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Rape rises in armed forces

BBC NEWS | Americas | Rape reports rise in US military
Among the report's findings: * There were 2,923 reported sexual assaults in the 2008 fiscal year, up from 2,688 in 2007 * There 251 incidents in combat areas, including 141 in Iraq and 22 in Afghanistan * Investigations took place in 2,763 cases. In 832 cases, action was taken, including 317 courts-martial, a rise of 38% * Of the 6.8% of women and 1.8% of men who indicated they had experienced unwanted sexual contact, the majority - 79% of women and 78% of men - chose not to report it.

March 17, 2009

Online response to Prof. Shirky's "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable"

Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal
All around the Web, people are responding that Clay Shirky essay linked here yesterday. Here’s Tim O’Reilly, Donna Barrett, Steve Coll, Kevin Anderson and the League of Ordinary Gentlemen with the best examples I’ve seen so far.

Excellent analysis: What the news ecosystem was, is, should be

Once again, the good old days just ain't what they used to be. stevenberlinjohnson.com: Old Growth Media And The Future Of News
In fact, I think in the long run, we’re going to look back at many facets of old media and realize that we were living in a desert disguised as a rain forest. Local news may be the best example of this. When people talk about the civic damage that a community suffers by losing its newspaper, one of the key things that people point to is the loss of local news coverage. But I suspect in ten years, when we look back at traditional local coverage, it will look much more like MacWorld circa 1987. I adore the City section of the New York Times, but every Sunday when I pick it up, there are only three or four stories in the whole section that I find interesting or relevant to my life – out of probably twenty stories total. And yet every week in my neighborhood there are easily twenty stories that I would be interested in reading: a mugging three blocks from my house; a new deli opening; a house sale; the baseball team at my kid’s school winning a big game. The New York Times can’t cover those things in a print paper not because of some journalistic failing on their part, but rather because the economics are all wrong: there are only a few thousand people potentially interested in those news events, in a city of 8 million people. There are metro area stories that matter to everyone in a city: mayoral races, school cuts, big snowstorms. But most of what we care about in our local experience lives in the long tail. We’ve never thought of it as a failing of the newspaper that its metro section didn’t report on a deli closing, because it wasn’t even conceivable that a big centralized paper could cover an event with such a small radius of interest. But of course, that’s what the web can do. ... The funny thing about newspapers today is that their audience is growing at a remarkable clip. Their underlying business model is being attacked by multiple forces, but their online audience is growing faster than their print audience is shrinking. As of January, print circulation had declined from 62 million to 49 million since my days at the College Hill Bookstore. But their online audience has grown from zero to 75 million over that period. Measured by pure audience interest, newspapers have never been more relevant. If they embrace this role as an authoritative guide to the entire ecosystem of news, if they stop paying for content that the web is already generating on its own, I suspect in the long run they will be as sustainable and as vital as they have ever been. The implied motto of every paper in the country should be: all the news that’s fit to link.

New Zealand Brings Hard Data to Sex Trade

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March 16, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer sees final print run, going to web only

Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper goes Web-only

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska's gold fields, will print its final edition Tuesday.

Hearst Corp., which owns the 146-year-old P-I, said Monday that it failed to find a buyer for the newspaper, which it put up for a 60-day sale in January after years of losing money. Now the P-I will shift entirely to the Web.

"Tonight will be the final run, so let's do it right," publisher Roger Oglesby told the newsroom.