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The paper has increased its reach, circulation revenue and website traffic, as well as circulation, says Executive Editor David Boardman, even among the young. Two-thirds of 18-34 year-olds read the paper in some format, he adds.

This success is the result of significant changes in the newsroom. The focus is now on content that readers won’t get anywhere else. And unlike many other keen integrators, Boardman is not a believer in the concept of "platform-agnostic" content: some stories need to be platform-specific, he says. But it is not for the reporters to decide this – their focus must be on the story first.

The newsroom has been entirely reorganized from a dichotomous print/online structure to one focused around three areas that “capture what we are really trying to do”:


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Emma Goodman


2012-09-04 16:58

Señor has many pieces of advice for editors, including:

  • In the digital age, you have to integrate software with hardware
  • We cannot pretend to be enslaved still by the demands of one process, printing a newspaper
  • Paper vs online is a false dichotomy that has to end
  • Newsrooms are in a permanent state of beta
  • We need many, many developers, both in house and outsourced. If we don’t have developers in there, it’s very difficult to make things different
  • The newsroom should be one digital kitchen, which means author once, publish everywhere: stories should not just be produced for one platform
  • Journalist + designer + developer = new holy trinity

Moving on to social media:

  • Journalists should spend 10% of their time on social media – it’s not an extraordinary amount of time, but all good media is by definition social
  • Remember that social media is not a medium but a platform
  • News organisations should not be just retweeting but beginning, advancing and ending the conversations.

Señor highlighted some of the most unusual newsrooms from around the world, starting with Jawa Pos. The Indonesian newspaper has a young, fun newsroom, with a gym, a ping pong table, a music studio and more on site. The concept is similar to Google’s strategy: if staff area happy and having fun, they will come up with good ideas. Members of the public can come also into the newsroom. It is not closed off from the rest of the world.


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Emma Goodman


2012-09-04 15:45

It's a wrap -- the 11th annual Newsroom Summit came to an end in Hamburg on Friday after examing the major issues of concern to editors everywhere. Here are some of the things they were saying at the World Editors Forum event:

“Never before have we had access to so much information and never before have the possibilities been so limitless for doing journalism."
Paul Lewis, Special Projects Editor, The Guardian, United Kingdom

“We are in the right spot and the right time with the right tools, and it is up to use not to screw it up,” he said. “We were taken by surprise by the internet. We were not taken by surprise this time.”
Tomas Brunegard, CEO, Stampen Group, Sweden

“Getting the story right, and ethically right, is more important than getting a short-term scoop. We suffer from a lack of trust, and this as implications for the entire industry.”
Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum

"I'm interested in long-term survival – if people don't pay, we don't get paid. Should content be paid for? We believe this in the non-digital world. Why should it be different in the digital world?"
Knut Englemann, Editor, Wall Street Journal Germany
“Paid content on digital platforms is not a fashion or fluke, it is a core strategic issue for the future.”
Dietmar Schantin, Founder, Institute for Media Strategies, Austria



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Larry Kilman


2012-05-11 21:48

To do that, it has made many changes during the past several years and has been investing in new-media and related areas, such as creating video teams and interactive teams, increasing production skills, and starting a live news desk.

When we recruit these days, Ms MacLeod says, we are looking for a new kind of journalist with new skills rather than only the traditional ones of good reporting and writing.

She says these new skills include:

  • Data skills and the ability to mine and interpret data
  • Interactive graphic skills and the ability to work in Flash or HTML5, and translate data into graphical elements
  • Video journalism and the ability to work both on and behind the camera and produce high-quality video worth watching
  • Web production skills and the ability to understand and maximize excellent presentation of content online and on tablet devices
  • SEO and digital headline writing and display text skills
  • Multi-media commissioning and story planning
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial: Thinking of new ways to engage readers and draw them into specialised content and to new commercial possibilities.

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


2012-05-10 12:38

According to a report released by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Center for Advanced Social Research at the Missouri School of Journalism, the percentage of minorities employed in newsrooms is 12.32%, about a percentage point less than the survey from 2010, Poynter reports.

The ASNE began conducting the survey in 1978, when minorities composed only 4% of newsroom employees, and saw increases in minority presence in the newsroom up until 2006 (13.73%), according to Poynter. Since then, the percentage of minorities has been declining faster than the overall percentage drop in newsroom employees, the article said.

An article by ASNE stated that while overall newsroom employment decreased by 2.4% in 2011, minority employment in newsrooms decreased by 5.7%.


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Gianna Walton


2012-04-05 14:58

Alden Global Capital have continued to expand their media holdings by aquiring 100% of Journal Register Co., a company in which already a previous stakeholder. Although detailed information about the company's financial situation was not disclosed, the takeover effectively allows Journal Register a way to clear its debts.

Journal Register Co. brings local news to 19.5 million users each month via the medium of its 350 multi-platform products. It recently made waves with its groundbreaking Newsroom Cafe, which acted as a public space where employees and the public could mingle and also included a library which made 134 years worth of newspaper archives available to all.

The investment firm Alden Global Capital also owns MediaNews, Philadelphia Media Network and Tribune Co. and today Poynter has reported that Alden Global may also be competing to buy Sandiego Union-Tribune and Freedom Communications, 40% of which it supposedly already owns.


Katherine Travers


2011-07-15 17:51

The proof is in the pudding, they say.

New media has been tested, and is proven to be revolutionizing the direction of publishing and editorial departments. The future is paved with further augmentation of organizations' multimedia web presence, targeted editorial offerings, and more investment and staffing of social media channels by which newspapers compete for what has become the public's very short attention span in an increasingly globalized, socially networked, paperless world.

This new direction is transforming the newsroom by affecting the ways in which information is gathered, reported, and disseminated to the public. Shifting away from phone calls for interviews and paper writing to print (literally ink on papyrus), even emails and content blasts are becoming slow and outmoded. The new thing is crossover digital partnerships, an element of which involves advancing use of social media.


Ashley Stepanek


2011-01-28 18:12

Former CEO of PPF Media and founder of the Nase Adresa project Roman Gallo told the World Editors Forum the hyperlocal news project covering four regions in the Czech Republic, which, before its recent closure, had been intended to expand to cover the whole country.

Nase Adresa, or 'our address,' consisted of three main directions of development including weekly newspapers, websites and coffeeshop-newsrooms, where journalists were entirely accessible to their audience. Community content collected there was a "basic building block" of the project, Gallo said.

According to Gallo's speech, there were three main motivations behind the news cafes: a place for the creation for community content, a marketing tool and a financial contribution to the project. "We planned 30 percent of content to be created by various communities or in cooperation with communities."

"After the unexpected closure of the project, of course I don't feel very positive, but I've learned a lot," Gallo noted. He emphasized the fact that some expectations, such as the idea that only local content will work, were proven right. "Our mistake was underestimating the complexity," he said, and they only partially reached their goal of having one local team with no walls between them.


Kirill Artemenko


2010-10-10 11:13

Sylvie Kauffmann, Editor-in-chief of Le Monde, France joined the World Editors Forum panel on the question how to break away from the "he said yesterday" journalism.

She pointed out a very difficult challenge of orchestrating the media's channels: "We brought the newsrooms together in one building to mutually support and complement each other." The first female editor of France's leading daily shares a fear that has been discussed frequently at the 17th World Editors Forum: "I am afraid, that not the journalism but the quality will disappear."

But Kauffmann puts much trust into the community, which partly dictates the news of tomorrow: "At the moment, the media has lost control of the news. But we are learning to handle the merge of different channels, and the social cloud can indeed enrich newspapers, even in an investigative way."

We are covering the 17th World Editors Forum on our Twitter feed @NewspaperWorld (#WEFHamburg) and the European Journalism Centre is live-streaming a selection of sessions.


Malte Brenneisen


2010-10-07 17:18

Raju Narisetti, the managing editor of the Washington Post presented his vision of the sustainable model of multimedia newsrooms at the 17th World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Germany. He believes that the future of newsrooms is undoubtedly digital, and that newspapers should aggregate quality news from external sources and integrate this for their traditional readers.

"We should not be gatekeepers, but gateopeners," Narisetti said. "When people come to our site they expect a certain quality of content. So the content we aggregate has to be good," he added.

However, Narisetti noted that the idea of making news pure online is "a little bit false". He reminded the audience of the still huge circulations of the daily newspapers in the US. Speaking about new online media organisations, Narisetti claimed that "they give people what they want, sometimes even more". According to him, this can lead to irresponsibility of online journalists and bloggers that traditional journalism can't afford. Narisetti called it "the low cost of making mistakes." Nevertheless, he pointed out that the importance of the web-projects is in engaging readers.

Narisetti believes in paid online content. "We didn't give away content at the Wall Street Journal [he worked there for some years] and I don't think we should." He hopes to change the fact that the Post's website is free "sooner rather than later."


Kirill Artemenko


2010-10-07 13:59

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