THE BEST DESIGNED NEWS WEBSITES OF THE WORLD

Files under General | Aug 31st

In her blog, Mindy McAdams agrees with me about the Austin American Statesman as one of the best designed news websites of the world, and she adds another one: Clarin in Buenos Aires.

She is right.

Clarin has done a superb job.

Tell us about your “best” ones.

News Website Design is terrible.

And we need a real improvement.

As I said here before, I like also The New York Observer one.

Please, help us to find out the people behind this excellent designs.

They deserve a lot of attention and new projects.



HOW TO WRITE BETTER

Files under General | Aug 31st

This is a wonderful book.

A necessary tool for people like me that never had formal English education, and struggles everyday with this language.

Roy Peter Clark is one of the veterans at the Poynter Institute, and this book is a jewel.



WEATHER NEWS, NOT A PERFECT SCIENCE

Files under General | Aug 31st

The Miami Herald headline is right.

Weather predictions are impossible for newspapers.

USA Today, with the help of George Rorick and Richard Curtis, started the trend of full pages with great weather maps, charts, and graphics.

It was a great innovation.

Readers love this kind of pages.

But, then… the electronic media came and the Weather Channel and Internet made the print predictions a daily nightmare.

They are wrong all the time.

As I said, I am leaving in a few hours for Orlando.

If I had read only newspapers, I will have cancelled my flights.

Well, the lesson is clear.

If you are a daily newspaper, reduce the space for the weather forecast, and expand your online coverage.

Dramatically.



EL PERIODICO VERSUS LA VANGUARDIA

Files under General | Aug 30th

Via Periodistas 21 I saw how El Periodico de Catalunya presents the new mayor of Barcelona.

The new editor of the paper, Rafael Nadal, and its new art director, Ferran Grau, are trying to change this popular newspaper that lost 12% of its circulation in the first six months of this year.

La Vanguardia is the dominant quality paper in this market, and is working right now in the Project 2007, that includes a new state of the art printing plant and editorial and graphic changes in order to consolidate its leadership.

La Vanguardia is one of the sponsor of this year´s International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA) European Conference that will be held in Barcelona (September 20-22, 2006 ).

As I said, be there!

And the newspaper market in Barcelona is more exciting than ever with five new free papers competing against La Vanguardia and El Periodico.

If the INMA program looks terrific, the newspaper market in Barcelona is really hot.



THE TORONTO START MISSES THE POINT

Files under General | Aug 30th

The Toronto Star is going to launch an evening online paper on September 5, and Jeff Mignon, asks, why?

Why?

That´s it.

It does not make any sense.



JOAO ROBERTO MARINHO´S ADVICE: REINVENT NEWSPAPERS

Files under General | Aug 30th

Our Brazilian Director Eduardo Tessler has been today speaking at the opening sesion of the ANJ Congress in Sao Paulo, the annual meeting of the Brazilian Newspaper Publisher Association.

Joao Roberto Marinho, CEO of O Globo, one of the best Latin American newspaper companies, said that after reading the recent The Economist “call to arms”, the response from publishers and editors is very clear: we need to reinvent our newspapers.

As INNOVATION started in Brazil and since then we have been following very closely the development of the newspapers there, I can assure you that in the last 20 years, the time that we are in this media consulting business, ANJ is one of the most dynamic newspaper associations of the world, and the Brazilian market a very innovative one.

And if they say that we need to change in a big way, pay attention to them.

They are quick, fast and fast adapters.



CBS NEWS LIKES PHOTOSHOP

Files under General | Aug 30th

Here we are again!

The left photo is the official first-pic-of-Katie Couric released by CBS at this year’s upfront. (TVNewser posted it in May.)

The right photo is an edited version of the same photo, from the September issue of Watch magazine, which is owned by CBS.

CBS News president Sean McManus says he was “obviously surprised and disappointed” when he heard that staffers at the network’s promotional magazine airbrushed a photo of Katie Couric to make her appear slimmer.

Couric’s comment: “I liked the first picture better because there’s more of me to love.”

Well, they have a new problem.

The Photoshop one.

UPDATE: The New York Post, owned by Murdoch, didn´t have to think too much to jump in the problem with today´s cover.



GOOD NEWS WEBSITE DESIGN

Files under General | Aug 30th

Click here and see The Austin American Statesman website, a COX newspaper in Texas (USA)

The design of the web page is one of the best in the world.

Strong. Clear. Easy to read.



A NEW INTERNET STRATEGY IS NEEDED

Files under General | Aug 30th

It seems that the French “intelligentsia” is at the rescue of its Media Industry.

A new Precepta 300 page report Les médias face l´Internet has a lot of ideas and proposals.

The main author of the report, David Targy, was interviewed in Libération about the conclusions:

Interactivity, interactivity, interactivity with our audiences is a must.

What we have done with our websites is wrong.

A more bold approach is needed.

Or the risk is to become a marginal player in the new media landscape.



HOW TO RESCUE THE FRENCH NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY

Files under General | Aug 30th

A French “think tank”, The Montaigne Instute delivers a 116 page report and says: the French Newspaper Industry needs a “Marshall Plan.”

I am not sure.

Some of the 10 basic proposals are OK to me but the appeal to the State (means the Government) to triple the current aids to the press , and invest around 1,5 billion USD is to much if we want to keep our companies free of political pressures.

Of course, what the French government has to do is to free the regulations that protect obsolete union and business practices.

The crisis of the newspaper industry needs big changes, but not more government intervention.