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Social media – a challenge for the agri-food industry
That is the title of a poster presented by three researchers at an international agricultural economics conference during May 2014. M. Kayser, R. Kröger, and L. Theuvsen noted that “Social media is a major challenge for a lot of companies.”
Among the reasons cited:
You can see the poster at: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/166101
Open data – helping all?
Michael Gurstein explored that question in a First Monday article that featured not only the benefits of open data, but also the “possible impact on the poor and marginalized.” He pointed to those at risk, such as indigenous peoples, non-English speakers, the very poor, and those living in areas with poor connectivity. Two examples involved upper-income persons and corporations using digitized land records to take ownership of land from poor rural residents in Canada and India.
He suggested an “effective use” approach to open data, ensuring that “opportunities and resources for translating this open data into useful outcomes would be available (and adapted) for the widest possible range of users.”
You can read the article at: http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3316/2764
Violence and harassment facing women in the news media
An international survey during 2013 revealed that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 921 respondents had experienced acts of intimidation, threats, and abuse in their work. This survey was conducted jointly by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Most respondents were journalists/reporters (82%). Others were editors, producers, photographers, presenters, media support workers, and camera/sound workers. Rural aspects were not identified.
What kinds of acts did they face?
You can read an executive summary of this survey at: http://www.iwmf.org/executive-summary/
New reporting text from ag journ faculty members
Douglas Starr and Deborah Dunsford, respected agricultural journalism and communications faculty members at Texas A&M University, are authors of a new book: Working the story: A guide to reporting and news writing for journalists and public relations professionals.
They have written it as both a teaching and reference book -- for beginners and seasoned professionals. The concise, readable 32 chapters range broadly across topics such as writing for various media, covering various subjects and types of events, freelancing, working with the media, writing speeches, planning conferences, providing briefings, handling public relations crises, and finding a job.
Professor Emeritus Starr has had three careers: 20 years as an award-winning reporter, 7 years as a public relations speech ghostwriter, and 39 years as a teacher of journalism and public relations. Senior Lecturer Dunsford has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, media writing, and account service.
You can learn more about it from the publisher: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810889118
A prolonged courtship – decline and bright future for country towns
We recently added to the ACDC collection an article from Rural Society about newspaper coverage of decline in Australian country towns since World War II. Author Louise Prowse analyzed five local newspapers serving country towns in New South Wales from 1945 to 2006.
“By encouraging nostalgia for the past and presenting symptoms of decline as aesthetically pleasing, country towns, despite their lingering yearning for progress, settled down to sentimentally embrace decline,” she concluded.
You can read the introduction to this journal article without charge at:
http://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-2704251891/defining-decline-in-the-newspaper-press-local-responses. Please check with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further help in gaining access.
Two-thirds of small-town residents in the U.S. read community newspapers
That finding came from a 2013 Community Newspaper Readership Study conducted by The Reynolds Journalism Institute. 67% of 508 people interviewed read a community newspaper at least once a week. Among other findings:
You can read further information about results at: http://nnaweb.org/resources?articleTitle=two-thirds-of-residents-in-small-towns-and-cities-read-community-newspapers--1391441142--739--resources
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