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According to the German site meedia, a working committee last Tuesday presented a new paid-content concept for Spiegel Online. At the meeting, a loud argument between Mascolo and Blumencron over the direction of the publication erupted, according to meedia.

Mascolo had been responsible for the printed magazine, Blumencron for the online publication. The two were known to have a tempestuous relationship.

It is not known who will succeed the duo. The publishing house says it will name a successor soon. meedia said the firings marked the end of dual-pronged editorial leadership in the publishing house, at least for the time being, and said an outsider was expected to be named.

Temporarily in charge of print are deputy editors-in-chief Klaus Brinkbäumer and Martin Doerry; Spiegel Online Editor-in-Chief Rüdiger Ditz temporarily heads online operations.

Breaking the story last Friday was leading media columnist Kai-Hinrich Renner in the Hamburger Abendblatt.

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Anton Jolkovski

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2013-04-09 17:09

Matt DeRienzo, Connecticut Group Editor, of US-based Journal Register Company
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“We’ve built an infrastructure around breaking news,” says Mr DeRienzo.

To help ensure employees have the necessary skills for to execute their new strategy, he says they have created a “digital ninja school” for all newsroom staff.

Mr DeRienzo says there are 5 key competencies:

  • Pay employees to succeed at training
  • Force managers to make time for training
  • Measured by evidence of application to job
  • Obsessively tied to and teaching metrics
  • So hokey that it can’t be ignored as another boring bureaucratic program that will just go away

In keeping with the ninja idea, the company has come up with five “belt” levels that are also tied to monetary rewards.

The belts and their corresponding financial rewards are:

  • White – $100
  • Yellow – $200
  • Orange – $300
  • Green – $400
  • Black Belt – $1000

Mr DeRienzo says one requirement is that previous belts must be maintained (i.e. if a reporter earns a white belt by doing regular blog posts, they must continue doing blog posts when they move to the yellow belt stage).

The conference, which drew editors from around the world to Hamburg, continues Thursday and Friday. The conference programme can be found at http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/11th-international-newsroom-summit.

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Brian Veseling

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2012-05-10 13:14

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Ms. Novak suggests that for newsrooms to truly move forward, newsroom managers need to consider creating new jobs, such as these seven:

  1. Traffic conductor – "Someone who knows how to drive traffic to where we can monetise it," Ms Novak says. "It’s a very sobering experience to find out where your traffic is really coming from.”
  2. Editorial events director – a person who helps connect your editorial efforts with what is going on in the community.
  3. Crowd intake co-ordinator – “We need someone to guarantee we always have the best pictures, videos, etc.,” Ms Novak says.
  4. Community journalism educator – to help people become better contributors.
  5. Transparency and integrity controller – to make it clear what information is from whom.
  6. Chief of crowd creativity – “We need to work to help make the crowd more creative," Ms Novak says. We need to be more specific and more inviting to get them to think more positively and more creatively, she adds.
  7. Editorial quantifier – if we are to survive, Ms Novak says, we need to calculate what content is interesting to readers. We need to move our thinking from “clicks” (on an article) to “time” (spent on reading it).

The conference, which drew editors from around the world to Hamburg, continues Thursday and Friday. The conference programme can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/events/11th-international-newsroom-summit.

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Brian Veseling

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2012-05-10 11:57

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The Financial Times is to launch a "live news desk," reported Journalism.co.uk. It will provide rapid responses to breaking news stories on the paper's website, including on live blogs, and make use of Twitter, said Ben Fenton, who will lead the desk, on his blog.

The live news desk will cover world events and business news from around the world, wrote Fenton, who until now has been the FT's media correspondent. He will lead a team of reporters focused on the project, according to Journalism.co.uk.

The plan to create the desk has been in the works for some time, it appears, and Fenton said that it had been intended to launch in 2011 but due to the "extraordinary" events of last year it was delayed.

At a time when news is broken almost in real time on social networks as well as on news wires, newspapers are adapting to meet the challenges of a faster-paced news cycle, trying to balance speed and depth.

The aim of the FT's new desk is to get a first version of a story online quicker, Journalism.co.uk said, freeing up specialized reporters to develop longer, more in-depth pieces. If it works, will it be a step that other news organisations will take?

Source: Journalism.co.uk, Keepbloggeringon

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Emma Goodman

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2012-03-05 18:07

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The Associated Press has gone a step further in its social media strategy: Eric Carvin, an AP Nerve Center news producer and former National Desk editor, has been named the organization's social media editor, a press release announced.

Carvin, who has spent the past two years overseeing social media efforts at the news wire, engaging with readers and gathering user-generated content, "will work to ensure that social media becomes an integral part of every AP journalist's skills".

"This is a crucial role, based within the Nerve Center [the central editorial desk at AP's headquarters,] but one that will depend on daily interaction - strategizing, training and firefighting - with all the regions, verticals and formats", wrote AP deputy managing editor Tamer Fakahany in a memo reported by Jim Romenesko.

(Incidentally, Eric Carvin's brother is NPR social media desk senior strategist Andrew Carvin.)

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-05 18:15

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In the race to go digital, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney have taken some giant strides ahead with their "News24" initiative: the papers have completely restructured their newsrooms to prioritise digital content. The newsroom will now have one central, round-the-clock multimedia centre, known as the "superbench," that will edit and curate the papers' multimedia products on all platforms.

Editor of The Daily Telegraph, Paul Whittaker, told WAN-IFRA about why the new night-and-day newsroom was necessary.

The aim is to bring the digital products offered by two longstanding and top-selling newspapers up to the same exacting standards expected in the print publication by enforcing "the same discipline and structure around the digital operation that has long existed in the print product" in a bid to "respond to the changing reading and viewing habits of our audience".

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-09 18:05

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Where exactly does data journalism fit in a traditional press organization? Sylvain Parasie from Paris-Est University conducted research on this question, taking the case of the Chicago Tribune. At WAN-IFRA's Summer University 2011, he explained that he had spent three weeks at the Tribune last September following four self-proclaimed programmer/journalists to understand where they fit and how they contributed to the journalism process.

The Chicago Tribune expected the new programmer/journalists to treat data, present it in an innovative manner, and to add value to their journalism, but with no other specifications. The Tribune already had some data journalism tools on its website which were meant to serve "watch dog" functions. The tools interpreted data to map toxic air, crime, and track political campaign contributions. These tools set the precedent for what the data journalists were expected to do.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-06-28 11:48

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The position of chief digital officer looks like it's making a comeback.

Recently, Time Inc. began the search for its first CDO. Gannett Co., Inc. and Clear Channel, meanwhile, have been trying to fill the same position after months of searching. Wenner Media, which hired its first CDO two years ago, is also rumoured to be recruiting for the role, AdAge reported.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-26 10:46

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Journalists from five Irish Johnston Press Group newspapers intend to go on strike next Tuesday after hearing of possible staff cuts that will occur as a result of putting a new editorial production system in place that the publisher's management thinks will abolish the need for sub-editors, MediaGuardian reported.

"This strike is about protecting employment but it is also about defending journalistic standards," said Nicola Coleman, the organiser for the National Union of Journalists in Ireland. "The experience of this union in the UK is that the new system and reduced staffing levels have led to chaos - the results have been disastrous publications."


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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-19 12:48

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The New York Times announced today it will further merge its print and online operations, with online producers now reporting directly to their respective desks, according to Yahoo! news blog The Cutline.

Digital news editor Jim Roberts has been made assistant managing editor for news, and the new editor for emerging platforms is Fiona Spruill, currently the Web newsroom editor. The continually consolidating print and online staff is an effort to continue streamlining operations, executive editor Bill Keller explained. There is also a possibility that the separate online and print union contracts will be merged.

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2010-11-17 11:14

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