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DME16 takeaways: questions abound, but answers coming around

Fri, 2016-04-29 13:46

Uncertainty reigns today in digital news publishing and that was evident at Digital Media Europe in Vienna last week. But there was also some true moxy on display. With a little crowdsourcing, here are our takeaways from the event that drew 330 executives from 35 countries.

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The Huffington Post’s three principles of platform publishing

Wed, 2016-04-27 16:44

Liz Heron, Executive Editor at the Huffington Post, ran the journalism partnerships at Facebook for two years after a long career as a Digital Editor at the Washington Post, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. This experience makes her particularly well-placed to discuss the evolving relationship between platforms and publishers – and its consequences for journalism.

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Switzerland's Tamedia aims for success with its #12 news app

Tue, 2016-04-26 11:50

“I think that with the #12 app we have created an open dialogue on ‘quality’ that can increase the readers’ satisfaction. We are thinking about how we can do similar things on our other news platforms,” Michael Marti of Switzerland-based Tamedia told participants at WAN-IFRA's Digital Media Europe conference in Vienna last week.

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Forget moving a sofa in a storm. Why you need to invest in quality video.

Fri, 2016-04-22 13:24

It’s tempting to chase low-cost video views – for example to republish a low-res YouTube clip of someone in Ireland transporting a sofa in an open truck during a storm. But all three presenters in our video panel at #DME16 had the same message: refocus on quality.

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Google's Richard Gingras on the win-win relationship with publishers

Fri, 2016-04-22 11:22

Richard Gingras, Google’s Head of News, is on a mission to prove that the company’s latest developments and initiatives are part of a genuine, mutually beneficial relationship with publishers.

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New York Times hungry for global growth. Should you be worried?

Thu, 2016-04-21 16:51

“It’s a big buffet out there… we believe there is a lot of money,” Michael Golden, the Company’s vice chairman told the Digital Media Europe conference in Vienna on Thursday. 

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Winners of European Digital Media Awards 2016 announced

Thu, 2016-04-21 09:21

The 2016 entries for the European Digital Media Awards read as a who's who of industry leaders with each project setting the bar even higher for next year's interactive narratives.

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Why only 6 percent of Americans trust media

Tue, 2016-04-19 16:21

Trust in media has been falling, to a point where it has been called the greatest challenge of our industry. But what would make people trust the media more? A new survey by the American Press Institute and AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research sheds some light on the issue.

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Migration coverage hits saturation point. Now what?

Tue, 2016-04-19 15:56

In the past eight months, migration coverage has become more human and emotional. But this may now have reached saturation point. How do editors keep their audience interested in this critical issue? The World Editors Forum asked Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian's first-ever migration reporter, for his thoughts. 

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De Correspondent tackling lack of ethnic diversity

Wed, 2016-04-13 10:01

The Dutch online journalism platform De Correspondent is known for its forward-thinking, hands-on approach to journalism. In many ways, the crowdfunded publication is different to mainstream newsrooms, but in terms of diversity it's make-up was exactly the same: predominantly male, mostly city-based and pretty much all white. 

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Zambian Post journalists charged for defaming President

Tue, 2016-04-12 21:59

Zambia is known for harassment and intimidation of independent journalists and news outlets but the government's latest move against journalists from The Post seems outrageously petty and will damage further press freedom.

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All change, all change

Tue, 2016-04-12 20:06

After 22 years in media, watching with fascination the comings and goings of an industry in the throes of massive upheaval, Times Media Group's head of digital, Lisa MacLeod, has developed more than a passing interest in cultural change and organisational psychology. In this guest post she says she is finding that her honours degree in anthropology (considered ill-advised at the time) has equipped her better for her chosen career than her journalism degree. 

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Quartz out in front of the race? – Q&A with Zach Seward

Tue, 2016-04-12 13:43

A slick, new “messaging” app, a redesigned website, an increased emphasis on video, and rapid growth… that could describe a number of media startups today. What sets Quartz apart from the crowd? Zach Seward, VP of product development and executive editor, updates us on the latest developments.

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The 360 video/TV strategy view from Marcos Foglia

Mon, 2016-04-11 13:02

What news company today is not pondering a digital or video/TV strategy or launch these days. It’s what Marcos Foglia, Digital Content Officer for Artear, the television media company for Grupo Clarin in Argentina, does 24/7, he says.

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Next level robot journalism: more than automatically written stories

Mon, 2016-04-11 09:46

While many are still getting used to automatically written stories on routine fact-based subjects like sports and financial news, robots are now performing tasks that humans couldn’t possibly do, giving journalists superpowers to take their reporting to another level.

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BBC pioneering automatic video translation with virtual voice-over

Tue, 2016-04-05 17:49

The language barrier in journalism is disappearing fast as technology offers translation solutions. At the BBC, innovative new ‘virtual voice-over’ technology is being tested to automatically translate online videos and upload them using synthetic voices. The World Editors Forum spoke to Dmitry Shishkin, Digital Development Editor of the BBC World Service, to find out more.

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Jineth Bedoya: a remarkable story of courage and commitment to journalism

Tue, 2016-04-05 13:41

2016 has already been a significant year for El Tiempo’s deputy editor, Jineth Bedoya. The courageous, award-winning Colombian investigative journalist has finally seen justice handed down to two men who abducted, tortured and sexually assaulted her 16 years ago.

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Panama Papers: cross-border journalism comes of age

Mon, 2016-04-04 17:04

The leaking of the Panama Papers to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung provided an opportunity to take collaborative investigations to the next level. Editor-in-Chief Wolfgang Krach, tells us more about the data his newspaper received in early 2015 and the decision to involve the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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