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Launches and Closures

The parent company of Chicago Sun-Times, The Sun-Times Media group, has re-launched 16 of its news websites, including five dailies and 11 weeklies in the west region of Chicago suburbs after overhaul, Editor & Publisher reported yesterday.

This re-launch of news sites is a part of the conversion of its papers to the Sun-Times Media Desk platform, for which the company started laying the foundation earlier this year, according to NewsandTech.com. To enable better coordination of operations among its five newsroom divisions and promote content sharing, the media group has deployed ContentPublisher editorial app hosted by Digital Technology International to merge its editorial operations and facilitate multichannel publishing.

"These accomplishments are a significant milestone in our company's plan to convert all of our newsrooms to a modern, Internet-based 'in the cloud' system and relaunch all of our newspaper websites, creating an even greater experience for our readers and advertisers," Sun-Times Media CEO and vice chairman Jeremy L. Halbreich and, President and COO Rick Surkamer said in a memo to staffers, Editor & Publisher reported.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-24 16:46

French free dailies Metro and 20 Minutes will be expanding their distribution coverage in France, with new editions to be published beginning Monday, Newspaper Innovation reported yesterday.

Metro will be launching new editions in Metz, Nancy and Toulon, thereby expanding its reach in the country from nine to 12 editions, while 20 Minutes will launch an edition for Montpellier. Metro's new editions make it the country's only free daily available in these cities, with a distribution of more than 20,000 copies each day, according to a statement by the newspaper, Agence France Presse reported. The launch of Toulon edition is expected to further strengthen the newspaper's position in the south, after the successful launch of its Marseille edition in 2002.

Image of Metro: TarifMedia.com

Through these new editions, Metro boosted its presence further in France, now covering 15 cities.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-24 15:28

News weekly Bloomberg Businessweek plans to publish a series of country specific reports to provide global business leaders and advertisers with deep and unique insights on the leading industrial countries in the global economy, according to a press release posted on BusinessWire. The inaugural edition of the country-specific report series will focus on Germany, and will be featured in the Oct. 4-10 issue.

The launch is set to coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrations of German reunification and will be available on newsstands from Oct. 1. This move by the news weekly is aimed at capturing the interest of readers and attracting readership from its rivals, Fortune and The Economist, according to MediaWeek.co.uk.

Image Source: MediaWeek.co.uk

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-23 17:00

Two Indian national dailies, The Hindu and The Times of India, have published "talking advertisements." The ads for a Volkswagen campaign uses a light sensitive speaker that has been placed on the newspapers, which broadcasts audio as light falls on the device, Journalism.co.uk reported yesterday.

The audio broadcasts play in an endless loop until the reader closes the newspaper, Reuters pointed out. While taking ads and moving ads have been tried before, "this must be the first time daily newspapers of the size and reach of ToI and Hindu have done it at a time when American newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post are just about coming to terms with the reality of advertisements on the front page," Sans Serif pointed out.

The talking ads are being done for two days in a row. The first ad is featured in the Madras edition of yesterday's Hindu and today on Times of India for Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi markets, according to Sans Serif. A light-sensitive speaker weighing not more than 10 to 15 grams is stuck on the extreme left panel of the Volkswagen ad found on the last page of the newspaper's.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-22 17:22

An article by David Cohn on PBS.org, analysed six new "journalism startups". The startups were Kommons.com, Storyful, the Local:East Village, Emphas.is, Ebyline and ThankThis.com.

Kommons was started by Cody Brown, who, with a co-founder, taught himself how to code and "iterated like mad," states Cohn. He compares Kommons to 10questions.com or Yoosk.com and to be part of the site, the person using it has to be asked a question. Brown is also trying to steer the main idea of the site away from "journalism," Cohn said. "Brown is avoiding 'journalism' baggage while still providing a community with tools that can serve its news and information needs. As I've said before, we may not call it 'journalism' in the future, but if it still meets the news and information needs of a community, more power to it," Cohn adds.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-22 17:09

Turkmenistan's Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs presented on Friday the launching issue of Rysgal, the first privately owned newspaper in the country, Turkmenistan.ru revealed.

The first issue of the eight-page paper, which is published in Turkmen and Russian, featured on its front page an article written by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov "congratulating Turkmen businessmen for publishing their own newspaper and promising his full support to private entrepreneurs," Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Image: Central Asia newswire
According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, the publication will cover the activities of the Union of Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs as well as stories of successful Turkmen businessmen. It will also provide information about domestic and foreign markets.

However, the periodicity of the newspaper or numbers about the copies distributed were not revealed.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-21 18:20

The Telegraph Media Group is launching its first free iPad app in association with Audi as the launch sponsor, Mediaweek.co.uk reported today.

The app will make editorial content from the UK media group's newspapers, Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, available for free throughout the week, according to the newspaper.

Image Source: Telegraph.co.uk
"We are delighted that iPad users will now be able to enjoy the best journalism from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph," Edward Roussel, digital editor of the media group was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "This development demonstrates Telegraph Media Group's dedication to making its content accessible to the widest possible audience on all key platforms."

The content available on the iPad will include world news, UK news, politics, sports, business, editorial, features and cartoons. While the newspaper stated that the app is available for free download from the iTunes store for a 'limited period' and readers can download content from 5 a.m. daily, no further information was provided.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-21 15:31

Canada's national daily, The Globe and Mail, will unveil a "dramatically redesigned" print edition on Oct. 1, featuring the most significant changes in the newspaper's history, the Globe and Mail announced today.

The first redesigned issue will also be the launch of an eight-week series titled "Canada: Our Time to Lead," which will discuss Canadians and their country. The series will be supported by integrated multi-channel marketing efforts, with creative's developed by Naked Creative of Toronto. Ongoing reader discussions and debates will be held online, to go alongside the newspaper's coverage.

The redesign is an outcome of a recent long-term partnership with Transcontinental Inc, which provides the newspaper with printing technology currently used by only five other newspapers in the world, none of which are in Canada

The newspaper's website will also be updated with better navigation and functionality, improved storytelling features for readers and greater visual presentation of content and news stories, according to the press release. Through this makeover, the newspaper aims to differentiate its weekday edition from the weekend, such as by including colour on every page and special stock paper and custom print options for advertisers, while also offering in-depth editorial content and analysis in its weekend edition, Globe Style.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-20 18:53

Microsoft Thursday launched the Microsoft Advertising Exchange for Mobile, as well as Mobile Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7, which it claims as the industry's first platform designed to sell mobile ad inventory via a real-time, auction bidding model, paidContent reported.

This announcement just came out before Microsoft's rollout of Windows Phone 7 operating system in October, which, according to Media Week, would encourages application developers for Windows Phone 7 to tap into the ad service to monetise their apps.

Raj Kapoor, global director for product planning and marketing for Microsoft Mobile Advertising, said in the blog that the exchange is partnering with several outside mobile ad nets, including Millennial Media, WHERE, InMobi and MobClix. However, it did not mention any plans to work with the two biggest mobile players, Google nor Apple.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-09-17 23:43

Russian business daily Vedomosti may be following in Rupert Murdoch's footsteps, suggested journalist Sergei Skripnikov via Twitter, WebPlanet.ru reported today. As of November 1, free contents of the title's online edition will include articles from sections like "Career and Management," "Culture" and "Opinions" as well as headlines and announcements. Readers would have to pay a fee to access to archives and full versions of some articles, Media Day wrote.

According to Editor-in-Chief Viktor Saxon's blog, Vedomosti is curretly holding a special promotion package for its Web readers, entailing full access to new issues and archives, a smartphone-friendly version, a mobile edition, widgets and other features. The package costs RUB 450 (US$ 14.38) per year, provided that users register until October 15. Afterwards, the paper goes back to its usual RUB 3398.40 (US$ 108.70) subscription price tag.

Vedomosti was started as a collaboration between newspapers The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times as well Russian publishing giant Independent Media in 1999. The website states that in addition to journalists across Moscow and the rest of Russia, there is occassional input from WSJ and FT. Its mission is to "inform readers on a daily basis about the most important economic, political, financial and corporate events, offering an in-depth analysis and forecasts," says the site's About Us section.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-17 00:55

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