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Journalism and newsrooms

The Times and the Sunday Times are set to merge their online teams, in a move that is being seen as a precursor to a wider, more comprehensive union of the two editorial operations.

As Roy Greenslade at the Guardian notes, the original decision to keep them separate (made at the behest of Sunday Times editor John Witherow, who wanted to keep his distance from the daily title) was strange; the announcement thus signals that, in Greenslade’s words, ‘good sense appears to have prevailed’.

Whilst such a move appears to make sound financial sense – both papers currently make a loss, and consolidating their respective online editorial teams is clearly a step in the right direction – such a change seems to challenge the undertaking given by Rupert Murdoch on his purchase of both titles in 1981 that he would maintain the distinct identity of each newspaper. Indeed, a source within Wapping, quoted by the Telegraph, stated that ‘it is total insanity to sacrifice the successful Sunday operation on the alter of the daily’.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-12-05 17:36

For a billionaire chairman and CEO of the world’s second largest media conglomerate, Rupert Murdoch does a decent impression of an 81-year-old who’s going slightly gaga. Sure, he is 81. But such was the widespread impression in the aftermath of his evidence to British parliamentarians given in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal last year. In his halting expressions of contrition, amnesic failure to recollect his activities and a delivery that might charitably be called measured, many found it difficult to reconcile such a diminished prune-like exhibit with his fearsome reputation as the ultimate éminence grise of British politics, the scourge of left-wing politicians for a generation.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-20 19:49

Google has added a new feature that will notify its Chinese users if they search for a term that has been blocked by the country’s “Great Firewall” and will advise them to change the wording of their search, reports the AP, reprinted in the Washington Post.

The Italian reporter Gianluigi Nuzzi, who has published a book about corruption in the Vatican said to be based on information provided by 10 whistleblowers, has defended himself against Vatican accusations that he is a criminal, reports Reuters, in this article reprinted by the Chicago Tribune.

In an article for paidContent, Ben Elowitz, CEO and co-founder of the web publisher Wetpaint, advises news organisations to spend more time focusing on ways to reach and grow their audience. “Content is just a means to an end. The end – and media’s greatest asset – is audience,” writes Elowitz.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-01 18:59

“This was a key change in our operation and it has proven extremely successful,” says Martin Jönsson, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Svenska Dagbladet. “By reducing the evening shift – we have one night editor and four page designers working nights nowadays, compared to a total of 15-16 before 2010 – we have fewer people locked into shift work.”

In addition, he says that through this staffing shift “we have been able to strengthen the daytime desks and have more editors working on planning, coaching and idea development, even though the total workforce has been reduced (from 225 in 2009 to 175 today). But more importantly, it has contributed to a major shift when it comes to the mindset of everyone in the newsroom, together with our clear strategy of how our journalism should change. Our focus today is very much on live reporting for the website or mobile and on agenda-setting journalism and in-depth reporting for the newspaper. It has been a strong shift over time: in avoiding reporting ‘yesterday’s news’ in print.”

Sweden’s biggest morning daily online

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Brian Veseling

Date

2012-05-28 14:40

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