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The future of the newspaper is in magazines, believes Jacek Utko, design director for Bonnier Business Press, which publishes newspapers in eight Central European countries. This is a trend that news organisations should embrace rather than fight, he added, speaking at the 5th Arab Free Press Forum in Tunis.

Print is still a highly relevant medium, Utko said, and publishers are increasingly realizing this as they have been disappointed by tablets as audience- and revenue-generators.

However, the print model at many news organisations - publishing website content the following day and charging for it - does not make sense, Utko claims. It is necessary to offer more than that if you want people to willingly pay for the product.
Newspapers have a lot to learn from magazines, Utko said, starting with how to structure the information they provide. Magazines are small, with abundant spreads: when they deal with a long text, they make it as easy as possible to understand the content.

He called for news organisations to take a more creative approach to presenting news, rather than to be reactive, like "barking dogs."

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-24 20:26

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When it comes to designing tablet apps, can news organizations sometimes be too smart for their own good?

Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist, recently told the Editors Weblog "Tablet users seem to be particularly keen on reading text, and for long periods."

"That, rather than bells and whistles, is what our apps provide, and what our readers seem to want," says Standage.

To back up his statement, Standage cites a PEW study from October, carried out in collaboration with The Economist Group. The study notes that news users "are highly likely to read long articles on their tablets, not just get headlines." In fact, 42% of tablet news consumers read in-depth articles, versus just 16% who browse news interactively by sharing content on social networks.

Unexpectedly perhaps, readers often do not access these articles through apps. "Contrary to many expectations, news apps have not become the primary interface for news on tablets," states the study. Over a third of users have no news apps at all, and those that do have them don't always use them.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-11-30 14:16

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The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Enquirer are to switch to a smaller printed format, announced Gannett.

According to Poynter, the task of printing of the new format will be given to Columbus Dispatch.

In its press release, Gannett stated that that the new format would "provide convenience for consumers" and "new opportunities for advertisers", as the smaller format will contain the same amount of news content with a larger number of pages, allowing for better display of both content and advertising material.

Other papers have had success with the smaller format, including several British dailies such as i as well as The Times and Sunday Times. Will Gannett reap the advantages of a more compact printed edition?

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Katherine Travers

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2011-08-18 17:10

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Renowned newspaper designer Mario Garcia was quick to get his hands on an iPad when the Apple tablet first hit the market. It didn't take long for him to realize that tablets can be a "game changer" for the industry.

Garcia has earned his reputation as one of the leading newspaper designers in the world with numerous prestigious redesign projects, including The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald and Die Zeit. Naturally, his philosophy that the audience comes first has left its imprint on all the digital projects he's taken up.

Garcia will speak at the 18th World Editors Forum in Vienna (12-15 October) at a session dedicated to successful tablet applications. In this e-mail interview he shares his thoughts on the latest developments in tablet publishing.

WAN-IFRA: You have written a lot about the unique experience that must be found on tablets... How do you feel newspapers' efforts stack up thus far?

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-08-16 17:51

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Two new reports provide valuable information for anyone involved in iPad app or website design. A study by the web usability consultant Jakob Nielsen examined iPad usability, while Miratech, a French user experience consulting firm, looked into the differences between reading on the iPad and a printed newspaper.

Nielsen Norman Group released its first report on iPad app usability a year ago, and the new study compares current apps with the findings of the earlier report. In sum, iPad apps have much improved, but some new usability issues have emerged.

Generally, apps have become more consistent and standardised, the study found. It noted that although many designers seemed to have taken heed of the earlier study's recommendations, some familiar issues were still found.

For example, many websites still feature content that is uncomfortably small to tap. Also the problem of having touchable areas too close together, increasing the risk of tapping the wrong one, still exists in some apps. Accidental activation is particularly annoying if the app lacks an obvious "back" button.

From among new usability issues that were discovered, swipe ambiguity, which occurs when several items on the screen can be swiped, is one of the most prominent ones. When the user swipes at a "wrong" spot, the effect is not what he expects. This can happen when, for example, swiping on a carousel on an app that uses swiping also to change the page.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-05-24 14:41

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WAN-IFRA is hosting its third international conference on newspaper and magazine design next Thursday, 19 May, in Paris.

Whether in print, on the web or any other digital platform, newspaper design can give added value to editorial content. The objective of this conference is to show to participants "best practices" in creativity, originality, but also efficiency.

Topics include:
- Digital design
- Combining high-quality design with interesting content
- Show more than tell
- Best practices in Iberian newspapers design

Please see here for more details and here for registration.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-05-10 17:24

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Former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham says he's "very enthusiastic about the future of Newsweek," Forbes reports.

This may come as a surprise to some, as reasons behind Meacham's August 2010 resignation as editor of Newsweek were met with scrutiny, with critics saying he was a "reluctant convert to the radical re-invention of Newsweek a year ago," and called it quits when Washington Post Co. sold the 77 year old weekly to Sidney Harmon.

But on the contrary, he thinks the recent merge between The Daily Beast and Newsweek, which will allow Newsweek to gain 5 million online readers, was the magazine's "best bet."

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Grace Donoso

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2010-11-25 18:10

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Die Zeit has launched an iPad-optimised version of its website, Zeit Online, the paper reported, to account for the fact that the tablet device uses touch navigation. The iPad-site is just a first step, the paper said, and versions for additional devices will be developed when they become big enough in the German market.

One of the changes is to put much larger touch spaces around text links. Another is to allow finger swipes through slide shows. "The overall design asks for a strict reduction down to a site's very essence for users to quickly find their way around," a blog posting said.

The content will not change, the posting said, specifying that "A core editorial request in regards to our new iPad-site was that our newsdesk would not have to think of different sites, but could focus on one identical sequence and presentation of ZEIT ONLINE's topics, no matter which device they appear on."

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-18 19:23

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The Financial Times has recently relaunched its weekend magazine with a new look and new content, it was reported today. While, according to the Guardian, Saturday editions have been growing and exceeding weekday circulation at most publications, the FT's weekend sales are thought to be weaker than those Monday to Friday.

The paper does not actually reveal precise figures for its weekend paper, which is published on Saturdays but remains in shops the following day, said the article. But only 35 percent of readers who buy the Financial Times during the week buy the Saturday edition, said Caroline Daniel, the newly appointed editor of the Financial Time's weekend edition.

"Daniel wants to increase sales by encouraging more of the paper's star writers to appear in the Saturday edition," said the Guardian, since she does not think there is enough "cross-marketing" between the two. She oversaw the relaunch.

Daniel said the magazine's relaunch is the first of many changes to be made to FT Weekend. Much content will be printed in the main newspaper abroad.

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Heather Holm

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2010-09-27 13:35

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