Bradley Manning has been acquitted of a charge of aiding the enemy in providing classified documents to WikiLeaks. He was convicted of Espionage Act charges. His court martial included the enemy-aiding charge, which had profound implications for journalism. In the event he had been convicted of that charge, many felt that journalists would face similar prosecutions for publishing classified material.
The Guardian examines the challenges for Twitter and other social media platforms as they take on qualities associated with those of publishers. Jemima Kiss and Charles Arthur argue that social media will have difficulty distancing themselves from libellous and other objectionable content across their platforms. They argue they will have to develop mechanisms to deal with the problematic material, rather than continue to argue they are merely enablers of communication.
The New York Times has started to experiment with reader comments adjacent to (as opposed to below) its story content. The journalism.co.uk site says the aim is to involve readers at more relevant junctures in the content, where their comments might be most relevant.
Shane Snow, the Contently co-founder, writes an extensive guide for Poynter on how branded newsrooms can structure themselves to succeed. He argues that they need not be centralized but must have access to data and technology and a focus on quality.