Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb. 21–26, 2012
Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?
- Behind-the-scenes at CTV News Southwestern Ontario [J-Source]
- Adult education: How The Tyee wants to maximize its readers through master classes [Nieman Lab]
- Slain journalist Marie Colvin: When the story is worth the risk: The CBC’s Rick MacInnes-Rae on meeting Colvin in a war zone, and why he won’t return [CBC.ca]
- The science reporting chill in Canada [Knight Science Journalism Tracker] (via @picardonhealth)
- Artists’ groups win payment battle against National Gallery of Canada [Canada.com]
- Open access publishing pioneer checks in [SFU News Online]
- University profs up in arms over copyright deal [TheStar.com]
From the U.S. and beyond:
- How Forbes stole a New York Times article and got all the traffic [NickOneill.com] (via @TOcorey)
- Enhanced e-books: Truly moving literature [The Economist]
- Amazon pulls thousands of e-books in dispute [NYT Bits blog] (via @PublishersWkly)
- People don’t care about scoops, they care about trust [GigaOM]
- Felix Salmon: Matter’s vision for long-form journalism [WIRED.com/Epicenter]
From Story Board last week:
- Songwriters get an online royalty collection service — where’s ours?: Once your work goes online, keeping tabs on it can be a full-time job. If it pops up on an unfamiliar site, without your permission, what are your chances of getting paid? As we’ve heard on Story Board previously, it’s more likely you’ll see the work removed from the site than see any cash. TuneCore, a digital music and video distributor, is offering an online royalty collection service for songwriters whose work was streamed or downloaded in any country, including original performances of their songs and cover versions. Songwriters have to pay a one-time setup fee of $49.99, and TuneCore keeps 10 per cent of the money it collects on their behalf.
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