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World’s Press Condemns Attack on Journalist and Denounces Assault on Press Freedom in Turkey

Fri, 2015-10-02 16:56

WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have condemned a violent assault on a journalist as well as a series of attacks against Daily Hürriyet, just the latest in a string of recent assaults on press freedom in Turkey.

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Key trends on the eve of Expo

Thu, 2015-10-01 11:05

As Director of our Global Advisory team, I always look forward with anticipation to World Publishing 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.

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German publisher produces pages for competitors

Thu, 2015-10-01 10:48

In 2013, Hannover, Germany-based MADSACK Mediengruppe opened a new newsroom with a new business model. Called RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) [Editorial Network Germany], it produces content for other publishers' newspapers as well as the group's own – including print-ready pages in three sizes.

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Editorial systems for newspapers – a system solution model

Wed, 2015-09-30 16:25

Which editorial system suits the needs of my media company best? That question is not easy to answer, says consultant David Best in this article, 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.

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10 keys to newsroom transformation

Wed, 2015-09-30 13:35

Three years ago, one U.S. newspaper chain quietly leaped into what it now calls a “Digital Leads” future. The goal: Transform print newsrooms into real-time digital news operations engaged with community at every turn. In this article, Vikki Porter, Director of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles, tells how they achieved measurable success.

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Blendle aims for 400k users in Germany

Mon, 2015-09-28 15:40

Blendle, the online news kiosk, hopes to sign up 400,000 users to its German-language service by September 2016 and plans to start operations in another country by the end of this year.

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The emerging threat of ad blockers

Thu, 2015-09-24 13:48

The threat of ad blocking offers publishers a unique opportunity to redefine how advertising works online. And publishers, not platforms, must take the lead. Today, WAN-IFRA and Digital Content Next are issuing a Call to Think for the industry in how to respond to this threat and make the most of the opportunity.

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Washington Post's Amazon Prime offer is a "win/win/win"

Wed, 2015-09-23 09:21

It might be quite unsurprising that The Washington Post is taking further steps to exploit Amazon's massive customer base for its own purposes – but that does not make it any less smart, publishing-industry observers say.

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Virtual reality: generating empathy through journalism

Fri, 2015-09-18 15:47

Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña: I want to put the audience where the journalist used to be

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Gender dimensions of protecting journalism sources in the Digital Age

Fri, 2015-09-18 05:27

The gender dimensions of journalistic source protection were discussed at an expert meeting on the online abuse of female journalists hosted by the OSCE in Vienna this week. An excerpt from a forthcoming global study on the protection of journalism sources in the digital age was released during the meeting, and we've re-published it below. The World Editors Forum was commissioned by UNESCO to produce the study, which was authored by former WAN-IFRA Research Fellow, Julie Posetti.

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Digital fuels growth in Africa’s media and entertainment industry

Wed, 2015-09-16 18:03

After more than a decade of digital disruption, the African entertainment and media industry has entered a new era –where the media between traditional and digital spheres is blurred and consumers want more flexibility and freedom in how they consume content, claims a new report from PwC which looks at future of the South African, Nigeria and Kenyan media markets.

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Under one roof: Irish group builds content hub

Tue, 2015-09-15 17:46

In a week’s time, reporters from seven Irish print and online editorial units will find themselves in one big newsroom, not just organizationally but also in a newly refurbished and redesigned office space. 

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Wall Street Journal grows its print products in Europe and Asia

Mon, 2015-09-14 18:40

On Monday The Wall Street Journal ditched the compact format of its European and Asian editions, in favour of a broadsheet format.

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Are media companies Slacking?

Mon, 2015-09-14 14:59

While chatting with editors about communications tools they use to talk to their teams, the World Editors Forum repeatedly received the same answer: Slack. Slack. Slack.

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Kompas marks 50 years, World Young Reader prize

Mon, 2015-09-14 14:52

On the 50th anniversary of its foundation, Kompas Gramedia – which remains the undisputed leading national daily in Indonesia – has clinched WAN-IFRA's top World Young Reader Prize for 2015 for its multimedia approach to reaching young people and helping them become more active in society. 

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VR, 360 video & bouncing drones: 5 media industry takeaways from IFA15

Wed, 2015-09-09 19:35

A fleet of Parrot drones performing synchronised acrobatics, martial arts jugglers filmed with the latest slo-mo cameras, two guys playing Guitar Hero in front of the biggest and meanest-looking mobile sound rig you ever saw. Yep, it must be IFA15 in Berlin. But what is the relevance to the news industry?

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Coming this fall: a redefined relationship between Google and publishers, courtesy of European courts and regulators

Wed, 2015-09-09 17:13

Ahead of a German court ruling and European regulation changes that could significantly redefine Google’s relationship with newspapers,  Italian newspaper La Stampa interviewed Axel Springer Executive Vice President Christoph Keese. The piece revealed the German publishing house's  views on newspapers, search engines and their European future. 

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The evolving newsroom: Switzerland's 24heures

Wed, 2015-09-09 14:28

Trying to keep a newsroom up to speed and meet a seemingly never-ending series of challenges while simultaneously cutting costs has become the lot of the modern newsroom leader. Among the newsrooms doing an impressive job of meeting today's demands is Switzerland's 24heures, led by Editor-in-Chief Thierry Meyer

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South Africa's News 24 turning off comments

Wed, 2015-09-09 14:11

News 24, the largest South African digital news operation, announced this week that it is switching off its comment function to cut often damaging input from readers. 

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Germany's Bild removes all photos from web site and print edition

Tue, 2015-09-08 15:45

Bild, Germany's biggest tabloid newspaper, removed all photographs from its print publication and website on Tuesday in protest against complaints about their decision to publish images of the Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who washed up on a Turkish beach last week.

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