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After only five issues as a paid-for app, The Huffington Post’s tablet magazine Huffington will now be completely free to download.

The magazine was welcomed into the world with a rooftop party at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York and presented as a premium content product; a single issue was priced at 99 cents and consumers could buy monthly and annual subscriptions for $1.99 and $19.99 respectively. Speaking to reporters after the magazine’s launch, Executive Editor Tim O’Brien explained the decision to charge for access to content, saying: "We feel it's a premium product and it deserves to carry a price with it in order to access all the value we're giving people."

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-08-03 16:11

Digg – what is left of it at least – has been acquired by Betaworks, a New York-based tech company that creates and invests in technology services. It is the last in a series of sales that have led to the dismantlement of the social media giant. In May the Washington Post paid $12 million to hire away 15 members of Digg staff (almost half of the overall team), while LinkedIn is believed to have spent around $4 million for Digg patents – including one for the “vote up a story” button that was one of the site’s trademarks.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-13 16:10

It was supposed to herald the start of a digital publishing revolution. Instead Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, the world’s first digital newspaper designed exclusively for the iPad, is rumoured to be facing closure.

In an article for the New York Observer on the effects of News Corp’s recent cuts, Kat Stoeffel reports on rumours that the digital publication has been put “on watch” and will discover its fate after the US presidential elections on November 6th.

Although as yet unconfirmed, if proven to be true the news is unlikely to come as much of a surprise to those who have been closely following the digital title’s fortunes. The Daily launched on a wave of optimism at the beginning of February last year, introduced by Murdoch himself as the company’s answer to the changing world of journalism: “New times demand new journalism… and a new service edited and designed specifically for new devices. Our challenge is to take the best of traditional journalism…and combine it with the best of contemporary technology.”

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-12 15:54

The Times-Picayune is changing. And not necessarily for the better.

The New Orleans title finds itself simultaneously cutting jobs and struggling to keep a hold on the talented journalists who contributed so much to the paper’s prestige. Earlier this year editor Jim Amoss revealed that more than 200 employees at The Times-Picayune will lose their jobs at the beginning of October, and in the newsroom alone 84 out of 173 reporters will find themselves unemployed after September 30th. What is more, from the second half of this year the once daily title will now only be printed three times a week. The bulk of the paper’s news content will be carried by the website Nola.com, run by Nola Media Group.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-09 15:50

We don’t need any further proof that the digital publishing age is upon us. But if we did, two recent news stories highlight the trend.

Last week The Next Web reported on a talk given by the managing director of the FT.com Rob Grishaw, who predicted that by the end of 2012, the Financial Times will have more digital subscribers than it sells print copies. The article notes that the FT currently has 285,000 online subscribers, compared to a print circulation of 310,000.

The Next Web also notes the money that the FT makes from digital subscriptions is set to overtake its ad income this year. The article credits the FT’s digital success to its early commitment to online news: “Not only did the newspaper venture earlier than others into online content, but it also took a bold approach by betting on subscriptions, rather than free content,” writes The Next Web.

The Financial Times is not the only company showing a full commitment to multimedia publishing. Roy Greenslade at the Guardian reports that The Newspaper Marketing Agency, an organisation dedicated to promoting newspaper advertising, has rebranded itself as “Newsworks”.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-21 17:01

Last month, 300 media professionals gathered in London’s Science Museum to attend WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe conference. Over three days, top executives shared their thoughts about how modern newspaper publishers can stay on the cutting edge of digital media.

Speakers included Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and CEO of The New York Times Company and Andrew Miller, CEO of Guardian Media Group.

WAN-IFRA members can now download a full, executive summary of the conference here. Non-members can get an abbreviated version here for the “price” of a Tweet or a Facebook post.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-10 10:26

We've put together a Storify of some of the best video clips from Digital Media Europe 2012, which took place in London from the 16th - 18th April.

Follow the link below to take a look.

[View the story "What should publishers be doing with digital?" on Storify]

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-04-25 12:20

According to the 2012 annual State of News Media report, more Americans than ever own and receive news from smartphones and tablet computers, the Pew Research Center reported.

survey of 3,000 adults conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 44% of people over 18 now own a smartphone, while 18% of adults own tablets—a 50% increase in tablet usage from the summer of 2011.

The survey found that, of the majority of Americans who own a desktop or laptop computer, more than half also own a smartphone. In addition, it found that almost a third of smartphone owners also own a tablet. Overall, 13% of the adults surveyed owned all three devices.

For more on this story, please see our sister publication www.editorsweblog.org

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-20 18:26

El Pais is putting its digital first foot forward…

Over the past few months, the Spanish daily has been introducing major changes to its digital products, gradually shifting sections of the paper over to a new platform and CMS. On the February 22 it unveiled a fully redesigned web page, with improved navigation, easier sharing and more sophisticated search functions.

The innovations are part of a radical change in newsroom culture at El Pais. “We’ve shifted our center of gravity at the newsroom – in the past it used to be print, but now it is digital,” wrote the paper in a blog post last month.

But rather than just emphasizing the value of digital over print, El Pais has also stressed that it has integrated its newsroom to prioritise content over platforms altogether.

“Until now, we spoke about ElPais.com when we were referring to online content. But in this new age, we’re dropping the “.com” and the whole El Pais newsroom is working, regardless of the platform where content is published – in print, on the web, on mobile or tablets – to the same standards of quality and rigour,” declared the paper, as it unveiled the new design, “El Pais is El Pais, no matter where you read it.”

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-07 12:09

Most U.S. adults think printed media is easier to read than its digital equivalent, but they also prefer immediacy that can only be offered by using digital media, a survey by Harris Interactive has found.

"You can exchange a dozen emails in the time it takes to find a stamp for your snail mail, but a handwritten birthday card in your mailbox somehow means more than an identically worded email in your inbox," Nader Alaghband, founder and CEO, of Earthtone, which funded the study, stated in a press release. "Simply put, we choose new, digital media where it adds value and we opt for traditional media when that's what's best for us."

Image: Green Panthers

Fifty-eight percent of adults said they think a paperless office isn't going to happen in the near future, and 64 percent said they prefer to read something in print than on a computer screen, according to the press release, posted by Editor & Publisher.

Earthtone provides e-commerce solutions to the Internet printing sector.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-03 22:00

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