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“Publisher embraces Web future”

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This article by Eric Pfanner tells those who have been paying attention to mainstream media like the newspapers as well as to future trends such as online news, some things that they already know. This is to be expected. After all, the article appeared in the New York Times (I don’t know where it appeared first; I’m not that good of an Internet sleuth. If you find that out, please let me know in the comments.):

  1. that publishers of old-style, paper and ink newspapers are having an increasingly difficult job staying out of the red;
  2. that web versions of anything, be it newspapers or online textbooks, need to add a little something to exploit the online medium and technology, not just put online the same exact content as the paper and ink newspaper (duh!).

The Web site was enhanced with faster, more thorough coverage of local events. A social networking area of the site was developed, and the paper now solicits articles from its members— about their clubs, church groups and other Fredrikstad institutions, for example.

Some of the material on the site veers beyond traditional newspaper content.

Local moviemakers, for example, have provided short fictional films that are included in a video section.

‘‘Online newspapers have to be something very different from print,’’ said David Montgomery, chief executive of Mecom, the London-based company that acquired Edda four years ago.

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Japan throws out its conservative government after 50 years

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Here are some links I found today:

  1. From the Telegraph:
    1. Japanese election: Hatoyama’s agenda includes tax breaks and distance from the US Yukio Hatoyama wooed the Japanese electorate with an agenda for change, but the 62 year-old nicknamed the Alien is an unlikely revolutionary.
    2. Japan votes for a new start as ruling LDP loses power after 50 years Japan’s conservative ruling party was crushed by a radical rival on Sunday in a general election that brought an end to one of the democratic world’s longest spells of political dominance.
    3. Landslide election result breaks LDP hold on Japan after 5 decades Japan’s Democratic Party has won a resounding general election victory, surpassing the 241 seats required for a majority.
    4. Japanese opposition sweeps to power The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was headed for a landslide victory in the general elecion with exit polls suggesting that the win might be even larger had been projected.
    5. Family history set to repeat itself as Japan heads to vote for change at polls It is a political tale of two rivals that would not look out place in any best-selling airport thriller: one was Japan’s first post-war prime minister and the other ousted him from power following a decade-long struggle.
  2. From the Independent:
    1. An era ends as LDP swept from power Ruling party projected to lose two-thirds of its seats.
    2. Leading article: a victory with the potential to transform Japan But modernising Tokyo’s entrenched political system will not be easy
    3. ‘The Cold War has ended, but we’re still in that mode’ Yukio Hatoyama has ambitious plans for Japan’s future, he tells David McNeill
  3. From the Financial Times (Asia):
    1. New era for Japan as DPT triumphs Stocks fail to hang on to early gains
    2. ‘Historic rout’ for Japanese government
    3. New era for Japan as DPJ triumphs
    4. Japan elections – live blog
    5. Global insight: A very Japanese revolt Yet the shifting of political tectonic plates – “small earthquake, no tsunami”, as one astute observer put it – is not quite as tumultuous as meets the eye. The result did not come out of the blue
    6. Shift in dealings with US on cards
  4. From the BBC:
    1. Japan victor hails ‘revolution’ (includes a short video)
    2. Hatoyama: vote for change
    3. Profile: Yukio Hatoyama
    4. In pictures: Japanese election
  5. And from a free-market business in the US
    1. An Ill Wind Blows from Japan Before the election The Democratic Party of Japan had talked assiduously about the avoidance of US Debt Hegemony (read: Japan may stop buying or even sell US Treasuries) and in addition they made noises unthinkable just a few years ago – their stance towards China, long thought of as an arch-enemy of Japan, is quite friendly and cooperative.

For more details, visit the English blog Observing Japan.

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Japan news: over 100 teachers opt for demotion

For one of the classes I teach, I need to find news items in English about Japan (especially items that look at Japanese society from an unusual or non-Japanese point of view), and Japan Probe is a good source of such news. Japan Probe is a Japan news blog in English that focusses on general-interest news items, and sometimes usefully includes embedded video taken from Japanese TV. An item I found today, and bookmarked for my class, is Foreign tourists feel the pain as dollar/euro weaken against yen

The news class I teach is at a university, and, naturally, behind a firewall. Previously, some videos have been inaccessible to these students. If YouTube were blocked, that would kinda cramp things.

Another Japan news blog I subscribe to is Japan Today, which led me to this news item about Japanese public school teachers choosing demotion over the presumably high stress-levels of managerial positions.  I was interested in the ministry official’s statement,

‘‘Teachers in these positions tend to be saddled with heavy workloads and we will urge (schools) to improve their working conditions so that they do not get too much work,’’

and in one of the commenters who thought that the Education ministry

should provide more money for more teachers and fewer students per class rather than ‘urge’ schools to improve their working conditions.

If the teachers don’t like it, why don’t they negotiate for better conditions (fewer classes, for instance), or quit? Why do they need some higher power to fix things for them? What do you think?

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