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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Sun - 21.12.2014


Journalism

by Dean Roper

When 85 percent of their revenues come from print, says Kasturi Balaji, Managing Director of Kasturi & Sons in India, newspapers had better not scrimp on offering the best newspaper products to their readers. Mr. Balaji spoke at the WAN-IFRA Printing Summit 2011 Conference in Mainz, Germany.

Based in Chennai, Kasturi & Sons are the publishers of The Hindu, an English-language daily newspaper with a circulation of 1.5 million copies, and Business Line with 180,000 circulation, among other titles.

The company prints at 15 print sites, 12 of them owned by Kasturi & Sons, and three use heatset technology to print newspaper titles. That is what sets the company apart.

Since 1998, Kasturi & Sons have printed most of their newspaper products on double-width presses, many equipped with hot-air dryers. The company offers a number of niche, high-quality semi-commercial products, all bringing in significant new revenue streams.

For that new revenue, there are press-related and mailroom issues to consider, Mr. Balaji says. For the press, quality, formats and enhancements play major roles. But warning about quality, he says, "It is important to be realistic about quality expectations. Adding a dryer to a newspaper press does not make it a commercial press. While it may be somewhat easier to retrofit devices like stitchers and gluers, the same cannot be said for hot-air dryers, for example."

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-10 10:02

Instead of limiting its next app to one device like the iPad, Fortune magazine has built a new app to run inside web browsers on a variety of platforms. And although the app, called Fortune500+, will only run only on desktop and laptop browsers at first, it will soon run on tablet browsers too.

As a web app, Fortune500+ joins what seems to be a slowly rising tide of apps that run in web browsers instead of the operating systems of particular devices.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-10 09:33

Years in the making, a complex new set of rules for measuring newspaper circulation officially launched with the release today of results for the six-month period that ended March 31. Total paid circulation is gone as the top-line measure. In its place is a summary number for total average circulation, both paid and "verified."

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-10 09:11

A pioneering new eco-font for newspapers - believed to be the first of its kind in the country - which cuts down on ink but does not alter quality, has been developed by specialists at regional media company Archant.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-09 10:00

By Tabelo Timse (AFP)

JOHANNESBURG -- Five newspapers line a vendor's makeshift table built from cardboard and sticks but most customers go straight for Isolezwe, one of South Africa's growing Zulu-language dailies.

"I guess people feel comfortable reading in their language," says Blessings Kupe from his stand at a busy Johannesburg taxi rank where he offers the country's most-read papers, all English titles like Daily Sun and The Star.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-09 09:47

by Robert Niles

I'd like to point you toward a post from Dallas NBA team owner and Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban which I hope will get you thinking, but might just get many of you mad instead:

[...]here's a taste:

In the year 2011, I'm not sure I have a need for beat writers from ESPN.com, Yahoo, or any website for that matter to ever be in our locker room before or after a game. I think we have finally reached a point where not only can we communicate any and all factual information from our players and team directly to our fans and customers as effectively as any big sports website, but I think we have also reached a point where our interests are no longer aligned.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-08 11:20

Time Inc., the country's largest magazine publisher, has reached a deal with Apple Inc. (AAPL) to make all its iPad editions free for print subscribers, marking a break in the impasse between publishers and Apple and lending support to Time's contention that it's business-as-usual after the ouster of its chief executive.

Starting Monday, subscribers to Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune magazines will be able to access the iPad editions via the apps, which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers. Time Inc.'s People magazine already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-08 11:03

by Ken Doctor

What's a story worth?

Last week, I looked at a single investigative story (California Watch's "On Shaky Ground"), and we saw the tab of half a million dollars for a 20-month-long tale of sleuthing. What about that ordinary daily story, quotidian journalism as we know it -- the grinding out of less eventful articles, the kinds of things that keep us informed but don't offer epiphanies? How much does it cost, and how much does that matter to the future of the news business?

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-08 10:37

The New York Post hasn't made any real money in years. That's why it's an unlikely frontrunner in the publishing industry's uneasy turf war with Apple and the IPad. And even though it comes from a company that is spending tens of millions to invent a new news product for the IPad (News Corp's "The Daily"), the Post has fired the loudest and most effective shots for the newspaper industry directly at Apple's broadside.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-07 09:53

Media have changed in ways that now make aggregation essential to the mission of almost any news organization.

Readers face an abundant and growing volume of news and news sources. Most cities now have independent news websites, forums and blogs covering neighborhoods and particular topics. Other professional news outlets are stepping up their output.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-04 10:09

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