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  • Animal Magic – photo app sells in the thousands

    Animal Magic – photo app sells in the thousands

    Case study by Tim Dawson Perusing Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols’ iPad app is to see his famed work for National Geographic come alive.  There are more than 30 galleries of pictures from assignments over the past three decades, videos and expedition mementos, all are presented with the kind of slick quality that one might expect from […]

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  • Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. The new longform website Narratively has attracted interest ‘beyond our wildest dreams’, according to founder Noah Rosenberg. Even before its launch earlier this month, coverage of the New York-based magazine has been wide, while expressions of support have come via social media from around the world. Such enthusiasm, thinks Rosenberg, is […]

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  • Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Case study by Tim Dawson “The books industry has been very poor at getting money off people who love its products”, says John Mitchinson, the founder of crowd-funded publisher Unbound.  He promises to revolutionise both the financing of book production and the relationship between authors and readers; and over the past year has raised enough money […]

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  • UK hyperlocals suffer from grantfunders’ fixation on innovation

    UK hyperlocals suffer from grantfunders’ fixation on innovation

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. Earlier this month, the lottery-funded charity Nesta announced the successful bidders for its new grant programme Destination Local. Ten winners emerged out of the 165 hyperlocal projects who applied for funds, including Welsh language paper

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  • Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Report by Tim Dawson With a UK Communications Bill White Paper expected in early 2013, there is a growing hope that one of its provisions might be to make it easier for local newspapers to operate as charities.  A consortium of charities and trusts has already made a submission to this effect to the Department […]

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  • OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Against the background of change and struggle that has afflicted the media and publishing in recent years, one strand of good news has consistently emerged. This good news story of the crisis in journalism tells of innovation and experimentation, of pioneering practices and the opening up of new frontiers, as writers of […]

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  • iPad sailing magazine trims its sails

    iPad sailing magazine trims its sails

    Update by: Tim Dawson Eighteen months after launch, Justin Chisholm’s iPad magazine sailracing’s app has been downloaded 85,000 times and he is close to employing an advertising sales director.  Nevertheless, he has ascended a steep learning curve since producing his launch issue. His first change off tack was the cover charge.  Initially, the magazine sold […]

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  • Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Friday saw a strange phenonmenon in Media Land: the launch of seven hyperlocal newspapers across south London. The weekly newspaper South London Press, now nearly a hundred and fifty years old, is printing seven editions specific to particular areas. Streatham, Brixton, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Deptford & New Cross and Forest Hill […]

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  • Martin Lewis claims journalism’s greatest reward

    Martin Lewis claims journalism’s greatest reward

    Analysis by Tim Dawson Martin Lewis’ sale of moneysavingexpert.com for £87m is possibly the UK’s most astonishing piece of journalism as entrepreneurialism ever. The site, was born out of a persona created for slot on a little viewed, and even less remembered satellite television channel. Its growth and subsequent success are an object lesson in […]

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  • New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Print is dying, and hyperlocal websites notoriously difficult to make pay. But one recently-established community magazine is challenging these orthodoxies of the digital age. Monthly magazine The filtonvoice is the brainchild of Richard Coulter, a former staffer on The Bristol Evening Post. Having taken redundancy from the struggling newspaper, Coulter looked […]

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