From the Editors Weblog
The Wall Street Journal has just unveiled a redesigned WSJ.com - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
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.