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Launches and Closures

Indian daily NaiDunia last week launched an eight-page newspaper for children between ages 11 and 17 called NaiDunia Disha, afaqs! news site reported.

The Berliner-format paper is published six days a week and is distributed in 20 schools of Indore city, where is expected to reach 15,000 students. According to Exchange4media.com, the publication includes current news and puzzles, jokes, riddles and a science section.
"The reason why students shy away from the traditional newspapers is the newspaper itself," said the vice-president of sales and development Debu Mishra. "The content is not made keeping children in mind. They deserve knowledge supplement, along with the textbook studies."

Mishra said that NaiDunia Disha, which is only available in the schools on demand, would be distributed in other cities like Bhopal, Gwalior and Raipur.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-22 22:07

Rupert Murdoch's tablet-only news publication, to be called The Daily, will be launched exclusively as an app for the iPad, and appear later on Android tablets, reports last week revealed. Since then, we've learned that The Daily's budget is believed to be US$30 million, with a staff of about 100, according to a report today by PC World.

A round-up of other information on the project is after the jump.

- The Daily will be published on the tablet seven days a week, and is expected to cost 99 cents a week, or US$4.25 a month.

- It will be headquartered in News Corp.'s New York offices and will cover the United States only, with no plans for foreign bureaux or a Washingon, D.C. bureau.

- Readership is expected to be between 100,000 to 500,000 over the first five years.

- A beta version is expected to launch by the end of the year, and a full launch is expected early in 2011.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-22 18:29

Die Zeit has launched an iPad-optimised version of its website, Zeit Online, the paper reported, to account for the fact that the tablet device uses touch navigation. The iPad-site is just a first step, the paper said, and versions for additional devices will be developed when they become big enough in the German market.

One of the changes is to put much larger touch spaces around text links. Another is to allow finger swipes through slide shows. "The overall design asks for a strict reduction down to a site's very essence for users to quickly find their way around," a blog posting said.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-19 16:55

MEN Media, an affiliate of UK publisher Trinity Mirror, revealed that on November 25 it will launch a business magazine called Business Week for its audience in Manchester, paidContent reported.

By the end of January 2011, Business Week aims to achieve a circulation of 12,000, The Drum added. The move can be understood as a way to boost the title's presence throughout Manchester's business circle.

Image: Journalism.co.uk

"This investment shows that MEN Media are committed to producing the best in business coverage in Greater Manchester across all of our titles and websites, which will benefit the business community in the area as a whole," said MEN Media Managing Director David Sharrock.

According to Manchester Evening News, the 40-page colour title will be the only weekly of its kind in the region. Content includes news, in-depth coverage, interviews, advice and profiles, written by MEN's specialized business reporters.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-19 15:48

The Independent's new daily i is to launch its paid iPad application on Friday, the Guardian reported. The intention, Zach Leonard, managing director for digital at the Independent and the Evening Standard, told the Guardian, is for i to be "media neutral" and the publisher is looking at other digital outlets.

The app will be available for £1.79 for 10 issues of the paper, which amounts to a discount of around 10% on the 20p price of the print product. Twenty copies will be offered for £2.99, a discount of about 25%. The price was intended to be as close to the 20p price as possible, Leonard told the Guardian.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-18 15:59

The Washington Independent announced today that it will be closing down by December 1 due to a lack of funding, the Columbia Journalism Review revealed.

In a post published on its website, Washington Independent editor Aaron Wiener wrote that the website "was not just a journalistic experiment; it was also a financial one, and ultimately, the successes of the former couldn't sustain the strains of the latter."

The news site launched in January of 2008 as a part of the American Independent News Network and it relied on donations and grants, primarily from foundations seeking to promote journalism in the public interest," Wiener explained. "Those donations began drying up long ago."

According to media reports, The New Mexico Independent was also shut down today. "The New Mexico Independent as you know it is now closed. The site will remain live, possibly with a half-time blogger. Deepest apologies," Editor Gwyneth Doland wrote on Twitter, Alibi.com revealed.

David Bennahum, the president and CEO of The American Independent News Network, said donations for New Mexico news site decreased from US$187,000 in 2008 to $32,500 in 2010, nmpolitics.net quoted.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-17 22:25

RealNetworks is planning to launch a service in the first quarter of 2011 that would allow users to access content and move it to and from various devices, such as from their PCs, smartphones, tablets and maybe even televisions, ZDNet reported today.

Users would pay for the "media cloud service" monthly, and the service would use Amazon Web Services to store content.

"The media cloud service would allow you to see, access and get content on multiple phones and screens," RealNetworks CEO Robert Kimball told ZDNet. "It would be a master library of your digital life."

The company is scheduled to present at the Maxim Group Growth Conference in New York tomorrow.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-17 21:09

The free daily market in Iceland, which has the highest number of free daily copies for every 100 people, just got a little more competitive.

Jón Kaldal, previously the editor of Frettabladid, has launched a new free weekly, called "Fréttatí­minn," according to a report by Newspaper Innovation. The new freesheet was launched in October, and is owned by Kaldal and five other co-workers. Each edition of Fréttatí­minn has 72 pages, and the goal is to fill 55 percent of the newspaper with advertising.

The newly launched weekly has a circulation of 82,000 copies, and six weekly editions have been published so far.

The country has two paid dailies, Morgunbladid & DV, and one free daily, Frettabladid, according to Newspaper Innovation.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-16 17:03

The media joint venture of Avusa Media and Pearson, BDFM announced plans to discontinue publication of its "Big News for the Business Owner" newspaper soon, according to a report by MediaUpdate.co.za yesterday.

"Closing Big News does not mean the company has lost faith in the small business market; it is just that, perhaps, under the circumstances, Big News had the odds stacked against it," BDFM managing director Mzi Malunga was quoted as saying by BizCommunity.com. "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the hard working Big News team, especially its editor, Samantha Kalisa."

Since its launch in 1996, the South African newspaper has been providing a voice to small and medium business owners, while helping them grow their businesses and create jobs. It has also been a part of the BDFM media brands that include titles such as Business Day, the Financial Mail, Summit TV and The Home Channel, MediaUpdate.co.za reported yesterday.

Around 80,000 copies of the newspaper have been distributed monthly, BizCommunity.com reported. Malunga further added that the "details of the newspaper's winding-down process will be communicated to the rest of the business in coming weeks."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-16 16:21

The value proposition of new news businesses shouldn't be about saving journalism; rather, they need to focus on meeting consumers' needs and wants, and finding solutions, Mark Briggs, author of "Journalism 2.0" and "Journalism Next," told Missouri School of Journalism's David Cohn.

Entrepreneurs need "to focus on what the consumer needs - what pain are you solving - that's a real Silicon Valley kind of concept, and you see a lot of journalism start-ups that are really about trying to recreate the old jobs that journalists had. That's great, if it would work, but that's not the fantasy world we live in. We live in a world where businesses happen because consumers want something, and so you need to focus on what consumes want. What kind of solution can I bring that will solve this pain?" explained Briggs, who is also working on an upcoming book about entrepreneurial journalism.

Hybrid business models have to begin with a focus on what the business is really about, he added.

"In Silicon Valley, failure is ok; experimentation and risk is great," he pointed out. Those qualities weren't encouraged in journalism in the past, but they are the qualities that need to be embraced today, he said.

For the full video, visit Cohn's blog at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 22:20

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