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Wall Street Journal's digital revamp: Q&A with WSJ news editor for mobile Emily Banks

Wed, 2015-04-22 11:00

The Wall Street Journal has just unveiled a redesigned - the first overhaul since 2008. It may be a case of "playing a game of digital catch-up" with competitors but mobile is clearly now forefront of mind. Former managing editor at Mashable, Emily Banks is now lead news editor for mobile at The Wall Street Journal. In this interview* with Angelique Lu, she talks about her new role, wearables, the Apple Watch, chat apps, automation and what 2016 holds for mobile news.

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European Digital Media Awards winners for 2015

Wed, 2015-04-22 01:43

It’s never easy to single out one winner or publisher in a multi-category awards competition, and this year’s European Digital Media Awards is a good case in point, so I will take the high road. One common denominator is clear, however: each winner consistently said the commitment and involvement from numerous parts of their organisations was a major key to their success.

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Startup 'We do journalism in spite of everything'

Tue, 2015-04-21 19:50

“Periodismo a pesar de todo”: The motto of the Spain-based news startup site can be roughly translated as “We do journalism in spite of everything.”

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Politico launches European edition: Q&A with Politico Editor-at-Large Bill Nichols

Tue, 2015-04-21 16:30

US politics and policy news site POLITICO has today launched in Europe. Based in Brussels, the new European site will cover 'policy and politics for their own sake' as part of their long term global expansion strategy. Politico Editor-at-Large Bill Nichols spoke to Angelique Lu about the move into Europe in partnership with Axel Springer, and how they're navigating the multicultural and multilingual European landscape.   

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Making video a priority at USA Today

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:42

With nearly 87 percent of Americans watching online video these days, it's a statistic that has hit home to the iconic national daily USA Today.

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Andy Mitchell and Facebook’s weird state of denial about news

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:19

Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s director of of news and global media partnerships, arrived at the (superb) International Journalism Festival in Perugia last week to speak about news on Facebook. Thirty per cent of American adults get their news via Facebook (27% in the UK); 88% of millennials in the US do so (71% in Italy). Each month, 1.4bn use Facebook. That makes Mitchell one of the most – if not the most – powerful news distributor on the planet, writes George Brock, Professor of Journalism at City University, London, in this guest post.

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14 highlights from Martin Baron’s speech on journalism’s move from print to digital

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:44

Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, recently gave the 2015 Hays Press-Enterprise lecture at the University of California on journalism's move from print to digital. Here are 14 highlights from the speech. 

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Tips for leveraging User Generated Data and five ethical issues to watch

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:41

While debates about the ethics of User Generated Content (UGC) roll on, it's time to focus on the next big challenge: leveraging User Generated Data. UGD is an idea being explored by Fergus Bell. In this guest post, he outlines his tips for editors keen to do more with audience data, and highlights the early emerging ethical challenges.

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The New York Times’ long view on wearables

Tue, 2015-04-14 09:47

The Apple Watch has brought renewed buzz (and mixed reviews) to the wearables discussion, with news executives watching to see what publishers do with the device. New York Times R&D lab's Executive Director Matt Boggie looks beyond the release of a single device to the future implications of small screen technology.

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Newsweek Europe repackages for future

Thu, 2015-04-09 14:30

At a breakfast at its London headquarters Editor-in-Chief Richard Addis unveiled a strategy to grow the European audience through investments in redesign and a focus on quality and longform reporting.

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'We are growing very fast and we are profitable' - the Ilta-Sanomat TV success story

Thu, 2015-04-09 14:07

Just one week before the Finnish elections on 19 April and with the potential new Prime Minister in the studio next door, Hanna Kouri, Channel Director, ISTV, took time out to tell us about their success with their online video platform.

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USA Today's David Callaway on gaming the news

Tue, 2015-04-07 15:49

Gannett has become an industry leader in virtual reality story telling and its flagship newspaper USA Today is embracing the technology with strategic purpose. Editor-in-Chief David Callaway says the growing use of VR in news is a natural progression from the widespread uptake of video in online content and it’s about to take off. Callaway spoke to Angelique Lu.

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Q&A with Samir Husni: 'News doesn’t belong on paper anymore'

Sat, 2015-04-04 17:55

"News doesn’t belong on paper anymore," says Samir A. Husni, Professor and Hederman Lecturer, Magazine Innovation Center, The University of Mississippi, USA. "My daily newspaper must remain daily, but the content must become weekly on a daily basis. And that’s what we’re seeing with magazines; all the successful ones are becoming monthlies on a weekly basis."

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Q&A with Kerry Northrup: ‘News publishing is diverging along two very different tracks’

Thu, 2015-04-02 14:34

"News publishing is diverging along two very different tracks," says Kerry J. Northrup, a career journalist and media executive who specialises in prototyping the future of journalism. They are "the editorial services industry and experiential news media. They have different business models, different content models, and two very different newsroom models. That's the key difference to be looking at in newsrooms going forward." 

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'We are constantly seeking points where we can improve': Q&A with Zero Hora's Marta Gleich

Tue, 2015-03-31 14:29

"As is common for technology companies, the 'beta' concept has permeated our work initiatives," says Marta Gleich, Executive Editor of Zero Hora and seven other RBS Group newspapers in southern Brazil.

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Three months after 'Charlie', Paris newsrooms are still under armed guard

Tue, 2015-03-31 11:12

There has been a significant increase in threats to Paris newsrooms following January's Charlie Hebdo attack, according to the Director General of France's TV5 Monde. An international Francophone broadcaster, the network is one of the most identifiably vulnerable media groups in the aftermath of the newsroom massacre, in which 12 people were killed. Julie Posetti reports.

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