Saturday, June 27, 2009

Computerworld (IDG Magazines Norge AS) - 3 Stories

1) Tviler på Blackberry-suksess (Morten Solli ) 17 October 2006
http://www.idg.no/produkter/nettverktelekom/mobiltelefoner/article18445.ece
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes the Canadian invented Blackberry is American. He writes: "Epost på mobilen blir en ubetinget suksess, tror den danske teleanalytikeren John Strand. Men han tviler på at amerikanske Blackberry fra selskapet RIM kan bli en viktig aktør i det norske markedet. Hovedgrunnen til det heter Microsoft." This is wrong, as the Blackberry is Canadian, not American, and was invented and manufactured by Canadians and the Canadian company Research in Motion, headquartered in Waterloo in the province of Ontario in Canada. It's unbelievable this Canadian success story is so often incorrectly reported in the Norwegian press as being American. What this journalist has written is like a Canadian journalist writing Norway's King is the King of Sweden and comes from Sweden; or that Statoil is a German company. What is even more disappointing is he also writes: "I USA og Storbritannia er Blackberry synonymt med mobil epost." What about Canada?? Here is a story about a Canadian company, a Canadian product, first launched in Canada, used in Canada before the Great Britain or USA, yet not a mention to Canada. Even a Canadian product, invented in Canada, successful in Canada does not even get a simple mention to its native country. And even worse, gets incorrectly identified as being from the wrong country. Why do so many journalists think Blackberry is American? After e-mailing the journalist about the mistake in the story, a reply, a correction was never made. The Norwegian Presseforbund states: "4.13. Feilaktige opplysninger skal rettes og eventuelt beklages snarest mulig. 4.13. Incorrect information must be corrected and, when called for, an apology given, as soon as possible."
2) Blackberry ikke sikker nok (By Nard Schreurs) 8 November 2006
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes the Canadian invented Blackberry is American. He writes: "Den nederlandske etterretningstjeneste AIVD har gått hardt ut mot amerikanske Blackberry fra selskapet RIM. AIVD mener at mobiltelefonen ikke egner seg for politikerbruk, ifølge IDG Nederland." This is wrong, as the Blackberry is Canadian, not American, and was invented and manufactured by Canadians and the Canadian company Research in Motion, headquartered in Waterloo in the province of Ontario in Canada. In addition, the original IDG Netherlands story does not state Blackberry is American. It makes no reference to Blackberry being American. The Norwegian journalist has either guessed or assumed, or really does think Blackberry comes from the USA in order to write Blackberry is American. It is truly sad this Canadian success story is so often incorrectly reported in the Norwegian press as being American. There are more Norwegian stories incorrectly identifying this Canadian invention and Canadian company as American, than what it really is: Canadian. What this journalist has written is like a Canadian journalist writing Norway's King is the King of Sweden and comes from Sweden; or that Statoil is a German company. Here is a Norwegian story about a Canadian company, a Canadian product, first launched in Canada, used in Canada before the Great Britain or USA, yet not a mention of Canada. Even a Canadian product, invented in Canada, successful in Canada does not even get a simple mention to its native country. And even worse, gets incorrectly identified as being from the wrong country. Why do so many journalists just guess or assume and think Blackberry is American? Are news journalists not obligated to verify their facts before they print their stories? After e-mailing the journalist about the mistake in the story, a reply, a correction was made. The Norwegian Presseforbund states: "4.13. Feilaktige opplysninger skal rettes og eventuelt beklages snarest mulig. 4.13. Incorrect information must be corrected and, when called for, an apology given, as soon as possible."
3) Blackberry blir oversett (Ole Petter Baugerød Stokke) 22 August 2008
In this story about the Canadian phone Blackberry, the Norwegian journalist writes: "Men med all oppmerksomheten slike smarttelefoner har fått i det siste, og da mest av alt all hypen rundt Iphone, har privatmarkedet vokst raskt: 40 prosent nå, 29 prosent i fjor. I Amerika er telefonen en suksess, og den har fått kallenavnet "Crackberry", ettersom man visstnok lett kan bli avhengig av epost-funksjonaliteten i telefonene." Blackberry is a Canadian product, the story should say "Nord-Amerika" as this product was released in Canada and later exported to USA and Norway, where this Canadian technology, and product is a huge success with Norwegians and Americans. The USA is not the only place where the product is a huge sucees as the Norwegian writes, and considering the product is Canadian, and not American, some proper recognition to it in Norwegian reporting. Blackberry is Canadian, and success in its home country of Canada. So often it seems from much of the Norwegian media's coverage on Canada's Research in Motion/Blackberry is written from a USA perspective, or as an American product, with often so little credit given to this Canadian success story. Perhaps this product is another example of how so many in Norway seem to think much of what comes out of North America is American, and not Canadian or Mexican. After e-mailng the journalist a very polite and prompt response was received, and correction was made: "You're right. I'll try to get add it to the article. Thanks for feedback! Have a nice day."

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