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December 17, 2010

The Guardian launches data journalism and visualisation gateway

The Guardian has launched a new gateway to its journalism and visualisations. The announcement on its website said, "Data journalism has become an increasingly big part of our work here at the Guardian - from Wikileaks to government spending, it's our job to make the key data accessible and easy to understand." The site includes: The key data of the day - broken down; a pick of the data blogosphere - which sites have the key posts?; Search the world's government... MORE
September 10, 2009

Google developing payment platform for newspapers

Internet giant Google is planning to roll out a payment platform for newspapers that would allow them to charge for content online. The Google plan, which was revealed by the Nieman Journalism Lab, was elaborated in a document that company sent to the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) in response to a request for paid-content proposals that the association sent to several technology companies. Nieman published the Google proposal on its website, , and described Google's... MORE
July 30, 2009

Website allows magazine readers to select their own content

A start-up in Colorado lets readers pick which articles they want in their magazine and then print it themselves, says a New York Times report. The company, Printcasting, has a website on which anyone can put together a magazine featuring their own blog posts or articles and items from blogs and newspapers that have registered with the site. Advertisers can place ads in the publications. Readers can print a copy of the magazine or view it online or on a mobile device. Some... MORE
January 6, 2009

Number of newspaper websites in US offering user-generated content doubled up in 2008

The number of newspapers in the US offering some form of user-generated content has doubled up. Overall, 58 per cent of newspapers offered some form of user generated content in 2008 compared to 24 per cent in 2007. In fact, 58 per cent of newspapers allowed for user generated photos in 2008, while 18 per cent accepted video and 15 per cent articles. The number of newspaper websites allowing users to comment on articles more than doubled in 2008. About 75 per cent of newspapers now accept... MORE
December 21, 2008

New York Times to launch 'Instant Op-Ed' feature next month

The New York Times will launch an 'Instant Op-Ed' feature next month that will allow the paper's website to post immediate expert viewpoints on breaking news. "Our Op-Ed now is very rapid response, but it is at the most the next day," Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal told Editor & Publisher . "We are looking at a way to take advantage of the expandability of the Internet, the back and forth of it and the instantaneous nature of the Internet. Taking ideas that have existed in Op-Ed... MORE
November 7, 2008

Newsmedia will see chaos in 2009, and in chaos will be opportunity: INMA report

The year 2009 will be one of disruption, displacement, and disaggregation for newsmedia companies. Structural trends that have been building for the past decade will be accelerated in an economic downturn whose precise magnitude is still unknown as of this writing, says a report from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA). The year 2009 will hinge on the economy, the migration of advertising to the internet, access to capital in troubling times, and newsprint prices, says the... MORE
September 10, 2008

Google expands search in old newspapers

Google has stepped up efforts to digitise dozens of historical newspapers and make scanned images of the original papers available online, the Internet search leader said on Monday, according to a Reuters report. Some details: In a blog post on the Silicon Valley-based company's website, Google said it is looking to make old newspapers searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitise millions of pages of news archives. "Not only will you be able to search these newspapers,... MORE
June 7, 2008

Washington Post unit to develop Web magazines

The Washington Post Co is launching a new unit that will develop and manage a family of Web-based magazines, according to a Reuters report. The Slate Group plans to get into other new media ventures that it develops on its own or through acquisitions, the company said in a statement. "The rationale is that you can build an audience beyond Slate's existing audience in certain vertical or demographic categories," the group's editor-in-chief, Jacob Weisberg, said in an interview on Wednesday. Some... MORE
May 8, 2008

Majority of editors see integrated newsrooms, free newspapers in the near future

The vast majority of newspaper editors worldwide are optimistic about the future of their newspapers, but they don’t think of them as "print-only," having clearly accepted the multi-media revolution, according to a global survey that provides an insider’s view of newsroom attitudes and strategies. The second annual "Newsroom Barometer," conducted by Zogby International for the World Editors Forum (WEF) and Reuters, found that 85 per cent of editors are very optimistic or somewhat optimistic... MORE
April 9, 2008

Role of journalists is shifting to more to the Web, at least in the US

From increased responsibilities to growing competition, the constantly evolving media landscape has created both challenges and opportunities for today's journalists in the US. Many journalists are having to expand their skill set and add "blogger" to their resumes. Moreover, reporters at newspapers across the country are finding that they have to fill an online news hole, as well as the traditional ink-stained pages. These findings are from the just-published 2008 PRWeek/PR Newswire Media... MORE