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Man and machine in harmony

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Man and machine in harmonyOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Somemight see e-learning as a threat to the training profession, but, usedcarefully, it can enhance a department’s status. So how can you find the rightapproach? By Sally O’ReillyTacklinge-learning can be a tall order for trainers. There is no shortage ofimpressive-sounding products or suppliers in the market place, and theexcitement surrounding it is deafening. Buthow do you set up a system that fits effectively with other training methods?And, when an e-learning system is in place, will it create new opportunities orsound the death knell for training departments? Accordingto Stephen Goodyear, professor of educational research at the Centre forStudies in Advanced Learning at the University of Lancaster, carefulpreliminary research is essential. He looked at the role of trainers ine-learning in a recent study, and says companies must spend time setting up theright system – and this means looking at the first principles of learning andtraining.“Youcan’t expect to recruit people and provide on-line support without developingyour understanding of how people learn,” he says. Research“Toensure the quality of human support is as high as possible, companies need toresearch and develop the right e-learning approach – and it can take three to fiveyears to do this properly.”GrahamBaker, human resources controller at Ladbrokes, agrees. His company hasintroduced e-learning to improve the quality of its performance managementsystem, and he has got to grips with the fundamentals of what staff need totake control of their own development, and how e-learning can make this happen.“Ittook two-and-a-half years to get it right,” he says. “We saw fairly early onthat it’s not a good idea to accept the first system you are offered.”Ladbrokesworked with Ashridge Management College, using the college’s e-learning system,but adapting it to the firm’s competency framework. “Weasked them to map their framework, so we could see where the two overlapped,”says Baker. “And we are now going through the same process with supplierThinQ.”  Theaim was to make the system user-friendly, so that Ladbrokes’ 11,500 employeeswould be well-disposed towards this way of learning. “Weonly have one chance per person to get them hooked into e-learning,” saysBaker. “If they need to follow two or three instructions and the second onewon’t work, then they will be put off ever using it again.”Toavoid this, the training department painstakingly rewrote all the instructionsand manuals – developing yet another skill. “There is no jargon. If we’ve hadone criticism, it is that the instructions are almost too simple,” says Baker.TeamworkTrainersalso need to work as team players across departmental boundaries if e-learningis to work, stresses Frank Nigriello, director of corporate affairs at Unipart.His company has just launched the Virtual U, an on-line learning system whichdelivers electronic courses to 10,000 employees. Sinceintroducing Unipart U – a corporate university – in 1993, the company has beenusing on-line learning to take training closer to staff, often through learningcentres on the production floor.  “Weworked with IT staff, and with subject experts, helping them get their ideasacross,” says Nigriello. “Thisdevelopment means a blurring of roles between technology and training:  trainers need more technical savvy andtechnical people need to be more aware of training needs.”AlanFairbrother, head of research and development of staff training at the DfEE,shares this view. His department has developed a hybrid e-learning scheme,buying in components from suppliers NETg, Maxim and Xebec, but says trainerscan ill-afford to sit back and let on-line training systems do their job forthem.“On-linelearning is good at providing knowledge efficiently, and in a timely way,” hesays. “It’sfine when it’s going well, but it falls down when we get stuck, or we don’tunderstand something. That’s when human interaction is needed and trainers haveto be proactive about using their skills.” Which shouldn’t be too difficult, hebelieves. “E-learningtakes a lot of the drudgery out of training – of putting over the sameknowledge components, over and over again. But you do need to be more skilled,and to interact with people in different ways – on-line, in chatrooms, and viathe telephone, for instance.”However,Fairbrother questions the amount of IT skill which trainers will need to maketheir role effective. “Ithink you have to be aware of the types of systems around, but not technicallyskilled – there are plenty of providers out there to develop packages for you,”he says.Bitethe bullet“Buttrainers do need to be more skilled at diagnosis, and more aware of theoptions. And they also need to have a far wider range of contacts at the designstage, and better skills in project management, to make sure the materials areat the leading edge. E-learning does mean developing some new skills, but italso means building on the interpretative skills which training staff havealways had.”Predictablyperhaps, suppliers take a more radical view. Donald Clark, chief executive ofEpic Group, the biggest supplier of bespoke on-line content in the UK, saystraining departments which are not embracing e-learning and changing theirtraining style accordingly are becoming obsolete. “Training departments haven’tchanged much for decades,” he says. “Conferencesstill run the same old courses – such as neurolinguistic programming andlearning styles. Meanwhile, blue-chip companies are bringing in e-learning andsacking training staff.”Hisadvice to trainers is to bite the bullet and find out as much as possible aboute-learning now – before it’s too late. “Anyonewho isn’t at least doing some reading about this subject is part of a dyingbreed,” he stresses.  “Tosurvive, training departments must stop thinking about their scheduling andmake sure they are demand-led, not supply-led.“Atthe moment, this is an innovation which is led by IT, not by HR. If anything,many training departments are standing in the way of e-learning, and stillprefer the song and dance of the classroom.” Tensteps to becoming an on-line expert1– Planning  Remember when you startedtraining? The same outlook applies now. Plan for learning using as much knowledge of thesimilarities and differences among your audience.2– Define your goals  Identify clearly the learning outcomes or objectives that you want to achieveon-line and differentiate those that will depend on the process of learning.This means differentiating between content and the process-based learningderived from collaborative on-line learning.3– Concentrate on problem-solving On-line environments emphasise the use of exercises, test and discussion. Tryto ensure that the assessments you create are a realistic mirror of the situationsfaced by your trainees and encourage them to adapt and develop these assessmentthrough on-line discussion. 4– Create group cohesion Start off with a face-to-face session, providing a basis for e-learning.Encouraging the trainees to create their own spaces, on their own server oryours is also a positive and productive element.5– Ensure good technical support and backup Make sure that your learning environment is fully under the control of yourteam and its technicians. A safe and secure environment is essential fortrainees’ confidence. If the system goes down, try to ensure that there is anautomatic backup (a mirror server).6– Make e-learning fun Use a rich environment to show what the technology can do well, without fallinginto the trap of technology-driven content. Jokes, quizzes and puzzles have a“lightening” effect.7– Keep it simple  The more gizmos you use, the more things can go wrong – not everyone has thesame level of hardware and software, keep complexity to a minimum.8– Use different technologies Telephone conferencing can do much of the job of video conferencing. Start froma technology that most find comfortable. Don’t assume that your learningenvironment is the best. Encourage and allow trainees to choose, thereby takingownership of e-learning. 9– Use appropriate technology If a book or a video is the best way of stating a particular area of learning,use it! If electronic periodicals and audio/video streams are as accessible,encourage the synergy that arises from their use.10– Reflect critically on your capabilities and how they might be improved Take on board the experiences of others and where possible, undertakeaccredited training.     Compiledby John Konrad, senior lecturer in professional development at Leeds MetropolitanUniversity and course tutor for the postgraduate certificate in professionaldevelopment, specialising in e-learning Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Private sector not interested in me

first_imgI have worked in HR in the public sector for a number of years and althoughI worked in the private sector before, and have since developed a wider rangeand depth of HR experience, I am finding that private-sector employers are notinterested in my CV. What can I do differently to help me open up opportunitiesin the private sector? Anna Cook, project co-ordinator, Chiumento It is not uncommon for employers in the private sector to be reluctant to takeon people from the public sector. The key to opening up opportu-nities is toprove you have what they need. Ensure that your CV focuses on experience rather than past employers, sorewrite it as a functional CV not the chronological version. List key achievements and highlight hard results, such as savings on budget,percentage increase in efficiency etc, so prospective employers can see you arefocused on the bottom line and on managing change. Include the skills whichenabled you to make these achievements. Research the business issues which companies are applying to are facing orlikely to face in the future and show that you have delivered in these areas inyour career. Use your contacts to the full. Talk to people in the commercial sector aboutyour experience and ask them for the names of anyone you can be introduced tofor an initial meeting. Make sure your skills and experience are top of mind. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy Unlike the public sector, it is possible to gain interviews for jobs bysending your CV directly to the personnel department. Look at local companiesand target those which are recruiting. Ensure you send a covering letter with your CV that makes the most of yourprivate sector experience. Review your CV to make sure it shows yourachievements and highlights areas that would be of interest to private sectorcompanies, such as budget experience, managing people and meeting deadlines. You should also consider talking to specialist HR recruitment consultanciesas they can provide help in your job search. It is also worth remembering that in the current economic climate there aremore public sector vacancies than private sector so expect it to take timebefore you find the right opportunity. Grant Taylor, recruitment consultant, public sector specialist,Macmillan Davies Hodes Organisations prefer candidates who have an understanding of their businessenvironment, so if you are applying for a role in the NHS, prior experience inproviding HR services to healthcare professionals gives you an advantage. You actually have more to offer a private sector business. Large parts ofthe public sector are really quite dynamic, currently going through majorchanges, and commercial in the sense that budgets are tight and justifying yourexistence as a non-core service cost is difficult. Match your skills and experience directly with the role by tailoring yourCV. Expand on the essential areas of experience and cut down on those that areof secondary importance. Imagine you are the person matching your CV to the role. Think of all theobjections you would have and then counter them. Spell out how your time in the public sector has broadened your experienceand refined and improved your HR skills. A highly focused application is difficult to reject, if it is relevant,researched and exudes confidence. Make sure you tailor your CV and cover letterfor every job. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Private sector not interested in meOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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USS Lewis B. Puller embarks first AMCM in Middle East

first_img View post tag: USS Lewis B. Puller Share this article Photo: An MH-53E Sea Dragon prepares to land on expeditionary mobile base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy View post tag: MCM The US Navy’s expeditionary sea-base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) has embarked an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to the “Blackhawks” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 for the first time in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.The training, which concluded November 7, focused on improving airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) capability and interoperability in the US Central Command area of responsibility (AOR).Lewis B. Puller is capable of supporting a wide variety of missions including crisis response, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief. By embarking HM 15, Lewis B. Puller will add the airborne MCM mission to its expanding repertoire.US 5th Fleet’s Task Force 52 Deputy Commander, Capt. Andy Lamb of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, visited the Puller to observe the training.“Ensuring maritime access for the free flow of trade is what mine countermeasures is about,” said Lamb. “The integration of HM-15 with Puller is a key component of this and demonstrates first-class versatility and readiness.”The airborne aspect of mine countermeasures is one of the three areas that support the MCM triad. In addition to shipboard and expeditionary MCM, airborne MCM helps ensure stability and security in the region’s three critical chokepoints. Reoccurring training opportunities ensure that Task Force 52 is prepared to handle any potential threats to the free flow of commerce.Lewis B. Puller was commissioned as a warship after previously being classified as a “USNS” ship in August 2017. Redesignating the ship as a commissioned warship allows the navy greater operational flexibility and provide critical support to TF 51/5’s joint forces at sea, from the sea and ashore to meet potential threats in the 5th Fleet area of operations.US 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. View post tag: MH-53Elast_img read more

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first_imgPeter’s new depotPie producer Peter’s has opened a 45,000sq ft multi-temperature distribution depot in Sidcup to help it expand its distribution operation in London and the south east by more than 20%. The new facility features improved office and conference areas and increased storage and picking facilities for frozen, chilled and ambient goods.Nero in bullish moodCaffè Nero has shrugged off pressures from the economy by ploughing on with its growth plans for 2011. The 475-outlet chain, which grew by 75 stores in 2010, plans to open another 50 in 2011, despite the VAT rise and high unemployment.Amateur baker huntThe BBC has launched a new search for amateur bakers following the success of the last series of The Great British Bake-Off. Candidates who wish to apply for series two cannot have their main source of income from commercial baking and/or cooking in a professional environment and cannot have ever worked full-time as a baker.McMeikan heads CBIGreggs chief executive Ken McMeikan has now taken up the role of chairman of the Confederation of British Industry, as announced last year. He will remain in the role for two years until January 2013.Bread educationThe Real Bread Campaign is launching the Bake Your Lawn scheme on 24 January in a bid to spread knowledge about ’real bread’ to the next generation. The scheme will encourage children around Britain to plant wheat in February and March, and to follow its journey from seed to sandwich. A free-to-download pack will be available from www.realbreadcampaign.org.last_img read more

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Baking case firm Chevler sets up papers division

first_imgUK baking case manufacturer Chevler has established a speciality papers division. The newly formed division is being spearheaded by Phil Brooks as national sales manager, who confirmed that Chevler will offer a full range of siliconised greaseproof, greaseproof, single-proof and vegetable parchment papers to the UK and Irish baking industry in industry-standard and bespoke sheet sizes. The bakery papers join the company’s Meat Saver Paper range, which it has been selling to the UK and European meat industry for many years.Stuart Whelan, Chevler managing director, said: “We are delighted that Phil Brooks has joined us. He brings with him many years of experience and, more specifically, technical expertise of when and how bakers should use these papers to their best effect.“With the sheeting equipment we have at our Hengoed factory and our experience in manufacturing Meat Saver Paper it is a natural move for us to make. “For quite a while now, we have bakery customers asking us for such products and although we always sold a small quantity, we felt the time was right to set up a separate operation.“It is a further signal of our strategy to continue growing and developing our business for the long-term, investing in and developing our existing capabilities and seeking out new opportunities which build on our market-leading position.”last_img read more

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Fitz & The Tantrums Announce Self-Titled Album, Lengthy Tour Schedule

first_imgLos Angeles-based neo-soul/indie-pop sextet Fitz & The Tantrums have announced the release of their latest self-titled album, which is set for a June 10th release via Elektra Records. The much anticipated follow-up to 2013’s More Than Just A Dream has already seen the release of the single “HandClap” (check out the official lyric video below).“‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” says lead vocalist Fitz in a statement. “It’s the X-rated version of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ happening on a dance floor.”The group has also announced a summer tour that begins in June, but also has a handful of previously-scheduled dates in April and May. Fitz & The Tantrums will headline NYC’s Terminal 5 on June 21st, among many other dates. Check out the album tracklisting and tour dates below:Fitz & The Tantrums Album Tracklisting1. HandClap 2. Complicated 3. Burn It Down 4. Roll Up 5. Tricky 6. Fadeback 7. Run It 8. Get Right Back 9. Do What You Want 10. Walking Target 11. A Place For Us  Fitz & The Tantrums Tour Dates:April16 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – 35th Annual Buzzfest30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ SunfestMay21 – Boston, MA @ DCH Hatch Shell – WBOS EarthFest June3 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl – KJEE Summer Roundup4 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre – Live 105 BFD 201613 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center – 96x Fest14 – Richmond, VA @ The National15 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Arts Center17 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom21 – New York, NY @ Terminal 523 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall24 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester International Jazz Festival25 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall28 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub29 – Milwaukee, MI @ Summerfest July14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE15 – Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Festival16 – Kansas City, KS @ Sporting Park Stadium – KRBZ’s Annual Beach Buzz Ball17 – North Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival19 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater20 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater27 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre August18 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades19 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater20 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park23 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre26 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall27 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall28 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewery30 – Boise, ID @ Summerfield31 – Jackson, WY @ Pink Garter Theatrelast_img read more

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Pretty Lights Confirms Second Mini-Festival Dates At Red Rocks Amphitheatre

first_imgAfter releasing a cryptic video with dates and vague locations last week, Pretty Lights continues to roll out tour date announcements for what is being dubbed the PL Festival. Yesterday saw the first of five performances revealed, with two shows at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 5-6. Today, a new video details a two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre from August 12-13, with a number of special guests.The PL Festival event at Red Rocks will see sets from SuperVision, Marvel Years, Chris Karns, and Maddy O’Neal over the course of two nights. Pretty Lights never disappoints in the Morrison, CO venue, so do not miss this glorious opportunity to catch some amazing shows.Watch the new teaser video below, and head here for the original.last_img

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Journalist, whistleblower, or dangerous security leak?

first_img Defending Snowden Related Inside the hacked U.S. election Nearly a decade after Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning shared classified materials illegally downloaded from Defense Department computers with WikiLeaks, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London for his role in the 2010-11 disclosures.Assange, who had been eluding British law enforcement in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with bail jumping. He now faces possible extradition to the U.S. by the Department of Justice. In an unsealed indictment, federal prosecutors say Assange conspired with Manning to break into Defense Department computer databases and later himself tried to access the department’s computer system by decrypting the password.Assange’s lawyers claimed he is a journalist and should be afforded First Amendment protections. They said the charges set “a dangerous precedent” for journalism.To better understand the legal, national security, and journalistic tensions at issue, the Gazette spoke with Harvard faculty members Yochai Benkler, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, and Nicco Mele. Here are their views:Yochai BenklerJack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and SocietyBenkler ’94 testified at Manning’s 2013 trial and has publicly defended the disclosure as whistleblowingThe case against AssangeThe indictment combines a narrowly tailored and probably quite strong claim on Assange himself participating in trying to crack passwords to the Defense Department computers with Manning. If that ends up being the core and only part of the indictment, then it’s going to be very hard to argue against it in terms of freedom of the press, because that’s not something that is likely protected under existing precedent and not something that journalists do normally.On the other hand, in describing the indictment and defining the charges, the prosecution seems to be drawing in a wide range of normal journalistic practices associated with national security reporting — using secure communications channels in order to protect the identity of a source, using a secure dropbox for the materials to be delivered. So the indictment has in it very dangerous elements spilling over into chilling national security journalism generally. …I haven’t seen in the public record any assertion of active collaboration of cracking the passwords. That’s new. If they have evidence for it, it’s quite narrow and would allow a prosecution that wouldn’t have major spillover effects on normal journalism. That’s a big if. It is unfortunate that the indictment includes language that turns it from a narrow, more defensible claim.The danger is that the prosecution will use a very narrow, defensible prosecution and hang on it a much broader, looser, and more chilling set of practices that are not distinguishable from simply committing journalism. You could frame anything, except for the cracking, as a conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and ignore the publication. It’s important not to overstate it in the other direction, that if the prosecution does focus only on this, then somehow this also severely impacts freedom of the press. Because certainly, actively participating in cracking passwords to break into computers is not something journalists do.Mounting a First Amendment defense If the prosecution has evidence that there was an actual agreement to — and an active participation in — cracking the password … then the general freedom of the press defense will be weak. If the prosecution has very weak evidence for it and is going to use it as an anchor to then throw up a lot of dust around the general secrecy and Dropbox and this and that, then it does have a real chilling effect.That’s why it’s so critical from the start to distinguish between these two parts. Because if there’s strong evidence for the collaborative cracking, then the impact on freedom of the press is relatively small and the government’s case is relatively strong. If the evidence for that is relatively weak and they’re only using it as a foot in the door to get in all of the normal journalistic practices, then the danger is enormous and it will be important to understand this case primarily through the lens of freedom of the press. We don’t know what the evidence is and we don’t know how the prosecution will structure its case, and that’s going to be the critical question.Rolf Mowatt-LarssenDirector of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy SchoolServed more than two decades as a CIA intelligence officerWhistleblowing or leakingWhistleblowing is protected. The U.S. government has certain measures in place to ensure that keeping classified information classified doesn’t mean that if someone sees governmental crimes or malfeasance, they don’t have an ability to notify the proper authorities. That’s been the debate about Manning: whether that was whistleblowing. That’s what WikiLeaks says it was all about.I think the test you have to hold it to is, what was the extent of the disclosure and can you make a reasonable case that Chelsea Manning disclosed that to highlight an unjust war and the other reasons? And the convictions, on 22 counts, [show] it was in the U.S. government’s judgment that it went way beyond any real whistleblowing. You had something like 250,000 State Department embassy cables from around the world that were leaked. How can that possibly relate to a whistleblowing function? It was incredibly damaging to our diplomacy and our connections all over the world with no whistleblowing purpose that you could legitimately claim was calling the public’s attention to governmental crimes or corruption. … It was so indiscriminate, a total of something like 750,000 messages between Defense Department cables and messages and State Department things. I don’t think any reasonable person, if they actually read and look and study the damage that was caused by Manning’s disclosure through WikiLeaks, would come to the conclusion that it was whistleblowing. It was just a massive leak designed to cause harm to U.S. national security interests around the world.Does the public fully grasp the damage caused by the disclosures?No. I don’t think enough people have taken the time to read the facts of the case to see that the way the U.S. government handled it was reasonable. And I think a reason for that is because so many people are caught up in what they regard to be the unjustness of the invasion of Iraq and they conflate that action, in protest to the Iraq War, as the reason why Manning did this. When, in fact, you examine the evidence, that doesn’t hold up. It was a massive release of information designed to hurt the United States, not just make a statement about the war in Iraq. It went well beyond any reasonable person’s understanding of what a whistleblower should do. And I think the same applies to an even greater extent in the Edward Snowden case.Does the Justice Department have the password receipts? We’ll have to wait and see. Presumably, they think they can make that case, or they at least want to show that there was an active effort on Assange’s part to be involved in the actual theft of the information. That is different.I’ve talked to journalists my whole career. First, I don’t talk about classified things with journalists. And I’ve never had a journalist ever try to work with me to obtain information or suggest that I should go steal classified information. I’ve never met any legitimate, respectable journalist who does that. I’m sure there might be people like that. And I think that distinction is what is very important about this case. Because if it’s true and the government can make the case, then that’s a very important precedent to establish through the Assange/Manning relationship.Nicco MeleDirector of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy Former senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles TimesShould Assange still be called a journalist?I never thought he was a journalist; I always thought he was an advocate. He’s been a source for journalists. Holding power accountable was certainly part of what his purpose was, so he had some similar values to journalists in holding power accountable, but in many ways was never a journalist. He was much more of an advocate or activist than a journalist. However, he did describe himself as a journalist.Is he using press freedom as a shield to commit crimes?Much more troubling to me is using his status to avoid accountability for the charges of sexual assault. That’s way more disturbing. But I see some of the work he did with Chelsea Manning as an act of civil disobedience that had it not happened, we would not know about government abuse of power. That’s a legitimate course for civil disobedience, in my view. It’s not a legitimate course in the norms and standards of journalism. Again, I don’t see him as a journalist, I see him as a transparency activist who works closely with many journalists.Do the media need clearer standards for who is doing journalism?I think we have pretty good rules about that. The problem is that the public doesn’t recognize them. [There’s] lots of research about how the public does not distinguish well even between op-eds and reported news. In the case of newspapers and opinion, I think it’s probably more a failure of communications or marketing failure. In the case of cable television, where you have reporters, but you also have contributors and advocates and true opinion, I feel like the medium tolerates much more confusion than it should.Interviews have been edited for clarity and length.center_img An analyst on Russian security issues explains how the U.S. probe likely played out, and where it may yet lead Revelations key to reform push, says ACLU lawyerlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Safety,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement today after the legislature passed Senator Jake Corman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law to combat hazing:“I thank Senator Corman and bipartisan members of the legislature for getting this important bill to my desk,” said Governor Wolf. “Hazing is counter to the experience we want for college students in Pennsylvania. We must give law enforcement the tools to hold people accountable and ensure schools have safeguards to protect students and curb hazing.”The National Study of Student Hazing reports that 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.Senate Bill 1090 will increase penalties for all of those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and informs students and parents of what is happening on campus. It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.center_img October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Townsville urged to be confident

first_imgPropertyology managing director Simon PressleyNATIONAL property analyst Simon Pressley says Townsville is on the cusp of a more prosperous era but a lack of local confidence is holding the region back.Mr Pressley (pictured), who is the head of property investment service Propertyology, was in Townsville earlier this month to speak at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Hot Property event.He said that Townsville’s diverse economy, huge pipeline of infrastructure projects and history of strong property growth before 2008 were sure signs better times were ahead but more confidence was needed.“I think the outlook of your city has greatness in it but there is a very important missing ingredient and that is confidence,” he said.“I think you’re about to see some price growth and that will be in 2019 and I think at first it will be mild.“If you capitalise on all the infrastructure coming and start talking positively it becomes infectious and your economy can go from busted to really good, really quickly.”Despite Mr Pressley’s optimism Townsville’s property prices are yet to budge. Core Logic’s latest Regional Market Update for the September quarter shows that median house values have dropped by 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to September 2018 to $301,816 and unit values are down 3.9 per cent at $239,543.However houses are selling three days faster compared to August 2017 while units are selling 20 days faster.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pressley said there was no doubt Townsville had experienced a tough decade but other regional centres had fared worse only to recover and become some of the hottest real estate markets in the country.He said Townsville needed to capitalise on its proximity to Asia to help boost the economy.“I can’t think of a single location in Australia that has a more impressive list of economic assets,” he said.“You’ve got gold, silver, copper, nickel and coal and you also have beef, mangoes and bananas.“You have that in your backyard and you’re close to someone living in China, India or Vietnam and you’ve also already got a world-class export port and an international airport.”Mr Pressley said Townsville could capitalise on the region’s tourism potential but city leaders would need to be bold and build something out of the box to attract visitors.He suggested a tropical zoo, a sporting museum or a boutique brewery with “The Big Beer Can” to rival Coffs Harbour’s big banana.“What can Townsville put on a postcard to take advantage of the tourism boom worldwide?” Mr Pressley said.“You could have a tropical zoo, a six-star hotel or a regional sporting museum to showcase the great athletes who have come out of regional Queensland. Be innovative and work with your strengths because it will create jobs and it will give people a reason to come here.”last_img read more