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Launches and Strategies

April 6, 2011

Isle of Man Examiner goes tabloid after 131 years

The Isle of Man Examiner is to end more than 131 years as a broadsheet newspaper to instead adopt a tabloid format, says a Press Gazette report. The Examiner , one of three titles produced by the Johnston Press-owned Isle of Man Newspapers, will switch to tabloid format on May 10. The weekly paper has been a broadsheet since 1880 when it was founded by Samuel Keown Broadbent, a Methodist who vowed the title would “defend and advocate the rights and liberties of nonconformists in the Isle of Man... MORE
April 5, 2011

Another new paper for Zimbabwe

Another new newspaper has been revealed in Zimbabwe, making a surprise arrival on the streets on Thursday, reports swradioafrica.com. Dummy copies of the paper titled The Mail were handed out free to the public on Thursday, ahead of the paper’s official launch, set for some time next week. The paper, carrying a headline story that says: “Restrictions on rallies biased,” appears to be a far cry from the state-sympathetic Herald. SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa explained that the... MORE
March 31, 2011

Al-Jazeera aims to become Balkans news hub

The Al-Jazeera pan-Arab satellite channel says it will begin airing a Balkans programme in September, hoping to to establish itself as a regional news hub in the ethnically divided region, says an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. With powerful public television divided along ethnic lines across the region and dozens of private channels mostly focusing on entertainment, Al-Jazeera Balkans hopes to fill the void for a regional news broadcast. "In the region there are currently more than 100... MORE
March 26, 2011

UK edition of Huffington Post to launch in summer

Arianna Huffington is to launch a UK edition of the Huffington Post this summer, as the US news and current affairs website recently acquired by AOL moves to expand internationally. The multi-millionaire, who sold Huffington Post to AOL for USD 315m in February, told the MediaGuardian Changing Media Summit on Thursday that the takeover meant she could accelerate plans to hire journalists and create a UK-specific site. The details: [ Link ] Huffington Post UK will follow the same model as the US... MORE
March 25, 2011

Center for Public Integrity to launch daily investigative newspaper

The Centre for Public Integrity is launching a daily digital investigative newspaper that will go live in about a month. The new product, likely to be called iWatch or Integrity Watch, will feature 10-20 original investigative stories per day about corruption, political ethics, corporate accountability, “truth watching,” and waste, fraud and abuse. Excerpts: [ Link ] The nonprofit Centre for Public Integrity will sell sponsorship ads and $50 per year e-reader subscriptions, which will count as... MORE
March 24, 2011

Crowdfunded photojournalism platform Emphas.is receives USD 21K from ‘backers’

A new platform for crowdfunded photojournalism which aims to build a community around projects has received more than USD 20,000 in backing, just over a week since it went live, according to journalism.co.uk. Some details: [ Link ] Emphas.is works by inviting story proposals and an expenses budget estimate from professional photojournalists, to be reviewed by a board of advisers working against a set list of criteria. Individuals can then make a contribution to approved projects, giving them... MORE
March 17, 2011

International news service specialises in good news

A multicultural, international news service wants to change the adage that no news is good news, says an IJNet report. Istanbul-based non-profit Silent Heroes, Invisible Bridges wants to promote peaceful co-existence amongst nations, cultures and religions of the world. The news service started out as a project for an International Center for Journalists online course called Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age. The details: [ Link ] Working as a team, Naveed... MORE
March 9, 2011

Gannett considers charging for online news content

Gannett Co, the owner of 82 US newspapers including USA Today , is considering charging for its online content, Chief Executive Officer Craig Dubow said, according to a Bloomberg News report. The company, which also owns television stations, is trying a paid-content model at three newspaper websites, and is likely to experiment more before making a decision about the broad use of paywalls, Dubow said in a telephone interview today. “We’re going to see more of this until we can get exact a model... MORE
February 12, 2011

VOA launches “blog network”

The Voice of America (VOA) has launched a new “blog network”. All of VOA’s English language blogs are now conveniently listed on one webpage, including Digital Frontiers, a dynamic online discussion of privacy, identity and freedom in the digital age. In addition to a single page that brings together links to all of VOA’s blog sites, visitors can see what others are saying about key issues, and what topics are generating the most interest. They can also interact with VOA journalists, see what... MORE
February 12, 2011

Yahoo opens a digital newstand

Yahoo on Thursday announced the debut of Livestand , a publishing platform that aims to deliver personalised content to mobile devices. The New York Times reported on Sunday, the platform, a digital newsstand, will offer a continuous stream of programming based on users’ interests. Yahoo plans to push the platform across multiple formats, including tablets, smartphones, and Web browsers, according to the company’s press release. The platform, which will be available on the iPad and on Android... MORE

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