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Freedom of access vs. Copyright

Copyright, copyright, oh copyright. Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware of the importance of copyright and I think it is needed to protect. However, I often make a poor show. I download and freely use images of the Internet (for personal use) just like the average online user. In this debate I would normally be fond of the freedom of access, however a German copyright law has brought me around. Continue Reading »

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Saving the newspaper’s credibility

In Poland, an editor of an newspaper has resigned after false statements claimed by the newspaper about the crash of a Polish governmental airplane (nu.nl). After apologies the editor yet decided to resign, to not only save the newspaper’s reputation, but in my eyes a deed of saving journalism’s credibility.

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Journalism: The change will provide a chance

Richard Gingras has spread his view on the future of journalism, which according to him is bright, brighter than ever before. A fairly strong statement, especially in this digital era in which print media see their revenues dropping. Continue Reading »

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Debatable debating styles

The content of the presidential debates is often overshadowed by some popular soundbites taken from the debate. Let’s recall the infamous Big Bird and Romney’s ‘binders full of women’. Actually, let’s focus on the debates apart from the content. Whereas I consider content most important, the debating style says a lot about the candidate as well. From ‘speeching’ behind a desk, walking around and sitting down at a table, the set up of the debate has proven its importance to set the tone.  Continue Reading »

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Newsweek no longer on paper

After 8 decades Newsweek finally decided to stop publishing a print version of Newsweek, an internationally known magazine. After December 31st this year, Newsweek will only be available digitally (Reuters). Newsweek’s given into the modern times where mobile devices are becoming the first screen and are favored over paper. Tina Brown, editor-in-chief called the newspaper an outdated medium and does not feel like the right medium anymore. Are we looking into journalism’s future?

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Our Dutch celebrity: A Criminal.

Willem Holleeder is the most famous criminal in The Netherlands. His ‘fame’ was created by his first act of crime: Kidnapping Heineken. Yes, thé man behind the Dutch’ most famous beer. He served his time afterwards, but was soon at liberty, back in the world of crime. He has been accused of extortion, bribery and being involved in liquidations of businessmen and criminals. He went behind bars yet again and was early this year released, permitted by the kind law system in The Netherlands. Last Friday the star gave a TV interview, set up like a lecture in university, including students asking their critical questions, trying him to commit himself. It not too suprisingly failed.

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The almighty Murdoch contused?

Murdoch, the media magnet, has been questioned on his dual role in the News Corporation. After ‘Rupertgate’, investment firms LAPFF and Christian  Brothers Investment Services require an independent chairman for the media conglomerate (The Independent). The worn out media mogul has been under pressure many times because of the much controversy his statements and actions tend to have. Continue Reading »