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So much is said nowadays about the death of print - but it's not all bad news. Print still has its loyal followers.

Roy Greenslade of The Guardian has been covering the plight of one publication in particular, The Irish Post, which went into liquidation last month but whose demise has been met with cries of dismay from a its community.

The Irish Post is based in London and acts as a voice for the British-Irish community. The paper was deemed so important an asset to the irish population living in Britatin that West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty expressed about the detrimental effect of closing a weekly newspaper that had been such "an important and invaluable link between the Irish diaspora in Britain, and more widely, with Ireland".

The all-party parliamentary group on the Irish in Britain, chaired by Labour MP Chris Ruane hel a community meeting yesterday to debate what could be done to prevent the closure of The Irish Post. The early day meeting at The House of Commons has been rapidly gaining support and signatures - so there may be hope to save The Irish Post yet.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-08 18:39

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Many people would say that travel journalists are some of the luckiest people around; they get paid to go on holiday, right?

Well, maybe sometimes, but Peter Greenberg, in an article on Poynter, argues that this perception is based on the media industry's own undervaluation of travel journalism.

Greenberg is the travel editor for CBS News, hosts the radio programme Peter Greenberg Worldwide which is syndicated across America, and has won an Emmy for his work in journalism.

The problem, Greenberg says, is that he is the only well-known journalist in his field; in his article he lists a host of news organisations - NBC, ABC, CNN and FOX- who are all without travel correspondents.

The situation is little better in the UK. Many publications, The Guardian included, simply offers what appears to be a holiday guide; a useful and well written holiday guide, but not exactly news. The BBC does have a travel news section, but it focuses primarily on road works. Its main travel section is produced in partnership with Lonely Planet - so yet again, it is more of a guidebook than industry-specific news.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-08-26 13:58

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Entrepreneurial thinking and community involvement are crucial to sustaining a hyperlocal site, said Bart Brouwers, managing editor for hyperlocal online Dichtbij of Dutch Telegraaf Media Group.

He was speaking at the 6th WAN-IFRA Summer University in Paris, which focuses on local and hyperlocal content as strategies for newspapers to be successful in the new media world.

Dichtbij, which in English means "close to me", started in 2010 with 4 pilot sites aiming to be a "hyperlocal, hyperpersonal, hypersocial platform for every Dutch citizen". It has gone national over the past year, after having thought about a sustainable business model based upon the above mentioned pilot-learnings sites and passing from 10 to more than 100 staff.
Think niche, as hyperlocal journalism is a niche, get personal, work form where your audience is, be social and act social, publish real-time and be easy-to-use are some of the guidelines Brouwers pointed out from dichtbij's experience.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-06-27 13:44

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Last March, The American Census Bureau reported that the American Hispanic population had climbed to over 50 million, a 43% increase in the U.S. Spanish-speaking population in the last decade. In a country with a declining newspaper industry, this represents a huge opportunity for publishers and advertisers alike.

According to NPR, Spanish language media is growing in all sectors. This week's convention by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists covered these trends. The convention hosted Monica Lozano as a keynote speaker, CEO of one of the largest Spanish-language newspaper companies in the U.S, ImpreMedia. Lozano noted the growth potential for the digital news sector, remarking that 60% of all Latinos are now online.

Lozano explained the need for Spanish-language publications, underlining what makes them relevant for Hispanics. She says that there is a content divide between English and Spanish language publications. When covering Hispanics, she claimed English-language media focuses on events, like border violence, and excludes achievements, such as the growth of Hispanic businesses.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-06-17 15:51

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Developing "social media strategies" - creating the position of social media editor, for example, and trying to enforce their presence on social networks - is something that many news organisations have recently started to do. In a very short amount of time, with the speed that characterizes new technologies, just any approach to social media is not enough. It needs to be the right one.

Companies have been born to provide "social media solutions for newsrooms", as Social News Desk does, and some newspapers are refining their strategies, like the Guardian, which has recently started to go niche on Facebook, offering pages for different sections of the paper.

At the basis of the Guardian's strategy is the belief that even if not everybody is interested in all the content coming from a publication, many might be interested in specific topics.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-03-02 15:53

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A Muslim newspaper is going to be launched in the UK "aimed at Muslim people across the world," according to the Guardian. The weekly paper will be based in London and will be backed by the Pakistani pay-TV operator ARY Digital. The paper will appear early in 2011.

"ARY, known for broadcasting the Pakistani version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, also broadcasts to several Gulf states and in North America and the UK, where it launched in 2000 as the Pakistani Channel on Sky," reports the article. The unnamed paper is going to be edited by Burhan Wazir, who is the former deputy features editor for the Times and was awarded young journalist of the year in 1999. He also used to be an executive at the National, the English-language newspaper based in Abu Dhabi launched by former Telegraph editor Marvin Newland, adds the Guardian.

Wazir said the Muslim paper will "serve the Muslim diaspora" in countries it becomes available to the public. The liberal paper will also be published in Pakistan and a number of Gulf states and be aimed at those between the ages of 20 and 45.

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Heather Holm

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2010-10-12 14:19

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According to Editor and Publisher, the National Press Foundation is offering "what's billed as the first comprehensive program for journalists on Alzheimer's Disease."

The program will last for four days and, according to a National Press Foundation announcement, will feature experts on topics such as the most recent research for prevention, diagnosis and treatment and the "costs of care and lost productivity." Plus, the workshop will include the personal stress of care-giving.

The program will include discussion with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and fifteen fellowships will be given to "qualified print, broadcast and online journalists," states the article.

The workshop will also deal with "steps families need to take before it's too late," according to NFP. There will also be sessions to help digital and broadcast journalists "find, modify and use the graphics that will grab an audience for this complex story."

After completing the online application, a journalist needs to submit a letter of support from a supervisor as well as two work samples. Applications must be sent in by 5 p.m. Eastern time on October 18.

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Heather Holm

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2010-10-04 17:53

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Providing hyperlocal news is more than merely zoning in on a certain community, rather it requires interacting with that community to provide a unique news experience. Patch's partnership with Starbucks is a prime example, as the coffee shop ambiance adds value to the news consumption experience. Boston.com's Your Town hyperlocal website is upping the ante, re-targeting its focus onto smaller communities within the Boston area.

In a press release, Boston.com announced its hyperlocal Your Town will be expanded to 16 neighborhoods in the Boston area, which are expected to debut throughout this fall. Robert Kempf, vice president of The Boston Globe and Boston.com, comments "Boston truly is a city of neighborhoods and each has a distinctive identity. We believe adjusting the 'Your Town' model to include coverage of neighborhoods will be the most useful way to serve Bostonians. It is hyper-local journalism at its best." Similar to Patch's hyperlocal model, Your Town will designate a local reporter for each neighborhood who will be responsible for generating content and managing the hyperlocal webpage.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-09-16 12:56

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The Guardian launched a new section on its website dedicated to the reporting on global development, reported Press Gazette. The new site will be jointly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Guardian News and Media. "The site will provide a new space for discussion and interaction on the biggest challenges affecting the lives of billions of people across the developing world, including poverty, hunger, infant mortality, adaptation to climate change and economic development," states the Guardian in a press release.

The site will mainly focus on the progress that the world's governments are making towards reaching the millennium development goals. These objectives include eradicating hunger and poverty, universal primary education, gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, fighting AIDS, ensuring global sustainability, and encouraging a global partnership for development. These are lofty goals, although in today's news atmosphere coverage on these issues get lost within current breaking stories.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-09-14 14:17

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The Pearson-owned Financial Times will launch a subscription based news and analysis website covering the pension sector for trustees and pension managers in the United Kingdom, called schemeXpert.com, paidContent.co.uk reported yesterday.

The content on schemeXpert.com will be produced by a dedicated in-house editorial team with insights from leading consultants, lawyers, investment houses and research bodies,according to MNILive.com. Aggregated news and analysis will also be provided to subscribers.

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

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2010-09-08 11:39

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