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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Newspapers won't die out, but publishers need to recognise that they are in the journalism business, not the newsprint business, and must embrace a range of news delivery vehicles.

That's the view of Peter Barron, Google's director of external affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-06-08 12:27

by David Carr

In 2008, when I last saw Michael Klingensmith, he was sitting in a corner office on the 34th floor of the Time Warner building, one of three powerful executives who controlled Time Inc., the biggest magazine publisher in the world.

It was the only company that Mr. Klingensmith, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, had ever worked for. After three decades, including stops at Sports Illustrated and Time, he was on the short list to become the next chief executive.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-19 09:47

German company WAZ Mediengruppe sold its Bulgarian publishing arm, including leading dailies Trud, 24 Chasa and weekly 168 Chasa, Expatica.com reported today.

Although financial details were not disclosed, WAZ said Vienna-based BG Privateinvest GmbH had agreed to buy the two daily newspapers, seven weeklies, 10 magazines, its printing facility in Sofia and its distribution company named Stella, Novinite.com revealed.

"WAZ's decision to leave Bulgaria... comes less than six months after the German group sold its newspaper business in neighboring Serbia," Expatica.com explained.

The German media group entered the Bulgarian market in 1997, when it bought Trud and 24 Chasa, ABC.es pointed out. These newspapers have a circulation of 70,000 and 55,000 copies, respectively.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-14 23:40

In order to cut its debt, Slovenian beverage firm Pivovarna Lasko has decided to sell its publishing arm, Delo d.d., which owns two of the most popular newspapers in the country, BusinessWeek reported.

Last Tuesday, the company put ads in The Financial Times as well as Delo, its flagship publication, saying it would receive non-binding bids until December 14, Bloomberg pointed out. The sale is expected to take place next year.

Pivovarna Lasko announced the sale in October as part of "its strategic plan to withdraw from the media sector and focus on its core business, which is the production and sale of beverages," explained the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments.

The publishing company, which was bought in 2007 for $117 million, also owns tabloid Slovenske Novice, magazine Nedelo and a cultural biweekly called Pogledi, BusinessWeek reminded.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-06 18:04

TNA Media-owned newspaper The New Age will finally hit the streets of South Africa on December 6, said editor-in-chief Henry Jeffreys, Times Live reported. The launching of the print version was postponed twice in the past three months.

"I think you can expect a newspaper that will indicate the direction that we will be taking," said Jefferys, who was recently appointed editor after the resignation of his predecessor Vuyo Mvuko, according to Eyewitnessnews.co.za. "It will be filled with quite a diverse array of news, entertainment and education."

The New Age was initially set to launch in September but it was postponed because the staff was not ready to use the newly acquired editorial software and the publisher needed time to test the new systems. Later in October, the launching was pushed back again after Mvuko and four other editors quitted, Newstime.co.za revealed.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-01 23:10

The first issue of the Catalan-language daily Ara was published on Sunday with a circulation of 120,000 copies, El Mundo reported. Its website went live early in the morning, with special coverage of Parliament elections in Catalonia.

The Sunday edition included a 150-page supplement that featured 83 interviews with prominent Catalans like singer Joan Manuel Serrat and writer Jaume Cabre. According to a note posted on its website, the online version received up to 23,000 page views per hour. "We have exceeded all possible expectations for a project in Catalan."

Ara will have three supplements each week dedicated to education, business and culture, ABC.es pointed out. Thanks to an agreement with the International Herald Tribune, the newspaper will also include columns written by economist Paul Krugman, Italian writer Umberto Eco and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The newsroom of the Catalan-language daily, which has an initial budget of €70 million, has more than 80 journalists and is directed by Carles Capdevilla.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-29 16:25

Greek newspaper To Vima published its last daily print edition on Saturday and will only be available online from now on, other than a weekly Sunday print edition, greekreporter.com revealed.

The decision was taken due to the newspaper's declining circulation. Three years ago, the Sunday print edition had a circulation of 199,364 copies, according to the data from the Association of Owners of Athens Daily Newspapers.

To Vima explained in an editorial published on its website that "online visitors had far outnumbered newsstand buyers--selling 8,000 print issues Thursday, while receiving 82,000 online visitors," Business Week quoted.

The newspaper, which was founded in 1922 and it's owned by Lambrakis Press group, will offer "a completely new electronic" version in January.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-29 15:52

The free daily market in Iceland, which has the highest number of free daily copies for every 100 people, just got a little more competitive.

Jón Kaldal, previously the editor of Frettabladid, has launched a new free weekly, called "Fréttatí­minn," according to a report by Newspaper Innovation. The new freesheet was launched in October, and is owned by Kaldal and five other co-workers. Each edition of Fréttatí­minn has 72 pages, and the goal is to fill 55 percent of the newspaper with advertising.

The newly launched weekly has a circulation of 82,000 copies, and six weekly editions have been published so far.

The country has two paid dailies, Morgunbladid & DV, and one free daily, Frettabladid, according to Newspaper Innovation.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-16 17:03

Board members of Chilean newspaper La Nacion approved on Friday the closure of the daily's print edition due to circulation decline. The 93-year-old newspaper will be only available online, Milenio reported.

According to media reports, the last print version will circulate on November 28, Efe revealed. However, neither the publishing company nor the government, which owns 69 percent of the newspaper's shares, could confirm the date. "The newspaper will not close," said government spokeswoman Ena Von Baer to Efe. "The government's desire is to keep the newspaper. It has asked the directory that this diary is maintained in a sustainable manner that suits the new time."

However, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera had said before being elected that he wanted to sell or reform the newspaper because it had become a "propaganda machine" used by previous governments to attack their opponents. It was not until a month ago when Daniel Platovsky, president of Empresa Periodistica La Nación, finally announced the closure.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-15 20:35

Somalia's Ministry of Information has launched a weekly newspaper called "Dalka (The Country)" and daily Somali-language news bulletin online, SunaTimes.com reported today.

Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to engage with the public and contribute to the overall increase in oral literacy in Somalia, while providing the government with an extra source to inform the Somalis about key developments inside the country and about international developments as well.

Image: SunaTimes.com

In addition to topical issues covered by the newspaper, such as politics, reconciliation, business, health, education, youth, women, and sports, it will also carry a page dedicated to Somali poets and musicians, according to a report on the SunaTimes.com. The publications will document key events in hard retrievable form and will be published by the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

The publications can be followed through the Radio Mogadishu website as well as through e-mail circulations. Users can also sign up through sonnanews@gmail.com.

The Ministry aims to launch printed version of the newspaper too, and plans to launch English and Arabic language editions of the publications as well.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-12 18:37

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