By Dean Roper, Editor-in-Chief
Providing coverage for a mega-event like World Publishing Expo presents its own set of challenges, but it also offers a driver’s seat view of the unfolding trends, technologies and innovations. So I’m not complaining. First and foremost, I wish I could talk in-depth to EVERY company exhibiting in Hamburg. That is always the goal, but never the reality. Fortunately, our extended team of journalists, analysts, specialists and other staff will make sure that happens.
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In their continuing search for digital revenue, many news publishers have implemented online paid-content strategies. Models include hard paywalls, metered paywalls, and so on, all based on subscriptions – but recently per-article payment has emerged as a viable option. Most interestingly, publishers are starting to see micropayments as a supplemental revenue source to online subscriptions and advertising.
Every year, WAN-IFRA honours and shares the most innovative case studies from news organisations that are successfully connecting with young readers. Aralynn McMane, WAN-IFRA’s Executive Director of Youth Engagement and News Literacy, draws lessons from this year’s winners.
The increasing use and sophistication of analytical programmes to help editors understand where the audience is, what it wants to consume and when and what it responds to is complemented by the arrival of the “growth team” in newsrooms. But numbers mean nothing without insight, as Federica Cherubini explains in this excerpt from our recently published Trends in Newsrooms 2015 report.
As Director of our Global Advisory team, I always look forward with anticipation to 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. So what are some of the key trends to look out for this year? I’ll be at the Expo with the rest of our team of associates to share our experiences with, and deepen our own understandings of, the state of native advertising, paid content, mobile, video and the process of innovation.
Which editorial system suits the needs of my media company best? That question is not easy to answer, says consultant David Best, a consultant at Kirchner + Robrecht management consultants, 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.
Barring a few exceptions, newspaper print production around the world is showing a decline in volumes and revenues. That is hard to digest particularly since the process itself is perhaps at its peak in terms of quality, predictability, efficiency and sustainability, thanks to the willingness of publishers to invest and the combined efforts of equipment manufacturers and material suppliers, who have risen to meet every challenge thrown at them, says Kasturi Balaji in this article. Balaji is Director of Kasturi & Sons, Publisher of The Hindu newspaper in India, and first Chair of the newly formed World Printers Forum.
- NOZ Medien’s stated objective on its corporate website
That bold declaration by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung leaves little room for interpretation. The media corporation from Lower Saxony in Germany consolidated its activities at the beginning of 2014 under the umbrella of NOZ Medien. In doing so, it joined the growing list of publishers transforming themselves from traditional regional newspapers to diversified media companies. The company’s two CEOs, Christoph Niemöller and Laurence Mehl, share with us the business models and strategies they are implementing with the aim of reaching their ambitious goal in 2016.
There has been significant global interest in a set of Dutch scenarios about what journalism might look like in 2025. Is there value in trying to visualise possible futures, given the fast pace, unpredictable change in media and technology, or is it just daydreaming? World Editors Forum Director Cherilyn Ireton investigates.
Jeff Bezos’ influence on innovation at The Washington Post continues to unfold, and mobile is no exception. The Post was one of the first publishers to release an app for the Apple Watch, and in July it unveiled a new iOS app to attract new audiences. As director of mobile products at The Post, Julia Beizer is responsible for keeping the paper at the forefront of mobile innovation.
Nine years ago, WAN-IFRA brought out a Special Report on the separation of publishing and printing. It was based on the growing trend among publishers to identify their core competence and to separate print production from the publishing business. It aimed to identify the distinctive features of the then-current best performing printing strategies and also help newspaper publishers in developing effective business strategies that were best suited to their specific needs and markets. Our new report, “New and Emerging Business Models,” continues where the 2006 research left off.
Print standardisation based on agreed international norms like ISO 12647-3 has been a great success for newspaper printing worldwide. In conjunction with the development of full-colour printing based on process colours (CMYK) replacing the old spot colour concept in newspaper production, the first ISO newspaper print standard was released in 1998 and improved over time. Earlier this year, the WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum Board decided to intensify working in the area of print standardisation in cooperation with newspaper printers worldwide.
We are often asked about examples of newspapers being printed digitally around the world. One region to keep an eye on is northern Italy where the printing plant of Centro Stampa Quotidiani (CSQ) in the small city of Erbusco recently added two new foreign customers that want to have their daily titles printed and available for tourists and business people in the region. Longtime WAN-IFRA friend Luca Michelli of the Italian Newspaper Association, ASIG, shares CSQ’s story.