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  • Self-published reporting: journalism’s next frontier

    Self-published reporting: journalism’s next frontier

    Interview by Alex Klaushofer. Marc Herman couldn’t have been more surprised by the success of his Kindle Single The Shores of Tripoli. ‘The interest in the topic completely shocks me,’ he says. ‘I went over there to talk about Libya, and ended up being seen as something of an expert in electronic publishing.’ Within weeks, […]

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  • Exact Editions’ digital magazines are real page turners

    Exact Editions’ digital magazines are real page turners

    Report by Tim Dawson. Global shipments of tablet computers reached 26.8 million units during the fourth quarter of 2011 – 150 per cent up on the same quarter the preceding year.  And according to one survey, 71% of tablet owners are interested in using their devices to consume magazines, so it is easy to see […]

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  • From frontline to publication – the rise of news e-books

    From frontline to publication – the rise of news e-books

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. It’s comforting, if you’re in the words business, to remember that ‘crisis’ denotes ‘turning point’, a phase of breakdown prior to resolution, as well as the more common meaning of a bad time. And now, with the line between book publishing and journalism becoming increasingly blurred, comes evidence that new opportunties […]

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  • New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    Report by Tim Dawson. With 27,000 people working in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, it is easy to see why Brian Pelan thinks there is space for a magazine that addresses their interests.  With the first edition of View now available to download, he is about to discover whether his hunch was […]

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  • Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Today brings the launch of Australian news websiteThe Global Mail, one of the best-funded public journalism initiatives the digital age has seen to date. With a mission to provide independent, quality journalism – strapline ‘our audience is our only agenda’ – and generously bankrolled by Australian web-preneur Graeme Wood, the site’s […]

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  • Think of a number and double/halve it: the science behind online subs pricing

    Think of a number and double/halve it: the science behind online subs pricing

    Comment by Tim Dawson Deciding whether it makes business sense putting online publications behind paywalls is increasingly like finding scientific evidence for the existence of God.  Your conclusion appears to be determined more by pre-existing prejudice than from any meaning actually extracted from data. In the past week, Wolverhampton’s Express and Star has abandoned the […]

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  • Amazon’s bid to run libraries, and how authors might benefit

    Amazon’s bid to run libraries, and how authors might benefit

    Report by Tim Dawson. Public Lending Right – the scheme that pays authors when their books are borrowed from public libraries – has long been a life-saver for impecunious scribblers. Little wonder then that when, earlier this month, the government announced its intention cut the benefit paid per book issue from 6.25 pence to 6.05 pence […]

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  • From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Its bleak industrial landscape was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, with its population of diverse life-forms evolving new ways of being in the struggle for survival. And now, Port Talbot’s bleak media landscape is … You get the idea. While on the one hand, Port Talbot is the perfect […]

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  • Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. With the first week of the New Year bringing only warnings from politicians and economists, it seems that wise men have realised it would be foolish to feign optimism for 2012. But while things remain bleak on the economic front, there is at last a glimmer of hope for those rooting […]

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  • Will the tablets save long-form journalism?

    Will the tablets save long-form journalism?

    The rise of tablet computers will usher in a new golden age for longform journalism – or so the homily goes.  The web might be good for soundbites of information, but with the easy-to-carry, instant-on technology of iPads, Kindles and the like, magazine-length features will find a new audience. To feed this hoped-for demand, a […]

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