Tuesday, October 18, 2005
New Editors Weblog: please re-subscribe to our RSS
Dear loyal reader of the Editors Weblog,
The Editors Weblog changed on Tuesday 18 October 2005 and we hope you'll like its new functionalities. The URL address will not change, it's still www.editorsweblog.org (but the oldest URL address http://wef.blogs.com/ is no longer available).
If you subscribed to our RSS feed, YOU NEED to go to the new home page at www.editorsweblog.org and select which new RSS feed you prefer (RSS button on the left side of the page):
- all postings - only new media postings - only print journalism postings - only analysis and commentary.
On 16 October, your "old RSS feed" will stop. That is the reason why we ask you to choose your new RSS feed as soon as possible.
Visually the main innovation is a clear distinction between NEWS and ANALYSIS. But the main modifications are "behind the scene":
1 - The Editors Weblog will become a real "cooperative weblog" with more than 40 contributors already registered. For editors-in-chief, consultants, media experts and bloggers, it is now very easy to be an "Editors Weblog writer" (see the page "submit an article"). 2 - We want to send (and to receive) RSS feeds from partners (weblogs or websites) in order to mutually enrich our content with the latest postings appearing in a special box. 3 - And finally, we offer different RSS feeds because we have a large range of readers with very different centers of interest: some are focused on print newspapers, some already are in a purely online world!
We hope you will appreciate these changes and welcome your feedback.
Source: Editors Weblog
Monday, October 17, 2005
Asian earthquake: Journalists' rehabilitation fund set up
Imtiaz Alam, who is member of the World Editors Forum since June 2005, sent us an appeal "to help rehabilitate journalists and their families who have lost many family members, homes and whatever they had in the recent South Asian earthquake that devastated northern Pakistan and the divided Kashmir". Imtiaz Alam is Secretary General of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), which created a Journalists rehabilitation fund. Donations to this fund can be made through cheques, drafts, pay-orders and bank transfers on the following Bank Account: Title: FMF (Journalists‚ Rehabilitation Fund) Account No. 6214-212199-001 Bank: Union Bank Address: LDA Plaza, 7 Egerton Road, Lahore, Pakistan Swift Code: UNBLPKKAXXX
Imtiaz Alam writes:
"The October 8 earthquake has wrought a colossal calamity in the northern regions of Pakistan and across the divided Kashmir, resulting in the death of dozens of thousands and rendering millions of people homeless and jobless. The scale of devastation is such that it is difficult for the government and the people alone to overcome. Tremendous resources are required for compensation, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
As millions of people are faced with the worst trauma of their life, most communities have been left without the means of living that require contribution from every quarter. The journalists' community from the earthquake-hit areas, like any other community, is also in a miserable condition along with their families.
Being a part of media community, we the journalists in South Asia are deeply aggrieved over the plight of our fellow journalists in the earthquake affected areas. Dozens of journalists, along with their families, have equally suffered the worst quake in region's history, after effects of which are even worse than the last Tsunami.
On behalf of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), a main stream media body of the region associated with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), I call upon the journalist community in the region and the world at large and all concerned international agencies to come to the rescue of the journalists who are in dyer need of substantial humanitarian assistance for their rehabilitation.
SAFMA has created a separate account under its subsidiary, Free Media Foundation, a registered and legal body, with the Title of ?FMF (Journalists? Rehabilitation Fund)? to support the aggrieved journalists in heir hour of trial. The account is solely meant for the rehabilitation of journalists affected by the earthquake and will be audited by independent auditors and will be open to public scrutiny. A committee of six senior journalists (Imtiaz Alam, Editor Current Affairs, The News, M. Ziauddin, Resident Editor Dawn, Nusrat Javed, Resident Editor, The Post, M. Afzal Khan, Special Correspondent, The Nation, Mustansar Javed, Chief Editor, Mashriq, and Hussain Naqi, Editor South Asian Media Monitor) has been formed to set the criteria and supervise distribution of funds among the most deserving. The SAFMA Central Secretariat and its employees have donated their week's salary and SAFMA Secretary General, Imtiaz Alam, has personally donated Rs 100, 000 to the Fund."
Source: Imtiaz Alam, Secretary General of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA)
Wall Street Journal Europe and Asia: Partnerships with major newspapers
Today, as the Wall Street Journal's European and Asian edition relaunch in a new design and a compact format, the two editions also start partnerships with major Asian and European newspapers. A new section, called "Across Europe" and "Across Asia" respectively, will feature content from each five major newspapers in the area, reports Media Week. The sections will appear on the European and Asian home page of the Wall Street Journal and are a further attempt to integrate the print and online versions of the paper.
The European section will feature headlines from the French paper Le Figaro, Die Welt from Germany, Milano Finanza from Italy, the Swiss Handelszeitung and The Times from the UK. The Asian section will feature headlines from the Sydney Morning Herald from Australia, the China Daily from China, the South China Morning Post from Hong Kong, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun from Japan and The Nation from Thailand. Every day, there will be one headline from each of the partners displayed in English. Users will be able to click through to the individual sites of the different partners and read the full story. An English version will be provided. Furthermore, the sections will include a country-by-country search function for additional coverage by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.
Bill Grueskin, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, said, "We're very pleased to be partnering with these prestigious publications around the world and to be able to offer their take on some of the key business stories of the day. This will enable us to provide a broader set of stories to our readers and help us build upon our reputation as an aggregator of quality content for businesspeople with a global perspective. Conversely, partner publications get the benefit of having high-value traffic driven to their sites from WSJ.com."
Today's redesign tries to integrate the paper's print and online version (see former posting). Other changes include links in the print edition to the online edition, additional "in-depth" material online etc. Subscribers will also be able to receive news from WSJ.com via BlackBerry or other mobile devices. A small part of the site's free content will be available to bloggers and other users via RSS feeds.
Pakistan: Number of journalist victims in earthquake grows
From Ehsan Ahmed Sehar, Chief Editor of Nawa-i-AhmedpurSharqia
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), on Thursday October 13 released the list of those journalists, who have been found injured during Saturday's devastating earthquake in Muzzafarabad and Balakot, while expressing concern over the missing journalists and condoling with them over the death of their families members. The information received by the PFUJ from its affiliated unions till Wednesday October 12, revealed that the houses of most of the correspondents based in Muzaffarabad and Balakot have been destroyed in the quake and most of them lost their family members.
According to a press release of the PFUJ, the journalists, mostly local correspondents who have been affected in Balakot include Khurshid Zaman, of Daily Muhasib (seriously injured, seven members of family dead, house destroyed), Qazi Asad Israeli of Daily Nawa-e-Waqat (injured, house destroyed), M. Fareed of Daily Ausaf (three children dead, wife injured), Javed Iqbal, freelance (injured, wife dead, house destroyed), Malik Naushad of Daily Assas, Islamabad (missing, house destroyed), Azhar Awan of Daily Aaj, Abbottabad (four members of the family dead, house destroyed), Rashid Awan (injured, four family members dead, house destroyed), Shahjehan, correspondent for Daily Shumal (missing, house destroyed), and Naseer Anwar, correspondent for Daily Ausaf (missing house destroyed).
"In New Orleans a lot of bad information came from bloggers"
Les Hinton, chairman of News International, accused citizen journalists and bloggers of "amateurism, misrepresentation and failing to emulate the standards of traditional news organisations", reports The Guardian. Hinton, "Murdoch's chief lieutenant in London", spoke at the Society of Editors conference in Windermere, UK.
Referring to citizen journalist's role in covering Hurricane Katrina, he said, "In New Orleans a lot of bad information came from bloggers and amateur witnesses, all newly empowered with instant communication. We must be experts at getting it right and being reliable." He said that bloggers were responsible for reports of unrest and rape that were not approved later (see also previous posting). He said that people needed (traditional) journalists "more than ever to put things into context".
"Citizen blogs actually are stealing our audiences, at least our audiences' time. Their tanks are on our lawns. This brave new world requires new disciplines and skills. But we're still finding out what people want from new media operations, and so are they", he said.
He also said that newspapers will have to change their websites so that they are able to earn money from them. But to convince users from the "freeload generation" to pay for online content, papers will have to do more than just replicate what it is already in the paper. Hinton pointed out that many newspapers have been to slow to respond to the challenges of the digital age, because they feared that online operations would "eat into their profits". He said, "People have wrestled with the quandary of how you can grow aggressively your online presence without at the same time making your company less valuable. The fact is there are ways of doing both, and, simply put, it's a question of developing websites with your brands that add to what print does as opposed to simply replicating it."
Source: The Guardian
International Herald Tribune expands business section
The International Herald Tribune plans to introduce a new section called "Marketplace" that will expand its business sections, reported AP on Friday. Material for the new section will be provided by financial news company Bloomberg LP. It is the second time that the paper has cooperated with Bloomberg. The Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune already has a weekday section called "Business of Asia by Bloomberg".
Marketplace, planned to start at the beginning of November, will consist of 4 pages and cover company and market focused news. The section will appear Monday to Friday and be distributed across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and on the paper's website. New staff has been hired to produce the section. The new Marketplace section will provide space for more targeted financial advertising.
Der Spiegel reports that the move is also an attack on the Wall Street Journal, whose European and Asian editions switch to a compact format today (see previous posting). While the Wall Street Journal shrinks, the International Herald Tribune is doubling its business section. Commenting on the design changes at the Wall Street Journal, Michael Oreskes, editor-in-chief of the International Herald Tribune, said in Der Spiegel that he wishes the Wall Street Journal success with its attempts to save money. He has watched the tabloid experiments of many newspapers with curiosity. But the philosophy of his paper is to offer readers more rather than less, even if that means initial losses.
For some time the International Herald Tribune has been trying to win readers from the leading business papers the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Since 2003, when the paper was fully acquired by the New York Times Company, it has introduced several new sections and hired business editors and correspondents, reports Der Spiegel.
Japan: Yahoo launches mobile content portal
Yahoo Japan Corp. launched a mobile content distribution service allowing mobile phone users to buy "games, ring tones, news and other entertainment and information from 59 content providers", reports Reuters. The launch is another move towards services on the mobile market. PaidContent writes that "Yahoo Japan plans to get revenues from the new service from fees for settling transactions and collecting payments for content providers." The company also said that it plans to launch a similar service for PC users next year.
Although news is just a little part of this new mobile content portal, it could show the trend where the news business is going. And portals like this are competitors to newspapers, especially when attracting young people. To distribute news on mobile devices will also have an impact on the delivery of news in general. Storytelling, for example, will change. Like the Washington Post mentioned in its article about the future of newspapers, " Long articles..., with complete sentences and linguistic device, likely will dwindle in number and be restricted to the remaining newspapers and e-papers. News on small screens, such as that of your cell phone, will spit out in headlines and blurbs and sentences without articles: 'Mars rodent attacks NASA probe.' "
The most relevant media trends for newspapers
PR Week lists its picks for the 10 most important media trends. Nothing is new or shocking, but the list reinforces many of the predictions that have been being made for some time. Here are some highlights:
Business woes for newspapers: "Colby Atwood, VP of media research firm Borrell Associates, says the newspaper industry is in the midst of a long period of transition that will take 10 to 15 years. Such a transition will result in more consolidations and reductions in work forces, as the industry adjusts to playing a smaller role in news distribution and advertising, he adds. Because smaller work forces will undoubtedly affect a newspaper's ability to gather news, Atwood says, newspapers will have to focus on the news that is most relevant to their readers.
Digitalization of print media: "There will be more of an impact on newspapers in [the next] two to five years than has happened in the past 100. Online news is going to impact the traditional newspaper much quicker and faster." "While online content has served as an adjunct to print for many years now, in the future the inverse will be true... print publications will provide deeper analysis and more editorials than their online counterparts."
Interview with Market Watch's Jon Friedman: The internet is playing a very large and influential role in forming public tastes. The public likes what it gets on the internet: the convenience, the speed, hopefully the reliability of the news and commentary. And now you have blogs entering the picture in a forceful way, changing everything. Now anyone can be a publisher or journalist. As a result, these pretty stodgy magazines and newspapers that have relied for a century on the same formula have to hit themselves in the backside and get it together and adapt.
Source: PR Week
New technology brings moving images directly onto paper
At this week's Plastics Electronics trade fair in Frankfurt, developers from German electronic company Siemens presented extremely thin, miniature colour displays that can be printed onto paper or foil. The displays can be produced at a very low cost leading Siemens to state "Color displays may one day be used practically everywhere." The use of such displays could, for example, mean a revolution to packaging, displaying information about products or even operating instructions for devices. And they could be used in newspapers as well, especially because Siemens scientists are currently optimizing displays to allow showing moving pictures.
Siemens spokesman Norbert Aschenbrenner said in The Guardian, "The technology makes it possible to put moving images directly onto paper ... at a cost that would make it economical to use on everything from magazines to cigarette packets ... where the moving images would give more detailed instructions than any photo could ever do." The new technology is expected to cost about ?30 per square meter. It is planned to be available by 2007.
Referring to the possible use of the technology in newspapers, Aschenbrenner said, "We think that at the moment the screens will appear first in more expensive magazines in the form of high-impact adverts. But as the price sinks we expect them to appear in papers as well, possibly as a really attention-grabbing front page." That would be quite a revolution in newspaper design.
Aschenbrenner explained the displays' potential: "The images are in colour, and can broadcast anything that can be shown on a regular flat screen monitor or TV, although with a slightly lower quality. These could be short film clips or flash animations like those found on the internet." That would enable newspapers to compete with the Internet and television using the printed paper. The new technology is an interesting development and makes one curious of what the future will bring. Are we going to read newspapers that are full of ultra-thin displays showing short films? Or are we going to read our newspaper on an e-paper-device? Or are we just going to read everything online? What do you think?
Friday, October 14, 2005
The Grey Lady to shrink format?
The New York Times, currently with a width of 14 inches, is "considering going to a smaller width, but had not made a decision", the paper reported on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal had announced to reduce the width of its U.S. edition (see previous posting). Both moves are connected to the rising newsprint price (see former posting).
The New York Post writes that in all, the Times' "shrinkage would save more than $22 million a year in raw materials". It looks like Pelle Anderson's prediction that the Gray Lady will be transformed into a compact might come true one day. Newspaper designer Anderson said in September, "I think the future will make a liar out of Sulzberger. The New York Times will certainly be transformed into a compact format ... The derogatory term 'tabloid journalism' has largely lost its meaning in the rest of the world, and it will do so in New York as well, when the time comes for the grey old lady to slim dow" (see former posting).