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Die Zeit’s paper and online editions are better off as independent entities, said Wolfgang Blau, editor of Zeit Online. The weekly print paper is run out of Hamburg, while the website is based in Berlin. Blau was speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, on a panel on the future of weeklies.

Many European newspapers are moving towards a more integrated structure, but Blau argued that the culture and reporting structures are different in print and online, and hence it makes sense to keep them somewhat separate, although of course with collaboration between the two. As the paper’s circulation is growing and revenue is still going up, the approach seems to be working for Die Zeit.

One third of Die Zeit's editors frequently contribute articles written exlusively for Zeit Online, Blau said, a number which is much higher than at the paper’s competitors. The Economist’s website, for example, is full of content produced by the print journalists, who embrace the opportunity to write blog posts and more, said the paper’s social media editor Mark Johnson.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-05-02 09:35

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Senior executive director of the London Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev announced via Twitter on Friday that Sarah Sands is the new editor of the free local daily newspaper, according to The Guardian.

Lebedev tweeted, “proud to announce Sarah Sands is new #Standard Editor. Sure she and her brilliant staff will do a great job in a huge year for the paper.”

Sands, previously deputy editor, will succeed Geordie Greig, who resigned from the Standard to edit the Mail on Sunday, the article said.

Sands is one of few women in the UK who hold senior newspaper positions. As we previously reported, a recent study by Women in Journalism found that 8 of 10 leading UK newspapers had half as many female editors as male editors.

The Guardian reported that Sands initially intended to follow Greig as deputy editor of the Mail on Sunday, but reconsidered after many voiced support in her favor, including London mayor Boris Johnson.  

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-02 14:36

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The news industry is transitioning from print to digital, and nobody said it was going to be easy. For one thing, many news publications still simply make more money from the shrinking paper side of their business than from the growing digital end. But as newspapers struggle to make the switch, perhaps part of the problem isn’t financial; it’s that newrooms are hooked on print. 

This is the argument made by two recent articles, one published by Nieman Lab, the other by Poynter, which suggest that journalists have been struggling to prioritise digital content because their professional environments reward them for achievements in the printed paper, but don’t incentivise their work online.

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Hannah Vinter

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2012-03-14 17:12

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El Pais is putting its digital first foot forward…

Over the past few months, the Spanish daily has been introducing major changes to its digital products, gradually shifting sections of the paper over to a new platform and CMS. On the February 22 it unveiled a fully redesigned web page, with improved navigation, easier sharing and more sophisticated search functions.

The innovations are part of a radical change in newsroom culture at El Pais. “We’ve shifted our center of gravity at the newsroom – in the past it used to be print, but now it is digital,” wrote the paper in a blog post last month.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-03-07 19:56

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The Financial Times is to launch a "live news desk," reported Journalism.co.uk. It will provide rapid responses to breaking news stories on the paper's website, including on live blogs, and make use of Twitter, said Ben Fenton, who will lead the desk, on his blog.

The live news desk will cover world events and business news from around the world, wrote Fenton, who until now has been the FT's media correspondent. He will lead a team of reporters focused on the project, according to Journalism.co.uk.

The plan to create the desk has been in the works for some time, it appears, and Fenton said that it had been intended to launch in 2011 but due to the "extraordinary" events of last year it was delayed.

At a time when news is broken almost in real time on social networks as well as on news wires, newspapers are adapting to meet the challenges of a faster-paced news cycle, trying to balance speed and depth.

The aim of the FT's new desk is to get a first version of a story online quicker, Journalism.co.uk said, freeing up specialized reporters to develop longer, more in-depth pieces. If it works, will it be a step that other news organisations will take?

Source: Journalism.co.uk, Keepbloggeringon

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Emma Goodman

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2012-03-05 18:07

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Italian daily La Stampa is to integrate its newsroom, taking what its editor in chief Mario Calabresi has described as "a step towards the future". Calabresi announced the move, which will incorporate both physical changes and staff changes as well as a change in CMS, in a letter published on February 6. "A newspaper is a lively body that needs to be able to adapt itself to its environment," wrote Calabresi.

 

This step forward is reflected in the creation of three new job positions, which are intended to form a bridge between print and the integrated future. By introducing a digital editor, a web editor and a social media editor La Stampa hopes to make the transition to fully integrated newsroom a reality in terms of people and workflow.

The digital editor will be coordinating all the digital platforms, the website, tablets and smartphones and the paper presence on social networks, which will be run by the social media editor, while the web editor will be responsible for the website.

The Editors Weblog spoke to Marco Bardazzi, former managing editor who has just been named digital editor, who explained how La Stampa is turning into a completely integrated multiplatform newsroom.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-02-08 11:28

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Two internet giants have made announcements this week that suggest the increasingly thin boundary between social media and the news is about to be stretched to its limit.

The first is Twitter, which has just released a new "top news" feature. The function means that when a user searches for a news-related term, they are not only shown relevant tweets, but are also given a link to one related news story. The release was first reported by Coleen Taylor at GigaOm who responded positively, calling the new function a "nice move". "Twitter has established itself as a great platform for crowdsourced information and citizen journalism, but these new features should help to make the site equally useful for finding stuff from traditional content producers such as news organizations," she wrote.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-11-04 18:05

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It has been about two months since Tina Brown launched her redesign of Newsweek after the merger with the online news site The Daily Beast, where she served, and still does, as the editor-in-chief.

The two titles merged in a 50/50 joint venture, The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, owned by Barry Diller, who supports The Daily Beast through his media conglomerate IAC and former U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman, who succeeded her husband, Sidney Harman, who bought Newsweek from the Washington Post in August 2010.

As from the March 14 issue, both the 77-year-old magazine and two-year old website have been under the aegis of Ms Brown.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-05-16 16:09

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Newspapers won't save the news industry in Italy, according to an analysis published by the Italian online paper Linkiesta.

For some newspapers 2010 was a depressing year: out of 56 papers analysed by Ads (Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa), there was an overall drop in readership of 5,1%, or 250 000 copies. Looking at the 26 newspapers with circulation above 50,000 copies, the drop is higher: - 6,2%, the article reported.

Bad news come also from the biggest names: Corriere della Sera lost 8,7% of its readership in a year, La Repubblica lost 8%, and il Sole 24 Ore 8,6%.

The Italian press hasn't only experienced a drop in circulation, but also in advertising. Citing Nielsen data, the article reported that after very negative results in 2009, advertising has started to grow in 2010 but the increase hasn't affected the printed press. Ad revenues had a 6% increase in the TV market and went up 20,1% online, while regarding the press they steadily decreased by 4,3%.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-04-06 15:49

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