Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Media standards in jolly old England

Kevin Marsh of the BBC College of Journalism holds forth on The Editors blog about some of the  grimier aspects of Brit journalism and steps being taken to address the situation. Some excerpts: He opens by referring to a Brit TV series called Life On Mars about a fuck-the-rules kinda cop. You could make a […]

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'New controls on media in Pakistan'

From the BBC: President Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media. Current regulations related to television have been extended to the internet and mobile phones. Some regulations on who is allowed to be licensed to broadcast in Pakistan have been extended to cover “any foreign non-governmental organisation”. Gen […]

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China, the U.S. and heating the climate

So, who's going to blink? Neither China or the U.S. are prepared to cut GHG emissions if it means even slowing down the economy. Yet they're running neck and neck for the title of world's top carbon emitter. What's a planet to do? From the NYT: With global warming high on the agenda for the […]

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At Google, perfecting the ranking algorithm is the Holy Grail

This NYT story gives a little insight into how the Google search magicians think — and how they're trying to solve problems like huckster websites. An excerpt: (Ahmat) Singhal is the master of what Google calls its “ranking algorithm” — the formulas that decide which Web pages best answer each user’s question. It is a crucial […]

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Warding off conflict on Conrad coverage at Maclean's

From the NYT: Although quite a few journalists in Canada have worked for Mr. Black at some point, Maclean’s (which Mr. Black never owned) has two important connections with him that complicate its role as an impartial chronicler of his predicament. Mr. Black’s wife of 15 years, Barbara Amiel, is a well-known conservative columnist who […]

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