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Bloomberg media recently revealed a redesigned version of its recently acquired weekly publication, BusinessWeek. In adopting what MediaWeek described as a "bullish" strategy, the new version will feature more content including a "leisure/arts" section, and the number of annual issues will increase from 47 to 50.

BusinessWeek, first published in 1929, has existed for nearly 80 years but came under considerable economic strain as a result of the recent finical crisis. Bloomberg acquired the magazine in December of 2009, with the intention of using it as "a platform to extend the Bloomberg name and reach a mass audience."

The redesigned magazine will include shorter articles that allow the magazine to cover more content. Additionally, there will be a greater focus on personal storytelling and editorials similar to those found in the Economist.

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Robert Eisenhart

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2010-03-08 18:22

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Yesterday German daily Südkurier unveiled its redesign produced in conjunction with Garcia Media over a period of 18 months following extensive market research, new business has reported. It has also launched its own iPhone app.

The newspaper, now entirely in colour and compact Berliner format, is printed off the new Cortina compact waterless offset presses that are said to be "greener, leaner and more cost-effective", which one would hope considering they cost 30 million euros.

The newspaper also underwent a reorganisation of content flow, aiming to achieve a clearer layout and improved structure, which Garcia calls "a classic look inspired by German elegance" with a five-column grid.

Südkurier is primarily a subscription-based daily, based in Konstanz, and produced in 17 local editions. It has a largely consistent following of 132000 subscribers.

Of the redesign, Publisher of Südkurier Rainer Wiesner said:

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-03-03 19:06

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French daily newspaper France Soir is planning a redesign and will launch its new format in mid-March, it was widely reported in the French press.

The goal of the redesign is to create a popular and quality daily newspaper that can compete with Aujourd'hui en France, which is the national edition of Le Parisien.

The directors of the paper plan to go further than a simple redesign and create a completely new newspaper, accompanied by the addition of well-known figures to their editorial staff. The paper has announced that three former television presenters are on board: Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, Thierry Roland and Laurent Cabrol.
As the paper is likely to be launched at the same time as the regional elections, an exceptional print run of 500,000 copies is planned. According to the latest figures, the circulation for France Soir declined 5.1% to 22,722 copies in 2009.

To promote the relaunch, France Soir will use an unprecedented advertising campaign. The campaign will cost €20 million across television, radio and display advertising.

France Soir was purchased a year ago by a young Russian investor, Alexandre Pugachev. He announced last spring that he wanted to revitalise the title by substantially investing in the paper and its editorial team.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-02-16 18:06

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The Manchester Evening News website is to be relaunched with a greater emphasis on social media and live reporting, Journalism.co.uk reports.

Its parent company MEN Media plans to have all its reporters signed up to Twitter in the next few months. The Manchester Evening News and its sister titles currently have around 20-25 journalists on Twitter, head of online content Paul Gallagher told Journalism.co.uk.

"It means that when we have an event like the recent royal visit, being covered by six different journalists, we can easily pull it together in a live blog at short notice because they are all set up to tweet," Gallagher said. A liveblog was recently used to cover eight different visits made by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

"Some of our journalists have been wary about using it and don't really understand the point of it at first. But then you explain to them that all you've got to do is send a text and it's that easy."

He added that the redesign would be a facelift of the existing site, with more features for live event coverage and Twitter feeds from specific blogs. A live section will direct readers to live event coverage.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-02-16 12:30

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Sunday newspaper The Observer is set to relaunch this week with a greater focus on news analysis as well as culture and lifestyle.

The slimmed-down four-section paper will drop its separate Escape, Cash and Business sections. Instead, it will contain four sections: an expanded main newspaper, a Berliner-size New Review supplement, Sport, and Observer Magazine. The New Review will continue to focus on arts and culture with increased coverage of film, music, architecture and books. A new Discover section within the review will be devoted to science, nature and technology. Observer Magazine will cover food, fashion, relationships, gardening, ethical living and travel.

The main news section will include a new round-up of the week's news, called The Week, and the Focus section will be expanded for more news analysis and international affairs. Sport will be expanded as well. Three of its four monthly magazine supplements, Observer Sport Monthly, Observer Music Monthly and Observer Woman have ceased publication. Observer Food Monthly will continue to be published.
The paper, sister paper of The Guardian, is launching its new format with an exclusive serialisation of Andrew Rawnsley's new book on the Labour party in government called The End of the Party. These excerpts, however, will not appear online at midnight on Sunday morning with the rest of the paper, and will instead be released at an unspecified later stage.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-02-15 16:52

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On Monday The Chicago Tribune announced changes to its content and format as it prepares to roll out a narrower-by-one-inch page size as of 8 February. Editor Gerould W. Kern revealed these changes to be cost-cutting measures for the Tribune Co. paper, which is still crawling its way out of the bankruptcy protection it entered over a year ago.

The LA Times, another Tribune Co. publication, is also implementing similar cost-cutting alterations, evident yesterday. The most notable change was not the inch the paper also shaved from its width, but rather the new section - LATExtra - including local and California stories including entertainment, business, national and foreign news, as well as the lottery results and weather page. The section runs from Monday to Saturday.

Editor Russ Stanton told staff: "The changes to the paper give us the opportunity to expand and further showcase the terrific enterprise reporting of this newsroom, as well as produce the first new news section in many, many years."

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-02-03 18:51

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The Amaury group, responsible for both Le Parisien and L'Equipe, has given its publications a face life this week, with all 48 pages of the former appearing in colour for the first time on Tuesday, and divided into five new sections: Fact of the day, News, Local News, Sports and Leisure.

L'Equipe is set to integrate three new pages into its design, the first appearing today, the second in Thursday's edition and the third in Friday's, as a response to reader surveys. From March the publication will introduce a motoring section, which will appear every Monday- intended to deal with the production of cars as opposed to buying and selling.

Today's page "L'Equipe Inside" will report on a significant sports professional, event or controversy within the industry. Thursday's page "L'Equipe Discovered" will report on an unknown sport or sports pro, and finally Friday's page "L'Equipe Weekend" will aim to be more light-hearted, reporting an amusing story, with "a very magazine feel" says François Morinière, Director General of the paper. The new pages are intended to give readers "a break in their reading to digest all the information in the paper," says Fabrice Jouhaud, Editorial Director.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-01-27 18:07

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The Wall Street Journal print and online editions will be separated into different business groups under a Dow Jones corporate reorganisation, its president announced in a memo.

Under the restructure, president Todd Larsen wrote, five separate business groups will each operate with a clear profit and loss approach:

  • - The Wall Street Journal in print
  • - The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
  • - Dow Jones Financial Markets, which includes Newswires and products for financial professionals
  • - Dow Jones Corporate Markets, which includes Factiva
  • - Dow Jones Indexes.

Kelly Leach, previously vice president for business management at the WSJ, has been promoted to general manager. Gordon McLeod will stay on as president of the WSJ Digital Network, which includes the WSJ online as well as MarketWatch and other digital products.

"I know some questions about the structure remain unanswered," Larsen wrote, "but we will have everything resolved soon."

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-01-26 17:08

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Midland News Association, owner of the U.K.'s best selling regional paper, Wolverhampton's Express & Star, has revamped the paper's online offering complete with a useful business directory, Press Gazette reported.

The website has undergone aesthetic work to make it more user friendly, complete with larger photos, a simplified page layout and more intuitive navigation capability.

The makeover is part of the newspaper's new partnership with Trinity Mirror, which enables the publication to make use of its Local Mole business directory. The business directory will serve the communities of the Black Country and broader West Midlands.

The website has also recently struck a deal with Motors.co.uk, enabling it to bring readers classified cars sales ads from local dealers.

Other changes include the embedding of national and international ITN news videos onto the site, as well as a fantasy football game.

Midland News Association, which is to begin works on sister website Shropshirestar.com in the next few weeks, said it hoped the improvements to the Express & Star's site would help boost web traffic.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-01-13 15:52

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The Washington Post is to be the guest newspaper at the 17th World Editors Forum, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2010. Both editor-in-chief Marcus Brauchli and a managing editor Raju Narisetti have confirmed their attendance.

Brauchli was appointed executive editor in 2008, months after leaving the post of managing editor at the Wall Street Journal. He spent most of his career working at Dow Jones, and as a foreign correspondent, reported from 20 countries over 15 years.

Narisetti, now responsible for washingtonpost.com's day-to-day operations and involved in guiding technology and interactivity strategies, also joined WaPo in 2008. Previously he was editor of Indian business newspaper and website Mint, and before that was a deputy managing editor at the Wall Street Journal.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-01-07 15:57

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