"[The] editors on the Global Picture Desk found inconsistencies that immediately made us suspicious. There was odd pixilation and blurring and his face was darker in some areas than others. The biggest problem was that the picture looked familiar somehow. Quickly looking through dozens of our archive pictures we found that the bottom half of Osama Bin Laden’s face was identical to a picture of him speaking at a news conference in 1998. ... The fake picture was locked in our system so that it couldn’t be sent out but would be saved for future training exercises. Meanwhile, the fake picture quickly gained momentum in cyber space."
"[Julian] March is so serious about [Tweetdeck's] value that he is making social media literacy an objective on his digital media staff's performance reviews. 'I want to see social media become a part of the fabric of the day-to-day work,' he said."
"The Association of Online Publishers ... has found many execs are neither glowing nor certain about the e-reader opportunity in 2010."
"The recommendations ... offer general guidance with more detailed suggestions for managing your presence on the most popular social networks."
“I think eventually we will [charge],” Alisa Bowen, head of consumer publishing for Thomson Reuters, told the FT. “This is designed to be an ad-supported property, but as we introduce a greater range of content we will be looking for a range of different business models.”
Chris Ahearn, president, Media, Thomson Reuters: "Blaming the new leaders or aggregators for disrupting the business of the old leaders, or saber-rattling and threatening to sue are not business strategies – they are personal therapy sessions. Go ask a music executive how well it works. ... Let’s stop whining and start having real conversations across party lines. Let’s get online publishers, search engines, aggregators, ad networks, and self-publishers (bloggers) in a virtual room and determine how we can all get along. I don’t believe any one of us should be the self-appointed Internet police; agreeing on a code of conduct and ethics is in everyone’s best interests."
David Schlesinger: "Fundamentally, the old media won’t control news dissemination in the future. And organisations can’t control access using old forms of accreditation any more."
"CNET ... has signed up to use OpenCalais for semantic analysis of its tech product reviews, news, and blog posts. CNET has also joined Thomson Reuters as one of the first commercial media companies to publish its data to the Linked Data community on the Internet."
"Anyone who thinks the news business is dead should look at the wire services. ..."
"The lightweight and inexpensive portable studio comprises a Tandberg Edge 95 video camera, microphone, lights, tripod and monitor. ... Thomson Reuters is also distributing 100 Flip video cameras and experimenting with other news-gathering tools."
"Brian Tierney, chief executive of Philadelphia Media Holdings, which own The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, said the new ads contributed to his skepticism about Google’s intentions. When Eric Schmidt says he worries about the newspaper industry, it’s crocodile tears,” Mr. Tierney said."
"A few struggling newspaper groups have stopped subscribing to newswires. Many others, having cut their own newsrooms, have become more dependent than ever on regurgitating agency copy. The proliferation of news websites, hungry for content, but lacking staff to produce it themselves, has also boosted the agencies"
David Schlesinger: "What we're doing with live tweets at Davos is that our people, including me, can live tweet unintermediated under our own names (daschles is just me). Then some of the "best" or most interesting are then picked up and retweeted on www.reuters.com/davos so we're combining unedited and edited processes."
"While Luddites and Refusniks remain, there seems to be growing acceptance of the point I and others have been making for years: Newsprint is an output device, not an end in itself. What matters is quality journalism which can and does thrive in multiple media."