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October 3rd saw the relaunch of Nordsee- Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Bremen, Germany, covering local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events, reported Kress. The publication, which underwent a complete visual, content and organisational overhaul, now collaborates with a news desk organisation and uses a new layout created by chief visual designer of Dortmunder newspaper, Peter Johansmeier. In a press release, Editor-in-Chief, Jost Lübben, indicated a desire to "work more regionally and locally, and have a stronger presence across various city districts and towns." The revamp follows that of various other German titles, including Handelsblatt in November, but goes against the current trend to move away from hyper-local news coverage.

With the support of a full editorial team -again, unusual in the current climate - Nordsee hopes to establish greater in-house effort and a reduced reliance on advertising for revenue. Amongst other changes saw the addition of two new economy pages "My Money", offering consumer advice and "Concrete Economy" providing analysis on the regional, national and international economy. The Nordsee also serves eight further smaller publications with content, bringing its current circulation up to an impressive130.000 daily - which looks set to increase.

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-10-05 14:09

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The Reader's Digest Association is looking to overhaul its international online activities, in an effort to shrug off its image of attracting a purely elderly audience and draw in a younger readership, the Financial Times reported. According to Jonathan Hills, the websites' general manager, the aim of the revamp is to freshen up the overall look and "steer us away from the preconceptions about the Reader's Digest brand."

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-09-22 15:53

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Less than a month ago, rumours concerning the possible closure of The Observer, the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, were rife. In its annual results the Guardian Media Group, the publisher of the Observer, Guardian and guardian.co.uk, revealed a shocking loss of £36.8m after tax. The group's executive Carolyn McCall, warned that the respective publications could not sustain the current level of losses "for the next three years."

In an about turn yesterday however, GNM quashed negative speculation with the news that The Observer would not be closed as part of the group's ongoing strategic review, and announced further integration between the editorial teams at the Guardian and Observer - both publications already having integrated sports and business desks and well as various other news "pods".

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-09-18 12:20

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It's official: Handelsblatt, Germany's leading commercial economy newspaper, is set for a re-vamp. The all new tabloid format - referred to as "business-format", will be available as of 2 November, and aside from its smaller size, there will be some other notable changes too.

According to the publication's editor-in-chief, Bernd Ziesemer, the new-look newspaper will be composed of 64 pages, as opposed to its previous 32 and will be stapled down the spine. There will also be the possibility to print in colour on every page, which will be a significant improvement for the previously mostly black and white newspaper.

In terms of contents, there will be a further emphasis on the reporting of banking, business and economic news, as well as financial policy.

The new design will also feature a contents page named the "Quickreader" located at the back of the newspaper, making it reader friendly and easy to flick through to articles of interest.

In Tuesday's issue of the newspaper Ziemser gave a taster of the new layout, and announced that the website would also undergo a makeover; a notable change being the inclusion of other relevant media channels which will be updated 24 hours a day for those users with subscriptions.

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Helena Humphrey

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2009-09-09 13:26

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The New York Post, the News Corp-owned NYC tabloid, has rolled out a new version of its website that offers easier navigation and highlights more local content. Multimedia and web-exclusive features also get a boost with the redesign.

The top navigation bar now divides content into the four main sections of the newspaper: news, Page Six (gossip), sports and entertainment. When visitors scroll over the category title, a window appears with links to the top stories and a further breakdown into sub-sections. Also interesting to note is the hidden ad appearing at the bottom of each rollover window.

Side navigation on the NYPost.com homepage is aimed at New Yorkers, with a list of the top news and events from each borough. There are also separate pages dedicated to each neighborhood of the city. In a further example of specialized local content, the site also promotes itself as a source for information on high school sports.

For each story, the Post includes separate tabs to show off associated multimedia content. In addition, the new site makes it easier to browse the paper's collection of photos, videos and blogs.

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Liz Webber

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2009-09-08 15:50

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Remember how wonderful and magical it was when the musical motion picture, The Wizard of Oz went from black and white to Technicolor? The New York Daily News is about to undergo a similar transformation when it purchases new color printing presses that will allow the paper that once carried the logo "New York's Picture Newspaper" to print in color from cover to cover. Boston Properties Inc. chairman Mort Zuckerman has raised about $31.6 million in company stock sales to finance the presses, reported Bloomberg.

"Wait till you see the way this paper is going to look four or five months from now. We are going to once again be able to be the picture newspaper in a way that nobody could have imagined," Zuckerman told Bloomberg.

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Gida Hammami

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2009-08-03 15:03

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American public radio network National Public Radio has introduced a revamped version of its website NPR.org that aims to put more of a focus on written reporting rather than just audio. NPR's new motto, 'always on,' seems to be aiming to provide the news to users wherever they are, not just when they have the radio switched on.

An editor's note on NPR.org stresses that "We want NPR.org to be your source for NPR news, analysis, arts & life stories and music that is always fresh and up-to-date" and hopes that now its audience will "find it easier to combine listening and reading, to follow breaking news, to comment on our work and share it, and easier to find programming from your NPR station." Mobile applications with an emphasis on news content will be released later this summer.

Zach Brand, in charge of technology for NPR's only efforts, wrote on NPR's InsideNPR blog that there were three goals behind the redesign. The first was to allow "greater freedom in how editorial staff could present content." The second was to improve the site's aesthetic design and make it more user friendly, and the third was to make publishing more efficient for journalists. According to his colleague Andy Carvin, the relaunch took 15 months to prepare. The tech team used Twiitter to provide a constant stream of updates during the roll out of the launch, and received comments from users.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-07-28 14:27

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The Daily News, a free daily paper serving Palo Alto, California, is changing its format that of a 21- inch deep broadsheet. The Daily News will become the first free daily broadsheet. The redesign comes as the paper moves printing presses to that owned by its parent company, MediaNews Group.


The adoption of a broadsheet format is an unusual occurrence in the world of the free press, as the tabloid format has been preferred for its ease of use. Free dailies tend to prioritise ease of carrying and reading, to attract those in mass transit, which accounts for the bulk of its markets.Yet, as freedaily.com, (a tracker of developments in the free newspaper industry) points out, the Daily News does not rely too greatly on mass transit distribution methods. Rather, its circulation is based on individuals choosing to pick up a copy of the paper from news racks or other public distribution posts.

It will be interesting to see how advertisers respond to the move to a broadsheet format. In the mainstream newspaper industry, advertisers have tended to prefer the broadsheet size, as it allowed for larger pictures. It also offers greater space, maximising a paper's advertising capacities. This could offer the Daily News opportunities to increases its advertising revenue streams, which have fallen recently, necessitating the paper to cease publication on Sundays and Mondays.

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Christie Silk

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2009-07-27 16:13

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After the Hartford Courant redesigned its format last September, the response to the front page's new look was extremely negative. The paper's decision to move the nameplate from a traditional, horizontal position to a vertical orientation displeased enough readers that management decided to do something about it.

An informal online poll asked readers to choose their preferred look for the Courant from among three options. The results overwhelmingly favored a horizontal nameplate, and the paper has since reverted to the more traditional format.

Readers also dismissed an option which would have made the front-page logo much more colorful, opting instead for classic muted tones.

The latest feedback confirms the survey's results, senior vice president and director of content Jeff Levine told Poynter's Sara Dickenson Quinn. Furthermore, the traditional orientation offers designers a great deal more freedom when placing stories on the front page.

Another new feature for the Courant's page one, dubbed "Quick Take," provides a meatier version of the newspaper at a glance. It consists of 10 article summaries of stories found inside the paper.

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Liz Webber

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2009-07-01 16:36

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Yesterday CBS News revealed its new site, which aims to ease navigation and put more focus on video content. The CBSNews.com landing page now features a mix of the latest news articles, pictures and video, with prominent placement for CBS exclusive content from the site's blogs.

"The new design and platform looks to capitalize on the legacy and strengths of the CBS News' brands, while leveraging the web's ability to help us dramatically expand our coverage, showcase our strength in video, and drive greater engagement with our audience," said Joe Gillespie, executive vice president of CBS Interactive Technology & News.
Another new feature indicative of the changing nature of web news: a Twitter feed of Tweets by CBS correspondents. Although ABC News boasts a link to follow its site on Twitter, none of the other network news sites are making use of the social networking site so obviously.

The redesign makes it easier to share videos, either via email or placing links on social media sites. Earlier this month, CBS announced a deal to stream video content through the live video site Ustream in order to appeal to a younger demographic.

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Liz Webber

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2009-06-17 16:32

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