SINGAPORE - The Straits Times bagged eight awards at the 8th Asian Digital Media Awards, including for best online video, best news mobile service and best innovation. Singapore Press Holdings' flagship paper won four silvers and four bronzes at the awards at Orchard Hotel on Wednesday (Nov 1). Citizen journalism site Stomp also won two awards: a gold for Best In Social Media Engagement, and a bronze for Best News Website. ST's efforts to innovate and experiment with new ways to reach out to readers were recognised at the annual regional awards which received 185 entries from 29 media companies in nine countries. The awards were jointly presented by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) and Google. An in-depth look at Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling's Olympic gold win in Rio last year bagged a silver award in best in lifestyle, sports or entertainment website category. The special online feature, Gold: Joseph Schooling’s Road to … [Read more...] about The Straits Times bags 8 wins at Asian Digital Media Awards including best innovation, online video
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By Kathy English Public Editor Fri., March 23, 2018 Media literacy — the ability to analyze, evaluate and understand the news and information you consume — is a complex undertaking these days. To be literate about media in 2018, you must, as always, be able to determine who has created your news and information, assess sources, and discern whether what you are reading or viewing is news or opinion. Now, however, you must also understand the overall media “ecosystem” — the network of digital platforms on which news and information is distributed — and be able to discern whether the information on that platform is true or false. Figuring out the difference between real news and so-called “fake” news — the misinformation and disinformation that pollutes the digital information ecosystem — demands a new kind of literacy: digital media literacy. This new literacy is based on a clear understanding of the … [Read more...] about Digital media literacy matters to all
caption Scroll wants to make people who surf the web happy source Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr The startup Scroll is planning to roll out a subscription product that will let people have ad free experiences on a number of top websites for $5 per month. The company has signed up Gannett, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Insider and Fusion Media Group as partners. Investors include Axel Springer, News Corp and The New York Times. Rather than fighting people who install ad blockers, a group of publishers are banding together to help people access their websites ad free, as long as they pay up. The Atlantic, Slate, Gannett, MSNBC.com, Fusion Media Group and Business Insider have all signed on to participate in Scroll, a soon-to-launch digital subscription product that will allow people to surf multiple websites with no ads – for $5 a month. Scroll is the brainchild of Tony Haile, the … [Read more...] about The former CEO of Chartbeat has convinced a slew of big media companies to sign on to his ad blocking service
A digital media company receiving money from the provincial government’s jobs fund is shedding most of its Toronto workforce, saying it is “realigning” its plans here.When the Liberal government announced $3.1 million for Legend 3D last summer, it said the L.A.-based firm would “nearly double its current workforce, creating 271 new jobs and retaining 280 positions in Toronto.”However, after a number of layoffs in recent months, the Toronto office will soon dwindle to about 100 employees — although the company says more hires will happen in the future as it takes on new projects.But the Ontario government says its officials are now “working with Legend 3D to confirm that they are following the terms of our contract.” The money from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund is to be spread out over a number of years, and Legend has so far received about $180,000. … [Read more...] about Digital media company lays off workers after getting provincial funding
Rupert Murdoch makes a fair point that Facebook would do right by the media industry by paying for content like cable companies do. Facebook doesn’t have much incentive to listen. The company is already reticent about being seen as a media company and is moving away from the news business. Media companies don’t have a ton of leverage over Facebook or Google. Plus the technological challenges involved in either getting paid or choking off Facebook are significant. The newsrooms at the ‘old media’ Wall Street Journal and ‘digital native’ BuzzFeed may not see eye-to-eye on much, but suddenly their bosses have lots to bond over. That’s because, in one way or another, both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti believe that Facebook and Google aren’t giving news organizations a fair deal. They want … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch may be right that Facebook should pay media companies. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.