More go from The Age; sub-editing consolidation at News? Another eight journalists at The Age will be made redundant amid talk of outsourcing “non core” content and requiring reporters to do even more multi-tasking to provide content to web, print and mobile devices. Age editor in chief Paul Ramadge addressed staff on Tuesday. In a speech that was largely about the impact of new technology on journalism practices and business models, he also said that voluntary redundancies would be offered to eight members of the editorial staff.

I understand that this follows budget shortfalls for the last financial year, rather than being directly caused by the impact of Antony Catalano’s new property glossy. Ramadge told staff that the core areas of the newspaper were news, politics, sport and business. Some Age staff have been told to expect other kinds of feature copy to be increasingly outsourced and written by contributors, although I gather no cogent plan has yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, I hear that News Limited plans to centralise the sub-editing of all their Victorian titles — almost 40 mastheads, including Leader Community Newspapers. While no redundancies have been announced (News Limited prefers a silent and softly softly approach) the general feeling is that they are a near certainty. — Margaret Simons

Fox and Bloomberg battle for Helen Thomas’ seat

Bloomberg News is making its case to the White House Correspondents Association board that it, and not Fox News, should be granted Helen Thomas’s front-row seat in the White House Briefing Room. — Huffington Post

Defence video ‘wikileaker’ faces charge

Defense Department investigators are weighing espionage charges against a 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist accused of leaking highly classified documents to the website Wikileaks. On Saturday, the investigators took custody of electronic records from a former computer hacker based in California who has emerged as the Pentagon’s key informant in the case.” — The Daily Beast

Limewire in legal trouble again; this time it’s the publishers

“A coalition of eight music publishers on Wednesday sued the file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers’ Association, the industry group that organized the suit. — New York Times

The newspaper investigation that uncovered Bloody Sunday

Pivotal to his whole inquiry was the unique original first-hand reporting done over two intense months in 1972 by a team of reporters of the Sunday Times Insight team. Cardboard boxes of the reporters’ notes and memos, long stored at the Sunday Times, were seized by Saville in 1998 and provided the bedrock of evidence…” — Daily Beast

Journalism has a future, says Google News founder

“Bharat is convinced professional journalism is here to stay and while understandably unsure as to how things will develop, he briefly lists a number of points he believes will take shape over the course of the next few years.” — Next Web

Forbes turns to crowd sourcing to get its material will soon be opening its doors to 1000s of unpaid contributors and that [rather than commissioning quality in-house journalism] Forbes editors will increasingly become curators of talent.” — Tech Crunch

Oprah’s feeling generous again; this time it’s iPads

“Call it the 2010 version of “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car!” Oprah Winfrey dropped by Hearst headquarters on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of O, The Oprah Magazine, which emerged from a famously difficult launch process to become a powerhouse title.” — Advertising Age

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