social Media, Social Network Sites | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Video Advertising Hits Facebook

Video Advertising Hits FacebookAn array of video advertisements are poised to debut in Facebook user feeds, as the social media behemoth sets itself up to grab a slice of the US TV advertising market.

The new advertisements will be up to 15 seconds long, similar to most TV comercials, and will begin spilling into feeds next month.

The advertisements will however be silent, and will play as users scroll by them, expanding into full screen – with sound – when clicked on. The new ads will be cross platform, running on desktop and mobile versions of the social media site.

It’s noteworthy that the video ads had been slotted for release in October last year, the company had been pitching the ads heavily for more than a year. The delay is thought to have been based on concerns over the impact the ads might have in ‘user experience’ according to advertising monitors AdAge.

Facebook is working with a select group of US advertisers on the new program – Premium Video Ads – the rollout comes on the heels of tests that the company ran in November/December 2013, clearly to it’s liking :: Read the full article »»»»


New Weekend Newspaper Hits the Stands

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Digital Media, Favorite New Thought, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Weekend Newspaper Hits the Stands First Edition

A crisp new weekend newspaper has hit the stands in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne this morning, hoping to prove that print media can thrive in this digital age. The Saturday Paper is produced by property developer and publisher  Morry Schwartz – the man behind the influential Quarterly Essay and The Monthly – The Saturday Paper is edited by 25-year-young former Fairfax journalist Erik Jensen.

The Saturday Paper will be on stands each weekend in print, it’ll also be published online and as a mobile app. Mr Schwartz has attracted some heavy hitting pens to the new paper, including former Fairfax journalist, author and social commentator David Marr :: Read the full article »»»»


Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Digital Media, Media, Online Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Daily Mail to launch Australian website edition in partnership with Nine Entertainment
Britain’s Daily Mail plans to launch an Australian edition of its website next year in a joint venture with Nine Entertainment. The Mail, whose site is the world’s most popular for an English-language newspaper, will base its editorial offices in Sydney and plans to recruit around 50 journalists :: Read the full article »»»»


Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Posted: October 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Online Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Fairfax MediaFairfax Media is closing the print edition of it’s weekly business magazine – BRW, formerly Business Review Weekly – after 32 years, as the company continues to shrink its workforce amid a major overhaul of its print operations.

The last issue of the weekly business magazine will be published on November 28, Fairfax’s director of business media Sean Aylmer has told BRW staff. A number of BRW’s senior reporters are highly regarded within their area of expertise.

The magazines publisher, Amanda Gome, says she is incredibly proud of the team behind BRW’s web presence and believes the publication will migrate successfully to a digital only version :: Read the full article »»»»