It has not been an easy journey, but the first steps are under way in Britain to create the Independent Press Standards Organisation to replace the Press Complaints Commission. The Guardian reports many major newspaper and magazine firms have signed on. An appointments panel will soon be created. The new body is an outcome of the Leveson inquiry into press standards. It will have powers to fine, compel publication of complaint adjudications, a whistleblower hotline for journalists to alert the body to unethical practice, and an investigative and arbitrative arm as an alternative to courts. Some newspaper publishers (Financial Times and the Guardian, among them) have not signed on, while the Hacked Off group representing phone-hacking victims believes the exercise is bound to be ineffective.
Mathew Ingram, writing for paidContent, reports on a new Gallup survey in the United States that indicates television remains the principal source of news (55%), with the Internet second (21%), newspapers a distant third (9%) and radio fourth (5%). It isn't clear from the survey if newspaper websites are the main sources of information online for news consumers, but Ingram speculates that might be.
Earl Wilkinson, the executive director of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA), writes that the timing of print-to-digital leaves no outliers. Everyone is "in the same funnel," he writes. It's only a matter of determining when to push the button on the transformation. Wilkinson says publishers in several countries have deluded themselves about the necessity for eventual change. But he notes, too, that many developing countries needed a print infrastructure before making the digital transition.