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Colin Myler, editor of the UK Sunday tabloid newspaper News of The World, says that "back door" privacy laws are restricting Britain's media. Myler put forward that smaller publishers are placed under undue pressure by the legislation, since they frequently do not have the budget to take legal action.

He added that the lack of parliamentary discussion about these issues was worrying. According to Myler, the edicts from High Courts in London are prompted by Human Rights judges from the European Union, who are "unfriendly" to freedom of expression, while the MPs remain silent.

Although the media may be partly responsible for the privacy situation, instructions imposed by Justice Eady, senior libel judge, and other prominent legal figures have left the UK media in an "unrecognisable" state.

Myler's paper was ordered to pay £60,000 in damages to world motorsport figure Max Mosley in July, AFP reported. Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre previously said that the "public shaming" of high-profile figures may be meaningful in "defending the parameters of what are considered acceptable standards of social behaviour."

"Some [newspapers] will struggle to survive, but, as an industry, we really do have to be more positive and not allow those so-called media experts and commentators to tell us how badly we are doing," Myler said.

Author

Lauren Drablier

Date

2008-10-14 08:57

According to Chicago Business, the Obama campaign has announced plans to charge for coverage on election night, November 4 at Grant Park in Chicago.

CB reports that prices start at $715 and run up to $1,815. CB also reports that for $935 a reporter can have a spot in the heated file tent, access to power, cable TV, Internet and food.

There is a free access area for the general media, but according to the Obama camp the section is "outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views...standing room only."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that an Obama spokesman stated that the charges cover cost and they are not turning a profit. However, they declined to comment as to why they are charging for access.

Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Business

Author

Lauren Drablier

Date

2008-09-18 12:00

According to MediaNews Group CEO, Dean Singleton, also chairman of the board of The Associated Press, newspaper publishers should consider consolidating and even outsourcing news operations.

Singleton believes that newspapers should consider outsourcing in "nearly every aspect of their operations," according to USA Today. He believes that sending copy editing and design jobs overseas may also be called for.

According to Singleton, MediaNews is considering one news desk for all of their 54 newspapers, "maybe even offshore..." he stated.
Before making any moves overseas, Singleton stated that publishers are "trying to consolidate editing and design domestically, whether in one place or several, and see if they can match the savings they would see by going overseas."

Some are concerned about the quality of reporting from long-distance. Bernard Lunzer, president of The Newspaper Guild-CWA, believes that long-distance editors might miss local nuances or fail to place stories within their appropriate local context.

Source: USA Today

Author

Lauren Drablier

Date

2008-09-18 09:43

Michael Wolff, the founder of Newser, had a lot to say about his Website, the future of news, Google, The Daily Beast and more...

In case you haven't (already) heard of Newser...

Yet again, an old media man is trying to reinvent his craft with new media thinking. Wolff, who has been covering the media for quite a while as a contributor to Vanity Fair came up with the idea for Newser as a response to what he calls a "revolution in how people get their news." Newser is a news aggregation website that launched one year ago and is based on the concept of more news in less time, by adding human intelligence to machine-driven aggregation. According to Wolff, the idea is that Newser "searches the web, reads the stories and delivers concise and sharp summaries - along with links to the full text."

The Starting Point

Wolff is sure that newspapers and traditional broadcast media will fall to an imminent death. So as a means feed the enormous demand for news he created the online news aggregation site.

Author

Lauren Drablier

Date

2008-09-15 10:34

On Monday the free daily ADN was launched in Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla and Cali.

ADN is owed by Columbian media group CEET and has a daily circulation of 300,000.

Source: Newspaper Innovation

See Also:
Columbia: New free daily to debut with circulation of 300,000

Author

John Burke

Date

2008-08-14 17:22

An interesting and growing market has opened up for newspapers with online editions in Africa: the expat reader looking for news about home from a familiar news source. The print version of newspapers remains paramount in Africa in terms of readership and revenue, but newspaper organizations are waking up to this new medium's potential.

When Kenya's Daily Nation launched its website a decade ago, it had a clear vision. The country's leading newspaper recognised that the 1.8 million Kenyans living abroad had little access to news from home, and that an online edition would have mass appeal to the increasing number of ex-pats who hungered for news. This is something that editors and publishers across Africa should bare in mind: the International Labour Organisation estimates there are some 7.1 million Africans living outside their home country. The number is rising rapidly and by 2025 could climb to one in ten, the IOM predicts.

The Editors Weblog spoke with the Daily Nation's managing editor of special projects, Macharia Gaitho, about his newspapers online edition and he said: "We wanted to extend the paper's audience beyond Kenya's geographic borders to deepen the paper's voice and authority, while also offering a service to the growing Kenyan diaspora." The website was launched formally in October 1998 with a dedicated team, following trials the previous year just before the Kenyan general election.

Author

Katherine Thompson

Date

2008-07-11 15:37

Ranking second after The Times, The Daily Telegraph's business readers amount to 187,000, which is a decrease of 15,000 since three years ago.

The Times reportedly has 83,000 "C-suite" readers, "board level executives holding positions such as chief executive and chief financial officer", which is around 38% more than The Financial Times, according to Brand Republic.

The Financial Times, meanwhile, rank third in business executive readership, which rose from 174,000 to 179,000 since 2005. The Guardian's figures surged from 162,000 to 172,000 since three years ago.

The Sunday Times is the most popular paper amongst business readers, with a readership of 453,000. The figure is 169,000 for The Sunday Telegraph and 147,000 for The Observer.

The Economist's readership jumped by 19% since 2005 and findings show that its' readers had either launched a firm in the last year or been a part of important company decisions, writes Brand Republic.

Times Online gathers 269,000 business readers in 2008, compared to 167,000 readers nearly three years ago. Telegraph.co.uk's has 155,000 readers per day while Guardian.co.uk has 193,000 and FT.com 199,000.

Author

Sarah Schewe

Date

2008-07-08 09:38

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announces its third annual Knight News Challenge, a contest that will grant up to US$5 million for ideas that transform local community news with the help of digital tools like social media, Web 2.0 or multimedia content. A new "incubator" site, the News Challenge Garage, was created in order to offer online criticism and advice for applicants.

"We have committed $25 million over five years to the Knight News Challenge because we believe in media innovation through experimentation," says Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation's president and CEO. "Each winning project is an experiment with the potential to transform how we practice journalism in the digital age."

The incubator will offer counseling from 50 mentors who may be online journalists, video bloggers, social media experts and developers. Examples include Spot.us' David Cohn, Placeblogger's Lisa Willians and Contentious editor Amy Gahran.

Previous winners include ChiTownDailyNews.org, Everyblock.com and Spot.us.

The deadline for applications is Novemebr 1, 2008.

Source: Knight Foundation Press Release

Author

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Larry Kilman

Date

2008-07-07 11:12

Garcia Media recently interviewed Miguel de Lorenzi, a veteran designer, on the state of newspaper design in Argentina.

Lorenzi pointed to Clarion and La Nacion as the country's leaders, but expressed enthusiasm over the launch of Critica de la Argentina. "(Critica de la Argentina has) a very smart content strategy as well as a great design. Jorge Lanata, its editor, takes risks with a printed newspaper... at a time when all the voices around him form a choir to chant the disappearance of daily printed newspapers."

"Graphics add emotional impact to the printed newspaper which is difficult to achieve on online editions," said Lorenzi. "This is definitely a plus that printed newspapers have over their digital counterparts so far."

Critica de la Argentina's pages are filled with larger and more colorful graphics, but also seem cognizant of the text they partner with, and don't overwhelm or distract from articles.

"From its origins, simplified journalism has been nothing more than the sum of communication plus emotion. We lost the way somehow, but, fortunately, we are now are getting it back both online and print."

Source: Garcia Media

Author

Liam Berkowitz

Date

2008-06-27 15:05

According to an internal memo, more than 300 Palm Beach Post employees are taking buyouts from the company, a staggering loss in the newsroom.

Though the newspaper initially announced it would cut 300 jobs from the 1,350 person payroll, there will be additional layoffs. According to the memo:

"The number of applications was more than expected. However, we received too many in some areas and not enough in others, So we still expect to begin a small number of involuntary separations, or layoffs, the week of Aug. 18 in some departments as needed. Thanks to all who applied. You have greatly reduced the number of involuntary separations needed. Your contribution to PBNI over the years and your dedication and patience during these recent difficult times is greatly appreciated."

Source: The Daily Pulp

Author

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Larry Kilman

Date

2008-06-18 11:10

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