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Unlike QR codes, AR uses a phone’s camera to recognize specific images (in this case, newspaper pages) and superimposes information over the camera feed. AR technology opens related links and content within its app, whereas QR codes externally connect to links on mobile web browsers. Industry analysts agree that AR has more potential for newspapers than QR codes, which have been deemed “dead” by most.

Independent+ uses iPhone, iPad and Android app Blippar to update select print stories with new information and additional multimedia features. The newspaper is also using the app to increase audience engagement by allowing readers to vote in polls related to opinion articles. The Independent said AR supplements will be available in all sections of the newspaper, according to Press Gazette.

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Kira Witkin

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2013-04-26 15:36

In the past few weeks, the Vogue publisher announced video channels, investments in e-commerce and a clothing line. Yesterday, the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design held its inaugural classes. Next year, GQ and Vogue bars will serve cocktails in Bangkok.

“We don’t consider ourselves only a magazine publisher,” Chief Integration Officer Drew Schutte told Nieman Lab in 2011.

“A year or so ago we took the word ‘publications’ off the building and took it off of our business cards,” he added. “There was this final commitment to the fact that we are a company that makes quality content ... and we’re going to put that on whatever medium it makes sense.”

This strategy seems to be working: last year the magazine industry saw an 8.2 percent decline in sales, but Condé Nast’s pre-tax profits were up 14 percent.

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Kira Witkin

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2013-04-16 15:39

With this trend in mind, author-specific paywalls are becoming an increasingly attractive option for news organizations.

“Many readers — particularly younger ones — consume media based not on corporate brands but on individual writers that they feel a connection to, and I would argue that is becoming the norm,” paidContent’s Mathew Ingram recently wrote. “We read the New York Times as much for Tom Friedman or Nick Kristof as we do because it is the NYT.”

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Kira Witkin

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2013-04-09 15:29

“I was increasingly becoming a third-party broker, if you will, between people who had captured newsworthy content at scenes of stories and my colleagues back at work, who would effectively offer them money to buy that content,” Ebeli said. “I realized that this was the way things were going and that there needed to be a centralized location for newsworthy content online.”

Thus he created Newsmodo, which will make its formal international debut at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe conference in London, April 15-17. Ebeli described the platform, expected to go live mid-April, as a “one-stop shop” for media organizations and journalists to pitch and find freelance assignments throughout the world. With newsrooms’ resources dwindling, more publications are relying on freelance content — and more need a platform like Newsmodo, Ebeli said.

“They have less personnel on the ground and they have more and more news to cover and audiences have higher expectations,” Ebeli said. “They need to be nimble, they need to be agile and they need to be forward-thinking. That’s why they’re looking for platforms like Newsmodo.”

Ebeli said he began his work by constructing Newsme.com.au, the “little brother of Newsmodo,” back in 2011. But he later abandoned that site, which focused on citizen journalism.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-04-02 15:49

Updated 2 April to include interview with Burt Herman.

Storify recently answered the ongoing question of how the site would monetize its social media curation and story platform: Storify VIP, a subscription service that allows publishers to unlock advanced features.

"Many major media organizations, brands and non-profit groups users have come to Storify organically for its basic functionality," Co-founder Burt Herman said. "But it's been clear for a while that our professional users had these needs and we've been thinking about how to serve them, which is why we're launching this service now."

Created in 2011, Storify says its new service will allow clients — media, publishers “or anyone seeking to deeply integrate social curation and storytelling into their site” — to customize embedding of Storify features and easily update creations in real-time. Clients will also get “priority” technical support, the ability to share stories internally within their companies and integrate custom content into Storify pieces.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-29 16:30

The Huffington Post is to launch a Japanese-language site in partnership with Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese daily, the two companies announced today. According to a press release, Huffington Post Japan is currently recruiting a veteran editor-in-chief and editorial team in preparation for its launch, but a date was not given.

"I'm delighted to welcome Japan to the HuffPost family," said Arianna Huffington, quoted in the press release. "As our first edition in Asia, HuffPost Japan is more than just one more step toward our goal of expanding to new countries and continents; it's a reflection of our commitment to inviting ever more voices to join our growing global conversation. Partnering with the Asahi Shimbun Company, with its local expertise and grasp of Japan's history, culture, and unique personality, we'll be telling the stories that matter most both to those who live in Japan and those who care deeply about Japan -- and just as important, helping the people of Japan tell their stories themselves."

As the release notes, Asahi Shimbun is one of the largest papers in the world, with a daily circulation of 8 million copies for the morning edition and 3.4 million for the evening edition, with reporting in English, Chinese and Korean as well as Japanese.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-12-14 18:32

The Independent has launched a new site called Independent Voices to focus on commentary and opinion content, combined with input from readers. “Its mission is captured in three words: Comment, Campaigns, Community,” said the platform’s editor Amol Rajan and editor-in-chief Evgeny Lebedev in an announcement on the site.

It will have its own editorial line and be independent of the Independent newspaper, Rajan said in another post. “What I want us to achieve is a marriage of editorial brilliance, in the form of strong and clear argument, with digital power, in the form of viral campaigns – all of it in alliance with a community of ultra-engaged users.”

The Independent print product’s Opinion pages will, however, be renamed Independent Voices. The paper has a long history of focusing on comment and opinion, since former editor Simon Kelner's editorial strategy that was dubbed the 'viewspaper' concept back in 2003.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-09-18 18:21

Fatemah Farag, Executive Editor of Welab El Balad Media Services, has introduced a new kind of media in Egypt: hyperlocal weekly papers that are accountable to their readership and allow their readers to be part of the editorial process.

Last year’s revolution unleashed tremendous energy that led to a flood of political debate. “You now can’t go anywhere without being engaged in political debate,” she said, in contrast to the apathy and lack of concern under the former government. She was speaking at the 19th World Editors Forum in Kiev last week.

Traditional news is in deep crisis, Farag said, as years of malpractice have come to the fore. And the provinces, which had for many years been marginalized in national news, took centre stage.

All these factors have led to an explosion of new initiatives, from new publications to graffiti, to puppet shows – any way to express ideas.

Welab El Balad’s response has been to produce very local, community-based newspapers with a low cost business model. A print product is essential, Farag said: “what is legitimate, what is credible, is print.”

The three pillars of journalism that the papers aim to uphold are respect for truth, respect for the citizen and respect for humanity.

The company produces four weekly papers, in four different communities across Egypt:

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-09-12 19:13

UK publishing group Extra Newspapers announced Wednesday that it will be launching its first three hyper-local newspapers for the towns of Corby, Wellingburough and Kettering in Northamptonshire, according to a press release.

Extra spent 14 months researching and developing the newspapers, which are “designed to appeal to the traditional newsprint reader as well as the younger, digital savvy readership,” the release said.

Each newspaper will begin circulation in April at 10,500 copies and will cost 50 pence apiece.

Editor Judith Halliday emphasized in the release that the communities themselves will be the focus of each publication.

“Extra aims to prove that small and local can be beautiful,” she said. “We will be right there on the corner with the local community—watching, reporting and sharing all the news.”

Members of the respective communities are invited to contribute news and opinions to the paper as well, the release said.

Managing Director Stuart Parker explained in the release that, before now, Corby did not have its own local newspaper.

The Corby Extra will give Corby what it wants most of all and that’s a voice across the community,” he said.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-23 17:29

The first noticeable aspect of the release of Apple’s new iPad, announced yesterday at a launch event in San Francisco, is the fact that it’s called just that: “the new iPad,” rather than the iPad 3 or iPad HD. Why this is, is unclear – is it not sufficiently different to be an iPad3? Or has a decision on a name just not been taken?

The new device, to go on sale on March 16, has:

  • a ‘retina display’ of the type seen on the iPhone 4. For the iPad this means 3.1m pixels, 2048 x 1536 – double the resolution of previous versions.
  • a dual-core ‘A5X’ chip with quad-core graphics
  • 4G/LTE wireless, which is much faster than 3G but currently only available in the US
  • an upgraded iSight camera which has a 5 megapixel sensor and HD video recording capability.
  • voice dictation (in English, French, German and Japanese)
  • updated iWork applications, and iPhoto with more advanced editing options

It does not have haptic feedback, as commentators had predicted, notes the Guardian, or anything in particular that seems to justify the emphasis put on ‘touch’ in the invitation to the event.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-03-08 15:17

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