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Thu - 07.05.2015

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BBC and AFP experimental in Africa coverage

Wed, 2015-05-06 14:21

Two of the oldest hands in Africa – the BBC and AFP – are approaching the continent in a new way as it enters a technological and connectivity revolution. In this guest post, Gill Moodie looks at their multimedia offerings and the shift in coverage from death, disease and destruction.

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Weighing the benefit of Google's European news innovation fund

Tue, 2015-05-05 15:09

There's early support for Google's 'Digital News Initiative,' which aims to facilitate and fund innovation as well as product development in European journalism. But publishers are cautious as the European Commission continues its investigation into Google's alleged anti-competitive practices writes Angelique Lu.

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Wall Street Journal's digital revamp: Q&A with Emily Banks, news editor for mobile

Wed, 2015-04-22 11:00

The Wall Street Journal has just unveiled a redesigned - 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.

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European Digital Media Awards winners for 2015

Wed, 2015-04-22 01:43

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.

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Startup 'We do journalism in spite of everything'

Tue, 2015-04-21 19:50

“Periodismo a pesar de todo”: The motto of the Spain-based news startup site can be roughly translated as “We do journalism in spite of everything.”

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Politico launches European edition: Q&A with Politico Editor-at-Large Bill Nichols

Tue, 2015-04-21 16:30

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.   

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Making video a priority at USA Today

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:42

With nearly 87 percent of Americans watching online video these days, it's a statistic that has hit home to the iconic national daily USA Today.

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Andy Mitchell and Facebook’s weird state of denial about news

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:19

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.

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14 highlights from Martin Baron’s speech on journalism’s move from print to digital

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:44

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. 

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Tips for leveraging User Generated Data and five ethical issues to watch

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:41

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.

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The New York Times’ long view on wearables

Tue, 2015-04-14 09:47

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.

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Newsweek Europe repackages for future

Thu, 2015-04-09 14:30

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.

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'We are growing very fast and we are profitable' - the Ilta-Sanomat TV success story

Thu, 2015-04-09 14:07

Just one week before the Finnish elections on 19 April and with the potential new Prime Minister in the studio next door, Hanna Kouri, Channel Director, ISTV, took time out to tell us about their success with their online video platform.

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