News Archive

  • Picking through the paywall figures

    Picking through the paywall figures

    Much of the reaction to News International’s paywall figures announcement have been to try and crunch into the figures and find some greater truth.  Given the opacity of the figures, this is understandable.  Organgrinder and Paidcontent, are particularly worth looking up. Getting to the bigger picture of News International’s ambitions, however, is something at which […]

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  • Journalists launch software for hyperlocals

    Journalists launch software for hyperlocals

    A software package that automates the production of hyperlocal news sites has been launched by three journalists from the north east of England.  SuperLocalSites is a WordPress-derived platform that promises to provide a distinctive news-style delivery – allowing anyone wanting to launch a hyper local site to concentrate on the news gathering. It is the […]

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  • First impressions of new newspaper i

    First impressions of new newspaper i

    ‘Hopefully it will do well,’ said my newsagent. ‘Only 20p.’ He was selling me the last of his five copies of i, the new newspaper launched by The Independent today. As its proprietors proudly point out, i is the first newspaper to be launched in the UK for 25 years. Targeted at lapsed and current […]

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  • Advertising that puts publishers in control

    Advertising that puts publishers in control

    Journalists and website owners who expect the web to deliver them a living are set to be disappointed, warns entrepreneurial publishing pioneer Rick Waghorn.  However, by making use of his Addiply, advertisement placement system, they can offer a genuine service to their community and start to earn in a way that Google’s AdSense simply does […]

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  • Birmingham Press closes

    Birmingham Press closes

    The Birmingham Press announced today that it was ceasing to operate, with owner Chris Bullivant reportedly blaming predatory pricing by rivals.  Bullivant is thought to be considering referring the actions of Trinity Mirror, the owners of the Birmingham Post and Mail , to the Office of Fair Trading.  The weekly paper, which launched in April, […]

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  • Can armchair auditors scrutinise public spending?

    Can armchair auditors scrutinise public spending?

    It looks like the government’s cost-cutting agenda is dovetailing nicely with the rise of citizen journalism. Abolishing the Audit Commission in August, Communities minister Eric Pickles called for an army of ‘armchair auditors’ to help scrutinise public spending in future. The minister may have in mind the likes of Adrian Short, who runs Armchair Auditor, […]

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  • Mercury rising in Caledonia

    Mercury rising in Caledonia

    The Caledonian Mercury is the UK’s most editorially ambitious online-only newspaper. Launched in January 2010 it claims to be ‘The Economist meets The Huffington Post drinking Irn Bru’. More prosaically, it appears to be trying to create an online national newspaper for Scotland to rival the established sites of The Scotsman and The Herald. Its daily […]

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  • Downie – journalism’s future hangs in the balance

    Downie – journalism’s future hangs in the balance

    “The challenge I see is to turn this tumultuous moment of transformation into a beneficial reconstruction of journalism” Len Downie, the former executive editor of the Washington Post told an audience at City University, London, earlier this week.  “Given the current economic turmoil…that outcome is far from a given”. That was his conclusion of a broad […]

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  • Washington Post’s ex editor reflects on new digital age

    Washington Post’s ex editor reflects on new digital age

    An interesting discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme between Len Downie, the former editor of the Washington Post and Lionel Barber of the Financial Times on the future of newspapers.  Barber says that the FT has sold 400,000 of its iPhone apps and that FT subscriptions are up by 10% (over a non-specified period), […]

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  • Need viewers? Hire bloggers

    Need viewers? Hire bloggers

    ‘Newsblogging’ represents the next step in the evolution of journalism, according to its ‘inventors’ SixEstate.com, of New York. Their concept is a startling simple. Fresh, interesting content is the best way to drive readers to a website, so the company marries experienced professional journalists with organisations, commercial and campaigning, that want to ‘connect [an organisation] with news […]

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