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Sat - 23.09.2017


digital first

Hotly anticipated by the news media industry since it was first proposed as a rival for The Economist and The Financial Times, Atlantic Media’s new online business magazine Quartz finally went live yesterday. The launch was always going to be a closely scrutinised affair thanks to Quartz’s mobile-first, digital-only direction, and journalists have been quick to highlight the publication’s decision to shun native apps in favour of an app-like site.

A simple, uncluttered homepage greets visitors to qz.com. Rejecting the much-adhered-to practice of producing news website layouts that resemble newspaper front pages, Quartz features a single story on its main page with a bar on the left side of the screen that leads readers to "top," "latest" and "popular" stories. The navigation bar at the top of the screen is, as promised, categorised according to "phenomena," "not beats."

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-09-25 17:21

"Fairfax of the Future"

  • 1,900 jobs to be cut over the next 3 years
  • 300 jobs to be shed in Metro division over 2-3 months
  • 2 Metro dailies to shrink to tabloid size on March 4, 2013
  • Digital paywalls to be introduced in 2013
  • 2 printing presses to be shut down by June 2014
  • Expected annual savings of $235 million by 2015

Fairfax is today announcing fundamental changes to the way we do business,” reads the memo that one of Australia’s largest media companies lodged with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on Monday, sending shockwaves through the press.

The changes, which include the elimination of 1,900 jobs over the next three years, are expected to reduce costs by $235 million over the same period, and to provide Fairfax with the flexibility to shift toward a “digital-only model if that is what is required in the future,” says the document, entitled “Fairfax of the Future.”

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-06-18 12:20

Big changes are taking place at Johnston Press, after the publisher’s CEO Ashley Highfield promised last March to make the company a “digital first” entity. “We’re going to flip the model from newspaper-first every day to digital-first, and you take the best and produce a bumper weekly in print. By 2020, that will be the model,” he told paidContent at the time.

In April, Johnston Press announced plans to re-launch all of its 170 paid-for titles – with the exception of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The News Letter and The Yorkshire Post – as “platform neutral” publications. As previously reported, the changes began with the decision to re-launch five Johnston Press daily papers - Northants Evening Telegraph, Northampton Chronicle and Echo, Halifax Courier, The Scarborough Evening News and Peterborough Evening Telegraph - as online publications with a weekly printed edition by the end of May.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-21 15:36

When Ashley Highfield, former the director of Microsoft's UK consumer and online business and previous head of technology for the BBC, was appointed as CEO of Johnston Press last July, it was natural to assume that he would be guiding the publisher towards a digital future. But not long after he took up his position, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade criticised him for defending print and offering “nothing different from what we have heard for years from the digitally-blind ink-stained veterans of the press.”

Perhaps Greenslade can rest easy now, because speaking at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit last Wednesday, Highfield made a firm commitment to turning making Johnston Press’s local newspapers “digital-first”.

“We are going to be launching new websites for every one of our papers,” said Highfield, who is quoted by paidContent. “We’re going to flip the model from newspaper-first every day to digital-first, and you take the best and produce a bumper weekly in print. By 2020, that will be the model. We’ve run the numbers and think that can be a profitable model.”

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-23 15:27

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