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EU Court Decides US Unsafe for Data

Wed, 2015-10-07 13:56

The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the Safe-Harbour data transfer agreement signed in 2000 between the US and EU is invalid. 

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A Golden Age for journalism and news consumers; Media Innovation Day

Wed, 2015-10-07 11:14

“We think of people as buckets that need to be filled with content, but if we focus on them as humans desiring connection, we can engage in powerful experiences.”  

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Hyperlocal visual and interactive audio news

Tue, 2015-10-06 16:09

Two very different approaches to news publishing – one aural, one visual - sit side by side at the GAMI (Global Alliance for Media Innovation).

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A shot of The Economist's morning app – 'Espresso'

Tue, 2015-10-06 15:52

“According to a Bank of America study, 35 percent of millennials reach for their smartphone before they do anything else when they wake up in the morning. Before they brush their teeth or hug a loved one,” said Jamie Credland, Global Head of Client Marketing at The Economist. That is one of the many reasons The Economist launched its daily morning briefing app, Espresso, nearly a year ago.

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A 'crazy' race to capture German Millennials described at Newsroom Summit

Tue, 2015-10-06 11:36

“It’s crazy, what is happening now in Germany: Almost every week a new platform for young people is launched by legacy media.” That quote is from Sebastian Horn, Project Lead for, who knows what he is talking about – he started the race in July 2015.

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In the Making: an SOS app for journalists in danger zones

Tue, 2015-10-06 11:23

Last week, the International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) launched a new app for journalists working in potentially dangerous zones. 


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Optimizing the newsroom - no quick fixes

Tue, 2015-10-06 10:45

“You hear a lot of success stories, and I would say that it's not good to trust them.” Wolfgang Krach, Editor-in-Chief of Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung doesn't believe in the quick fix when it comes to redefining the newsroom. This is something he made abundantly clear during his presentation at WAN-IFRA's International Newsroom Summit in Hamburg.

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'It's not enough to be relevant – we have to be necessary'

Mon, 2015-10-05 22:22

Sinclair Stewart, Deputy Editor of Canada's Globe and Mail, told Monday's 14th International Newsroom Summit how his company has been making changes to the newsroom in order to better reflect the current market for news.

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World Digital Media Awards winners inspire emotion, awe

Mon, 2015-10-05 21:03

The World Digital Media Awards are always an inspiring showcase of what the industry can do, but this year's prize crop included a particularly moving selection that underlined the power of technology to inspire emotion as well as awe.

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Facebook gets the mums at 2 am – it's our job to keep them

Mon, 2015-10-05 16:11

Regional papers like Trinity Mirror’s Manchester Evening News use Facebook to reach out to specific audiences over Facebook. Ekstra Bladet in Denmark dedicates three full-time staff to it. But, speaking at the Newsroom Summit at #WPE15, editors from both publishers emphasised the real plan – to get people coming direct to their own homepages.

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Video: Ad blocking advice for news publishers

Mon, 2015-10-05 15:18

With an estimated 198 million active adblock users around the world – and who knows where that figure stands when we wake tomorrow – it's difficult to try to dehype the hype surrounding the ad blocking buzz in the industry. That's exactly what Johnny Ryan, Head of Ecosystem of PageFair, did today at a packed Media Port session on the topic during #WPE15 (see his presentation below).

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#WPE15: Editorial Systems Tour once again proves to be a hit

Mon, 2015-10-05 13:43

Some 30 participants for the first of two free guided Editorial Systems Tours at World Publishing Expo 2015 gathered at the WAN-IFRA stand on Monday at 12:30.

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World’s Press Condemns Attack on Journalist and Denounces Assault on Press Freedom in Turkey

Fri, 2015-10-02 16:56

WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have condemned a violent assault on a journalist as well as a series of attacks against Daily Hürriyet, just the latest in a string of recent assaults on press freedom in Turkey.

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Key trends on the eve of Expo

Thu, 2015-10-01 11:05

As Director of our Global Advisory team, I always look forward with anticipation to World Publishing Expo. Hamburg is no exception. Our panel of experts will be presenting in-depth seminars at the Media Port Open Stages this year to guide you through the key performance factors of the latest strategic trends in our industry.

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German publisher produces pages for competitors

Thu, 2015-10-01 10:48

In 2013, Hannover, Germany-based MADSACK Mediengruppe opened a new newsroom with a new business model. Called RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) [Editorial Network Germany], it produces content for other publishers' newspapers as well as the group's own – including print-ready pages in three sizes.

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Editorial systems for newspapers – a system solution model

Wed, 2015-09-30 16:25

Which editorial system suits the needs of my media company best? That question is not easy to answer, says consultant David Best in this article, since markets and business models are becoming more and more complex. Driven by trends such as Big Data, the unbundling of content and the need for efficient workflows in a disrupted newspaper industry, requirements keep reaching new heights.

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10 keys to newsroom transformation

Wed, 2015-09-30 13:35

Three years ago, one U.S. newspaper chain quietly leaped into what it now calls a “Digital Leads” future. The goal: Transform print newsrooms into real-time digital news operations engaged with community at every turn. In this article, Vikki Porter, Director of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles, tells how they achieved measurable success.

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Blendle aims for 400k users in Germany

Mon, 2015-09-28 15:40

Blendle, the online news kiosk, hopes to sign up 400,000 users to its German-language service by September 2016 and plans to start operations in another country by the end of this year.

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The emerging threat of ad blockers

Thu, 2015-09-24 13:48

The threat of ad blocking offers publishers a unique opportunity to redefine how advertising works online. And publishers, not platforms, must take the lead. Today, WAN-IFRA and Digital Content Next are issuing a Call to Think for the industry in how to respond to this threat and make the most of the opportunity.

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Washington Post's Amazon Prime offer is a "win/win/win"

Wed, 2015-09-23 09:21

It might be quite unsurprising that The Washington Post is taking further steps to exploit Amazon's massive customer base for its own purposes – but that does not make it any less smart, publishing-industry observers say.

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