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Le Monde

In an interview with Le Monde Nicolas Beytout, former editor of Le Figaro and Les Echoes, says his paper will “make information and analysis, defend and confront opinions, create a product that has a precise editorial policy.”

Judging from the title, the paper will be partisan. “What is weak or neutral is struggling to emerge from the mass of information,” Beytout told Le Monde.

With a shaky press industry in France, Beytout is certain digital/print model will be successful. In the interview he put a strong focus on the digital aspect, describing the news outlet as "a digital media, with a print extension." However, he is clear that he believes digital-only wouldn't be successful from a financial point of view.

“My idea is to marry the internet, its innovation, its audience…with the power of paper. A media brand must have two legs, Internet and the paper. I cannot make this project work by doing this project differently to others.”

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Briana Seftel

Date

2013-04-09 13:01

Nougayrède is 46 years-old, speaks fluent English, and started her career in journalism as a freelancer for another national French daily, Libération, Radio France International and the BBC’s French service. She joined Le Monde in 1997 and has worked in Georgia, Azerbaidjan, Ukraine, Russia and Kosovo.

In 2005 she received the prestigious Albert Londres Prize and the French Diplomatic Press Prize for her coverage of the Beslan hostage crisis and the Chechen conflict. She has been Le Monde’s diplomatic correspondent since 2005.

Unusually for a new director, Nougayrède has never had management responsibilities. She was seen as an outsider in the contest to take the position freed by the sudden death of former director Erik Izraelewicz in November.

With almost 80 percent of the votes of the paper's general assembly, which consists of journalists from print and online versions of Le Monde, and of the magazine M, Nougayrède seems a popular choice. It will be interesting to see how the afternoon paper, which still has separate print and web operations, evolves under her leadership.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2013-03-04 16:04

France’s evening newspaper Le Monde has unveiled an initiative designed to broaden both its perspective and its reach. Le Monde Académie, launched Wednesday, is a two-part competition and training programme that will offer 68 aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to be mentored by the newspaper's staff and published within its pages. It will culminate a year from now, with three ambitious young talents receiving a rare prize: jobs within one of France’s best-respected media companies.

“Me, a journalist?” reads an advertisement featuring a girl with asymmetrically cut hair, introduced in the caption as Léa, a 24-year-old educator from Montréal. The ad campaign, released in Thursday's newspaper with a front-page editorial from the publication's director Erik Izraelewicz, emphasizes that budding journalists aged between 18 and 25 from across the French-speaking world are invited to apply, regardless of their level of academic attainment. With the Monde académie, the 68-year-old daily is seeking new voices from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, which will attract new eyes to a publication that has traditionally been written by and for an educated elite.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-06-07 18:40

With the debut of its redesigned website, French national daily newspaper Le Monde combined enhanced visual media and user participation in hopes of creating a more social news experience.

Le Monde.fr, the third most trafficked media site in France, launched its new format on Monday, as previously reported. Features of the site include more space for visual media, categorical tabs for each section of the news and a live chat window.

Editors Weblog spoke with Le Monde.fr Editor-in-Chief Alexis Delcambre about his primary goals for the newspaper in the online realm.

Social networking and the news

“The first objective is to improve the editorial formats that we’ve been experimenting with in our newsroom for a year,” Delcambre said.

One such new format is the “Live” feature, a chat window that appears on the home page of Le Monde.fr. On “Live,” users can ask questions of Le Monde journalists or make comments about certain topics, with journalists responding to their queries in real time. Delcambre said the feature is an innovation in France.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-21 15:09

Today, national French daily newspaper Le Monde launched a new format for its website Le Monde.fr.

The redesigned layout features a more visible header, with a centered logo and tabs for each section of the website, according to an email alert from Gorkana. Videos and other visual media are also more prominent under the new design.

The new website also includes a live-chat feature, in which users can ask journalists about news articles and receive answers almost immediately, as well as an alert window for news updates.

Le Monde innovates with a live platform present on all website pages, offering coverage of various events under a chat format,” the email said. “Online users will have the possibility to question the editorial staff in real time.

The email said that the chat option is meant to increase interaction between Le Monde staff and online users, as well as demonstrate the recent integration of the print and online versions of the daily.

“The new design takes into account the publication’s strategic choice to unite its online and print editorial teams, which took effect last September with the creation of a political newsroom,” the email said.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-19 19:13

Six countries, six leading newspapers, a huge audience and one common theme: Europe, how to explain it better, how to understand it better, how to build it better. This is the aim of an editorial project which saw six papers joining forces to produce a joint special edition on the situation of the European Union.

"The state of the Union", echoing the State of the union speech US President Obama gave on 24 January, is the angle of the first issue of Europa (more will be expected in future) produced by El Pais, the Guardian, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gazeta Wyborcza and La Stampa.

This joint special editorial supplement aims to give a "more nuanced picture of the EU and explore what Europe does well and what not so well", as the Guardian explained.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-01-26 17:59

Le Huffington Post, a French edition of AOL's popular news, blogging and aggregation site, The Huffington Post, was launched today in collaboration with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions Independantes.

At a press conference held at Le Monde's headquarters in Paris this morning, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, promised that the new edition would offer the HuffPo's trademark mix of original reporting, aggregation, bloggers and commentators.

However, Huffington stated that although the "architecture" of Le Huffington Post would be imported, the site would be "rooted in French culture" and that it was "absolutely essential" that the local journalists set the agenda.

For more on this story please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-23 17:12

The Huffington Post and El Pais announced this morning that they are partnering up to produce El Huffingtion Post, a local Spanish edition of the popular news-aggregation site.

The deal was closed on Thursday and was announced today by Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and Juan Luis Cebrián, president of El Paí­s and CEO of Prisa, the media organisation that owns the Spanish daily.

"El Huffington Post will combine the local editorial expertise of El Paí­s, the leading Spanish newspaper and one of the most widely-respected global news dailies, with The Huffington Post's pioneering combination of original reporting, aggregation, a leading-edge commenting forum and dynamic social engagement tools," announced the press release.

It's easy to see how the deal will be mutually beneficial for both parties; the partnership allows the HuffPo to capitalize on the strength of a respected brand to support its expansion abroad, while El Pais benefits from the HuffPo's online expertise and mass audience.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2011-12-12 19:15

Samuel Laurent, political journalist at LeMonde.fr talked about real-time fact checking today at "Les Nouvelles Pratiques du Journalisme" conference, hosted by the Ecole de Journalisme de Sciences Po, Paris, in collaboration with the Columbia Journalism School.

Fact-checking in real time - verifying the truth of statements made by politicians and public figures in real time during press conferences or public appearances - is becoming an important part of political communication nowadays, says Laurent.

The fact-checking in France, even if it's not completely developed, is growing. And it fits in with the Anglo-Saxon tradition of news watchdogging.

Real-time fact-checking has to be extremely fast to be effective. "You have to react immediately," Laurent says, "because a fact-check published one week after the statement doesn't have the same impact".

It's an ambitious job: it requires speed but, at the same time, enough knowledge to be able to contextualise statements. It demands the ability to provide the right link at the right moment. At lemonde.fr, a team of four journalists works on a real-time fact checking event: one's writing, one is dedicated to the community management and the other two to the contextualisation.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2011-12-02 17:03

The Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera's Wikileak spin-off sites are not as anonymous as one might think. According to Owni.eu, both sites reserve the right to disclose information about users to law enforcement officials and even inquiring third parties.

In a study released by Le Monde, journalists say they work faster, longer, and are more tired than ever before. Le Monde credits the internet for the increased work and fatigue.

For small newspapers looking to create a paywall but that lack the New York Times' budget, there is a new option on the web. Editor and Publisher reported that Tiny Pass now offers a simple system to monetize content.

Author

Florence Pichon

Date

2011-06-09 17:22

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