On @YourInAmerica, the Leveson Inquiry, Recent Findings and the Love English Awards 2012

November 24 to November 30, 2012

The week was filled with language, publishing, social media and journalism stories, including a Twitter-bot that shames those who actually mess up while trying to tell other people to learn proper English, reactions on the report on “the culture, practices and ethics of the press,” a deal that would sell McGraw-Hill’s education business to a private equity firm and the second year of Macmillan’s Love English Awards.


Image credit: "Love English" by Adrian Claudio.

Image credit: “Love English” by Adrian Claudio.

Your In America

Gaining 8,000 followers in three days, @YourinAmerica turns “grammar fascists against fascists” by correcting one common language error that apparently a lot of native speakers of English are committing — at least on Twitter. Check out this sample of @YourinAmerica’s tweets.

The Leveson Report

Lord Justice Leveson was appointed as chairman of an inquiry announced by the Prime Minister to investigate the role of the British press in the News International phone-hacking scandal. The inquiry “will make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.” Hearings began November 2011 and now the 2,000-page final report of the investigation is out with forming a new independent regulating body among its recommendations.

The Guardian posts a roundup of notable extracts from the Leveson report as well as some of the things to learn from the report. BBC News also gathered reactions from media organizations. Meanwhile, here are some notable reactions we gathered:

“What we need to learn from Leveson is that, when journalists break the law, they should face the consequences, but that at the same time the pursuit of uncomfortable truths is not a crime.”
Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, on The Telegraph.

“I am alarmed and dismayed that the prime minister appears to be backing away from assurances he made at the outset of the Leveson inquiry.”
JK Rowling on the Guardian

“While some would have liked the report to go further and propose a system of full statutory regulation on the press there was a recognition that Leveson had done more than many in the newspaper industry – and some in Government – would have liked.”
Oliver Wright on The Independent

“It is abundantly clear, in short, that despite the veneer of compromise and consensus which initially dominated the release of the report this afternoon, the thorny, apparently insoluble issue of statute and the spectre of ‘state regulation’ will insure that this debate, as was predicted, is far from over.”
Frederick Alliott on the Editors Weblog

Recent Findings

Mergers and acquisitions. McGraw-Hill Cos. has agreed to sell its education business to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management. Meanwhile, An American Editor comments on the merger of Random House and Penguin and how publishers can compete head-on with Amazon and Apple.

Information overload. Harvard’s Nieman Lab features findings from a new study that links platforms of digital consumption to information overload.

Deleted words. Linguist and lexicographer Sarah Ogilvie took 11 years to work on her latest book, Words of the World, which claims that former Oxford English Dictionary editor Robert Burchfield deleted words from the dictionary.

The new role of journalists . “[J]ournalists are not merely purveyors of facts,” wrote C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky in a new report from Tow Center for Digital Journalism titled “Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present.” The full report covers the new role of the journalist, among others, and is recommended by Poynter’s Jeff Sonderman, who found the lengthy report as “well worth the reading time to explore more recommendations for news institutions and ecosystems.”

Benefits of poetry for pros. Poetry is not for everyone, but John Coleman said it may benefit professionals to be “lyrically inclined.”

Twitter and libel. “When everyone is a publisher, everyone can be sued.” Social media has allowed everyone to be a publisher, but is everyone ready for the responsibility? This post from The Economist asks: “How does one assess the degree of harm from a flurry of messages to a person’s reputation, which is the test for determining damages?”

Other Stories

Cyber Monday. What shopping event follows Black Friday? Cyber Monday! As the “shopping landscape [shifts] both online and offline,” it seems Black Friday and Cyber Monday are “fighting a battle neither of them can win.” And then, Walmart extends this online shopping frenzy into a “Cyber Week.”

Giving Tuesday. On the other hand, Bill Gates is excited for a new post-Thanksgiving event: Giving Tuesday.

#MDLEA2012. Macmillan announced the second Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards and called for nominations for best website and best blog about the English language. Check out this year’s nominees and vote.

We at Project Chiron aim to encourage the use of social media for knowledge exchange and skills development. We’re not necessarily about current events; we are about relevance, credibility and innovation. With millions of content spread and shared through social media networks every day, we want to help you see what’s important so you won’t have to sweep through all your news feeds and tweets. Our weekly roundups are curated by Dan Dupale, Mina Jesuitas and Mark Hilaria and edited by Kim Palanca, Paulo Formantes and Adrian Claudio.


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