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  • Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Report by Tim Dawson. Trades unions have not always been the quickest to adopt new means to communicate, in part because of an institutionalised ambivalence to technological change.  It perhaps explains why reporting this sector is one that that has attracted relatively few online operations. Into this gap step two recent past presidents of the […]

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  • Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Case study by Tim Dawson. When Alex Trebek, the host of US tv show Jeopardy fell chasing a burglar last week he gave Patch.com one of their biggest stories of the year.  The San Francisco site of the national hyperlocal news network got the story.  News of the silver-haired 71 year old taking up chase […]

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  • Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. When Nicholas Clee and Liz Thomson were casting about for a new job, with full-time staff jobs behind them and freelance opportunities on the wane, a digital solution seemed obvious. Between them, they had over fifty years experience in writing about publishing and the book trade: Clee was a former […]

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  • Back to the future with Huffington Post UK

    Back to the future with Huffington Post UK

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. The much-heralded Huffington Post UK last week appeared amid a fanfare as quiet as, well, the one that greets a New Model Journalism launch. Even before the announcement of the death of the News of the World stole its thunder, the response on Twitter (#Huffpouk) consisted of a few cheerfully self-promoting […]

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  • News from your street served up by a ‘publishing visionary’

    News from your street served up by a ‘publishing visionary’

    Case study by Tim Dawson. Postcodegazette’s aim is to create a virtual newspaper for every street in Britain.  Using mobile technology to map the location of its audience, it focuses on news so local that readers are interested in cars being scratched and the exam results of neighbours’ children. Users of the service – which […]

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  • Taking the news out of the papers – can the UK’s media empires survive?

    Taking the news out of the papers – can the UK’s media empires survive?

    Analysis by Tim Dawson. Might British newspaper be beacons of innovation and experiment in a news market convulsed with technologically-led change?  Or are they venerable, but doomed dinosaurs whose death agonies are causing them to perform extraordinary convulsions it a final, futile attempt to adapt to a new environment? One could happily reach either conclusion […]

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  • Is digital revenue now the dominent source of income for publishers?

    Is digital revenue now the dominent source of income for publishers?

    Analysis by Tim Dawson. Stevie Spring, chief executive of Future Publishing, says we have reached a ‘tipping point’ where digital magazine operations become more important than their paper forbears.  Clearly, she was trying to put a positive gloss on the publishers’ annual figures – Future’s profits are down from £3m last year to £1.8m this […]

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  • Sex, death and celebrity – the other enemies of quality journalism

    Sex, death and celebrity – the other enemies of quality journalism

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. It’s one of those stories behind the story – the fact that alongside the well-worn narrative about the crisis in financing journalism runs another tale of a cultural shift which, over the past decade, has led to the British media becoming less and less receptive to serious reporting. In the interview […]

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  • iPad newstand’s troubled birth

    iPad newstand’s troubled birth

    By Tim Dawson. Searching the Apple Store for magazines can be a frustrating business.  Not only are they not sorted in a single place, but only a handful of the magazines that you might find on even a modest newsstand are available to buy.  And when you do find them, the prices – compared to […]

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  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit organisation established to help reverse the decline of investigative journalism in Britain, celebrates its first birthday today. Launched on 26th April 2010 thanks to a £2 million grant from the Potter foundation, the organisation espouses an unashamedly non-commercial funding model, conducting the kind […]

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