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The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper, has announced the appointment of its first ombudsman.

As Craig Silverman reported for Poynter, citing an internal memo from the paper's editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, Sylvia Stead will be the first Globe and Mail public editor, starting on January 23rd.

Stead is currently an associate editor and has been with the paper for many years, serving in a variety of roles from national to executive editor.

"The creation of this position is a major step for the Globe to make us more transparent and accountable to our readers, and to continue to build our most important asset -- credibility -- in the Canadian market," Stackhouse wrote in the memo reported by Poynter.

Newspapers' conduct has recently come under scrutiny as the rapid changes that technology is making possible and some recent bad behaviour by the media - the UK phone-hacking scandal to name just the most famous example - are posing extra challenges to press credibility.

Accountability is a key concern for newspapers on an ethical level but also on a more profane business one: readers buy newspapers they trust and recognise as a credible and legitimate source of news.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-18 16:45

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Twenty-nine US news organizations launched yesterday, January 5, NewsRight, a digital content licensing organization. Amongst the affiliates are the Associated Press, the New York Times Co, Hearst Newspapers and the Washington Post Co.

The aim is to keep track of newspapers' content as it moves around the web in order to license and profit from it. It "will measure the unpaid online use of their original reporting and seek to convert unauthorized websites, blogs and other newsgathering services into paying customers", AP (via the Washington Post) reported.

NewsRight is an evolution of the News Registry, a project started in October 2010 by AP and some partners.

As Mashable reported, the company provides publishers with an HTML code to insert in their stories' headlines and text, so they can track the spread of each piece of their content. The encoded stories report to the registry, showing where and when a story is reblogged and read, the article said.

NewsRight in fact not only lets news organizations to license content but also getting data about how the news is being consumed across digital platforms.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-06 18:58

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Some Italian newspapers could be at risk due to the cuts in state subsidies that the new technocrat government is planning to implement.

The Financial Times reported last week that about 100 titles are facing closure as Mario Monti's administration confirmed cuts in public subsidies for the press from €170m to €53m budgeted for next year. These had already been proposed by the previous government led by Silvio Berlusconi.

At risk are wellknown papers such the leftwing Liberazione, Il Manifesto and L'Unità, the former communist party daily founded by Antonio Gramsci in 1924 and the Catholic daily Avvenire.

Print publishers in Italy can benefit from direct as well as indirect subsidies. Indirect support includes VAT reductions and reduced postal and telephone rates. Direct subsidies are given to newspapers with at least two members of parliament among the owners or published by co-operatives of journalists.

Italian online-only paper Linkiesta recently explained how direct government financial assistance to the press has developed over recent decades.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-03 17:57

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As normal workflows are restored after the Christmas breaj, Poynter has put together a list of stories published during the final weeks of December: "a quick guide to the media news you missed". Amongst them, Rupert Murdoch joining Twitter - here's a comment from the Guardian - and The New York Times selling 16 regional papers to Halifax Media.

Starting from today, Jan 1, the St. Petersburg Times becomes Tampa Bay Times, a press release published by Editor & Publisher announced. The name change reflects the wider regional identity the paper recently acquired as it has become the largest newspaper in Florida by growing its audience throughout the Tampa Bay region and three-quarters of Times readers live outside St. Petersburg, the release says.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-02 17:33

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Print sales continue to drop in Denmark, according to data from Newspaper Innovation. Every newspaper in the country has experienced some decline in print sales since 1997. Danish broadsheets have been particularly hard-hit by this drop in sales, Jyllands Posten has lost more than half of its print readership in 14 years and Politiken's print readership has declined by a third over the same period.

Although the free daily Metro Xpress is still retains the highest readership levels, it too has lost readers, although not as many as the free daily, Urban, which has suffered a steep loss of 60% since 2005.

According to data published by Press Reference earlier this year, Denmark currently has 31 daily newspapers with a circulation of 1,481,000 and an average daily newspaper consumption of 27 minutes per day. Yet, print sales have still taken a huge slide over the past fourteen years.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-23 15:36

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A local investment group is buying up Sun-Times Media for over $20 million in a move that may bring more digital focus to the media company.

The Chicago Sun-Times, one of the papers owned by Sun-Times Media, announced the deal, which was previewed in The Chicago Tribune, yesterday. The new investors include Michael Ferro Jr., Chairman of Merrick Ventures LLC, who will serve as company chairman, and the former publisher of Newsday, Timothy Knight, who will be CEO.

The group that is selling Sun-Times Media brought it out of bankruptcy in 2009, cutting costs by laying off staff, closing its own print plant and outsourcing the printing to Tribune Co. The group was originally led by former Mesirow CEO Jim Tyree, who died earlier this year. Until yesterday it was run by Jeremy Halbreich, who is stepping down to make way for Knight.

Under new ownership, the media group will keep the printed paper as a key part of its business model, but the buyout may be the start of a more digital-focused direction.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-12-22 21:22

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As 2012 draws ever nearer, speculation about the future of news in the next 12 months is rife. While changes in the year ahead are certain, newspapers haven't stopped innovating simply because the festive season is upon them.

The Sunday Times is preparing a Christmas day edition, the first in the paper's 190 year history, to be released on digital platforms, specifically the iPad and Android tablets. The edition will include interactive elements, such as quizzes and 'rub and reveal' pictures, and will be sponsored by retailer John Lewis so it can be given away as a free download.

The Sunday Times is not the only paper that is investing in digital strategies this Christmas time. Gannett has just purchased a raft of new equipment to enable its journalists to produce multimedia content with greater ease and speed. 'Thousands' of new iPhones and iPads have been bought by the company to equip journalists in making multimedia content and to facilitate news gathering.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-22 19:31

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Italy's paid content market seems surprisingly healthy: twice as many people in Italy pay for digital content as in the US.

Social advertising: as AOL Ventures invests $7.1 million in Appsavvy, a social advertising company, it seems social might be the latest trend in the advertising business.

2011, the year that journalism changed: the BBC College of Journalism discusses how Leveson will re-work the industry in 2012.

French publications Rue 89 and le Nouvel Observateur have announced they are to merge at the end of the year.

Seth Godin tells us how journalism has become lazy: the hard part of professional journalism is writing fresh material that no one has covered.

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

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-21 19:00

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project founded by Centre for Public Integrity, has announced the addition of 41 new members, which brings the total number 158 journalists positioned across the world, collaborating to uncover issues of corruption and abuses of power that span borders. In the interest of transparency, the ICIJ publishes a list of its member here.

The ICIJ was founded in 1997 and offers journalists access to the resources of the Centre for Public Integrity: computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, for example. ICIJ members can then partner with journalists who operate in territories where resources are scarce or press freedom is limited, in order to investigate crime and corruption where it would otherwise go unreported. The ICIJ is also associated with a global network of non-profit journalism organisations and networks that can provide training and funding for investigative projects for those who need it.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-21 17:32

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El Punto Semanal, a new weekly for the Spanish language market in Los Angeles, will be released by EC Hispanic Media in the first quarter of 2012.

The three elements of a successful news organisation: content, distribution and credibility. Robert Hernandez predicts that in the future size won't matter - as long as individuals have these three characteristics, they will become more valued than enormous distribution companies.

The New York Times will raise the cost of home delivery by 30 cents in 2012.

The distinction between the software industry and the media business is going to blurr more more and more in 2012, argues Nicholas Carr.

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

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