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January 9, 2009

Chicago Tribune rethinks three-month-old redesign over readers' complaints of bold format

The Chicago Tribune is said to be making changes to its dramatic new redesign just three months after it was rolled out, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. The Tribune announced on January 8 that it would bring that section back while making indexes clearer, toning down bold fonts, and adding new local sections. The newspaper in late September debuted a new format that it said was bolder and more entertaining. Since then, readers have complained that the new format was too bold and too... 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
December 21, 2008

Guardian group to launch Arab-language news service in early-2009

Guardian News & Media will launch a newswire serving the Arab region in the first quarter of next year. The Arab-language news service will be provided through Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq , based in Qatar, which will translate up to 15 stories per day for use by media outlets in the Middle East region, Brand Republic has reported. Some sketchy details: [ Link ] Tim Brooks, managing director of Guardian News & Media, said the move was in line with the company’s aims to become the world’s... MORE
December 15, 2008

Politico and Reuters join hands in newspaper venture

Politico and Reuters have joined hands to offer articles to newspapers and sell advertising on the papers' websites, the New York Times has reported. Politico recently began offering papers a limited number of free articles, and beginning this week the papers that sign onto that service, the Politico Network, will also see the stream of daily output from Reuters and choose up to 10 articles and 10 photographs each day to use in print or on the Web. Politico would gain the right to sell ads on... MORE
December 8, 2008

Christian Science Monitor, McClatchy to share foreign coverage

The Christian Science Monitor and the McClatchy Co, which owns 30 US dailies, have agreed to share foreign news coverage in the latest cost-saving move by the ailing US newspaper industry, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The Monitor and McClatchy, the third-largest US newspaper chain, said in a statement that they would share stories by Monitor correspondents in New Delhi and Mexico City and McClatchy reporters in Nairobi and Caracas. The AFP report also said: [ Link ] "We're pleased... MORE
November 19, 2008

Google gives online life to LIFE magazine's 2 million photographs

Google Inc has opened an online photo gallery that will feature millions of images from LIFE magazine's archives that have never been seen by the public before. The new service at debuted Tuesday with about 2 million photos. Google plans to scan all 10 million photos from LIFE's library so they can be viewed on any computer with an Internet connection. About 97 percent of its archives have not been publicly seen, according to LIFE . The Associated Press... MORE
November 17, 2008

Wall Street Journal to launch fascimile edition in Mumbai in December

The Wall Street Journal , published by Dow Jones & Company, is all set to launch its facsimile edition in India next month, Business Standard has reported. The newspaper, to be launched in Mumbai, is likely to be priced at Rs 30 a copy. The edition will be in the Berliner format, slightly longer and wider than the tabloid or compact format. WSJ’s facsimile edition plans to print 2,000 copies to begin with. The paper is expected to be edited by Suman Dubey. Some details from the Standard... MORE
November 4, 2008

Bhutan gets its first English daily newspaper

Bhutan has just got its first English daily newspaper, which promises to provide a new perspective to news and events for the citizens in the landlocked Himalayan country, says a Press Trust of India report [ Link ]. Bhutan Today , the first English daily launched in the country, is the third private newspaper after Bhutan Times and Bhutan Observer , which are weekly and bi-weekly respectively. The country also has a state-run newspaper Kuensel , which is also a bi-weekly. Launching Bhutan... MORE
October 2, 2008

Washington Post Co buys 'Foreign Policy' magazine

The Washington Post Co has purchased Foreign Policy magazine from a Washington think-tank for an undisclosed sum. The bimonthly glossy has a circulation of 100,000 and is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. " Foreign Policy is a terrific magazine, and I'm pleased it will become a part of our company," said Donald E Graham, Post Co chairman. " Foreign Policy furthers our commitment to great magazine journalism and gives us another opportunity to expand our journalism... MORE
July 11, 2008

Guardian Media buys publisher

Guardian News & Media has acquired ContentNext, publisher of media and technology business blog, a sign of the growing importance of such sites to traditional media companies, says a Reuters report. ContentNext's founder and editor, Rafat Ali, and Chief Executive Nathan Richardson would continue to run the company as a standalone business, said the privately held Guardian, which publishes the Guardian and Observer newspapers in Britain and the Guardian America website. The... MORE