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How public journalism is giving meaning to engagement at Norwegian newspapers

Wed, 2016-06-29 10:36

We're all figuring out new ways to engage our audiences, but what exactly are we actually trying to achieve? Rather than aiming for likes, clicks, or much-needed revenue, one small Norwegian newspaper is using public journalism to give purpose to its audience engagement and help integrate journalism in the democratic process.

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Online comments prove valuable in wake of Brexit

Tue, 2016-06-28 14:23

The flood of reader comments that emerged after the UK referendum decision to leave the European Union underscored the value of building a healthy comment environment, an engaged audience and alert editors.

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Innovative new French publication offers antidote to high speed news

Mon, 2016-06-27 12:00

New online publication L’imprevu, winner of a French prize for media innovation, has time at the heart of its editorial mandate: giving its audience time to read in-depth and explanatory stories, and allowing journalists time to create them. As one of many new online publications that launched in France over the last two years, it offers a unique, forward-thinking approach to journalistic storytelling.

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Innovation is top priority at El Colombiano

Fri, 2016-06-24 16:26

Newsrooms looking to survive the digital age must incorporate technology and a flexible mindset to ensure their product is profitable, according to Martha Ortiz Gómez, Director of the award-winning Colombian newspaper El Colombiano. A constant evolution of the traditional newsroom structure is essential for forward-thinking success, she said.

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The Panama Papers boost trust in journalism

Tue, 2016-06-21 11:21

The Panama Papers, the biggest leak of internal documents in recent history, uncovered important stories that had been hidden from the public. Since publication started nearly three months ago, the project has spurred readers around the world to regain trust in the media – one of our industry's greatest challenges.

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Seven principles guiding Wall Street Journal's next-level journalism

Mon, 2016-06-20 20:35

A change in newsroom mentality, the use of new technologies, and investment in mobile are at the center of the Wall Street Journal's 'next level journalism', says Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Matt Murray. While the WSJ's global print circulation of 1.4 million is still incredibly strong, half of its total revenue now comes from digital.

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Trends in Newsrooms 2016: step up to the next level of journalism

Mon, 2016-06-20 10:56

Independent journalism – based on analysis, opinion, the disclosure of facts gathered accurately and uncovering situations that insist on remaining hidden – has certainly changed the world for the better. Now, however, to keep fulfilling our mission, we need to use these solid foundations, carved out by generations of editors, to catapult journalism into a new cycle of public recognition of its relevance, writes President of the World Editors Forum, Marcelo Rech, to mark the release of our 2016 Trends in Newsrooms report.

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Refining The New York Times' global expansion

Fri, 2016-06-17 15:56

As The New York Times has reached the end of sustainable readership growth within the US, it is expanding its global audience to double digital revenue by 2020. With a US, international, Chinese and Spanish version, The New York Times is looking to develop these markets even further. 

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Axel Springer's Upday aims to bring personalized news to millions

Fri, 2016-06-17 13:12

“As a publishing house, we cannot ignore today's trends towards personalized publishing,” Michał Wodziński, of Axel Springer's new platform, Upday, told participants during a session at WAN-IFRA's World Advertising Forum in Cartagena, Colombia.

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The new Le Monde: From an institution to an entrepreneurial adventure

Wed, 2016-06-15 20:40

“Within two weeks, the French newspaper Le Monde will run out of cash.” So began French media analyst Frederic Filloux’s Monday Note essay on June 10, 2010. The iconic daily practically had one foot in the grave. Today, Le Monde is quickly becoming a reference for transformation of a traditional publisher, thanks in part to its innovation-driven strategy led by group president, Louis Dreyfus.

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Coral Project launches new open-source tool to interact with readers

Tue, 2016-06-14 23:49

Readers who comment - and those who read the comments - are a publication's most loyal audience. But why do people comment? What can news organisations get out of their comments? And would readers engage even more if they knew news organisations were paying attention? These questions were put to editors at the World Media Congress in Cartagena this week by Greg Barber, Director of Digital News Projects at the Washington Post and lead on Strategy & Partnerships at the Coral Project.

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World Editors Forum asks editors to embrace 5 principles to build trust

Tue, 2016-06-14 19:08

The Board of the World Editors Forum (WEF), at its meeting at the World News Congress in Cartagena, endorsed five principles to help rebuild trust in professional journalism.

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Vox's Melissa Bell: 'We want change to be an inherent part of our culture'

Tue, 2016-06-14 14:47

“We (the industry) are always looking for a single answer. That's a very dangerous way of thinking. You have to be constantly diversifying everything,” Melissa Bell, Vice President Growth & Analytics, Vox Media, told WAN-IFRA's Dean Roper during an on-stage chat  in Cartagena during the World News Media Congress.

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Writing the Peace: Covering Conflict and What Comes Next – WAN-IFRA’s Annual Press Freedom Roundtable

Mon, 2016-06-13 01:47

Examining how media cover conflict, translition and the process that leads society back to peace again, the session was moderated by journalist and university professor Alvaro Sierra and featured an international line-up of journalists who shared their own experiences.

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How VR is decoding audience behaviour

Mon, 2016-06-13 01:02

For many journalists virtual reality is scary as they have no control of how their content is consumed. But, VR allows for a better understanding of how viewers behave when they are put in charge. How do they navigate through a video? What do they look at? How long for? 

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WAN-IFRA Board Adopts Resolution Calling on Courts of Law Around the World to Uphold Freedom of Expression in the Face of “Right To Be Forgotten” Claims

Sun, 2016-06-12 19:32

The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting on 12th June in Cartagena, Colombia during the 68th World News Media Congress, 23rd World Editors Forum, and 26th World Advertising Forum, calls on national courts, to preserve the freedom of the press in all claims relating to the “right to be forgotten.”

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Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Novaya Gazeta Editor Dmitry Muratov

Wed, 2016-06-08 15:47

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

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VR glut as three media companies try solitary confinement

Wed, 2016-06-08 12:57

Too many people are held in solitary confinement, with 80,000 right now in the U.S. alone. But did we really need three separate VR simulations of a cell?

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Nordic surprise: Tabloids join forces to fund quality journalism

Wed, 2016-06-08 11:31

A recent alliance among news groups in Denmark, Sweden and Norway sheds light on a new niche: long-form tabloid journalism.

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Smartphones and multi-user experiences will drive VR-adoption

Mon, 2016-06-06 18:21

It will not be until 2018 that the distribution and scale of virtual reality will become mainstream, and the evolution of smartphones and social experiments will be key factors in contributing to that development, according to Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab.

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