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Multimedia newsrooms in Japan: Asahi Shimbun

Multimedia newsrooms in Japan: Asahi Shimbun

Fighting against "new enemies" like the mobile phone is one of the challenges in the process of adaptating to new media, Wataru Sawamura, Managing Editor of Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun said at the first panel at the second day of World Editor's Forum in Hamburg.

"We have to invest in young journalists," Sawamura said and specified: "They must have knowledge about at least two countries, and good reporting skills including the ability to work with new social media."

Both old and new generations work together on the challenges of the new multimedia newsrooms such as heavy deadlines, based on the 24-hour-working time.

Newspapers in Japan reach 95 percent of the audience via subscription. Sawamura points out that they get around 70 percent of their income through subscription. However, he said: "The Internet and new media devices are the present and future, so we need to focus on them."

We are covering the 17th World Editors Forum on our Twitter feed @NewspaperWorld (#WEFHamburg) and the European Journalism Centre is live-streaming a selection of sessions.



Naiara Arteaga Taberna


2010-10-07 09:55

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