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For two of the speakers at the Power of Print Conference in Barcelona, completely new approaches - and publications - were the required missing element of the newspaper industry. Peter Vandevanter, vice president of Targeted Products spoke about his company's personalised newspapers - for which he has coined the term 'Individuated'.

Readers receive home delivery of their 'Individuated' newspaper on the days they're free to read it, and personalised 'I-News' delivered digitally on the days they're not. 'I-News' is also available in a printable format for readers that choose to print it, alongside coupons for coffee or other products they ask for - an advertiser's dream! Vandevanter said that advertising rates for the I-product are ten times print advertising rates.
Martim Avillez Figueiredo, publisher and editor in chief of new Portugese publication I described how it "deconstructs the newspaper and rebuilds something different." He explained that "the idea is not to build a new daily paper but to try to build a new media brand."

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Helena Deards

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2009-05-28 12:29

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In advance of its new print edition to be released on Monday, Newsweek has released its new website. Last month, the weekly news magazine announced that it was planning to redesign in order to focus on a more select audience, while charging a higher price. Last year, it experienced its first revenue loss in recent memory.

According to Newsweek's site, the new homepage is adopting aggregation and user generated content, and offers "four high-interest story packages, embracing everything from politics to international affairs to health developments or business news." This section dominates the upper part of the page, with the stories on rotation. Newsweek editors will cast "as wide a net as possible" and "embrace the best work of other journalists around the Web" for each of the packages. The editors also include the "most thoughtful questions and comments of our readers" in order to create a forum for a continuous conversation about key events and issues.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-05-15 18:13

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MarketWatch has redesigned its site, "showcasing the breadth and depth of its original content" and the market data and "valuable tools" it offers to investors, according to a press release. The site is part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, published by Dow Jones.

The new design features new navigation, "expanded content and features and better surfacing of the site's leading personalities and columns." Within the site there are two new tools, a "Terminal Header" at the top of each page and the "Dock" which is a floating tool bar. Both can give "on demand quotes, news and customized data and charting," A new advertising element has also been introduced, the "Kiosk," which offers "a blend of content and advertising delivered dynamically in a rotator format." There is also increased coverage on emerging markets and key European, Asian and Latin American markets.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-05-13 12:42

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Following its relaunch yesterday, reactions to the Evening Standard's new format have been split mainly between its new look and its new content. Stephen Brook of the Guardian was initially pessimistic about the new Standard, branding it's cover "excessive", "cheap-looking" and "verging on garish". He also laments the demotion of the iconic Eros from the masthead to page 2, although writes that the "new, plumper masthead looks good" - 'London' has also been returned to the title.

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Helena Deards

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2009-05-12 16:49

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In the space of one week, three of Belgium's "quality" newspapers will have undergone a total design overhaul. On Tuesday, Le Soir (published by Rossel) unveiled its new look, followed on Wednesday by La Libre Belgique, part of the IPM portfolio. Saturday will see the anticipated launch of L'Echo, the country's business newspaper, whose most noticeable change will come in the choice of its new choice of colour, salmon pink, bearing a striking resemblance to the UK's Financial Times.

Le Soir, for instance, has decided to give more prominence to its analysis articles. "It is by no means a coincidence that the [country's] three "quality" newspapers have decided to act," said Daniel Van Wylick, director general of the Soir, adding that their efforts "demonstrated the dynamism of the Francophone press in Belgium."

Partly in response to the changing market and spurred on by some good, old-fashioned competition, the three titles have worked on their content as well as their image, with the Soir having made efforts to differentiate its weekly publication from its weekend edition. In operative terms, the newspaper has also opted for newsroom integration, combining both its print and digital setups.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-05-07 17:41

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Reuters is using new technologies to boost business and reader engagement by pairing up with Apture, a company that aims to reinvent web pages into multimedia experiences. The company announced today an agreement with Reuters.com.

The site will offer easier viewing experiences for readers, allowing Reuters to incorporate videos, maps, images, sideshows, documents and audio into their stories. The changes will help readers explore content without having to leave the page they're in. Reuters Fan Fare blog displays some examples of the changes.

Apture also works with BBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. At the end oast year, Apture partnered with WashingtonPost.com to help them create pop up links that would not make readers jump out of their view page.

Source: Apture Press Release

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Marion Geiger

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2009-04-29 16:16

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Mario Garcí­a talks about how he and Alexis Johann worked with the Austrian paper, Wirtschafts Blatt's staff to reinvent the paper's focus on when and where to report a news event first. All journalists were trained to work on both online and print. Garcí­a says that newsroom staff was trained to think as news people rather than newspaper people.

They made a distinction between breaking news online and then how to report it the next day in print. Rather than printing it as if it were the first time, they decided that they should run the news as analysis with a "second day headline on day one," as Garcí­a himself put it. According to a post on his blog, "newspaper subscriptions via online doubled, 15% of registered online users ordered a test subscription to the printed edition."

Editor in chief, Wolfgang Unterhuber said "readers should not find anything on page one now that they might have heard about the day before. News are constantly updated, this is the experience we have to offer to our readers."

Source: Garcí­a Media

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Marion Geiger

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2009-04-27 13:28

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Moscow News has undergone a makeover, and the new look English language newspaper will be available as of today. The publication now has a "fresh design that gives readers a new look of the Russian capital in all its diversity," according to its British born editor Till Wall. It will also be "completely editorially independent so that no subjects are off limits," he added.

The News will put particular emphasis on political issues and debate in Russia, and also monitor the effects of the economic crisis on both ordinary people and oligarchs - such as Alexander Lebedev, perhaps, who bought London publication the Evening Standard earlier this year. "At the same time we also want to have a fun newspaper which everyone in Moscow can enjoy, both Russians and expats," explained Wall.

Source: Novosti

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Helena Deards

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2009-04-24 12:13

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The Shrewsbury Chronicle, a regional UK newspaper, will redesign as well as establish a part-free and part-paid model starting next Wednesday. Several other regional papers, namely the Reading Evening Post, the Birmingham Post, and weeklies like the Gravesend Reporter and Dartford and Swanley Times series, have used the both paid and non paid format.

"We are certain this new formula will give readers what they want in terms of quality, local editorial while at the same time providing advertisers with a brilliant vehicle with which to reach their target audience," said Colin Spicer, managing director of Shropshire Newspapers, which will also be redesigning the North Shropshire Chronicle.

In the last year, regional newspapers suffered drastic cuts with 11 Newsquest papers closing in the northwest, 1,110 job cuts for Johnston Press and 245 future job cuts for Guardian Media Group. In the desperate search for viable business models and increased newspaper circulation, A part-free, part-paid format may be a solution for struggling papers, at least in the meantime.

Source: Press Gazette

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Marion Geiger

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2009-04-23 18:03

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The Financial Times has reported that Newsweek magazine is in the midst of a face-lift in a bid to claw back profits and reposition itself as a relevant news source.

Speaking to reporter Kenneth Li from the Newsweek offices in New York, editor Jon Meacham confirmed that a 5year-plan aimed at turning around business had been submitted last November: "You can keep doing what you have been doing all the time and march nobly off a cliff or you can adapt and change," said Meacham.

Last year, Newsweek turned 75, but what should have been a joyous year became an annus horribilis when accounts revealed that revenue had fallen by 13 per cent, which - as the FT.com notes - is the title's "first loss in recent memory," dropping lower than even parent company's star performer, the Washington Post.

Washington Post Company chairman, Don Graham, expects 2009 to be particularly tough for all of the corporation's publications, although he did seem hopeful that they would "return to profitability." How exactly he expects they will manage this, is not yet clear, but Newsweek believes it has the answer.

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2009-04-20 12:35

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