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Sat - 18.11.2017


Launches and Closures

Board members of Chilean newspaper La Nacion approved on Friday the closure of the daily's print edition due to circulation decline. The 93-year-old newspaper will be only available online, Milenio reported.

According to media reports, the last print version will circulate on November 28, Efe revealed. However, neither the publishing company nor the government, which owns 69 percent of the newspaper's shares, could confirm the date. "The newspaper will not close," said government spokeswoman Ena Von Baer to Efe. "The government's desire is to keep the newspaper. It has asked the directory that this diary is maintained in a sustainable manner that suits the new time."

However, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera had said before being elected that he wanted to sell or reform the newspaper because it had become a "propaganda machine" used by previous governments to attack their opponents. It was not until a month ago when Daniel Platovsky, president of Empresa Periodistica La Nación, finally announced the closure.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-15 20:35

Yahoo! will begin producing its own content for the first time tomorrow.

The search giant became a top news source early in the online content game, by aggregating news from outside sources, including news agencies, newspapers and more. Now, having bought Associated Content in May, Yahoo! will begin publishing the work of AC's 400,000 freelance writers, photographers and videographers through the launch of its Yahoo Contributor Network initiative tomorrow, USA Today reported today. Yahoo! has not renewed deals to sell AC's work to outside news organisations, such as Reuters or Fox News; the content featured on the Yahoo Contributors Network will appear only on Yahoo sites.

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz said in a statement that she hopes this new network will help the company deepen its engagement with the site's millions of users.

Of U.S. users accessing news content online, about 28 percent check Yahoo, compared to 16 percent for CNN and 15 percent for Google, the Pew Research Center reported in September, USA Today pointed out.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-15 18:15

Alexander Lebedev is planning to set up a fund to support journalistic investigations into large-scale corruption, reported Press Gazette. Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, who also has media interests in his home country of Russia, was speaking at a Society of Editors conference in Glasgow.

Such a foundation would give grants and prizes to organisations worldwide to carry out investigative journalism projects, he said. The fund could be in partnership with Mikhail Gorbachev, Lebedev explained, launched as part of a series of events to celebrate the former Russian head of state's 80th birthday.

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

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 16:35

Somalia's Ministry of Information has launched a weekly newspaper called "Dalka (The Country)" and daily Somali-language news bulletin online, SunaTimes.com reported today.

Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to engage with the public and contribute to the overall increase in oral literacy in Somalia, while providing the government with an extra source to inform the Somalis about key developments inside the country and about international developments as well.

Image: SunaTimes.com

In addition to topical issues covered by the newspaper, such as politics, reconciliation, business, health, education, youth, women, and sports, it will also carry a page dedicated to Somali poets and musicians, according to a report on the SunaTimes.com. The publications will document key events in hard retrievable form and will be published by the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

The publications can be followed through the Radio Mogadishu website as well as through e-mail circulations. Users can also sign up through sonnanews@gmail.com.

The Ministry aims to launch printed version of the newspaper too, and plans to launch English and Arabic language editions of the publications as well.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-12 18:37

Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, will shut down 11 Sun weekly newspapers by the end of the year to cut costs, the Chicago Tribune revealed yesterday.

Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Halbreich said the company might close some of its offices, but savings will come from "not printing and distributing the papers," ChicagoBusines.com reported. He said other Sun-Times publications would reabsorb the weeklies' staff.

The Sun newspapers that will be eliminated are Batavia, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Homer Glen, Lisle, Wheaton, Fox Valley and Lincoln-Way. According to the Sun-Times Media website, these weeklies have a combined circulation of 197,560 copies.

In the last two years, the media group eliminated more than 100 jobs as part of a restructuring process. Furthermore, a group of investors "bought the newspaper assets out of bankruptcy last year for [US]$5 million and the assumption of $22 million in liabilities," ChicagoBusiness.com reminded.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-12 16:51

Ask.com announced on Tuesday it will lay off 130 workers in the United States and China as the company decided to close its Web search operations and refocus on its question-and-answer service, Agence France-Presse reported.

"We know that receiving answers to questions is why Ask.com users come to the site, and we are now serving them in everything we do," president of Ask.com Doug Leeds said, PCmag.com quoted. "Unfortunately, this absolute focus means that we need to stop investing in things outside of providing users with the best answers, including making the huge capital investment required to support algorithmic web search development."

Over the next few months, the IAC will close its facilities in New Jersey, the United States and Hangzhou, China and it will relocate some of the workers to its offices in California.

Experts view the announcement as an acknowledgment that Ask.com could not compete with Google, which controls 66 percent of the market, the BBC explained. IAC's search engine only accounted for 3.6 percent.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-11 17:36

Aiming to offer more health and well being content relating to American families, the United States' largest national daily, USA Today, has launched a new section online and in print called "Your Life," according to a press release posted on PRNewsWire.com today.

This new feature will aim to provide readers with informative tools to care for themselves and their families, nourish their bodies, and address challenges. Your Life will also try to help readers integrate the day's insights into their daily routine, the news publisher reported.

"Your Life hopes to make a connection with all readers and offer a unique opportunity for advertisers to focus on moving female heads of household and primary purchase decision-makers to action," Denise Brodey, general manager of USA TODAY's Your Life, was quoted in the press release as saying.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-11 14:52

Ireland's oldest provincial newspaper, the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle, have announced a review of the newspaper's printing operations in Limerick. If the proposals are implemented, the facility could be closed by mid-December and 29 people would be laid off, the Limerick Leader reported yesterday.

The staff has taken a 40 percent pay cut and opted for a three day week to keep the printing plant in operation, according to a report by RTE. The Unite trade union that represents the workers at the plant will be meeting with the management of Johnston Press, which owns the newspaper, in the coming days to explore alternative possibilities to closure or to secure a fair redundancy deal.

The company has said it will make "every effort to minimise the impact of this proposal on affected staff through, where possible, by re-deployment to alternative positions in the group," David Crow, divisional managing director of print for Johnston Press, told the Limerick Leader. "Despite the best efforts of the staff and management at Leader Print Limited, the unprecedented reductions in printing requirements across the industry has resulted in the company having to review its operations in Limerick."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 16:27

Weekly Indian newspaper The Sunday Guardian unveiled a beta version of its online version this weekend, Exchange4Media.com reported today.

The second section of the website, Guardian20 will take three more weeks to come up.

When quizzed about attempts to monetize the news site, MJ Akbar, editor-in-chief of the Sunday Guardian, was quoted by Exchange4media.com as saying: "We will not be creating any pay-walls or asking readers to pay. Pay-walls might be a necessary evil in this business, but that experiment is being conducted by media superpowers like Murdoch and the NYT. Let's just say we are monitoring those developments. By providing content online for free, we don't anticipate any fall in the subscription revenue. We have been growing at a pretty fast and steady rate and the Internet just allows us to reach a much larger audience, especially outside Delhi. We've had good support from online advertisers, who have seen the quality of content and style, and are very excited to be on board."

The content from the weekly newspaper will comprise of the content on the website and some original content specifically for the online edition will also be created.

A separate team has been established to manage and maintain the news site, according to a report by Exchange4media.com. The news site will be using social networking tools to promote the website.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-09 19:29

The Hammersmith and Fulham council, in West London, announced that it would close in April its free newspaper H&F News in response to the rules proposed by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, who in June declared a war to what he calls "town hall Pravdas," MediaGuardian reported today.

The council will maintain an e-mail newsletter to inform citizens about services it provides. However, it also plans to look "for a buyer to take over advertising contracts thought to be worth around £375,000," the Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle revealed. The council will expect to receive a percentage of the advertising revenues as well as "regular slot" in the publication to include notices and information. "The newspaper we choose to have a contract with will always be 100 per cent independent of us," said a council spokesman.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-08 18:12

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