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November 2006

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Friday 24th of November, a good 80 Dutch and Flemish editors and researchers gathered in the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands, to assess and discuss several prototypes of novel newspaper products or services. All are web-based one way or another, and ready for the Web 2.0 publishing environments. The in total six demonstrators feature remote reporting tools, video content based on strategic alliances with non-journalistic partners, e-paper trials and online reader communities. Most were developed in close cooperation with specialised R&D centres. Together, the prototypes reveal the contours of the future electronic newspaper.
Al least half of the demonstrators will make it to real applications, the other are subject to further testing in living lab conditions.
General conclusion of the event: we need further experimentation to capture the essence of digital presence. In the conference report, the applications as well as the editors’ appraisal are described more in detail.

Conference takes stock of future newspaper features

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2006-11-30 23:19

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In an era of rising, nearly generalized, citizen journalism, some websites are going further than giving a voice to users and paving the way to the future of journalism and news content. A future that would not only be user-generated, but also customized to target tastes and interests. Among those progressive websites, Newsvine’s innovative process puts it in a leading position (alongside others such as NewsTrust).

Sandeep Junnarkar, from the Online Journalism Review, got an interview with Newsvine’s co-founder Calvin Tang.
Newsvine offers a combination of traditional media news feeds and citizen journalism input. “A combination of new and old media coverage yields a flow of information from event to consumer that is greater than the sum of its parts,” Tang said.

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-30 19:40

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Martin Newland, co-founder of the National Post in Canada and former editor of the London Daily Telegraph, has done much to bring light forth to the general gloom surrounding Canadian media. But upon returning to Canada, to give university lectures on the decline of quality papers in Europe and in Canada, Newland faced the grim reality of his lecture topic.
In Britain, many newspapers are in bad shape, losing their core qualities by forcefully trying to divert to online or free dailies. Newland thought the Guardian was doing a good job though, using its core resources to then expand media.

Embassy Magazine reported: “He says this is because the Guardian is a newspaper "happy inside its own skin." He sees the opposite in many other British and Canadian papers as they sacrifice their core strength to go somewhere unknown or launch mindless wire and entertainment-filled free dailies when they should be investing in their newsrooms. The result is quality newspapers that are rapidly losing their quality. The quality papers still have the power–and the influence.”

Newland evoked, as an example, British politicians and Tony Blair, “who still fear the quality papers.”

In Embassy Mag, Newland confessed the newspaper industry was on a course to self-destruction, partly due to the ‘hellish’ trend of multimedia convergence. On the other hand, there is hope to be had concerning niche publications, magazines and specialized titles, which can more easily reach their target audiences now.

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-30 17:29

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For the first time ever officially, journalists from North Korea and South Korea meet next week to discuss reconciliation between both sides.

The two-day conference will start on Tuesday Dec. 5th, and will be held in a tourist resort in North Korea. It will involve a total of 173 reporters – 123 southerners and 50 northerners. According to the JoonGang Daily, none of the southern journalists present work for a major South Korean newspaper.

Despite renewed tensions since North Korea’s nuclear test, South Korean organizers hoped a joint statement will be issued at the end of the conference.

Last time such a meeting occurred was in 1946, before Korea was formally partitioned.

Source: AFP through European Journalism Center – JoongAng Daily

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-30 17:19

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Today, The New York Times has introduced a new electronic reader for its online edition. The Times hopes the new reader will help their digital publishing capabilities to continue to move forward.
Once the reader is downloaded, user’s computers will constantly align themselves with the most recent Times edition. Like the regular print edition, stories will be set up in columns. Also, readers will be able to change the type font and size and to highlight sections and to make notes in the margins.

Through the search function, readers will be able to search stories based on key words and change between pages using arrow keys on the keyboard.

Each page will have one add. This has already caught the attention of many advertisers including AT&T, Columbia University and Tourneau.

Source:MediaDailyNews

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Allie Judson

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2006-11-30 16:45

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A recent survey by the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Pune, found that a majority of online English edition readers are Indian residents.

According to the survey, 67% of the readers live in India, 12% live in the US, and the rest divided mainly among the UK, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Singapore. This proves that there have been a lot of changes in online journalism within India. In 1998 a similar study found that only 10% of readers were in India.

The survey also found that 77% of the online audience is between the ages of 21-44.

Source:I Zone

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Allie Judson

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2006-11-30 15:22

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Nearly two months after the launch of Internet Explorer 7 including an RSS feed feature, Microsoft publicly announced it’s trying to register two RSS-related patents. Not to everybody’s contentment. Microsoft made the patent proposals over a year ago, on June 21st 2005.

Dave Winer, one of the RSS technology’s developers, wrote on his website that “anybody who had contributed more or less to RSS’ success should denounce this.” Other contributors simply desire clarifications, as Microsoft has no true paternity over the RSS technology.

Whether the patents are accepted or suits arise over their legality, RSS feeds have become an integral part of online news, for the industry as well as for readers.

Source: Clubic.com

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Allie Judson

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2006-11-30 13:42

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A new English-language monthly has created its market in Mexico. Inside Mexico will try to target a readership that’s generally under-represented in the press.

Aran and Margot Lee Shetterly, a married couple, had come up with the idea in Maine, before moving to Mexico City.

"There's actually one million English speakers from America here, and another 500,000 Canadians -- it's basically the size of a whole state in the United States," said Margot, the paper's managing editor.

The paper, distributed in Mexico City and areas with a high density of English speakers, such as Cancun and Acapulco, currently has a circulation of 20,000. Its website has just as many readers.

"We could easily distribute 35,000 copies, and maybe more, but first we wanted to focus on distributing the 20,000 right," said Aran.

The venture illustrates the progressive intermingling of American and Hispanic languages, an experiment already well-underway on the US side of the border.

"We look at this project as a way to build a bridge between English-speakers in Mexico and this country itself, and we knew to build that bridge we would have to have a team that was mixed," Aran said.

Inside Mexico’s third issue will be published in January.

Source: Media Info

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Allie Judson

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2006-11-30 12:53

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The selection process of the 15th edition of the Lorenzo Natali Prize, a journalism award sponsored by the European Commission, has begun. It was created by the EU Commission in 1992 to promote the right to information, a prerequisite to freedom of expression.

Participants – print and paper journalists, from nearly all regions of the world – submit only one piece focusing on the issue of democracy or human rights, written between September 2005 and December 2006.

All prize nominees will be special guests of the European Commission in Brussels. Each prize winner will receive a Trophy and a financial award, a piece of the 50.000€ of total prize money.

Source: Lorenzo Natali Prize

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-30 11:46

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Newspaper publishers News Limited and Fairfax’s discussions with Cricket Australia are locked up over copyright issues for broadcasting. This is the first time a sports governing body is openly challenging newspapers’ “fair use” policy. Until now, the tacit agreement between sports’ governing bodies and newspapers has been that of “fair use”: newspapers could run up to two minutes of licensed sports audio and video coverage.

If the situation with Cricket Australia worsened, or even resulted in the removal of licensed products, it could set a precedent for many other sports governing bodies that wouldn’t mind the strengthening of press accreditation rights.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is potentially threatening that newspapers’ online licensed coverage of newt year’s World Cup be removed.

The World Association of Newspapers has arranged a meeting with the Dubai-based ICC to discuss the issue, as well as with the International Rugby Board to discuss next year’s World Cup in France.

International publishers and newspapers are closely following the evolution of the talks, which are set to resume.

Source: Media Guardian

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Bertrand Pecquerie

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2006-11-29 20:11

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Editor & Publisher senior editor Joe Strupp made his selection of the top 10 newspaper industry stories’ for 2006. It won’t really help you sell more newspapers or boost quality, but it’s a good sum-up of the year’s issues.

There were two internationally significant events: the kidnapping of Jill Carroll in Iraq placed eighth, while the dissolution of Knight Ridder's media empire ranked third.

Number 10 on the list was the disappearance of stock listings and TV programs from print.

Number nine and four were, respectively, the staff troubles at the Miami Herald and labor and union struggles in general.

In seventh position was The New York Times’ scoop that uncovered the Bush Administration’s SWIFT program, which kept the watch over thousands of bank records.

Sixth were sobpoenas, which continued to plague the US press.

Fifth: the unending string of newspaper job cuts.

Dean Baquet and Jeff Johnson’s flamboyant departure from the Los Angeles Times, coupled with Tribune Co.’s lasting problems, came in second.

And the winner is…

For the complete listing, click below. (Number one was the onine boom.)

Source: Editor & Publisher

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Elena Perotti

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2006-11-29 19:43

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The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has asked the Chinese government to release 2007 winner of WAN’s Golden Pen of Freedom, journalist Shi Tao. Shi is serving a 10-year sentence, charged with “leaking state secrets” after he wrote an e-mail about the state-imposed media censorship.

Shi is to receive the Golden Pen award in June 2007, during the World Newspaper Congress which will take place in Cape Town.

Another unduly imprisoned journalist, Gao Qinrong, was freed earlier this month.

WAN’s letter to Premier Wen read:

"We respectfully call on you to do everything possible to ensure that Mr Shi is immediately released from prison and that all charges against him are dropped. We urge you to take all necessary steps to ensure that in future your country fully respects international standards of freedom of expression."

Source: WAN Director of Communications Larry Kilman

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Elena Perotti

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2006-11-29 17:15

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The Moroccan government took serious action by banning the weekly Nichane, due to “offense against Islam.” A highly unusual procedure in an Islamic State that’s usually on the moderate side of religious governments. Nichane had published a story on Dec. 9th called ‘How religion, sex and politics make Moroccans laugh’. The featured jokes involved Mohammed, King Hassan II, as well as Moroccans in quest of good sex.

The State filed a legal suit against Driss Ksikès, Nichane’s editor-in-chief, and journalist Sanaa Al Aji, for “offense against the Islamic religion” and “publication and distribution of written material opposed to moral values.”

Ksikès claimed the jokes were traditional Moroccan street jokes, and thus the suit was one of the “State against society.”

The magazine was launched in Sep. 2006 and sold about 14 000 copies a week.

While the unilateral ban of the magazine is unusual, several other newspapers were fined and tried this year for similar offenses.

In a communiqué, Nichane’s staff offered apologies to those who were offended, but insisted that it wasn’t their intent, as they are Muslims too.

From the local point of view in Morocco, it seems Nichane’s offense is accepted as such, with little criticism of the government’s decision.

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-29 15:33

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A recent study by Microsoft's MSN and Windows Live Online Services Business has determined that Asian blog use is rapidly growing. Though not all businesses have adapted to the Internet blogs countries such as Korea and India have integrated blogs in to most areas of everyday life.

The report found that most blogs are created as a way to express themselves and to stay better connected with family and friends. Also according to the survey information appearing on blogs is as trusted as mainstream media news.

Source:Vnunet.com

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2006-11-29 15:31

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After further inquires from private buyers the Tribune Co. has pushed back their decision date for selling until the first quarter of next year. Tribune has declined the most recent offer from Baltimore Businessmen hoping to buy the Baltimore Sun.

Like many of the other locals hoping to buy a one of the Tribune’s assets, the Baltimore group hopes to acquire the Sun through the Tribune directly or from another company if the Tribune chooses to sell all its assets together.

Continued speculation of the Tribune’s sale leads to more private v. public discussion. "If [the owners] understand what a good newspaper can do, both financially and for their city, it will be a very good trend,” said “The Media Monopoly” author Ben Bagdikian. “If they don't have political axes to grind, they will discover -- if they run it as a serious newspaper with staffs that do serious reporting, and have sufficient regional and international reporting -- that metropolitan newspapers are very profitable."

Source:Morning Star, The New York Times, Editor & Publisher

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Allie Judson

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2006-11-29 15:03

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Guardian Unlimited opened its new travel site on Nov. 28th. This new feature is representative of the redesign and rebuild undergone by the whole Guardian website, and shows how priorities have evolved to focus on online specialization.

"Innovation, creativity and user-generated content are central to our online vision," said Emily Bell, director of digital content for Guardian News and Media.

"This is the first step in the next development of GU, future releases will be phased in over time to enable us to accommodate feedback from our users at every level."

Search tools have been improved, the format emphasizes (photo)graphic content and clarity, the advertising slots can target specifically local regions, and the website is disability-friendly.

Source: Guardian

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-29 14:45

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In a recent agreement with Verizon Wireless, YouTube has made videos available on select phones. Using a new YouTube V Cast channel, certain clips will be available to Verizon users who subscribe to the service.
Phone owners will also be able to upload videos shot on their phones straight to YouTube. The service will work the same way as mobile picture sharing, consumers just have to enter a numeric code and sent their clip to the site.

"All things happen in real time in real world, and the mobile phone is a terminal where you can capture that on video, so it is a core device for user-generated content," said Robin Chan, director of entertainment programming for Verizon Wireless.

As of right now the V Cast, unlike the website, will be without advertising despite a recent study making YouTube advertisements even more appealing for advertisers. Between May and August 2006 an eMarketer audience report, disproved theories that only younger audiences were signing on to YouTube by releasing data that the largest group of people watching clips is actually the 35-64 year-olds making up 54.5% of users.

These surprising numbers has television stations unexpectedly loosing their target audience to the Internet. But, now that the older audience has been found, advertisers are even more interested in YouTube advertising.

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2006-11-29 13:53

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Looking at both Google and Yahoo’s recent connections with traditional print media leaves some questions. Google’s move is understandable since executives have always expressed interest in expanding into print media, but in the wake of Yahoo’s downsizing rumors and low quarterly performance the recent expansion to create partnerships with 176 papers is a bit of a shocking business move.

The unexpected alliance created by Yahoo has caught the business world off guard. But MediaPost journalist Bill Wise believes that it the deal is “Far from being a dangerous expansion, that's smart business.”

  • Yahoo’s strength is local markets. In general searches Google takes 50% of all searches where Yahoo takes 25%. But in local searches Google has about 29.8% compared to Yahoo’s 29.2%.
  • Yahoo has the tools to expand their local network by offering lots of local information in contrast to Google’s global goals.
  • Now using the papers that Yahoo has teamed up with, the company will be able to access more local content and ads than before, helping increase the success of local Yahoo searches.
  • Yahoo can either uses its resources and create their own local workforce, or combine efforts with local papers to get the best content from across the country.

Source:MeidaPost

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2006-11-29 13:07

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InterActiveCorp (IAC) plans to release a new interactive search tool December 4. According to executives, the tool should include web search, city maps, and event listings. The company also hopes to revamp their regular search site Ask.com who hopes to stay on the cutting edge ahead of rival engines like Google and Yahoo.
"We are coming out with AskCity, which is our local service," said IAC chairman and CEO Barry Diller. "It is just wildly better than anything else because we are able to bring in all of our assets." Working as a combination of Ask.com, CitySearch, Evite and TicketMaster, and other IAC properties the new search will give users all the tools they need during a local search.

"We are coming out with the beginnings of, I think, a whole new geography of search itself, of how the front page looks -- the home page, of how you use search," Diller said. "I have not seen anything that anyone is doing that is anywhere near it."

Source:Reuters

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2006-11-29 13:01

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Newspapers’ transition to the online world – which has been reportedly slow apart from a few exceptions – has been graded a disappointing ‘B-‘ by Steve Outing, interactive media reporter for Editor & Publisher. But he also digs out a few solutions. The challenge, as he puts it, is to transform the traditional newspaper into modern media while keeping a sufficient cash-flow to provide quality journalism.

Outing criticized the persistent lack of video and audio on most newspaper websites, citing as a reverse example the Washington Post, which has won several awards for its video journalism. According to Outing, the seemingly heretical audio and video media – heretical because they are not writing – are a necessary means for newspapers to remain competitive and appealing. “I think newspapers should be wise to offer a better mix of content formats – and cease being so word-dominated,” Outing wrote. A strong believer in the convergence of media – well, it’s happening and it’s undeniable.

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-29 12:38

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On Nov. 27th the veil of uncertainty surrounding Libération’s reorganization plan was lifted: in a compromise between the employee representatives and management, 76 of the 276 employees will lose their jobs.

Laurent Joffrin, head of Libération, had already suggested the final cut would lie somewhere betwee 66 and 100 (figures originally evoked by the employee assembly and management respectively). 63 of the cuts should be newsroom journalists; 40 from the writing staff and the remaining 23 from the non-writing staff. The last 13 layoffs will concern non-newsroom departments.
Libération will establish a booth to receive voluntary leaves of absence, and propose a buy-out package of up to 15 months of indemnities. 143 employees voted on an impending strike to protest against the 76 projected layoffs.

Source: Nouvel Observateur

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-29 11:47

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is experiencing some problems settling in under the direction of private owner Brian Tierney. With potential staff reductions up to 30% and dropping newsroom morale from a once Pulitzer Prize winning paper the future of private ownership seems to be in question.

Many papers seem to be looking to private ownership to repair the current decline in readership. For example, papers still under the Tribune Co. like the Los Angeles Times are looking to for local owners to restore the community edge. Though Tierney does hope to re-direct the paper’s coverage towards local stories, the Inquirer’s current example conveys the fact that private owner’s good intentions don’t always produce the best results.

Often times private owners s fail to understand the ethics and needs of newspapers often making big cuts solely for profit. Tierney and his partner are planning to put $20 million dollars into the paper this year to buy new printing presses and help with other investments and maintenance. But this recent pledge may not be what workers feel the paper needs, both the Newspaper Guild and unions have been preparing for a possible strike.

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The International Herald Tribune (IHT) now has its own blog, Metamedia, focusing on the convergence of media and technology. The blog is commented by two reporters, Doreen Carvajal from the Paris IHT and Eric Pfanner from the London IHT. The postings, about different trends in the media, are all writtn in a dualistic structure, one reporter commenting and the other responding. More and more newspapers assign or encourage their reporters to work on the 'enemy front', blogs.

Source : I Want Media

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2006-11-28 16:43

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Though US and UK papers have seen recent circulation declines, some groups have found a way to direct their news gathering resources to stay in tune with their reader’s desires. According to Business Week journalist Jon Fine, American papers should follow the Guardian’s lead by creating outlets for user-generated content.

The Guardian has created many spaces for users to give feedback, comment, and submit their own stories. "Readers are nearly as interested in talking to each other and publishing themselves" said Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. "You have to host that space.”

Which is exactly what the Guardian has done. By launching three user generated content focused sites, including arts, travel, and ‘Comment is Free’ for news, the Guardian has reached out to the adapting audience which according to Fine keeps readers connection with the paper even if they’re not reading the print edition directly.

The Guardian is also working to integrate user-generated content in to their newsrooms. American papers can learn a lesson from the Guardian, to follow the direction the audience is going. "The Guardian has, in my view, been way ahead" of U.S. newspapers, said Jim Kennedy, vice-president and director of strategic planning for the Associated Press. "It's about creating a new environment for your audience to come in and stay."

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