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The New York Daily News tabloid has launched a new online section which seeks to appeal to the city’s South Asian residents, paidContent reported.

The new section, called “Desi,” features South Asian news curated for an American immigrant audience, including stories about Bollywood, cricket and politics, the article said. The stories found on Desi are a mixture of original content and articles from the digital newswire Newscred, the article said. As we previously reported, Newscred filters content from more than 750 sources around the world, creating personalized bundles of online content for publishers.

NY Daily News Digital Senior Vice President Steve Lynas told paidContent that according to research conducted by the newspaper, second and third generation immigrants demonstrated an interest in South Asian News, but presented through an American lens.

Lynas also said that culture is more of a factor in determining what news people are interested in, implying that the notion of local news in general can be redefined, the article said.

“I don’t see a zip code as a good filter for community,” Lynas told paidContent.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-23 12:55

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Yesterday, Columbia University announced the winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, letters, drama, and music—and among the distinguished few were online news organizations The Huffington Post and Politico, according to a Columbia press release.

The reputable Pulitzer Prizes, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in his will and administrated by Columbia University since 1917, are “perceived as a major incentive for high-quality journalism,” according to the website.

These are the first Pulitzer wins for both The Huffington Post and Politico. A complete list of winners is available on the Pulitzer website.

David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, received a prize for National Reporting for his “Beyond the Battlefield” series, which highlighted “the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war,” the release said.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-17 13:28

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Twenty-nine US news organizations launched yesterday, January 5, NewsRight, a digital content licensing organization. Amongst the affiliates are the Associated Press, the New York Times Co, Hearst Newspapers and the Washington Post Co.

The aim is to keep track of newspapers' content as it moves around the web in order to license and profit from it. It "will measure the unpaid online use of their original reporting and seek to convert unauthorized websites, blogs and other newsgathering services into paying customers", AP (via the Washington Post) reported.

NewsRight is an evolution of the News Registry, a project started in October 2010 by AP and some partners.

As Mashable reported, the company provides publishers with an HTML code to insert in their stories' headlines and text, so they can track the spread of each piece of their content. The encoded stories report to the registry, showing where and when a story is reblogged and read, the article said.

NewsRight in fact not only lets news organizations to license content but also getting data about how the news is being consumed across digital platforms.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-01-06 18:58

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Timu is a Swahili word which means "team:" team being the core principle of the new platform the Italian <ahref Foundation recently launched.

Timu is a publishing platform for crowdsourced information and its main feature is to apply a common research method which is then recognised by a specific icon that websites and blogs can display in their homepage, to declare they are following that method.

The Timu hallmark is an assessment of a shared working methodology based on the core standards for high quality information: accuracy, impartiality, independence, legality.

This means providing accurate information, facts and data, being as impartial as possible, publishing a disclaimer for any possible conflict of interests involved in the article or in the subject of the article, acting in the shadow of legality and respecting fundamental liberties as well as privacy rights.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-12-15 16:23

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Once upon a time, people may have stereotyped of The Economist as a dry, formal publication, which aged company executives would leaf through in their dusty studies. But if those days ever existed, they are certainly confined to the past now.

The international magazine currently has over 100,000 digital-only subscribers and more than a million monthly mobile readers. Economist readers have downloaded more than 3 million apps since their launch and online traffic has grown by 45% since September of last year. The publication now has 7 million online users.

These figures were reported in the interim financial report released by The Economist Group today, which shows a run of spectacular success for the publication. The report announces a 6% year-on-year rise in operating profits, totaling £26.2 million, and a revenue increase of 4%, to £164.3 million.

In the report, Economist Chairman Rupert Pennant-Rea remarks on the positive uptake of The Economist on new media, saying that "the demand for digital editions have exceeded our expectations". But the success story also translates to print: circulation of the print edition increased 3% in the first half of 2011, compared to the same period last year (maybe some of those executives are still leafing?).

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-11-29 12:09

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News today is all about being first; 'real time' is king; users want the latest information in the quickest possible time delivered straight to their mobile device so they are constantly kept abreast of unfolding world events. Right?

Well, yes... and no.

It seems that Facebook is producing something of a Lazarus effect for old news content. Stories that were written more than a decade ago are increasingly becoming viral phenomena thanks to the new 'frictionless sharing' system introduced by the social network in September.

Frictionless sharing means that articles read by Facebook users are automatically shared with friends. This means that if you happen to glance at a story with a sensationalist headline that was published by a site that uses a Facebook app to integrate their content into the network via "open graph", then that sensational headline will appear on all your friends' newsfeeds - many of whom are just as likely to be lured to click on said headline as you were. This process is repeated several times over; and then again; and again. Thus, the article goes viral.

The Guardian and The Independent have both integrated their content into Facebook and this has lead to wide and rapid distribution of their content via the social network.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-28 16:45

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The Wall Street Journal has been making waves in the news world lately. After the launch of WSJ Live, its very own online broadcasting service, the paper is launching WSJ Social, a Facebook based news site, to go live today.

The Wall Street Journal is not the only news organisation to be launching a Facebook site. As Jeff Bercovici reveals, several other major news networks have been approached by the social networking giant to release similar Facebook editions, however WSJ has stated that they were not approached by Facebook and that the site was entirely their own initiative.

With the Facebook developers' conference F8 on the horizon, the advent of the social news site could simply be one of a barrage of new features to be unveiled in the near future. Speculations about Facebook's latest projects have been flying around the blogosphere and include the addition of 'Read', 'Watched' and 'Listened' buttons, to show the world and share with others the media you are consuming. Social news sites would fit nicely into this media-sharing model, as would a social music sharing service, which are also expected to be unveiled.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-20 14:09

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The report of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, released on May 9, provided a complex and update picture of online news reading habits, describing the ways people navigate the digital news environment.

Examining the top 25 news websites in popularity in the US, a part of the report was dedicated to how readers access news, either by going directly to a news site - which accounts for about 60 percent of the traffic - or by arriving through referral sites - which accounts for the remaining 40 percent.

It also provided analysis on the importance of Google, which is still leading as source of drive-by traffic, and the growth of Facebook as well, which is gaining more prominence.

A part of the report was dedicated also to the Drudge Report, the 14 years old website founded by Matt Drudge, which gained momentum during the Clinton presidency by revealing early news on what would become the Lewinsky scandal.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-05-17 15:34

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The ways people navigate the digital news environment is the focus of a Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's study, published today, May 9.

While debating whether the print press will die, if social networks will replace traditional news or not, or, more practically, how to find a suitable revenue model for digital news, it would be useful first to understand what people consume online. Where they go, how they get there and what lures them away: understanding these issues is the aim of the Pew study.

Based on audience statistics from the Nielsen Company, Pew examined the top 25 news websites in popularity in the US, focusing on four main aspects: how users get to the top news sites; how long they stay during each visit; how deep they go into a site and where they go when they leave.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-05-09 14:30

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Good news from the UK newspaper websites market.
ABC figures - reported by Journalism.co.uk - show a general increase in traffic for the month of March.

The Mail Online leads this positive trend, with a 29.59% increase of monthly unique browsers compared to February's results.

The Guardian.co.uk and the Telegraph.co.uk follow with, respectively, an increase of 24.54% and 22.21%. Good results come also from the Independent.co.uk (+7.10%) and from the Mirror Group (+4.75%).

Results for the Times and the Sun, the article highlighted, remain unreported, as requested by News International following the introduction of a paywall for the Times and Sunday Times last year and following ABC's announcement of changes in its policy that allow members not to publish online traffic figures.

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2011-04-29 14:53

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