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Weekly Indian newspaper The Sunday Guardian unveiled a beta version of its online version this weekend, Exchange4Media.com reported today.

The second section of the website, Guardian20 will take three more weeks to come up.

When quizzed about attempts to monetize the news site, MJ Akbar, editor-in-chief of the Sunday Guardian, was quoted by Exchange4media.com as saying: "We will not be creating any pay-walls or asking readers to pay. Pay-walls might be a necessary evil in this business, but that experiment is being conducted by media superpowers like Murdoch and the NYT. Let's just say we are monitoring those developments. By providing content online for free, we don't anticipate any fall in the subscription revenue. We have been growing at a pretty fast and steady rate and the Internet just allows us to reach a much larger audience, especially outside Delhi. We've had good support from online advertisers, who have seen the quality of content and style, and are very excited to be on board."

The content from the weekly newspaper will comprise of the content on the website and some original content specifically for the online edition will also be created.

A separate team has been established to manage and maintain the news site, according to a report by Exchange4media.com. The news site will be using social networking tools to promote the website.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-09 19:29

Two weeks after The Independent launched its new daily, called "i," media insiders estimate that the newspapers is selling a daily average of 125,000 copies, down from the initial 180,000 copies, MediaGuardian reported.

Although MediaGuardian acknowledged that newspaper's sales "are likely to be volatile until circulation settles," Andrew Mullins, the managing director of the Independent, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard reminded that wholesale numbers do not provide numbers about the number of copies distributed.

"As a result, any numbers being talked about are purely conjecture as they do not know how many copies we have printed and distributed each day. Our numbers will remain confidential for the foreseeable future, but we can say that sales of the Independent at £1 are unaffected," Mullins said.

At £0.20 per copy, i is one of the cheapest newspapers in the UK. However, as a promotional offer, the publisher is giving readers vouchers that would allowed them to get a free copy of the newspaper for a week, paidContent.org revealed. To increase readership, i will soon launch an iPad app for the same price as the print copy.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-08 19:41

The Washington Times was sold yesterday for just US$1 to a group led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church and founder of the newspaper, The Associated Press revealed.

The new owners agreed to assume the newspaper's debt and restore the sports section, which was eliminated earlier this year to cut costs, The Washington Post noted. According to an article published in the Washington Times, the organisation "will likely expand into radio and will broaden its presence on the Web."

After being run since 2006 by Moon's oldest son, Preston Moon, the newspaper will be overseen by a five-member board, which includes former president and publisher Thomas McDevitt, chairman Douglas M. Joo and finance chief Keith Cooperrider, Bloomberg explained. All three of them had been fired by the previous owner.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-03 17:30

Although two thirds of Americans prefer to get their news from newspapers and TV, 55 percent believe that traditional media "will not longer exist in ten years," according to a Harris poll conducted for 24/7 Wall St. website, Editor & Publisher revealed on Friday.

However, 81 percent said there "will always be" a need for print newspapers despite the decline of traditional print outlets. Yet, 46 percent get their news from local TV networks while only 31 percent turns their attention towards local dailies, the survey showed.

Photo: Getty Images via The Independent

Twenty-five percent of Americans acknowledged that they are spending less time reading newspapers and magazines, "while in comparison 28 per cent said the time they spend visiting online news sites has increased," Journalism.co.uk reported. Overall, 50 percent get "almost all" their news from the Internet.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-01 14:04

The Associated Press' revenue from newspapers has declined by one third since 2008, from US$220 million a year to about $140 million, Poynter.org revealed yesterday. Newspapers' contribution to the wire service's revenue is now only 20 percent.

"We expect it will continue to drop another $5 million to $7 million a year" starting in 2011 and thereafter, said AP Chief Executive Officer and President Tom Curley, explaining that the company is subsidising "offerings with more profitable lines of business."

The AP is relying on areas of growth like commercial photos, software businesses and its television news feeds. "The latter part is getting some more attention, as the TV feeds will soon get a $30 million digital upgrade to its system," paidContent.org explained.

Last week, the AP announced a joint reporting project with the Associated Press Managing Editors association to increase the coverage on how cutbacks in state budgets are affecting services and people, The Washington Post revealed. The company will also introduce e-commerce and create some subscription-based products.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-28 20:37

More than 71 percent of U.S. adults, or 165.6 million people, read a newspaper either in print or online in the last week, according to the latest data from Scarborough Research, Editor and Publisher reported.

The company's USA+ Study, which surveyed more than 210,000 adults, captures media patterns and other consumer behaviors of adults across the country, Newspaper Association of America reported.

The study also found that newspapers keep on attracting consumers with buying power - Eight out of 10 adults in households earning $100,000 or more reading a newspaper in print or online each week.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-22 22:33

Having launched the second phase of its "Mon Journal Offert" (My Free Newspaper) project last week as part of a €600 million government bailout programme, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication is offering readers between the ages of 18 and 24 a free copy of the daily paper of their choice once a week for a year, according to a report by our sister publication, Editors Weblog last week.

The French government is furthering this initiative to encourage its citizens to become loyal newspaper readers by giving away an additional 210,000 free newspaper subscriptions as a part of the state intervention to save the country's news industry, MediaGuardian reported today. In the next three years, the programme is expected to cost more than £13 million (€14.47 million). The scheme had already given away 300,000 subscriptions, according to Editors Weblog.
"Culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, hailing the programme a success, last week said the scheme had expanded to include 62 titles for its second year and had set a target of giving out 210,000 subs," paidContent reported. "Publishers and the taxpayer split the cost of the free subs 50/50; subscribers receive only one copy per week of their chosen title."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:06

Multimedia and marketing research company The Media Audit has listed the top 10 newspaper-affiliated websites of United States based on "daily newspaper and website reach analysis," with Michigan's Annarbor.com/MLive.com topping the list, Editor & Publisher reported yesterday.

Advance Publication websites in Ann Arbor, New Orleans and Syracuse held top three positions, according to the findings by the Houston-based firm. The websites for Ann Arbor include AnnArbor.com/MLive.com, which reaches 56 percent of adults in the Metropolitan Statistical Area in a month; New Orleans website NOLA.com, which reaches over 53 percent of adults; and Syracuse.com, which reaches slightly less than 49 percent of the market, according to a report by RBR.com.

Image Source: RBR.com

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-05 19:15

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

French free dailies Metro and 20 Minutes will be expanding their distribution coverage in France, with new editions to be published beginning Monday, Newspaper Innovation reported yesterday.

Metro will be launching new editions in Metz, Nancy and Toulon, thereby expanding its reach in the country from nine to 12 editions, while 20 Minutes will launch an edition for Montpellier. Metro's new editions make it the country's only free daily available in these cities, with a distribution of more than 20,000 copies each day, according to a statement by the newspaper, Agence France Presse reported. The launch of Toulon edition is expected to further strengthen the newspaper's position in the south, after the successful launch of its Marseille edition in 2002.

Image of Metro: TarifMedia.com

Through these new editions, Metro boosted its presence further in France, now covering 15 cities.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-24 15:28

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