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Guardian

Data from Ireland-based startup NewsWhip shows that the most viral stories are not always those curated on page one. Founder Paul Quigley told The Editor’s Weblog that this realization will challenge the mission of some news organizations, as social distribution favors emotionally-charged and unusual stories over traditional news.

As social networks become omnipresent, newspaper front pages are losing their lustre. A Pew Foundation study showed that social networks are now the greatest distributors of news, with 33 percent of young adults accessing news via social networks and only 13 percent through print and web newspapers. With more people sharing stories on Facebook and Twitter, fewer and fewer discover news stories through newspapers’ homepages and front pages. Quigley said this trend will likely be permanent, so news organizations need to learn to adapt a “social edge” to stay relevant.

“If we’ve got a story to tell it’s that social distribution won’t go away,” said Quigley, who will present NewsWhip at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe conference in London, 15-17 April. “Maybe Facebook or Twitter might go away, but the web of people is going to be how information is going to spread.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-04-05 16:56

The Telegraph’s paywall, announced yesterday, will allow readers 20 free clicks a month before prompting them to subscribe to one of two models: a £1.99 per month package, which allows full access to both to the smartphone app and to the website, or the £9.99 per month package, which includes tablet access as well.

Current U.K. Telegraph subscribers will not be charged an additional amount for unlimited digital access.

The Telegraph said it decided to institute a paywall after seeing the success of its international paywall: nine out of 10 users that began a free trial ended up subscribing, a release said.

"We want to develop a closer rapport with our digital audience in the UK,” The Telegraph’s editor, Tony Gallagher, said, “and we intend to unveil a number of compelling digital products for our loyal subscribers in the months ahead."

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-27 18:38

The Telegraph

Earlier this month The Telegraph announced intentions to cut 80 positions as the newspaper moved to share resources with its Sunday operation, The Guardian reported. These layoffs signify a 14 percent reduction in staff, which previously consisted of 550 editorial workers. The redundancies will be met with 50 new “digitally-focused” jobs, resulting in a net loss of about 5 percent. Most of the job losses will come from The Sunday Telegraph rather than the weekday operation.

Chief Executive Murdoch MacLennan said the merger shows the newspaper’s digital-first ambitions, solidified with an £8 million investment “to complete our transition to a digital business,” according to The Guardian.

The Independent

In February Managing Director Andrew Mullins declared the Levedev titles’ intentions “to become one of the very first truly integrated multimedia companies, publishing continuously on print, TV and other digital platforms.” He said that its soon-to-be-launched local TV channel London Live will share journalistic resources with other titles, according to MediaGuardian.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-26 14:06

According to February ABC data, Mail Online led with 110.7 million unique visitors in February, which reflects a 21 percent increase from last year and signifies a 75 percent growth in visits for the year, a Daily Mail release says. The Guardian brought 43 percent fewer viewers than Daily Mail with 77.4 million for the month.

The Telegraph and The Guardian have been grappling for top circulation in the National Readership Survey’s “quality” publication category. According to Journalism.co.uk, in September The Guardian led, but in November The Telegraph won. February data shows the two remain neck-and-neck for top spot: The Guardian had a monthly web and print audience of 12.7 million, and The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph together just under 12.5 million. This contrasts to Daily Mail’s 20 million combined readership and The Sun’s 17.4 million.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-22 13:55

"This deal was years in the making," Founder and CEO Shafqat Islam told Business Insider. "And I think its a big statement that content marketing as a category has really evolved when large and mainstream publishers, and The New York Times is among the largest most reputable ones, are actually looking at software partners like NewsCred to help them figure out that space." 

Founded in 2008, NewsCred uses both algorithms and an editorial staff of 8 to aggregate content for clients including Pepsi and Toyota. While marketers comprise 50 percent of the company’s business, Islam told paidContent that the company’s mission focuses chiefly on publishers, including partners CNN, Al-Jazeera and The Guardian. Other news organizations are clients, such as The New York Daily News, which relies on NewsCred-licensed content to fill its South Asian section.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-20 15:17

Its potent mixture of news, celebrity and scurrility propelled it to the title of world’s most popular newspaper website, and figures released yesterday suggest the inexorable rise of Mail Online is far from over. Data compiled by owners Daily Mail & General Trust this morning reveal that digital revenue at Associated Newspapers, which also publishes the Metro and Mail titles, was up 72 percent to £31m. Mail Online revenue for the year to September 30 grew 74 percent to £28 million, after traffic to the site exceeded 100 million unique monthly browsers.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-23 17:59

A ‘dossier’ signaling an imminent ‘coup’ from that ‘incestuous […] quasi-masonic nexus’, the ‘Left’s old boy network’; it could only really be one UK newspaper, couldn’t it. Never one for sending its cavalry round the flank, today’s Daily Mail charges headlong into the boggy mire of the Leveson battlefield, bayonets fixed and ready for a scrap. Over the course of its front page, five subsequent double-page spreads and its main leader column, the paper marshals a typically uncompromising thesis of corruption, cronyism and general left-wing Establishment conspiracy which, it fears, threatens to inveigle the otherwise irreproachable Lord Leveson’s august inquiry down the path of unrighteousness, imperiling freedom of the press and the world as we know it. Or something like that.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-16 19:22

In line with the Guardian’s open journalism philosophy, features writer Jon Henley decided to see what open principles could do for foreign reporting, and set out to harness the power of social media in Greece’s economic crisis in March this year. He was speaking at the 19th World Editors Forum in Kiev last week.

He went to Greece to look for the “stories behind the headlines,” using Twitter as his first port of call. It was a “very Twitter-driven initiative,” he said. Of course, not everybody is on Twitter, but it is always possible get in does with those who aren’t via those who are if necessary.

He sent a first Tweet before flying out of London: ‘‘In Athens, Thessaloniki next week for stories of hardship and self-help in #Greece. Can you help? Ideas/contribs welcome #EuroDebtTales”.

By the time he landed in Athens, he had a couple of hundred tweets awaiting him and a ballooning number of Twitter followers. He was retweeted by the Guardian, and in the days before leaving he had identified big tweeters in Greece and the issues that concerned them, and asked them to retweet him. This preparation was extremely important, he said, so that by the time he got of the plane “the ball was already rolling” and people were sending him ideas and even phone numbers.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-12 18:38

Journalism is undergoing the most profound changes since Gutenberg’s printing press, said Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, a paper which has seen significant digital growth and now has a digital audience close to 15 times larger than its print one.

Now anyone can publish, and we must not fight that trend, rather, we must face up to it and establish what we as journalists can do better, he said. Rusbridger was speaking at the Paris-based Sciences Po university on 7 September.

“What is journalism? What is the difference between what these people can produce and what we can?”

Many journalists are reluctant to consider contributions from readers or bloggers as serious competition, Rusbridger said, but it is dangerous to be in denial about how the publishing world is changing, he stressed. It is not just individuals who are contributing to the media landscape: from NGOs to supermarkets, from opera houses to TV stations – all are becoming online media suppliers.

The power of a media organisation is to be able to harness the intelligence of the web: you can tap into this by being part of the web, rather than just on the web, he said. “You can be more powerful if instead of ignoring other people, you bring them into what you're doing,” he continued.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-10 18:49

The Guardian wants to aggregate the web’s best journalism, and it wants your help,” begins Mashable’s Lauren Indvik as she reports on the newspaper’s plans to launch a “pop-up aggregator” today. The way to participate? Tweet great commentary and analysis on trending stories with the hashtag #smarttakes.

A court order has banned the BBC from broadcasting a docu-drama about last year’s London riots, the Guardian reports, and the broadcaster's lawyers are considering making a formal appeal.

The digital news payments kiosk Piano Media through which numerous Slovenian and Slovakian publishers charge for content has announced that seven publishers in Poland (who are together behind 26 national and regional newspapers, 42 websites and 11 magazines) will adopt a joint subscription system in September, Journalism.co.uk and PaidContent report.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-18 18:32

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