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Following in the footsteps of recent long-form journalism start-ups, the PostDesk online platform launched today intent on reinvigorating discussion about long-form content among internet users, according to BetaKit.

PostDesk will cover in-depth news and analysis in the fields of tech, gaming, culture, politics and business, the article said. Only those with early invites can currently access the website, though the temporary PostDesk blog is available to all users. 

“PostDesk is a place to discuss, debate and read free, independent long form content such as in-depth news, reviews, investigative journalism, analysis, critique and controversial opinion pieces,” according to PostDesk’s CrunchBase profile.

A combination of in-house editors and outside contributors will be responsible for PostDesk’s content, BetaKit said. Readers will also have active roles in PostDesk, earning points and badges for thought-provoking comments and perhaps even being asked to contribute articles, BetaKit said.

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-03 12:06

U.S. blog network Gawker Media was hit by hackers, who gained access to the company's servers over the weekend, hacking into Gawker, as well as its sister sites Deadspin, Fleshbot, Gizmodo, io9, Jezebel, Jalopnik, Kotaku and Lifehacker. They gained access to up to 2.5 million usernames and passwords, which could be the "most damaging cyber security breach of a media company to date," the Atlantic Wire reported.

One of the alleged hackers, part of a group identifying themselves as "Gnosis," e-mailed Mediaite, saying Gawker was targeted because of "their outright arrogance. It took us a few hours to find a way to dump all their source code and a bit longer to find a way into their database."

Image: Slate created a widget to help users find out if their information has been leaked.

"We are deeply embarrassed by this breach," the company said in a statement, according to Time's Techland. "We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems. And, yes, the irony is not lost on us."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-13 23:35

Eight press outlets in France have teamed up to launch a digital kiosk (dubbed E-Presse Premium) equipped with their respective publications' content, by early 2011, Agence France-Presse reported this week. According to L'Expansion, the kiosk will allow users to access either individual articles or to obtain a subscription for extra features, while utilising a single account to surf a variety of titles like with Amazon's "one-click shopping" technique.

The newly established partnership intends to weaken the impact of companies like Google, Apple and Facebook in the digital era, Le Figaro suggested. Without this union, the titles don't have much say and have to adhere to conditions imposed by the tech giants. However, the deal will now permit them to set their own rules in the industry.

Image: CS Monitor

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-01 18:06

Australia's Fairfax Media, owner of newspaper, digital and radio assets, will present its five-year strategic plan tomorrow, The Australian reported. The plan's goal is to more closely integrate the company's print and digital operations.

Although the company's print circulation at its top newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, has declined, digital platforms will help the company to continue expanding its total audience. However, whether digital holdings can help the balance sheets is another issue.

Earlier this month, CEO Brian McCarthy said in an annual meeting that the company saw a 4 percent increase in revenue in the first four months of the year, and that Fairfax continues to focus on its strategy to monetize its online audience, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"Our paid online models need to be similar to another industry, say the pay TV industry," he said. "Remember, when they entered the market, they came in at quite a low level and they've done a great job of upping the yields. I think you've got to go and catch the audience, you've got to monetize it, then the yields will grow over time to make it a better return to the company."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-22 21:27

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

Facebook Inc. and Groupon Inc. investor Mail.ru Group Ltd. Has filed a US$876 million IPO to go public on the London Stock Exchange, Bloomberg reported today.

The Russian Internet group is publishing for a valuation of up to $5.7 billion, the Wall Street Journal noted. It is looking to sell 3.03 million new shares and 28.59 million existing shares in the form of global depositary receipts at between $23.70 and $27.70 per GDR. If it's successful, the IPO will be the largest in the United Kingdom since July, when mining fund Vallar Plc raised $1 billion. Mail.ru could raise up to $83.1 million, and the company's owners could make up to $792 million from selling their stake in the IPO.

However, the valuation looks to be "too high" - more expensive than Internet companies anywhere but China, analysts told the WSJ.

"Such a valuation must assume significant growth of all the assets and the additional value from the synergies between them," Andrey Bogdanov, analyst at Gazprombank, told Reuters.

The Moscow-based Mail.ru owns 2.4 percent of Facebook, 5.1 percent of Groupon and 1.5 percent of Zynga Game Network, according to Bloomberg.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-26 16:16

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation plans to launch a content-led, paid-for news content aggregation platform that promises to create new digital revenue streams for its core print titles and third-party publishers as well, MediaWeek.co.uk reported today. The news aggregation platform plans to launch before the end of 2010.

While the project, under development for a year, is not being named yet, its involves content aggregation from News International's core print titles: The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World, along with content from third party publishers.

Image: Aftercollege.com

Initially planned to be launched in November, the platform's release has been delayed, as deals with publishers and blue-chip advertisers are not yet finalised, according to Media Week. The service will harness all digital applications including the iPhone and iPad, and will also carry advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Company executives have been in talks with many U.S. and UK publishers about a news consortium believed to be associated with this launch, according to Media Week.

The news content aggregation project is led by former managing director of thelondonpaper, Ian Clark along with the corporation's digital tech specialist, Johnny Kaldor.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-06 16:06

The upcoming Digital Editors Network (DEN) meeting on Oct. 14 in Manchester, England will feature discussions regarding online journalism standards, digital editions and data scraping, Journalism.co.uk reported today. According to How Do, the agenda will include debates surrounding newspapers' responsibility towards blogs and Twitter entries written by journalists and corrections of online content.

"The Government is promising to unleash a tsunami of data and how publishers respond to the opportunity will be crucial to the development of online journalism," said Nick Turner, the event's organiser, according to the DEN blog. "Rumours of a new iPad subscription plan for publishers being prepared by Apple should focus minds on how we make the most of new platforms. Finally, we aim to consider how far the self-regulatory framework that upholds newspapers standards should extend in the online world."

Participants include Will Gore from the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), Ben Edwards, from digital publisher PageSuite and Francis Irving from ScraperWiki, which provides online tools to gather relevant information from the Web regarding a given subject.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-23 19:27

Andreas Wiele, director of the Bild Group, encouraged publishers not to be afraid of cannibalising their print products by creating a strong digital presence, and not to be afraid of charging for it. If you don't grab your readers online, he warned, someone else will. Wiele was speaking at the WAN-IFRA 9th International Newsroom Summit.

Bild, Germany's leading tabloid and Europe's biggest selling newspaper, has not seen any declines in readership in the last five years despite a thriving web presence. In fact, Wiele said, there is only a 7% overlap between the print and online audience. He explained that all stories are put online after the editorial close each night, except for very rare exclusives which are saved for the paper, "so there is really no reason to pick up the newspaper, but 3 million people still buy it every day."

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

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-09 15:29

Declines in the newspaper industry are expected to slow down this year, and the market will eventually stabilise by 2013 and resume growth in 2014, according to the Veronis Suhler Stevenson Communications Industry Forecast 2004-2014, Editor & Publisher reported.

VSS predicted that retail, classified and national advertisers will continue to shift budgets to digital platforms "to target audiences and improve return on investment," as print circulations drop, which indicates consumers' migration to new electronic media, the report stated.

Total newspaper spending is expected to decrease by 9.5 percent this year, to $37.79 billion, due to declines in dailies of 10.6 percent (to $30.2 billion), in weeklies of 7.1 percent, and in digital platforms of 1.1 percent.

VSS stated that some local advertisers will be back to print media by 2014 to reach its loyal older demographic. However, there will still be a drop of 2.5 percent in the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the forecast period because of the industry's earlier shortfalls.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-19 23:09

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