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It has now been said repeatedly that India – together with Brazil – is a booming market for newspapers. Factors include economic growth, urbanization, an expanding middle class and rising literacy rates, as a recent report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has said. As much has been written recently on the Indian news media, last month Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism at City University, collected the links in one place.

During catastrophes, reliable data is an essential part of news coverage. The Guardian Datablog mapped every verified event when Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast.

When it comes to quality and accuracy of information, 140-character limits and time constraints are no excuse for lower standards. This was the decision of the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee in relation to a tweet that reproduced a shorter version of a story’s headline. The story linked to in the tweet was aboutDavid Cameron attacking Labour's handling of NHS Wales, but the Committee has found that the shortened version was inaccurate. Journalism.co.uk reported the storyhere, and here you can read the words of the BBC Editorial Standards Committee.


Federica Cherubini


2012-10-30 18:58

“A free press is an essential cornerstone of any country based on democracy.”
Today is World Press Freedom Day. Please join us in spreading the word. #WPFD

The Christian Science Monitor, which switched its main emphasis from print to online three years ago, is aiming to be self-sufficient by 2017, and its editor, John Yemma, tells Poynter's Rick Edmonds that "he expects to get there ahead of schedule."

In the context of the British inquiry into the press, the Guardian reported that Lord Justice Leveson has indicated that the second part of the Leveson inquiry, which was due to investigate the extent of crimes committed at News International and other media organisations, may not go ahead.

As an ever-increasing number of news organisations begin charging for digital content, industry analyst Ken Doctor examines the importance of pricing and some of the lessons learned so far in his latest post at Nieman Lab.

For more industry news, please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service


Federica Cherubini


2012-05-03 16:51

Do you want to improve your Twitter skiils? The USA Today College put together a list of nine Twitter "experts" who have their fingers on the pulse of modern journalism.

The American press is "complacent," "self-regarding" and "too up themselves" says Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre in an interview he gave to New Yorker's Lauren Collins, the Guardian reported. Read the whole interview on the New Yorker here.

Google announced its collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory with the aim of helping "to preserve and digitize thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Nelson Mandela".

The Poynter Institute and the European Journalism Centre are collaborating on an new e-learning course on “Reporting & Writing About Development in the World” for 40 journalism students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, EJC announced.

For more industry news, please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service.


Federica Cherubini


2012-03-27 15:30

The Daily Mail was named "newspaper of the year" at the UK 2012 Press Awards yesterday and its journalist Craig Brown took home the awards for columnist and best humour writer and as well as critic of the year for his Mail on Sunday writing, the Guardian reported. Scoop of the year went to the Guardian's Nick Davies and Amelia Hill for their "Milly Dowler phone hacked" exclusive. Press Gazette published the list of all the winners here.

Time has picked an (early!) list of the “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012.” Jim Romenesko publishes those selected in the category “News and Information” on his blog. Among the winners are Andy Carvin or NPR, Brian Stelter of The New York Times, The Economist and BBC Breaking.

The two British journalists imprisoned in Libya for three weeks on accusations of spying, have spoken to the press about their experiences, reports journalism.co.uk. Press TV cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson told WalesOnline he had "understood it was a dangerous place to work but you hope this will not happen to you".

Nieman Lab takes a look at the effectiveness of Gawker’s editorial strategy of dividing journalists’ time between pageview-grabbing stories (sample headline “The Top Nine Videos Of Babies Farting And/Or Laughing With Kittens”) and more substantive journalism.

For more industry news please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service.


Federica Cherubini


2012-03-21 17:35

Four French media groups, Amaury Médias, FigaroMedias, Lagardère Publicité and TF1 Publicité, have launched AdMediaPremium, a private platform to sell the unsold advertising space on their websites, an article on Le Figaro reported.

As the article explains, the aim of this private marketplace is to restore the value of all the advertising on the media companies' websites through joining forces and audience. The four groups in fact have together an audience of 22 million unique visitors per month and a stock of 3 billion web printing.

The advertising rates on websites vary, the article continued to explain. The homepages displays “super premium” advertising, usually sold at high rates directly by the media group, while ads on the other pages, progressively displayed in less visible spaces of the site, have lower rates and are sold by external brokers who sell them to advertisers amongst millions of other unspecified sites. For this reason this huge inventory loses value, the article explains.

Through AdMediaPremium, the four media groups will regain control and value of the entire advertising on the websites putting together these “haute couture” and “ready-to-wear” different advert categories.

According to the figures released by OJD (Office de Justification de la Diffusion) some of the titles which belong to the four media groups, such as Lequipe.fr, LeFigaro.fr and Leparisien.fr, are among the sites with the highest traffic in France.

Sources: Le Figaro, OJD

Image source: Le Figaro


Federica Cherubini


2012-03-13 17:05

Earlier this week the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published a study about newspapers' often unsuccessful attempt to build digital revenue

As paidContent reported, the study left out data about digital subscriptions revenues, focusing only on advertising revenue.

A press release by Press+ claims to fill that gap, revealing some of the trends they have detected, based on aggregated data collected from 285 publishers who are using the Press+ platform.

All 285 of Press+‘s active affiliates have opted for meters over full paywalls, paidContent reported, quoting co-founder Grodon Crovitz who said: “We now have the data to show that meters are better than old-fashioned paywalls. (…) With meters, publishers keep all their online ad revenue and readership whereas of course with paywalls there’s a big decline in both.”

According to the press release, publishers have found they can set their meter at a lower point than they originally thought, offering fewer articles free, without significant drops in audience or advertising revenues.

Press+ has also found that some readers seem to be willing to subscribe to ensure access, even before hitting the limit of the meter, and than print subscribers are willing to pay an extra fee for full access to the website.

“Publishers are also finding encouraging results by implementing an "opt-out" print and digital bundle, in which they raise the subscription price by creating a combined print and digital subscription, while giving print subscribers the option of declining the digital product. Papers where the digital subscription represents a 10% price increase on the print product have seen 90% adoption of the digital subscription”, the press release says.

As paidContent noted however, Press+ is a business offering selective data, not an independent research unit, and it leave individual results and identifiable data to the publishers. “But it’s a business with the ability to aggregate increasingly meaningful results from a substantial number of publishers, which in turn can help its own clients and those who choose to go a different way make informed decisions”, the article added.

 Sources: Press+, Pew, paidContent


Federica Cherubini


2012-03-09 18:39


Federica Cherubini


2012-02-02 18:30

Jim Romenesko has published an interview with Tom Curley, the departing CEO of the Associated Press, on his blog. "The Internet has ushered in a world where there is more chaos, but that's good for us because our values are strong and we have earned a reputation for getting it right," says Curley.

The BBC's Community Reporters Scheme, which was launched in London last year, is set to be rolled out in Salford and Glasgow too, reports Journalism.co.uk. The scheme aims to give training to budding journalists at the same time as highlighting local stories in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Nieman Lab has published a write-up of Weave, a piece of data visualisation software that has "a lot of potential for journalists".

The African National Congress said on Tuesday that an independent media appeals tribunal is the most effective way to regulate print media, news24 reported.
"The ANC believes in independent regulation. This may differ with the interpretation that is commonly assigned to our proposal, which has been misinterpreted as having state regulation of the media" said ANC executive committee member Jessie Duarte.

For more industry news please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service


Federica Cherubini


2012-01-31 18:48

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