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News International offers Milly Dowler's family £3m settlement

Milly Dowler's family have been made a £3m offer by Rupert Murdoch's News International in an attempt to settle the phone-hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World. The money on the table is understood to include a personal £1m donation to charity by Murdoch as well as contributions to the family's legal costs. But the publisher has not yet reached final agreement with the family, whose lawyers reportedly were seeking a settlement closer to £3.5m.

Activist Bill South dies at the age of 63

Bill South, a long‑time activist who headed the Consumers Union unit and the New York Guild's Representative Assembly, died yesterday at the age of 63. A 44‑year member of the Guild, South served on the Newspaper Guild of New York's Executive Committee for many years and chaired the Guild's Representative Assembly for 12 years. His wake is scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Britain's Guardian hikes cover price by 20 percent

Britain's loss-making Guardian newspaper, which has led the exposure of a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, is to hike its cover price by 20 percent, making it the country's most expensive newspaper. From next Monday, the price of the Guardian newspaper will rise to 1.20 pounds ($1.89) from 1 pound, while the Saturday edition will cost 2.10 pounds, up from 1.90.

Freedom of the press applies to everyone — yes, even bloggers

If there’s one thing that events such as the recent riots in Britain and protests in California have shown, it’s that mobile devices and social tools like Twitter and YouTube have effectively made everyone into a journalist, something we have argued in favor of at GigaOM. But not everyone likes this trend, and we’re not talking just about professional journalists -- police forces across the U.S. have been arresting and prosecuting people for photographing or videotaping them.

Inside the Globe Lab: Building the tools to make the Boston Globe’s two-site strategy work

Why exactly does The Boston Globe need a lab? Most newspapers aren’t known for spending a lot of resources on R&D. In an era where money is tight and newsrooms have shrunk, why carve out room for experiments that may not turn into anything? Of course, that question answers itself -- it’s precisely because the traditional business model is in such disarray that it makes sense to invest in ideas that could turn into something bigger.

INSI stages debate on the dangers of modern journalism

The International News Safety Institute is staging a major debate on journalistic safety to mark its launch in North America. Billed as "The Year of Living Dangerously" (and sub-titled "Better news in future? A practical response to the murder of journalism"), the debate will take place on Oct. 14 at the Associated Press headquarters in New York. In announcing the debate, INSI referred to "an unprecedented year of momentous and historic events."

Honduras does not afford rights to Journalists

Crimes against journalists and the escalation of violence against freedom of expression across the country have reached intolerable levels that have never before been seen in Honduras. Since 2009, 15 journalists have been murdered, 25 journalists have received death threats, 14 have suffered illegal detention, 4 have been kidnapped and tortured, and 37 have been assaulted, among others.

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