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PARIS -- As news organizations around the world close down foreign bureaus, journalists, entrepreneurs and even government bodies in Europe are creating news ventures to try to fill the void.

As a result, readers seeking international news are increasingly spoiled for choice -- especially if they read English, the common second language of many Europeans and the favored tongue for many of the new outlets.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-05-09 17:19

The Washington Independent announced today that it will be closing down by December 1 due to a lack of funding, the Columbia Journalism Review revealed.

In a post published on its website, Washington Independent editor Aaron Wiener wrote that the website "was not just a journalistic experiment; it was also a financial one, and ultimately, the successes of the former couldn't sustain the strains of the latter."

The news site launched in January of 2008 as a part of the American Independent News Network and it relied on donations and grants, primarily from foundations seeking to promote journalism in the public interest," Wiener explained. "Those donations began drying up long ago."

According to media reports, The New Mexico Independent was also shut down today. "The New Mexico Independent as you know it is now closed. The site will remain live, possibly with a half-time blogger. Deepest apologies," Editor Gwyneth Doland wrote on Twitter, Alibi.com revealed.

David Bennahum, the president and CEO of The American Independent News Network, said donations for New Mexico news site decreased from US$187,000 in 2008 to $32,500 in 2010, nmpolitics.net quoted.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-17 22:25

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

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

To help readers catch up on all the happenings during the week, Yahoo! News has launched a "Weekend Edition" to cater to the working masses, TheFasterTimes.com reported last week. The edition is sponsored by General Motors division, Buick.

The Yahoo! News Weekend Edition will offer compelling original video and relevant editorial content programmed for the weekend audience, while helping the sponsor engage with the more than 90 million monthly unique visitors, according to the press release posted on BusinessWire.com.

"With Weekend Edition, we've established a destination that features lighter lifestyle-oriented news programming, which we already know is more popular with our weekend audience," Mark Walker, vice president and head of Yahoo! News stated in the press release. "This program also aligns perfectly with Buick's target demographics and brand attributes, which makes Buick an ideal partner for Weekend Edition."

A new branded segment will integrate the Buick brand into video and editorial content in a premium-content environment called, "Discovered by Buick", which will provide the brand an opportunity to connect with Yahoo! users, according to BizJournals.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-08 18:05

The Daily and Sunday Express newspapers of the Express group have launched an online casino service on their news sites called express-casino.com, in collaborative partnership with Casinos Austria International, PressGazette.co.uk reported yesterday.

The white label online casino service launched on October 1, and will be operated by CAIGames.com, the online gaming platform of Casinos Austria International, according to a press release by the gaming company. The gaming hub on the news website features an extensive choice of online casino, slot machine, video poker, jackpot and instant games.

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As a part of the deal, the Express newspapers will support the new casino with advertising and editorial promotions on print and online, in return for the gaming service offerings, according to Press Gazette.co.uk.

The gaming division also offers users an opportunity to participate in unique promotions with landbased operations in the Casinos Austria International network around the globe, the press release stated.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:09

CNN's first global research study into the power of news and recommendation (Powar) revealed that 27 percent of Internet users are responsible for sharing 87 percent of news links, MediaGuardian reported today. Each of these frequent users shares and average of 13 stories per week and receives at least 26.

According to the study, social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continue to be the most powerful sharing tools and they are responsible for 43 percent of the articles shared. These sites are closely followed by e-mail (30 percent), SMS 15 (percent) and instant messenger 12 (percent), Journalism.co.uk reported.

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At least 65 percent of the shared content is composed by news stories while breaking news and funny articles only represent 19 percent 16 percent, respectively.

Furthermore, CCN's research also found sharing patterns according to the geographic location of users. For instance, Americans share contents that they think could be useful for family and friends and Europeans focus more on stories related with work, The Guardian pointed out.

The study was conducted among 2,300 Internet users between June and August.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-07 22:09

Continuing its expansion foray into new verticals, The Huffington Post announced plans to launch a new section dedicated to the topic of divorce, MediaBistro.com reported yesterday. The new section will go live on November 2.

The new section will be headed by journalist and author Nora Ephron, who conceived the idea and will now serve as a founding editor along with Willow Bay as the senior editor. The niche section will target a large number of people, as approximately half of all U.S. marriages ends in divorce, the article stated.

"If you want to know about planning a wedding or things like that, there are so many places for people to go, but there isn't one go-to place around divorce," Arianna Huffington told MediaBistro.

The launch of this new vertical is set to coincide with the release of Ephron's new book, "I Remember Nothing" which has a chapter focusing on divorce set to release on November 9, according to another post on MediaBistro.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-06 16:00

The parent company of Chicago Sun-Times, The Sun-Times Media group, has re-launched 16 of its news websites, including five dailies and 11 weeklies in the west region of Chicago suburbs after overhaul, Editor & Publisher reported yesterday.

This re-launch of news sites is a part of the conversion of its papers to the Sun-Times Media Desk platform, for which the company started laying the foundation earlier this year, according to NewsandTech.com. To enable better coordination of operations among its five newsroom divisions and promote content sharing, the media group has deployed ContentPublisher editorial app hosted by Digital Technology International to merge its editorial operations and facilitate multichannel publishing.

"These accomplishments are a significant milestone in our company's plan to convert all of our newsrooms to a modern, Internet-based 'in the cloud' system and relaunch all of our newspaper websites, creating an even greater experience for our readers and advertisers," Sun-Times Media CEO and vice chairman Jeremy L. Halbreich and, President and COO Rick Surkamer said in a memo to staffers, Editor & Publisher reported.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-24 16:46

Canada's national daily, The Globe and Mail, will unveil a "dramatically redesigned" print edition on Oct. 1, featuring the most significant changes in the newspaper's history, the Globe and Mail announced today.

The first redesigned issue will also be the launch of an eight-week series titled "Canada: Our Time to Lead," which will discuss Canadians and their country. The series will be supported by integrated multi-channel marketing efforts, with creative's developed by Naked Creative of Toronto. Ongoing reader discussions and debates will be held online, to go alongside the newspaper's coverage.

The redesign is an outcome of a recent long-term partnership with Transcontinental Inc, which provides the newspaper with printing technology currently used by only five other newspapers in the world, none of which are in Canada

The newspaper's website will also be updated with better navigation and functionality, improved storytelling features for readers and greater visual presentation of content and news stories, according to the press release. Through this makeover, the newspaper aims to differentiate its weekday edition from the weekend, such as by including colour on every page and special stock paper and custom print options for advertisers, while also offering in-depth editorial content and analysis in its weekend edition, Globe Style.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-20 18:53

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