The short version: Lord Justice Leveson recommends a new self-regulatory system for news publishers with a new code of conduct and a replacement for the doomed Press Complaints Commission. There would be statutory underpinning from Parliament to give this system teeth - a "backstop regulator (most probably Ofcom) would be able to investigate wrong-doing, force papers to publish corrections and levy fines of up to GBP1 million.
Ireland's national broadcaster RTE is to issue 'grab bags' of kit for iPhone reporting, containing iPhone accessories such as a tripod, lenses and microphones. The TV and radio broadcaster has already issued 120 iPhones to reporters, and will now hand out 15 kit bags to help journalists use the smartphones to shoot and edit broadcast-quality video audio and images, plus livestream footage, Glen Mulcahy, production development manager for news at RTE, told Journalism.co.uk.
The UK's big inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the "press" has recommended a new body to better self-regulate news media - but has overlooked blogs and social networks because they are neither popular nor newsy enough. The result leaves large mainstream newspaper publishers, which are in decline, the focus of the proposed new standards enforcer - but appears to leave untouched the growing wave of online-only outlets that inquiry chair Lord Justice Leveson nevertheless believes often operate to even lower standards than newspapers.
Jeff Zucker will assume responsibility for executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/US, CNN International, CNN.com and HLN, that reaches more than 2 billion people in around 200 countries. Zucker, who will report to Kent in the new role and be based in New York, started his 25-year career with NBC as a researcher for NBC Sports, working on coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.
Changes to two existing laws recommended by Lord Justice Leveson's report could have far-reaching consequences for the way newspaper investigations handle information and protect their sources. In his proposals, the inquiry chairman suggests significant alterations to both the 1998 Data Protection Act and the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace). One could make journalists liable to prison sentences, the other might require sources to sign written agreements.
Global marketing and technology agency LBi has launched an interactive music-mapping initiative to raise awareness and drive use of n0tice.com, the Guardian Media Group's online community platform. To capture people's passion for live music, LBi and n0tice have launched an interactive gig-mapping tool on the Guardian's music blog pages, showing fans' tweeted reviews, Instagram photos and n0tice posts on an interactive map. Once location is enabled, users simply tag their reports with #gdngig and stories are instantly pinned to a live map of gigs across the UK and beyond.
Several privacy watchdogs, including the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, question the social network's planned changes to user privacy. Concern from privacy watchdogs comes after Facebook announced its decision to revoke member rights to vote on privacy policies. Previously, Facebook users were able to give feedback and influence changes that Facebook made to the site. However, the company said in a statement that this voting system "incentivised the quantity of comments over their quality."
Nearly 16% of smartphone owners in Europe also have a tablet device, according to the latest figures from Comscore's MobiLens service. Smartphone penetration in EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) now stands at 53.7%, with almost 130 million people using smartphones in the three months ending September 2012.
Reporters Without Borders has announced the launch of a website which will be used to post content that has either been "censored or banned or has given rise to reprisals against its creator" in a bid to "make censorship obsolete". The website, called WeFightCensorship (WeFC), features a "digital safe" where users can anonymously send content to be considered for publication. According to the site, which is available in both French and English, this safe is "designed to help contributors protect their anonymity when transmitting files".
The actor, who sits on the board of the Hacked Off campaign group, has 'reluctantly' joined Twitter as @hackedoffhugh ahead of the Leveson report publication Thursday. He has not yet tweeted, but already has more than 4,400 followers. The blurb on his account - which has been verified by Hacked Off - says: "On the board of Hacked Off, and hacked off enough to tweet."