News Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure News News Help by sharing this information to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed about the latest threat to media pluralism in Poland – a proposed law to “repolonize” the country’s press by imposing a limit on the level of foreign capital in Polish media companies. Deputy culture minister Jaroslaw Sellin announced on 21 March that the government led by the ultra-conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) expects to unveil this proposed media law by the summer. The announcement appears to be a response to the leaking of a letter from Mark Dekan, the CEO of the Swiss-German media company Ringier Axel Springer, on 17 March to the employees of the media outlets it owns in Poland. The letter hailed former Polish premier Donald Tusk’s reelection as president of the European Council despite strong opposition from the PiS government. Tusk’s reelection was a victory “for all Poles who are proud of belonging to the EU,” Dekan’s letter said. Condemning his comment as “interference” in Poland’s internal affairs, the Polish government clearly saw it as a gold opportunity for reasserting its view that Poland’s foreign-owned media outlets do not defend Polish values enough. After turning the state media into propaganda tools and financially throttling newspapers opposed to its reforms, the government now plans to “repolonize” the ownership of foreign-owned Polish media outlets that employ journalists critical of government. The targets include TVN, a TV channel controlled since March 2015 by Scripps Networks Interactive, a US media company, and Newsweek Polska, a news magazine owned by the Ringier Axel Springer group. “We condemn the Polish government’s latest attempt to gag the media in order to extend its political influence,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “The plan to ‘repolonize’ the national media – to use the government’s own term – by exploiting anti-monopoly mechanisms and by forcing foreign investors to sell their media outlets poses a grave danger to media pluralism and freedom.” Poland is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more Mark Dekan, CEO of Ringier Axel Springer News RSF_en Receive email alerts With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Poland May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 23, 2017 Poland’s plan to “repolonize” foreign-owned media January 28, 2021 Find out more
Real estate professionals are spending an increasing amount of time conducting business on their smartphones, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). About one-third of real estate professionals spend more than seven hours per workday on their smartphone or tablet, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to the 2018 Realtor Mobile Usage Report from NAR. About half of that third estimate they spend more than nine hours per day on their devices. Also, 35.7 percent of real estate professionals use their mobile devices between four and six hours per workday. Fewer than five percent of real estate professionals say they use their smart devices less than one hour per day, and less than half a percent do not use a mobile device at all. It’s not surprising then that an overwhelming majority—85.3 percent—of real estate professionals consider their mobile devices “very important” in their daily work and another 10.6 percent consider them “important.” Tablets are popular but not universal among real estate professionals. About 34.8 percent of survey respondents said they do not use a tablet at all.Apple devices are favored among real estate professionals with 70.4 percent saying they use an iPhone for their business. About 28.9 percent use an Android. When it comes to tablets, however, it’s just about Apple or nothing. While a little over a third of respondents said they do not use a tablet, 48.7 percent said they use an Apple tablet. Fewer than five percent of respondents said they use a Google or Microsoft tablet. The task real estate professionals complete most often on their mobile devices is, naturally, client communications. About 93.6 percent of survey respondents said they use their mobile devices for client communications. Other common uses for mobile devices were housing research, cited among 70.7 percent of respondents; social media (70.7 percent); arranging home showings (62 percent); accessing contact management systems (60 percent); and making financial calculations (56 percent). Half of the respondents said they use their devices to track mileage and business expenses, and nearly half rely on their mobile device’s camera. NAR also questioned respondents about their favorite mobile apps. Professionals most often cited RPR, Homesnap, Zillow, ShowingTime, Realtor.com, and area MLS apps. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News, Technology How Real Estate Pros Are Embracing Mobile Devices Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Share Save Tagged with: real estate Real Estate Agents Realtors smartphones tablets Home / Daily Dose / How Real Estate Pros Are Embracing Mobile Devices The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles real estate Real Estate Agents Realtors smartphones tablets 2018-06-20 Krista Franks Brock Subscribe About Author: Krista Franks Brock Previous: Three-Decade Study Finds Young Households in a Bad Place Next: The Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cuts The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago June 20, 2018 3,484 Views
Flyfishing discovers women. This was the headline of a major newspaper’s coverage of the surge of women in flyfishing recently. And as much as I loathe that title — women have been flyfishing since, well, forever — I learned in the last few weeks that maybe it was apt, if comically naïve.I spent the last two weekends at flyfishing shows in New Jersey and Atlanta, where I met dozens of industry leaders, guides and lodge owners, creatives and rod builders, apparel designers and shop owners. I was representing The Flyfish Journal, and engaged in great conversations with hundreds of great people at both shows — people who wanted to know about the magazine, about where I’ve been fishing, about how Mt. Baker has been skiing, about steelhead numbers in the Pacific Northwest, about the great fishing on the East coast and in the South.But, amidst all of these positive interactions were a few that felt a little off, a little frustrating, a little bit weird — conversations and interactions that left me wondering if flyfishing really did just discover women. I’ve detailed a few of these interactions below, a few examples of what many women in the the flyfishing industry have been putting up with for years, whether at flyfishing events, expos, flyshops or on the river. And for those that might feel inclined to make similarly poor attempts at conversation, I’ve also included some suggestions that might have come off as less condescending/weird:1. “Do you actually fish?”This was a reoccurring issue, one that eventually got so annoying that I stopped politely laughing it off as an innocent inquiry from guys who maybe aren’t entirely aware that women do actually fish. In all, I was asked probably 15 times if I *actually* fish while in New Jersey (interestingly, no one asked me this question in Atlanta). That emphasis is not misplaced, either — every time I was offered this as a conversation starter, it was accompanied with a notable inflection on the “actually,” which by the 10 or 11th occurrence made me damn near lose it.This guy did not ask me to sit on his lap. Be like this guy.Suggestion: For those keen on not insulting the person you’re talking to at the very beginning of the conversation, I’d suggest alternatively starting with “where do you like to fish?” which leaves the other person with the opportunity to say, “well I’ve been loving so-and-so river lately,” or “oh, I don’t fish.” Though when you’re attending a flyfishing show, you should maybe just assume anyone behind a booth probably flyfishes.2. “Would you like to come work at my lodge as a housekeeper?”This was seemingly innocent, but hinted at a larger misconception that is nonetheless incredibly misguided: that women at a flyfishing show — some of the most qualified people in the industry, women who own companies and work for nonprofits and as guides and designers and in any number of other roles — would be not just interested but able to come work for a couple dollars over minimum wage cleaning sheets at your lodge. This man said he’d asked 15 (his number, not mine) other women, and was genuinely surprised that no one was interested.Suggestion: Before talking to a woman or asking her a question (I know, scary stuff) consider if you might ask the same thing of a man at a flyfishing show. I highly doubt that any of the men running booths this weekend were asked if they’d like to come be a housekeeper at a lodge.3. “If I had a time machine, I’d time travel to be able to chase that.”So there I was, super excited about my comfortable new FisheWear leggings, when an old dude shared this cringe-inducing thought with me, amidst an innocent conversation about how the show had been going for him (he was running another booth). He even gave me a little look over as he said this, while standing unusually close to me. Ick.Suggestion: Just….don’t.4. “You giving out kisses, sweetheart?”This one has a few different levels of weird to it. Not only was I asked if I was giving out kisses while sitting behind The Flyfish Journal booth, but the guy who asked then pointed to his embarrassed kid, insinuating that it wasn’t him that wanted the kiss but his preteen. I said I wasn’t really in the habit of kissing 12-year-olds. He was insulted that I said no and thought his kid was 12 — he’s 14, come on. He then said he for sure thought I was 17, which is why he thought it was okay. For the record, let me count the ways that this isn’t okay: Teaching your kid that it’s cool to ask random women for kisses, and being insulted when they say no; using the word “sweetheart” when talking to literally any woman besides your girlfriend, wife or daughter; telling me I look like I’m 17 when I’m 26 and very clearly working professionally in the industry; and, of course, asking random women who are trying to work for kisses.Suggestion: Come to the booth and introduce yourself. Ask me about the magazine, maybe look through one, ask me what I do for them — I’ll likely ask you what you’ve been fishing for lately and give your kid a sticker. Engage with me in the same way you would with the men in the booths around me, and maybe show your kid that women are capable of more than just giving out kisses.5.“Come sit right here.”Yup, someone had to ask me to sit on their lap, right? This was said with a definitive lap slap, like what your grandpa did when you were five and he wanted to tell you a story. Except I’m 26, this guy was for sure not my grandpa, and he just wanted to get a photo with me.Suggestion: Again…just, don’t.In what has become a common theme in stories of this nature, I questioned whether or not to write this, let alone post it on the internet. But women in the flyfishing industry (and the universe, really) have been dealing with stuff like this for as long as they’ve been around, so I figured if nothing else, my experiences would be relatable to half the population and informative for the other half. The vast majority of the men I spoke to over the weekend were respectful, tactful and thoroughly interested in hearing about my favorite rivers, my experience catching my first steelhead last fall and the work I’ve done for The Flyfish Journal. And then there were the handful that were peddling that same old attitude towards women in this industry, even though in most cases, these conversations could have been positive if just an iota of thought had been put into them, which is frankly not that much to ask. Even if some of these interactions read as innocuous — maybe misguided but innocent nonetheless — they were insulting, blatantly sexual and, ultimately, detrimental to an industry intent on welcoming all of us recently “discovered” women.[divider]about the author[/divider]Originally from Northern Michigan, Amanda Monthei now spends her summers smelling like smoke while fighting fires in Idaho and her winters attempting to figure out how to catch winter steelhead in Washington. When not standing in rivers or ash, she regularly contributes to The Flyfish Journal and The Ski Journal and can often be found trying to learn Cripple Creek on her banjo.