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Tue - 02.09.2014

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Email renaissance: drive website traffic via e-newsletter, everybody's doing it

Mon, 2014-09-01 17:17

More and more news sites are keeping their readers informed with daily emails. Despite emails being in circulation since 1993, email marketing is the 'hot new thing', according to just about everybody.

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East Timor media laws up for review as claims of press freedom attacks continue

Mon, 2014-09-01 16:01

Proposed new media laws in East Timor, which could have damaging effects on press freedom, were last week judged unconstitutional by the country's Court of Justice. But they may still be pushed through Parliament.

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"Following a story is unique to us, and you can’t do that with a summary": pioneer David Cohn on Circa, copycats - and Candy Crush

Mon, 2014-09-01 13:24

David Cohn is quickly becoming one of the leading names in digital media. Interested in online journalism and how citizens can engage with it, the San Francisco-based writer, speaker and academic founded Spot.Us, one of the first crowdfunding sites, in 2008. He is now Chief Content Officer at Circa, a mobile app which breaks down news into concise, “atomized” blocks of content – separating out the facts, opinions, quotes and more.

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What could News Corp learn from successful news mobile apps as it targets 'millennials'?

Fri, 2014-08-29 16:05

Recent reports that News Corp is considering launching a news app appealing to young people, on the back of the success of The New York Times' NYT NOW, highlight the bid by news publishers globally to engage 'millennials'. "There’s something different in a mobile setting and there is a different tone for younger people now" Circa's David Cohn told the World Editors Forum.

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Chat apps: the future of news?

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:52

Heralded as the next generation of social media, chat apps BBM, SnapchatWeChat and WhatsApp are the latest forms of social media to be utilised for content marketing by news agencies. Livi Wilkinson explores the BBC's chat apps strategy.

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Women's work: recognising female achievement in the newsrooms of Africa

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:00

WAN-IFRA and the African Media Initiative have teamed up to create a new award to recognise women occupying senior positions in African newsrooms.

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South African media expert derides potential SAPA take-over bids

Thu, 2014-08-28 15:13

"Sapa is little more than a shell". Prominent South African journalism professor Anton Harber has issued a scathing critique about investment group Sekunjalo's bid for ailing South African national news agency, Sapa."It is hard to see how a national agency can be owned by one newspaper company, especially since Sekunjalo has shown little respect for editorial freedom or independence." Harber told the World Editors Forum.

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Trends in Newsrooms #10: The evolving editor - new age, new skills

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:29

“As an editor, journalism is only 20 percent of your job,” Jonathan Halls, adjunct professor at George Washington University, has said. So, what does it take to lead a newsroom today? In this tenth installment from our Trends in Newsrooms blog series, we look at how some top editors around the world leading their newsrooms through these challenging times.

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Reporting Ebola: a story of divergent Western and African experiences

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:54

Harrowing stories of human suffering are coming out of West Africa as the Ebola crisis continues, but the outbreak is also revealing stark differences between the way Western correspondents and African journalists are able to protect their own health when covering it.

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"There's quite a lot of fear in data": the Financial Times' Tom Betts on the need for trust, transparency and respect in the business of data analytics

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:11

"There’s quite a lot of fear in data. There’s fear from the newsrooms that it’s used as a management tool, and then there’s fear from customers about how their information’s being used," observes Tom BettsVP of Customer Analytics and Research, at Pearson Professional, which includes the Financial Times. Betts also says FT subscribers "...are pretty terrified of algorithms taking over, and dictating what they read."

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The Financial Times' mobile-led weekend evolution

Tue, 2014-08-26 10:00

The Financial Times stands out as a global case study in changing news media consumption, as the UK market joins the US in crossing the mobile-desktop threshhold. Around sixty percent of the FT's online subscriber readership now comes via a mobile device, and it is being driven by increases in digital consumption at weekends, and outside core working hours. 

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French case study in crowdfunding brings journalism closer to its audience

Fri, 2014-08-22 16:50

The journalists' collective seeking to buy a group of French daily newspapers expects to reach its initial crowdfunding goal by the end of the week.

But one of the journalists behind the Nice Matin campaign has told the World Editors Forum that they will continue their fundraising efforts beyond that goal. 

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Coverage of Robin Williams' death is a reminder of the need for responsible reporting

Thu, 2014-08-21 15:56

Press guidelines for appropriate coverage of suicide stories have been in place for a long time, but are they actually being followed?

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Mario García: ‘Mobile devices are conquering the time of our readers’

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:12

Strong journalism roots and extensive design expertise are the key to the success of Mario García, the renowned designer with 40 years of experience and more than 700 projects in 120 countries. García Media, his media consulting firm, receives continuous requests from around the world to advise news publishers on how to write, edit and design across print and digital platforms.

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James Foley's brutal death could pose challenges to journalism in the Middle East

Wed, 2014-08-20 17:51

The death of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS members in the Middle East has brought the issue of safety for journalists in war-torn areas back into the spotlight.


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The ethical contrasts of reporting on James Foley's death

Wed, 2014-08-20 15:09

The reporting of the US journalist's beheading highlights the ethical disparities between the reporting of professional media organisations, popular tabloids and citizen journalists.

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Trends in Newsrooms #9: ‘Native’ advertising - the challenge to journalistic integrity

Wed, 2014-08-20 09:45

“There used to be a very clear wall between editorial and advertising and this wall has crumbled down, and it might have crumbled permanently,” Ebele Wybenga, a journalist and author based in The Netherlands, warned a year ago.

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Police threats and social media wildfire: the challenges facing journalists in crisis-hit Ferguson

Mon, 2014-08-18 17:47

The threat of arrest for journalists covering civil unrest in the US town of Ferguson continues after Getty photographer Scott Olson was taken into custody overnight. According to The Guardian, Olson is believed to have turned down an instruction by police to leave the area. He was back at the scene two hours later, however, according to Poynter.

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A disappearing act: is The Telegraph exerting its own right to be forgotten?

Mon, 2014-08-18 17:11

A story about the controversial EU ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ ruling has done a mysterious disappearing act on The Telegraph’s website, before reappearing a few days later.

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Trends in Newsrooms #8: The impact of digital mega-stories

Thu, 2014-08-14 11:08

“Stories like the NSA Files are exceptional, and this is why they matter. They are stretches. They are creative bursts in a sea of sameness. They are proof of life. They offer hope for the future – and also a hint at what the next generation of digital news products could look like …” Andrew Nachison

Can mega-stories generate mega interest? Or are they really just “the editor’s prerogative”, as one critic claims? In the eighth installment of Trends in the Newsroom, Krysten Dawes reports on what makes a good mega-story, why they are relevant, and the potential that they hold. 

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