CORREIO DA BAHIA’S NEW OPEN-SPACE MULTIMEDIA NEWSROOM

Files under General | Jul 31st

This is the latest INNOVATION newsroom redesign project.

We have a track record of converting more than 30 mono-media, silo newsrooms into open-space, multimedia spaces.

These are the first pictures from Salvador, Bahia (Brazil), by Marcio Costa.

Eduardo Tessler, INNOVATION’s Project Manager in Correo da Bahia reports about the dramatic changes for a newspaper that in a few weeks will become one of Brazil’s most innovative.

It was a long-term project, led by the new generation of the Magallaes family, with new, first-class managers and editors, and the help of an international INNOVATION team.

A big challenge in one of the most fascinating cities in Brazil.

I will keep you updated about this newspaper revolution.

And now, two pictures of the old newsroom.





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MURDOCH’S GROWTH STRATEGY

Files under General | Jul 30th

Rupert Murdoch’s strategy is to grow:

The Wall Street Journal plans to publish a new “lifestyle” magazine called WSJ starting in September, the publisher said Wednesday, betting that the market for luxury advertisements will remain robust even as the economy falters.

Following the model of FT’s How To Spend It.




CONTENT NETWORKING: METRO OFFERS YOU 23 MILLION READERS

Files under General | Jul 30th


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YOUR DAILY LOCAL NEWSPAPER: IN YOUR HANDS AND ON YOUR PHONE

Files under General | Jul 29th

The New York Times reports:

The thud of the morning newspaper landing on front porches may one day be replaced with the beep of downloads onto a cellphone.

Verve Wireless believes it can save the dying local newspaper by making it mobile.

It offers publishers the technology to create Web sites for cellphones.

The company, based in Encinitas, Calif., already provides mobile versions of 4,000 newspapers from 140 publishers, including Freedom Communications, the McClatchy Company and The New York Times Company’s Regional Media Group.

The Associated Press, its biggest customer, is betting that Verve has the solution to the nagging problem of dwindling print readership. It led a $3 million round of financing in Verve, a rare invest.

Amazing!

(Thanks to Ben Compaine)



GOOGLE HIRES A FIRST-CLASS JOURNALIST FROM THE BBC

Files under General | Jul 29th

Financial Times reports:

The editor of the BBC’s flagship current-affairs programme is leaving to work in Google’s communications team.

Peter Barron, who has edited Newsnight since May 2004, has been appointed as the search engine’s head of communications and public affairs for the UK, Ireland and Benelux regions.
“Google is the most interesting and exciting company of my lifetime and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work there,” he said in a statement.

The BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, said: “We are very sorry to lose Peter whose creativity and brilliant journalism have made Newsnight so impressive over the last few years.”

Among the longest-serving Newsnight editors, Mr Barron maintained audience figures and broke more news stories through the programme, even amid staff and budget cuts.

Is this a trend?

Yes it is, and it will continue.



CUIL VERSUS GOOGLE

Files under General | Jul 28th

Cuil is a new search Web site which combines the biggest Web index with content-based relevance methods — results organized by ideas.

Cuil has indexed 120 billion Web pages, three times more than any other search engine.

Cuil (pronounced COOL) provides organized and relevant results based on Web page content analysis.

The company is led by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson.

Costello researched and developed search engines at Stanford University and IBM.

Patterson was the architect of Google’s large search index and led a Web-page ranking team.

Together with Russell Power, Anna’s former colleague from Google, they founded Cuil.

Since the search engine ranks pages based on content instead of number of clicks, personal data collection is unnecessary, so personal search history is always private.

The launch has been so successful that right now their servers are out of service!

For many hours it was very slow.

So, not a good take off for a search engine that wants to compete with Google.

By declaring its aim of taking on Google, Cuil joins a long list of others that have tried and largely failed to dent the search giant’s market share.

Other contenders include Teoma, Vivisimo, Snap, Mahalo and Powerset.



SAM ZELL’S NEW THINKING

Files under General | Jul 28th

Sam Zell in a conference call to Tribune journalists:

“We’re looking at some of the worst advertising numbers in the history of the world.

I have a responsibility to keep this business alive when cash flow has eroded at a prodigious level.

We went through every one of our organizations with a goal of getting efficient numbers up and head counts down so we can survive to live another day.”

“It is very clear …the role of the newspaper is changing and we need to size our organization, and our newspapers to reflect the realities of the marketplace.”

Zell said six months ago:

“I do not believe that anybody can grow a business by reducing the number of employees”

But as the revenue has fallen by about 20%, far more than the  5-7% in his business plan, he says now:

“I don’t believe it’s fair to hold me to the sentence that I expressed six months ago.

I don’t know that anybody has a frame of reference on advertising revenue destruction that, in effect, is as bad as this, going all the way back to the Depression.

So I think the circumstances are dramatically worse than anyone could have possibly predicted.”

(Picture by The New York Times)



INNOVATION AT FACEBOOK

Files under General | Jul 24th

Mark Zuckerman, 24 years old.

With 400,000 developers.

How much innovation could newspapers have with almost no research and development?



MICHAEL AGAR IS THE NEW ‘HEAD OF GRAPHICS’ AT THE TELEGRAPH MEDIA GROUP

Files under General | Jul 24th

Good Breaking news from London:

INNOVATION’s Michael Agar becomes ‘Head of Graphics’ across the media platforms of the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph online.

Michael was the Graphics Editor of the Independent on Sunday, and before he had the same job at The Observer.

His weekend job made it possible for many of our clients around the world to have the opportunity to learn from him.

He is not just a first-class visual journalist, but also a great teacher.

Agar served as president of the jury for the Malofiej Infographics Awards in 2005, and worked as an industry adviser to Newcastle College.

Well, Michael is going to have a lot of fun in the Telegraph’s new multimedia newsroom.

Himesh Patel, Telegraph Media Group Creative Director, said:

“Michael is renowned in the field of graphic journalism both in UK and abroad and he
is an excellent signing for TMG.

I’m delighted that he is going to head up our team at a time when we are seeking to expand the range and quality of our graphic content across both print and online.”



FROM CUBA, IMAGINATION AGAINST POVERTY

Files under General | Jul 23rd

Via desdecuba.com/genewraciony, an incredible blog by Joani Sanchez that deserves more and more international support.

A blog where each post gets thousands of comments.

A world record!