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Launches and Closures

After being postponed in September and October, The New Age finally hit the streets of South Africa today.

The national newspaper, owned by the Gupta Group, announced on its front page that coverage will be independent, Agence France-Presse reported. The owner is run by wealthy Indian immigrants who align themselves with the country's ruling party, the African National Congress, and President Jacob Zuma.

Image: Times Live However, the Financial Times has called the newspaper "pro-government," and its launch comes as the protection of information bill is being discussed in parliament. Opponents say the bill, if signed into law, could prevent the media and even politicians from holding the government accountable.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-06 23:13

A weekly version of the China Daily, the largest English-language newspaper in China, will hit UK newsstands tomorrow, Media Week reported on Thursday.

"While there is an element of breaking news, the majority of the paper seeks to provide a more in-depth review of headlines of the week - a useful guide to help readers understand the emerging opportunities that exist between China and Europe," explained General Manager of the weekly Renzhong Zhi in an article published by the China Daily.

Under the name China Daily European Weekly, the newspaper will have an initial circulation of 35,000 copies and it will be mostly sold in London as well as in Brussels, Belgium. The European version follows the launch of editions in the U.S. and Hong Kong, Media Week reminded.

Although the Chinese publication is owned by the State, the new ventures have independent editorial boards. According to its website, the China Daily has a global circulation of 400,000.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-02 21:14

TNA Media-owned newspaper The New Age will finally hit the streets of South Africa on December 6, said editor-in-chief Henry Jeffreys, Times Live reported. The launching of the print version was postponed twice in the past three months.

"I think you can expect a newspaper that will indicate the direction that we will be taking," said Jefferys, who was recently appointed editor after the resignation of his predecessor Vuyo Mvuko, according to Eyewitnessnews.co.za. "It will be filled with quite a diverse array of news, entertainment and education."

The New Age was initially set to launch in September but it was postponed because the staff was not ready to use the newly acquired editorial software and the publisher needed time to test the new systems. Later in October, the launching was pushed back again after Mvuko and four other editors quitted, Newstime.co.za revealed.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-01 23:10

Google announced it will launch its e-book marketplace, called Google Editions, by the end of the year, The New York Times's Media Decoder blog reported today.

The online bookstore was originally planned to open next summer, but the date has been moved up following the online giant's settlement with the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and several other publishers and authors over the rights to publish their books and make them searchable, Fortune noted, pointing out that "the timing is not a coincidence."

Image: thinkdigit.com

In fact, Fortune's Seth Weintraub writes that he thinks Google's bookstore will "change the ebook industry." This is because Google's existing Adsense and Google Display website publishers will only serve to propel the service along immediately through ad spaces already set up. Google will also automatically be able to drive sales by giving "relevant-to-content book listings with the embedded ability to preview portions of a book." (For the full list of reasons visit his article here).

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-01 21:59

Irish entrepreneur Ray Nolan's latest project is Worky.com, which aims to help those looking for a job, but not in the traditional sense. He told the Guardian's Jemima Kiss that the site's goal is to help job seekers "own [their] professional profiles before somebody else does."

The site currently has about 100,000 users in 150 countries, most of which are from Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. An average of 1,000 users join each day, he said.

But Worky isn't like the average site that hosts a resume - instead, it promotes active participation from users, he explained.

"Worky is like Facebook for work. We build you a profile, SEO it and measure it. So you can build CV online, promote yourself and measure the stats to show who has viewed your profile. We automatically match 2.5m jobs from 25 countries against your profile. You can check jobs on your phone using the Worky app and apply from your phone, get status updates from companies you want to follow on a private network and follow companies you want to work for," Worky told Kiss.

Last year, Nolan, of Malahide, sold Hostelworld.com in November 2009 for almost US$500 million.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-01 17:48

Swedish media group Bonnier last week launched its News+ system for the iPad, a product that aims to start from scratch, fresh for the tablet, minonline.com reported today.

The concept for the News+ product is an answer to the question, "What if the newspaper had only been invented in the age of tablets?" and creates a tablet-specific experience that is completely different from print and the Web, minonline's Steve Smith explained.

Bonnier, which owns titles including Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Borsen, Dagens Industri and Sydesvenskan, previewed a magazine design platform for tablets and touchscreens in 2009, called Mag+. It has since been used for multiple magazine platforms, News & Tech reported.

Previously, Bonnier also worked on the Popular Science iPad app, according to touchreviews.net.

"Reading News+ means taking part in a conversation. You can connect with your social networks, and share the articles that you want to talk about with your friends," a video created by Bonnier explains. It also details its plans for the future of advertising, and how ads can be more helpful and interactive.

Here is the video that shows what Bonnier envisions to be the future of newspapers:

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-30 00:06

The first issue of the Catalan-language daily Ara was published on Sunday with a circulation of 120,000 copies, El Mundo reported. Its website went live early in the morning, with special coverage of Parliament elections in Catalonia.

The Sunday edition included a 150-page supplement that featured 83 interviews with prominent Catalans like singer Joan Manuel Serrat and writer Jaume Cabre. According to a note posted on its website, the online version received up to 23,000 page views per hour. "We have exceeded all possible expectations for a project in Catalan."

Ara will have three supplements each week dedicated to education, business and culture, ABC.es pointed out. Thanks to an agreement with the International Herald Tribune, the newspaper will also include columns written by economist Paul Krugman, Italian writer Umberto Eco and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The newsroom of the Catalan-language daily, which has an initial budget of €70 million, has more than 80 journalists and is directed by Carles Capdevilla.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-29 16:25

Greek newspaper To Vima published its last daily print edition on Saturday and will only be available online from now on, other than a weekly Sunday print edition, greekreporter.com revealed.

The decision was taken due to the newspaper's declining circulation. Three years ago, the Sunday print edition had a circulation of 199,364 copies, according to the data from the Association of Owners of Athens Daily Newspapers.

To Vima explained in an editorial published on its website that "online visitors had far outnumbered newsstand buyers--selling 8,000 print issues Thursday, while receiving 82,000 online visitors," Business Week quoted.

The newspaper, which was founded in 1922 and it's owned by Lambrakis Press group, will offer "a completely new electronic" version in January.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-29 15:52

Apple and News Corp may be ready to launch The Daily on December 9, according to John Gruber, of Daring Fireball. Apple may also announce subscriptions through iTunes, enabling consumers to receive automatically delivered newspapers and magazines directly to their iPads.

Rupert Murdoch's first tablet-only publication will be launched exclusively as an app for the iPad, and appear later on Android tablets. Its budget is believed to be US$30 million, with a staff of about 100.

Currently, iPad users download and pay for digital issues of a publication one issue at a time, Digital Trends pointed out.

"In addition to this being moderately inconvenient, it also keeps consumer information out of publishers' hands. Which is why, up to this point, publishers haven't warmed to the idea of rolling subscriptions through the App Store. Apple's refusal to share subscriber data limits publishers' ability to target their audiences for advertising and marketing purposes."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-26 17:28

The New York Times is the latest newspaper to launch a Film Club, which offers members the possibility to attend screenings of digitally restored classics and upcoming movie releases, The New York Observer revealed Monday.

The club was "created for an audience passionate about movies," said the company in a press release. The annual membership costs US$100 for one person or $175 for couples, and it will also give access to forums after the screenings.

The first event will take place on January 5, 2011, when a restored version of The Godfather will be screened. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging will provide most of the restored films, The New York Times pointed out.

According to Reuters, "the NYT, along with other newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, are launching clubs -- wine is especially popular -- as way to reap some extra revenue and strike a deeper relationship with readers."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-23 19:04

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