How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter

The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep. It was just after dawn on May 27 when Andrew Jennings’s phone began ringing. Swiss police had just launched a startling raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich, arresting seven top FIFA officials and charging them and others with running a $150 million racket. The world was stunned. More »

GLAAD responds to Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner, releases updated tip sheet for journalists

GLAAD today responded to Vanity Fair’s July 2015 cover, featuring Caitlyn Jenner. “By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. More »

Bruce Jenner\\\\\\\'s Special With Diane Sawyer On ABC\\\\\\\'s 20/20 Sets New Bar For Reporting On Transgender Issues

Before Diane Sawyer’s blockbuster interview with Bruce Jenner aired on ABC, she told George Stephanopoulos, “This is a family love story.” More »

8 Sad Truths About Women in Media

A new report shows how far women must go in order to achieve real gender parity More »

Newspaper reporter is ‘the worst job of 2015′ JIMROMENESKO.COM

Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says: More »

 

The one security improvement businesses must make by October

The-One-Security-Improvement-Businesses-Must-Make-By-This-OctoberFollow the news and it’s easy to see that payment fraud has become the largest theft-related threat facing business and consumers in the United States, as well as around the world. The cost of payment card fraud grew by 19 percent globally in 2013, hitting $14 billion, according to research from BI Intelligence. The threat is higher in the United States, where payment card fraud grew 29 percent to $7.1 billion.

So why is payment card fraud more likely here at home than around the world? One of the largest reasons is because the country has fallen behind in combating payment card fraud through technology. About a quarter of the world’s payment card transactions are done in the U.S., but more than half of payment card fraud happens here because the United States is the only developed country that does not yet have wide-spread use of EMV chip technology.

EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, and EMV cards use a computer chip embedded in the card itself to create a unique transaction code for every purchase. This makes counterfeiting attempts much more difficult.

Many U.S. businesses have been reluctant to implement EMV technology because of the added expense and time required to transition. However, this transition should not be put off any longer. Effective in October, liability for all payment card fraud will shift to the party who did the least to prevent the fraud, putting the burden on the businesses themselves.

If your business is looking to improve its security and implement EMV technology before October, follow these tips to make the process as smooth as possible:

* Find the time that works for you. You’ve heard the saying “timing is everything,” and this applies to your acceptance of EMV chip technology as well. Adopt EMV too soon and you could face additional costs as PIN debit networks add EMV standards. Adopting it too late, however, could cause you to face liability shift expenses.

* Make your updates all-inclusive. Making the transition to accepting EMV technology is a great time to ensure you can accept emerging forms of payment as well. So when you add EMV, don’t forget to consider upgrades such as tokenization and contactless payments. Chase provides a point of sale terminal called Future Proof that accepts EMV chip cards, as well as mobile Near Field Communication (NFC) and other forms of contactless payment all in one streamlined device.

* Be ready for other threats. Research shows that businesses that accept EMV technology saw a reduction in counterfeit fraud (fraud that results when fraudsters steal card data at point of sale to create and use counterfeit plastics) while cases of electronic fraud (fraud that results when fraudsters steal data and use it for online purchases) increased. As you shore up your brick and mortar protection, make sure your website’s fraud detection technology is updated and ready for increased threats.

* Don’t forget about this… Making payments with chip readers is slightly different from conventional readers, and not all chip readers look alike. Customers need to insert their card in the reader and keep it there until the transaction is complete. Make sure your front line employees can help customers through the transition. It’ll make the transaction smoother and ensure that customers get the great customer service you’re known for.

Transitioning to EMV technology may seem confusing at first, but with liability for all fraudulent transactions shifting in October, your business simply cannot afford the risk. To learn more about how to install EMV technology and protect your business, contact Chase today or visit them on Twitter. – (BPT)

America’s smartphone obsession extends to mobile banking

America-s-Smartphone-Obsession-Mobile-BankingThere’s no denying it — smartphones have become essential to daily life. From the smallest to the most complex of tasks, we’ve adopted a mobile-first mindset. For an increasing number of adults, this means their smartphone is never too far out of reach.

In fact, if you’re like most Americans, your smartphone is your first and last interaction of the day. Nearly 71 percent of consumers sleep with their smartphones nearby and 35 percent say it’s the first thing they reach for in the morning, according to the second annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report. What’s more, 36 percent report checking their mobile devices “constantly,” and 38 percent never disconnect from their smartphones.

The survey, which explored broad mobile trends and banking behaviors among adults across the country, found the need for constant connectivity also extends to banking. Of those respondents who use a mobile banking app, 62 percent say they access it a few times a week or more, while 20 percent check once a day or more.

“We recognize how essential smartphones are to everyday life and banking is no different,” says Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at Bank of America. “For many of our customers, mobile has become the bank in their pocket, allowing them to bank with us when, where and how they want.”

The report revealed further insights into how consumers are using mobile to manage their money.

Mobile banking is the new normal. More consumers are using mobile banking to stay in control of their finances, with the survey revealing nearly six in 10 (57 percent) have at least tried mobile banking and 48 percent are active users. Fifty-one percent use either mobile or online as their primary method of banking, while just 23 percent complete the majority of their banking at a bank branch.

Mobile check deposit is on the rise. Consumers are increasingly benefitting from the convenience of mobile check deposit, using the feature to save themselves a trip to the bank. Sixty-three percent surveyed have used mobile check deposit, with older millennials (ages 25-34) the most likely to use it (72 percent).

Consumers trust alerts to stay in-the-know. Mobile banking alerts give consumers the flexibility to manage their finances via a range of customizable notifications. Many Americans are already taking advantage — the majority (81 percent) of mobile banking app users report receiving banking notifications via mobile, such as low balance (43 percent), unusual activity (41 percent) and bill pay (35 percent) alerts.

Mobile phones becoming mobile wallets. Consumers are increasingly receptive to new and emerging technology, particularly when it comes to mobile banking and payments. Approximately six in 10 (56 percent) surveyed would consider paying someone using person-to-person payments via mobile banking app. Additionally, 34 percent would consider or have already used their smartphone or wearable device to make a purchase at checkout.

For additional insights into consumer mobility and mobile banking, view the full Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report at http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-kits/bank-america-trends-consumer-mobility-report . – (BPT)

Ukrainian pilot charged in deaths of two Russian journalists goes to court in Russia’s south | National Post

Savchenko was captured by rebels and brought to Russia under murky circumstances, though Russian authorities say the Ukrainian crossed the border on her own

Source: Ukrainian pilot charged in deaths of two Russian journalists goes to court in Russia’s south | National Post

Football Association urged by journalists union to act on clubs banning journalists from grounds

Newcastle United, Swindon Town, and Blackpool FC are just a few teams that have banned journalists outright or allowed access for pay.

Source: Football Association urged by journalists union to act on clubs banning journalists from grounds

The noose around Russian journalists is tightening – Business Insider

With state media waging a full-scale information war over the crisis in Ukraine, independent media in Russia are battling to survive.

Source: The noose around Russian journalists is tightening – Business Insider

Egypt Postpones Verdict for Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian court postponed a session Thursday where it was due to announce a verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists charged with supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Source: Egypt Postpones Verdict for Al Jazeera Journalists

The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program continues with renewed funding support

The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, run jointly by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) since its launch in 2010, will continue thanks to renewed funding support from The Silver Century Foundation.

Source: The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program continues with renewed funding support

Mmegi Online :: Journalists threaten Kabelano Cup blackout

The President of the newly formed Botswana Sports Writers Association, Leatile Mmutle has expressed his displeasure at the treatment meted out to journalists at the Kabelano Charity Cup.

Source: Mmegi Online :: Journalists threaten Kabelano Cup blackout

Don’t believe Hollywood’s sexual fantasies about female journalists | Hadley Freeman | Comment is free | The Guardian

In the movies, we jump into bed with practically every interviewee. Strange how the men don’t get that treatment

Source: Don’t believe Hollywood’s sexual fantasies about female journalists | Hadley Freeman | Comment is free | The Guardian

Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners, including Chinese loggers, journalists – The Globe and Mail

The pardons were timed to coincide with a Buddhist religious holiday and come ahead of a November general election

Source: Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners, including Chinese loggers, journalists – The Globe and Mail

There’s a Facebook group to help journalists figure out their plan B | Poynter.

Last May, Russ Kendall learned that another friend and journalist had been laid off. Linda Epstein, McClatchy-Tribune Wire’s senior photo editor for 15 years, would lose her job in July when the company shuttered its wire service. By July 21, Kendall launched a closed Facebook group. Here’s what he wrote on the page’s first post:

Source: There’s a Facebook group to help journalists figure out their plan B | Poynter.

Two journalists killed in Somalia suicide car bomb attack | Media | The Guardian

A third was injured as they passed a hotel that houses diplomatic missions

Source: Two journalists killed in Somalia suicide car bomb attack | Media | The Guardian

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