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The New York Daily News can now print every page in colour, as its three new high-speed printing presses have whirred into action earlier this month.

Although the upgrade will increase efficiency and reduce waste, spending $200 million on equipment in the midst of a recession does appear to contravene conventional business wisdom.

But owner of the tabloid Mort Zuckerman told Crain's New York Business that he hopes that the resulting high-quality images will attract more advertising dollars, as high-end brands prefer to see their advertisements in the arresting visual format common to European newspapers or luxury magazines.

"We are going to be able to do stuff which we were not able to do," he said. "We have had to concede some advertising ground [in recent years], but I think we're going to recover that very, very quickly."

Next month will see the arrival of a new photo editor, Gretchen Viehmann, who used to work as a photo editor at the New York Post and later as head of content at London photographic press agency Rex Features. Her brief is to create stand-alone supplements and photography sections that take advantage of the new machines.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2009-12-14 18:37

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Thursday night a refreshed Reuters.com went live complete with bolder logo, red background and refined toolbar, including a selection of pages entitled News & Markets, Sectors & Industry and Analysis & Opinion, with increased political coverage and comment. According to Alisa Bowen, head of consumer publishing for the group, the shift in perspective, with a greater emphasis on politics, will revolve around macro-economic trends. "The new site reflects all the assets that were brought together with Thomson's acquisition of Reuters in the spring of 2008. We regard this as more than just a facelift" Bowen said.

The revamp comes as news wires find demands for their services significantly reduced, and are left reeling from the effects of the Internet revolution on traditional journalism. Bloomberg, the Associated Press and Reuters have all made moves to attract the attention of a more general audience in recent months, with Reuters planning a $1bn investment to boost its multimedia capabilities to keep up with competitors. Bowen told the Guardian that "presenting targeted content" was the focus of the redesign, in light of the fact that the company has "only been in consumer publishing for the past six years, and the old version of the site reflected that."

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-12-07 11:40

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Metro.co.uk has just launched a complete redesign of its web site.The Beta version, which went live yesterday, includes many changes with a focus "on improving navigation, channel and article templates and the site's overall aesthetics which we believe is an improvement on the present offering and matches the expectations of our audience," according to digital editor Ryan Battles.

The site has been updated with a dropdown hover menu for each tab category at the top of the website as well as an extensive sitemap at the bottom of each page. The sitemap includes links to the general page as well as the subcategories included in the drop down menus.

The site will also begin aggregating content from other websites. The links will be compiled under the heading 'They Say.' This feature is not up yet, but should be soon.

There have been new services added, such as Jobs, Special Offers, and Tickets. There will be a new page titled 'Today, To Do, To Gain,' which includes nightly entertainment suggestions, future events of note, and competitions to enter, respectively.

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Betsey Reinsborough

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2009-11-27 18:29

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It seems lately that Google is announcing changes almost daily. Following changes to its analytics program and the recent overhaul of Google Translate and introduction of Google Chrome OS, it is now time for Google News for mobiles to get an update into an easier to use version for Android, iPhone, and Palm Pre phones, reports MediaBistro.

The new version of Google News allows users to personalize and customize the news on their mobiles. It also allows for them to import their existing personalized settings on Google News from their computers into the mobile version.

The new version also introduces a "jump-to" feature which allows the user to use a drop-down menu (pictured to the left) to skip to a desired section (World, Sports, Health, etc). This menu is also customizable: the user can put the sections in any order and delete unwanted section or add new sections.

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Betsey Reinsborough

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2009-11-24 12:54

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New Jersey paper the Star-Ledger, published its first redesigned print edition today, with a front-page editor's note reading: "it is done with one goal in mind: making it easier for you to read."

"Yes, we've made the type bigger," Kevin Whitmer writes, and "in addition to the larger body copy, we have reformatted every piece of typography in the paper."

The note also suggests the changes have "cleared out some of the clutter from our pages, updated the colors we use and modernized our headline fonts. What's more, we'll no longer squish, scrunch or squeeze those headlines to fit our new page size."

The Star-Leger is just one of many papers that have been hit hard by the financial crisis and it has been particularly careful about tightening its belt and taking initiatives to re-entice its readers.

In September last year, after filing to cancel its subscription with the expensive news wire AP, the Ledger trialled reporting without relying on the service for a day to see whether it was a viable option to cut the cost altogether. Another troubled news organisation, Tribune co. followed suit earlier this month when it had all its newspapers use no or as little content as possible for an entire week.

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Jennifer Lush

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2009-11-19 14:19

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The Wall Street Journal's new Europe edition comes out today, with changes to both print and online offerings. The US edition of the WSJ will no longer be printed and distributed in London, and its subscribers will be offered the European version instead.

Changes to the print paper include a new simplified front-page layout, with added sky boxes and navigation bars, new columns to run throughout the week, regionally themed pages and a series of eight-page special reports. Europe.wsj.com will highlight the paper's new columnists, interviews and analysis features. A new daily email service, 'World at a Glance', will provide a late-afternoon briefing on world and business news. "We're giving our readers a more simplified structure to help them navigate the paper more effectively and efficiently, and to add value to the news and information they're already receiving in a plethora of different ways each day", said Patience Wheatcroft, editor-in-chief for The Wall Street Journal in Europe, in a press release. "We're introducing more analysis and comment; new columns offering unique insights and new features acknowledging that Journal readers have a life outside the office."

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Emma Goodman

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2009-11-17 13:05

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After more than six months of planning, preparation and speculation, November 2 saw the first edition of Germany's redesigned political and financial daily, Handelsblatt, hit newsagents' shelves across the country - as well as the launch of the revamped website and introduction of a mobile phone app.

The Garcia Media redesign signifies a milestone in German press, as the publication is the first quality German newspaper to make the decision to switch from the broadsheet to the compact size. As Garcia himself points out, other publishers will now be watching and gauging reactions, and asking themselves whether they should now take a similar step.

Media designer Katja Hoesli, aided by Nils Werner Handelsblatt's art director, were charged with the overall details of the redesign. Their initial briefing was to create a classic and elegant newspaper that would stand the test of time, as opposed to something trendy.

According to latest reports, readers so far have responded positively to the redesign, posting online commentaries on the website and social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, as well as the odd few more traditional letters to the editor.

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-11-06 13:56

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Goggle has just announced some new additions to its web analytics tools, Google Analytics, which tracks and reports web site usage statistics. While some changes will be available immediately, most will be revealed gradually over the next month or two- though all will be available before the end of the year.

This could mean great things for newspapers and other media that are converting to a more multimedia based form of news reporting. Indeed, there is an important change targeted directly towards newspaper outlets. Multiple custom variables allows a tracker to place variables on each visitor at three different levels- as an individual visitor, within the session, or within the page. Up to 50 000 different variables can be defined by a user of analytics and then embedded in the page templates. This will allow the tracker to more easily sort through the movement of specific types of the targeted audience.

As Damon Kiesow explains in his Poynter article, "at the visitor level, a tag such as 'registered visitor' may be applied to track the behavior of all of your readers in that cohort. At the session level, a tag such as 'commenter' could be applied to any visitor who interacts with your commenting system. At the page level, a tag of 'sports' could be assigned to any visitor who visits your sports section." Indeed, this system of tagging could revolutionize the way that newspapers receive information about targeted audiences and key demographics.

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Betsey Reinsborough

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2009-11-04 13:28

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The Wall Street Journal Europe is to launch a redesigned newspaper on November 17, according to a press release. Changes to the WSJ's Europe-focused website will also be carried out, and the company has announced a new conference strategy for Europe.

The redesigned edition will include new analysis features, new columnists and a new front page design, said the release. Layout will be simplified and navigation made more straightforward, and it will be more colourful. A new series of eight-page special reports will be launched, "designed to provide executives with detailed information and insight on topics and themes of European concern." As of November 16, the US edition of the WSJ will no longer be printed and distributed in London, and its subscribers will be offered the European version instead.

Europe.wsj.com, the paper's region-specific website, will reflect the changes to the paper and will offer additional online-only content, blogs and daily emails.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-10-27 12:23

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In less than one months time, the daily edition of the Birmingham Post will be a thing of the past, with its weekly edition set to roll off the printers every Thursday from 12 November, the Guardian has reported.


Last year the business paper underwent a revamp, switching from a broadsheet format to a tabloid, and moving with the Birmingham Mail and about 40 other Trinity Mirror daily and weekly titles into a brand new multimedia newsroom.


Yet this did little to help Trinity Mirror crawl out of its £388m debt, which has since caused the company to cut 1,200 jobs, close 27 newspapers, and sell four titles.

Alongside the 152-year-old daily newspaper's transformation into a weekly, the Birmingham Mail - currently an afternoon paper - is set to become an overnight morning title, as of next year.


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