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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

The Wall Street Journal is planning to expand its targeted Professional Edition for chief financial officers (CFOs) and other senior financial executives with a customised version, FinChannel.com reported today. This initiative is scheduled to launch in spring 2011.

"Utilizing the Journal as a window for specialized content, the new product will provide CFOs with a comprehensive, targeted news feed and archive with real-time coverage focused on accounting, tax, regulatory matters, financial markets, strategy, operations and management, along with customizable tools, features and newsletters - all built to serve the specific needs of CFOs," according to a press release posted on DowJones.

"We are continually looking for ways to serve readers and users with the most relevant content in an innovative and timely manner," Daniel Bernard, chief product officer of the WSJ Digital Network, was quoted as saying by FinChannel.com. "The expansion of The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition - with its unmatched breadth and depth of content from thousands of sources - will provide the CFO community a comprehensive, customizable product to stay in the know on topics and news that matter most."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 18:35

Weekly Indian newspaper The Sunday Guardian unveiled a beta version of its online version this weekend, Exchange4Media.com reported today.

The second section of the website, Guardian20 will take three more weeks to come up.

When quizzed about attempts to monetize the news site, MJ Akbar, editor-in-chief of the Sunday Guardian, was quoted by Exchange4media.com as saying: "We will not be creating any pay-walls or asking readers to pay. Pay-walls might be a necessary evil in this business, but that experiment is being conducted by media superpowers like Murdoch and the NYT. Let's just say we are monitoring those developments. By providing content online for free, we don't anticipate any fall in the subscription revenue. We have been growing at a pretty fast and steady rate and the Internet just allows us to reach a much larger audience, especially outside Delhi. We've had good support from online advertisers, who have seen the quality of content and style, and are very excited to be on board."

The content from the weekly newspaper will comprise of the content on the website and some original content specifically for the online edition will also be created.

A separate team has been established to manage and maintain the news site, according to a report by Exchange4media.com. The news site will be using social networking tools to promote the website.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-09 19:29

Considering the shift in consumer preferences toward digital content, many newspapers and magazines have been combating steady declines in circulations and decreasing print ad revenues for quite sometime. The U.S News Media Group, publishers of U.S. News & World Report, will discontinue publishing print editions of the news weekly after the December issue, which will be the last print edition sent out to all subscribers, Bloomberg.com reported last week.

Being among the topmost three news weeklies in United States after Time and Newsweek, the media group management informed in a memo to staffers about the transition to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues, Poynter.org reported.

This shift to the digital only medium will not result in more layoffs, Brian Kelly, editor of the weekly news magazine assured, CBCCanada reported. While most of the news content will be available for free on the news site, Bill Holiber, president of the U.S. News Media Group, said the move "allows us to continue to grow our online business and to take advantage of the emerging platforms for distributing information."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-08 18:18

To help readers catch up on all the happenings during the week, Yahoo! News has launched a "Weekend Edition" to cater to the working masses, TheFasterTimes.com reported last week. The edition is sponsored by General Motors division, Buick.

The Yahoo! News Weekend Edition will offer compelling original video and relevant editorial content programmed for the weekend audience, while helping the sponsor engage with the more than 90 million monthly unique visitors, according to the press release posted on BusinessWire.com.

"With Weekend Edition, we've established a destination that features lighter lifestyle-oriented news programming, which we already know is more popular with our weekend audience," Mark Walker, vice president and head of Yahoo! News stated in the press release. "This program also aligns perfectly with Buick's target demographics and brand attributes, which makes Buick an ideal partner for Weekend Edition."

A new branded segment will integrate the Buick brand into video and editorial content in a premium-content environment called, "Discovered by Buick", which will provide the brand an opportunity to connect with Yahoo! users, according to BizJournals.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-08 18:05

Colombian daily El Tiempo, owned by media group Casa Editorial El Tiempo, introduced changes on both print and online editions yesterday, ColombiaReports.com reported today. The most prominent changes include switching from a broadsheet to a tabloid size, as well as switching the paper's signature colour from red to blue, and changing categories for online in both print and online, due to a new concept created by the publisher. The changes will change the way ads are sold for both platforms.

The redesigned print edition of El Tiempo unveiled yesterday presents a different approach to content and its flow throughout pages, according to a blog post on GarciaMedia.com. The changes to the newspaper's print and online editions have been carried out in co-ordination with the Garcí­a Media Latinoamérica team at Buenos Aires.

Image Source: GarciaMedia.com

As observed on the newspaper's website, the traditional news sections have been changed to "Debes Saber" (you should know) comprising of the news, "Debes Hacer" (you should do) which contains culture and "Debes Leer" (you should read) that provides analysis and opinion, according to Colombia Reports.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-04 21:18

Mexican free daily El Nuevo Siglo has stopped its print edition, and will now be available as an online-only newspaper, Newspaper Innovation reported today.

Founded in 2000 as a weekly newspaper, the Guadalajara-based newspaper became a daily publication in 2004, and also published weekend editions. No reason for shuttering its print edition was given.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-19 20:57

The Russian edition of Forbes magazine has launched free access to its Web site, Lenta.ru reported yesterday. The online outlet contains sections such as "Main," "Economy" and "Your Business," which are further divided into sections.

In addition, the site contains video content, blogs, popular publication material, "the best" articles from the archives, links to other publications and a page on which to subscribe to the print edition, according to Lenta.ru. Visitors will be able to access any content from past editions, which have been published since 2004.

As planned, the Web site will only share half of the material with the print edition. The Web address was initially conceived as www.forbes.ru, but was finally launched as www.forbesrussia.ru.

Forbes is currently in the middle of a legal case with Landmark VIP Services, which adopted the former address as its own, Lenta.ru added. On another note, media mogul Rupert Murdoch previously expressed plans to charge for all News Corp. Web sites, the Guardian reported in August.

"Quality journalism is not cheap," said Murdoch. "The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2009-11-10 17:39

Several readers yesterday spontaneously offered to pay for access to The New York Times' online edition, even as the newspaper's own attempt to monetize the service several years ago ended in failure, the New York Observer reported today.

The readers' offers to pay were prompted by yesterday's announcement by The Times that it would seek 100 voluntary resignations or be forced to lay off as many staffers by year's end. Meanwhile, fewer readers urged the newspaper to keep its online edition available free of charge.

The impending layoffs represent a second round of cuts which editorial employees hoped to stave off by bargaining in May for a paycut, the New York Observer reported yesterday.

Despite the five percent paycut and other cost-cutting measures undertaken in recent months, The Times finds itself obliged to press on with the staff reduction in the face of an industrywide crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-20 21:30

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