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Publishers have spent a long time considering the financial implications of moving from print to digital. But there’s also another important question to consider: what is the environmental impact of the switch?

A new SFN report is being put together, which will examine this issue in detail. The project will present summaries of six studies into the environmental impact of different news channels, and will address difficulties in the ways that these impacts are measured.

Featuring tables, illustrations and graphs, the report will compare the carbon footprint generated by various means of publishing, and will also look into the environmental effect of business meetings at publishing companies. The project is being conducted in cooperation with WAN-IFRA’s Growing Green initiative, which promotes and investigates environmentally friendly publishing practices.

The report will be edited by Malin Picha, who worked as editor for various magazines and newspapers in Sweden, before becoming a project manager at the Swedish Media Publishers’ Association. After first researching the development of electronic paper and e-readers in Sweden, Picha later shifted her focus to more environmental projects. She is currently writing her licentiate thesis in media technology with focus on environmental impacts.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-15 09:53

San Luis Obispo - In its continued effort to educate the best and brightest to enter the graphic communication industry and lead it in the future, Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department has unveiled the Dow Jones & Company Web Printing Laboratory.

With heavy support from industry partners, the department has expanded its educational offerings in publication printing by doubling the page count and color capacity of its web publication press. The addition of four-units makes it an eight-unit web press.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-03 11:02

Ireland's oldest provincial newspaper, the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle, have announced a review of the newspaper's printing operations in Limerick. If the proposals are implemented, the facility could be closed by mid-December and 29 people would be laid off, the Limerick Leader reported yesterday.

The staff has taken a 40 percent pay cut and opted for a three day week to keep the printing plant in operation, according to a report by RTE. The Unite trade union that represents the workers at the plant will be meeting with the management of Johnston Press, which owns the newspaper, in the coming days to explore alternative possibilities to closure or to secure a fair redundancy deal.

The company has said it will make "every effort to minimise the impact of this proposal on affected staff through, where possible, by re-deployment to alternative positions in the group," David Crow, divisional managing director of print for Johnston Press, told the Limerick Leader. "Despite the best efforts of the staff and management at Leader Print Limited, the unprecedented reductions in printing requirements across the industry has resulted in the company having to review its operations in Limerick."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 16:27

Dow Jones is beefing up its infrastructure facilities to better compete with rivals The New York Times and other national newspapers. The U.S. business and financial news provider is investing its hopes in a multimillion dollar project that aims to boost colour capacity at its U.S production sites nationwide, NewsandTech.com reported.

The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by September 2011. This upgrade will double the colour capacity of the Wall Street Journal, by providing up to 48 pages of colour

As a part of this upgrade, the company will be adding new colour towers at its seven print sites in United States and at contracted sites that include the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others, sources told NewsandTech.com. The towers installed will include a mix of Goss International Colorliner and Metrocolor units, which the company is acquiring from shuttered or downsized plants of other publishers.

Dow Jones' chief communications officer declined to comment about the project, according to NewsandTech.com. Dow Jones is owned by News Corporation.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 16:16

Since 2008, more than 166 newspapers in the United States have closed down or stopped publishing a print edition, according to Paper Cuts, SFN's Million Dollar Strategies for Newspaper Companies reported.

More than 39 titles did so in 2008, and the number rose to 109 in 2009. So far in 2010, more than 18 papers have closed down or stopped publishing a print version.

According to Paper Cuts, there have been nearly 35,000 job losses or buyouts in the U.S. newspaper industry since March 2007. From March to December 2007, more than 2,256 newspaper jobs have been reportedly eliminated or offered buyouts.

The numbers increased to more than 15,992 in 2008 and were at more than 14,783 in 2009. As of May 2010, there have been more than 1,797 job losses or buyouts in newspaper companies in the country, according to the report, Million Dollar Strategies for Newspaper Companies, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-07-05 20:25

Dubai-based Atlas Media Communications has entered into an agreement with Newspaper Direct to print up to twelve international newspaper titles in the UAE, The National reported last week.

The deal is part of a US$4 million (Dh14.69 million) business plan that includes the possibility of franchise agreements in other regional markets as well.

Image: The National

Previously, the newspapers had to be flown in. Each newspaper required a license from the UAE government and approval from the National Media Council, and it took two months to obtain the license, Amit Radia, chief executive of Atlas Media Communications, told The National.

"This model allows you more personalisation [of newspapers], it reduces lead times, and helps you cope with market demand, instead of being stuck with half a million copies a day," he said.

According to the license agreement, the company plans to print more European titles, newspapers from the United States, Far East, Australia and South Africa across the Gulf states and east Africa as well. However, change of any content or sale of local advertising in the newspapers the company republishes in the UAE is prohibited under the local law.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-03 22:52

The owner of Express Newspapers, Richard Desmond, has invested £100 million in new colour printing presses for his titles, which include Daily Express, the Sunday Express, the Daily Star and the Daily Star Sunday, Press Gazette reported yesterday.

The new presses will reportedly work three times faster, allowing for later deadlines and fuller coverage of breaking news. They will also allow full colour for editions up to 128 pages, therefore creating the opportunity for the newspapers to profit from colour advertisements.

According to the Daily Express, each press from the German company Koenig & Bauer AG will generate 90,000 copies an hour, instead of 22,000 an hour produced by existing machinery.

The new presses will be installed at Westferry Printers in London, which also prints the Financial Times in the UK and is wholly owned by Desmond after he bought out Telegraph Group last year.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-06 18:58

Independent Kazakh newspapers are faced with a temporary stop to printing as their major printing press has been closed in order to be tax probed, the Taiwan News reported Friday.

Authorities raided and closed the Kometa-S printing press earlier this week under the premise of tax evasion. The Kometa-S plant prints the Independent newspaper Respublika, and the publications for the Azat and Alga opposition movements. All printing has been postponed while the investigation proceeds. Respublika labelled the raid an act of intimidation to force the papers closure.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-25 18:24

FujiFilm Europe on Tuesday announced the commercial availability of its new high-speed thermal plate for newspaper applications, the Brillia LH-NN2, A.D. Communications reported Tuesday. The plate was first revealed at the Ifra conference in 2008.

The plate provides for newspaper production with 830 nm laser diode equipped plate-setters and offers high-sensitivity for extended laser life, wide exposure latitude for stability and repeatability and long developer life for economy and minimal environmental impact.

The Brilla LH-NN2 may be used for up to 300,000 impressions.

The Brilla range of plates now utilizes both violet and thermal Computer to Plate technology.

The company's press release is available here.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-09 13:33

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