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Meinolf Ellers, Founder and MD of Germany’s dpa infocom, discusses how news agencies and newspapers can work together to cut costs.

The main challenges in the modern newsroom are that there are now more platforms and channels, which lead to more complexity.

“We need more and better customized content, but at the same time we are forced to reduce costs,” Ellers says.

The key to moving forward, he says, is using the strict reporter/editor principle: media-neutral news reporting and multi-channel publishing.

In doing this, Ellers says that metadata, structure planning and real-time workflows are essential.

“Newspapers are becoming local news agencies,” Meinolf Ellers, Founder and MD of Germany’s dpa infocom.

“We have to talk about metadata, and I know for editors this is witchcraft, but it’s the only way,” he says.

Metadata is already being produced, he says – it’s just not being used regularly enough by newspapers. For example, once a digital photo is rendered, the metadata is carried through all the processes, all the channels.

“In the end, it’s about increasing efficiency,” he says.

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Brian Veseling

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2012-05-11 13:50

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A small spat has arisen involving the Newspaper Guild of New York, Reuters and TheBaron.info, an independent website aimed at Reuters’ past and present employees, which raises interesting questions about Reuters’ editorial direction.

On February 23, The Baron posted an article stating that Reuters’ editor-in-chief Stephen Adler, deputy-editor-in-chief Paul Ingrassia and COO Stuart Karle told staff in a meeting that “Reuters is adopting a new editorial approach aimed at winning Pulitzer Prizes: long, in-depth, investigative special reports from all bureaux.”

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Hannah Vinter

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2012-04-10 17:43

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The Associated Press has joined forces with the National Sports Content Sharing Network (NSCSN), allowing the members of the NSCSN to share content via the AP's distribution platform as Nieman Lab reports.

The NSCSN allows sports writers to exchange content for free: the network is co-operative and so writers can contribute their own material to the pool and use the work of others in return. The network came about as a result of the split between the AP and eight Ohio-based newspapers, which decided in 2008 to set up their own cooperative newswire instead of using AP services.

The NSCSN followed this lead and decided to build on the common practice of swapping and sharing information between sports desks in order create a kind of swap-shop for sports content, ie a newswire that would not charge for use of its content.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-07 15:22

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Copyright infringement is a huge problem for news agencies as online, images and text are easier to duplicate than ever and for those companies and journalists who rely on selling their content to survive, this is bad news.

The problem is, what can be done about it?

The International Journalists Network has reported that Agence France-Presse and the Spanish news wire EFE may have seized upon a solution... Hire some copyright detectives.

Attributor is one company that AFP and EFE have hired to make sure their copyright isn't infringed. It tracks content that should be syndicated and discovers whether websites have pirated the same material for their own use without paying a proper fee.

In 2010 the company released the results of a study which claimed that 400,000 unlicensed news articles were used across the 44,906 sample news sites included in the research. Clearly, there is a market for a product that can stop this unlicensed reproduction of content.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-21 16:26

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Third-party journalistic content producers: newspapers' partnerships, outsourcing of news production, the use of newswire news, news aggregators... Is it getting too complicated?

Readers want newspapers to be an authoritative source of news, as well as providers of original content. The Internet allows everyone to find news everywhere, from any sources available. Newspapers' strong point is their ability to provide more in-depth coverage and to put a sort of a "quality label" on content, as a result of the history and the trustworthiness behind the newspaper's brand.

However, newspapers do not always have the time and the resources to go in deep in every story that could be worthwhile. Beside the bylines of newspapers' staffers appear then bylines and tags that readers might not always be able to recognise and value.
Writing about content provider partnerships that are unfamiliar to readers, Arthur S. Brisbane, The New York Times' public editor, said: "The Times's inclusion of the new providers, though, makes sense journalistically and economically. Attracting an audience, in print and in the expanding digital universe, requires ever more content and at a manageable cost. But managing this expansion carries risks".

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-09 15:33

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Agence France-Presse (AFP) plans to build up its brand image by boosting its Internet presence with its own destination news website and on platforms such as the iPad, its chief executive Emmanuel Hoog said, reported in an AFP article on Yahoo! News.

In a video interview with Le Figaro's Buzz Média Orange, Hoog said the AFP's board of directors has approved a 3,7% budget increase for 2011: "a development budget".

As discussed earlier, in order to compete with the other big news providers Associated Press and Thomson Reuters, AFP is going mobile. Investments will be made to develop the agency's presence on the web as well as on digital devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

Although AFP is the world's third largest newswire, some newspapers, like 20 Minutes, have recently decided to drop its services and this has affected the news agency's primary source of revenue.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-02 16:19

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Thomson Reuters Corp. is launching a new U.S. service today.

Reuters America will directly compete with The Associated Press, focusing on state and regional news and also using information from other sources, such as SportsDirect Inc. for sports, TheWrap.com for entertainment news, and Examiner.com for local news, The Wall Street Journal reported. The news service's first client is Tribune Co., which last year began a trial on using less AP content in order to cut costs.

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

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Emma Goodman

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2010-12-15 09:10

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Free French daily 20 Minutes has dropped the Agence France-Presse news service, Le Monde reported. The paper's CEO Pierre-Jean Bozo tried to negotiate a lower price with the French national news agency but failed, and 20 Minutes now subscribes to Reuters' French wire.

Le Monde quoted AFP's commercial director Erik Monjalous who said that the paper and the agency had been in discussions for two years but that the AFP could not go below a certain price.

The price of an AFP subscription is "hundreds of thousands of euros" and based upon circulation, Le Monde explains, which is high for free papers: 20 Minutes gives out about 700,000 copies a day.

Reuters presumably offers a cheaper deal. But 20 Minutes journalists have protested at the move, and Le Monde quoted an editor who said that the Reuters feed is "much lighter" and that the journalists feared not being able to tackle big stories at the time of going to press.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-03 14:21

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Newsy, a video news service, is launching an app for the Blackberry market. This application offers video news as well as business, political and sports news from global news sources and "enables sharing through Twitter, Facebook and email," according to a press release from Newsy.

The application will be available to download free at the Blackberry App World. It will offer the features and navigation of the Blackberry Curve, Torch, Tour and Storm mobile phones as well. Plus, the application has a "simple, clear interface" that is easy to use and "users can watch the latest Newsy multi-source news videos in just two clicks," states the press release. In addition, since the application is updated constantly, the app lets users look at videos "with the easy-to-navigate interface or search specifically with keywords."

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Heather Holm

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2010-10-13 15:11

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"A global network will be launched this week designed to bridge the gap between news organisations and journalists across the world," Rachel McAthy has reported on journalism.co.uk. Findstringers.com will serve as a network where publishers can find freelancers and vice versa.

According to McAthy, founder Gary Symons developed the concept based on his experiences as a freelancer. "I became very familiar with the freelance world and some of the problems associated with it. Two of the big ones are that you have to find people to hire you...secondly if you're taking video, photos or that kind of thing then you've actually got to get your digital material to that person." Findstringers.com thus aims to fully integrate the journalist with the newsroom "within five seconds."

Offering similar services since 2001 is allthecontent.com, which describes itself as a "press agency of the digital era." It has as its mission the combining of "coherent technical skills with flexible and competitive business visions," and envisions a future where "high quality services and "optimized production processes" will be the status quo. ATC also claims the ability to "provide content for all platforms, all type of delivery media, and for all industries with content needs."

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