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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Tue - 23.09.2014


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Brian Bonner, Chief Editor of the Kyiv Post, will be moderating the joint World Newspaper Congress/World Editors Forum session titled "Winners shaping the future - How some newspaper companies are succeeding and leading the way" at the event in Kiev in September.

Bonner is an American journalist who has been with the English-language weekly since 2008 as its chief editor (and once before in 1999). In the USA, he worked mainly for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the second largest newspaper in Minnesota, for more than 20 years. He also has worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as an election expert and for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C., as associate director of international communications.

WAN-IFRA: The web site [http://www.kyivpost.com ] is in both English and Ukrainian/Russian. But the printed paper is in English only. Why the dichotomy?

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2012-06-27 14:57

What’s next for Bloomberg LP? A long report by Gabriel Sherman for New York Magazine offers insight into the inner workings of financial media giant, owned by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The article describes Bloomberg LP’s style up to this point as plain, and facts-obsessed, and “wildly profitable”. As paidContent observes, the company makes money by selling detailed financial information to 300,000 global customers at a charge of about $20,000 a year. However, Sherman writes that as Bloomberg diversifies beyond its core business, it is finding that the same model of nothing-but-pure-information journalism does not always apply. 

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Hannah Vinter's picture

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-05 16:40

Die Zeit’s paper and online editions are better off as independent entities, said Wolfgang Blau, editor of Zeit Online. The weekly print paper is run out of Hamburg, while the website is based in Berlin. Blau was speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, on a panel on the future of weeklies.

Many European newspapers are moving towards a more integrated structure, but Blau argued that the culture and reporting structures are different in print and online, and hence it makes sense to keep them somewhat separate, although of course with collaboration between the two. As the paper’s circulation is growing and revenue is still going up, the approach seems to be working for Die Zeit.

One third of Die Zeit's editors frequently contribute articles written exlusively for Zeit Online, Blau said, a number which is much higher than at the paper’s competitors. The Economist’s website, for example, is full of content produced by the print journalists, who embrace the opportunity to write blog posts and more, said the paper’s social media editor Mark Johnson.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-04-30 12:26

From East Coast business practices to Silicon Valley technology, European publishers have long looked to the US as a source of inspiration. But now, as media companies everywhere are seeking different ways to adapt to the new digital era, some European firms are coming up with smart solutions, which American news organisations could well learn from.

This is the argument made by media analyst Ken Doctor in a series of articles for Nieman Lab. Doctor, who is the author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get, highlights examples of media companies that are thriving in Europe, including Schibsted in Norway, which has diversified into digital services and online classifieds, Gossweiler Media in Switzerland, which has created a successful community news model, and Sanoma in Finland, which has successfully persuaded print readers to pay more for digital access.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-04-10 17:43

To paywall or not to paywall? That seems to be the most prominent question in the sphere online news publishing these days. In the discussions on the topic, the lines appear to be clearly drawn: on the one side are newspapers such as the New York Times or the Financial Times, which charge for their online content either immediately or after accessing a certain number of articles. On the other side are papers such as the Guardian, which believe that an “open” approach, more akin to the nature of the Internet, will eventually yield solid revenue.

The drawback of this way of thinking about digital publishing is that it may put too much emphasis on the question of paywall, whereas a different angle could be more helpful. GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram makes this point in a recent article, arguing that rather than defining the relationship with their readers through money, newspapers should focus on the relationship they have with their readers. When developed more fully, this relationship would then form the basis that could be monetised.

For more on this story please see our sister publication www.editorsweblog.org

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2012-03-28 19:16

The plight of traditional newspaper businesses is depressing many people in the UK, US, Australia and elsewhere. Journalists see their jobs at risk from the limitless supply of "free" always-on news and lean online 'aggregators'. Investors face losses and the decline of historic, once so-powerful news brands. And proprietors, bloated by years of prestige, power and profit, have to accept that it might all just disappear. Try asking teenagers whether they can imagine a world without daily papers.

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-10-19 11:33

For many journalists there's something halting to the phrase, let alone the idea, of an "advertorial publication." After all, advertorials are something of a boogeyman (but a boogeyman with a checkbook, which is nice) in the straight-journalism world, products that look, walk, and talk like news content -- but that are, in reality, advertising. They play into all the deep-seated feelings journalists generally don't like to acknowledge about how the bills are paid and about the tricky relationship between advertising and news.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-08-02 13:26

In their effort to modernize Hearst Corp.'s media assets, executives need only look to their headquarters for inspiration. A fixture of the Manhattan skyline since 2006, the striking, triangular-framed glass tower sits on top of a small, stone building commissioned by William Randolph Hearst 83 years ago.

It serves as a constant reminder for one of the oldest media companies, which is increasingly leaning on the bold and innovative efforts of the start-up ecosystem to overhaul its newspapers, magazines, local television and radio stations for the new digital age.

Continue reading on Venture Capital Dispatch

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-07-11 12:02

Advertising and paywalls are typically viewed as a mutually exclusive proposition but they can successfully co-exist, according to participants at a roundtable at DPAC (Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference) this week.

"Why not dual models?" said Andrew Rutledge, vice president and general manager of publisher development at PubMatic. "Who's paying for digital content from more than two providers? The market can only support two or three players with a paywall. I don't think the paywall is THE solution, it's one of many."

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-06-15 09:43

Say what you like about the internet, but it's never short of an opinion. It might be unfair to say the news industry is desperate for some fresh ideas to help with its cruelly slow transition into the internet era, but certainly journalism's finest editorial and commercial minds have been battling with the dynamics of falling readership and revenues for many years. Is it time to look in some of the more unexpected corners of the internet?

Continue reading on Organ Grinder Blog

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-06-07 11:05

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