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Printing and Production

Many news publishing related trends built up speed and began taking hold in 2010, and are worth watching and considering further in 2011.

In no particular order, those trends are:

Coupons and daily deals

Leading the pack in 2010 was Chicago-based Internet coupon service Groupon Inc., which turned down a US$6 billion buyout offer from Google in early December and secured $500 million (of $950 million) at the end of the month.

Publishers around the globe are trying out Groupon-like daily deals as a way to engage readers, and are beginning to see success.

Social networking

If 2009 was the year your mom joined Facebook, then 2010 was the year everyone else did, from your grandfather to your 12-year-old niece.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-31 22:07

The oldest newspaper in Indiana will begin delivering in the mornings instead of later in the day, and will also close its Monday edition in order to publish on Saturdays instead, The Associated Press reported today.

The changes at the Vincennes Sun-Commercial will begin Dec. 11, and were implemented because readers and advertisers prefer getting their news earlier in the day, as well as having an edition on Saturday, publisher Rob Eilts said.

The newspaper already publishes a Sunday edition, and will be able to offer readers coverage of Friday night sports the first thing Saturday morning, Editor Gayle Robbins told the AP in an article published by the Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper's online edition has a closed paywall. When readers click on a headline, they are directed to a login page or asked to select a subscription service: US$1 per day, $5.70 per month, $17.10 for three months, $34.20 for six months and $68.40 for a year.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-29 21:22

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

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

Dow Jones is beefing up its infrastructure facilities to better compete with rivals The New York Times and other national newspapers. The U.S. business and financial news provider is investing its hopes in a multimillion dollar project that aims to boost colour capacity at its U.S production sites nationwide, NewsandTech.com reported.

The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by September 2011. This upgrade will double the colour capacity of the Wall Street Journal, by providing up to 48 pages of colour

As a part of this upgrade, the company will be adding new colour towers at its seven print sites in United States and at contracted sites that include the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others, sources told NewsandTech.com. The towers installed will include a mix of Goss International Colorliner and Metrocolor units, which the company is acquiring from shuttered or downsized plants of other publishers.

Dow Jones' chief communications officer declined to comment about the project, according to NewsandTech.com. Dow Jones is owned by News Corporation.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 16:16

Considering the shift in consumer preferences toward digital content, many newspapers and magazines have been combating steady declines in circulations and decreasing print ad revenues for quite sometime. The U.S News Media Group, publishers of U.S. News & World Report, will discontinue publishing print editions of the news weekly after the December issue, which will be the last print edition sent out to all subscribers, Bloomberg.com reported last week.

Being among the topmost three news weeklies in United States after Time and Newsweek, the media group management informed in a memo to staffers about the transition to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues, Poynter.org reported.

This shift to the digital only medium will not result in more layoffs, Brian Kelly, editor of the weekly news magazine assured, CBCCanada reported. While most of the news content will be available for free on the news site, Bill Holiber, president of the U.S. News Media Group, said the move "allows us to continue to grow our online business and to take advantage of the emerging platforms for distributing information."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-08 18:18

National Magazine Company (NatMag), the UK-based division of publisher Hearst, announced it is transferring its magazine websites to the Magnus publishing platform, which will permit the group to enhance user experience and pave the way for new sources of revenue, Commerce Tuned reported. According to NatMag, the move will urge the sharing of "development and best practices," Brand Republic reported.

The Web platform was launched by Hearst Magazines Digital Media, and combines the publisher's content management, syndication, subscription marketing, community features, universal user registration as well as promotional content, Brand Republic explained. Magnus is also hoped to boost search features and present advertisers with a "technically sophisticated environment in which to engage with their target audiences."

"Our investment in the Magnus platform will create many opportunities for NatMag's websites - from the creation of new revenue streams to providing users with a more efficient and faster service, which, in turn, will help generate significant growth in traffic and attract new advertisers," said Simon Home, NatMag general manager and finance director.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-28 18:06

UK title The Independent is prepping to launch on Oct. 26 a new daily, called "i," which will target readers in their 20s, MarketingWeek.co.uk reported today. The launch date's announcement comes after weeks of industry speculation suggesting The Independent could change to a freesheet, a notion that has been dismissed by owner Alexander Lebedev.

i's launch is "targeted at readers and lapsed readers of quality newspapers, and those of all ages who want a comprehensive digest of the news in printed form," the publisher reported today. It is hoped that the quality daily will complement The Independent newspaper, which remains priced at £1, and will be available for sale at newsstands from Monday to Friday at a cover price of 20p.

Image Source: MediaWeek.co.uk

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-18 20:46

The Moscow News yesterday re-launched its Arabic edition in the United Arab Emirates 17 years after its closure, RIA Novosti reported. Anbaa Mosku will cover Russian affairs and is a part of Russian government's new strategy to step up relations with the Arab world.

"The advent of this publication will not only serve as a portal through which the Arabic-speaking community in London can observe Russian affairs, but as a long-awaited bridge of communication between the Middle East and Russia," Svetlana Mironyuk, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti was quoted by MyNewsDesk.com as saying. The bi-weekly independent newspaper is now distributed in 13 countries across Middle East, North Africa, London and Russia with a circulation of more than 190,000 copies.

The newly launched Arabic newspaper will carry a circulation of 49,000 copies across United Arab Emirates.

If the newspaper performs financially well, Alexander Yu. Babinsky, deputy editor-in-chief of Ria Novost0, hinted that the production could beef up and the newspaper will transform from a bi-monthly to a new weekly edition, GulfNews.com reported today.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-04 21:28

After the successful launch of its titles Vogue and GQ in India, the Condé Nast group will unveil the Indian edition of Condé Nast Traveller today, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday.

This will be the sixth edition by the Condé Nast Traveller magazine for Indian consumers. With this launch, the group intends to replicate the success of Vogue and GQ in India, by following a unique targeted marketing approach that will position the magazine as an ultimate travel companion for every affluent traveller, MediaMughals.com reported today.

The new edition will be available for sale beginning Oct. 4, across 20+ towns at a price of Rs.100. Following the launch, the magazine will publish a bi-monthly issue.

While focusing on meeting the requirements of the sophisticated Indian traveller, the magazine aims to be the ultimate luxury travel and lifestyle magazine for the well-heeled, global Indian, according to MediaMughals.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-01 17:38

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