The annual conference of the Organization of News Ombudsmen is taking place in Hamburg, Germany. The first day featured a keynote address by the mayor on media standards. Olaf Scholz, a former federal minister, argued that quality is the only route forward for media in an age of abundance. He wouldn't quite venture into the delicate political territory at the moment of whether he supported the notion of Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Germany. Later in the day, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian said he doesn't believe Germany's Angela Merkel is serious about permitting Snowden to come. MacAskill shed some light on the Snowden documents: only one per cent have been reported, the reader appetite has waned, and the paper has an obligation to help him find a safe haven.
Over in Perugia at the International Journalism Festival, the public editor for The New York Times was suggesting reporters be like sharks, always moving forward. Margaret Sullivan said there are five points upon which consensus exists: serious readers will pay for serious news, digital news is different and not just another platform, data-driven news will be big but no one knows exactly how, wealthy philanthropists are at last making their way into journalism, and Twitter and news are far more connected than anyone expected. Craig Silverman, writing for Poynter, looks at her speech in detail.
It isn't certain yet, but it does appear that the U.S. state of Arizona's new law about so-called porn revenge has an impact on the reporting of sexually explicit images. NPR's On The Media reports that the bill does not permit "newsworthy disclosure" as an exemption. The bill is likely to face constitutional challenge.