THE BBC W1 PROJECT

Files under innovation | Nov 26th

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Today, I had a great time with Mark Byford, Deputy Director General of the British Broadcasting Corporation and head of BBC Journalism, and his Senior Editors Team.

They wanted me to present the INNOVATION experiences and models on Newsroom Integrations.

They understand that this is a crucial issue for their future.

The BBC doesn’t buy the “us” against “them” idea and they have decided to reorganize the newsroom facilities around “content and audiences”, our mantra in this field.

So they were really interested in how to create new working flows, how to build an agnostic platform super-desk, etc.

After the presentation and many questions from this group, I have the feeling that the BBC can lead better than anybody else the new online journalism narratives of the 21st Century.

They have the talent, credibility, reputation, people and leadership to re-invent journalism in these new new platforms.

The old Regent Street Bush House or the BBC Broadcasting House will become, for sure, the biggest and most advanced state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom of the world.

The huge new rebuilding project will cost over 200 million pounds.

In less than 2-year time, more than 5.000 BBC people will move there and work together under one roof.

BH has been the BBC’S headquarters since 1932 and has survived every attempt of Hitler to destroy it.

The architects will have produced an estimated 10,000 drawings by the end of the project that will include 80.000-square meter of production areas, studios and staff facilities, plus a 4.000-square meter newsroom.

64,000 tonnes of debris will be removed from the site.

Around 17,000 lorry loads of rubbish will be taken from BH

During excavation, work will be taking place 4 meters from the Victoria tube line.

There will be six new studios for television news.

The new News studio will be one of the largest live newsrooms in the world

There will be 140 acoustic spaces for Radio & Music, News and World Service.

There will be 10,000 miles of cabling in the new building.

The focus of the complex is an atria-lit newsroom at the base of the main building.

BBC W1 BUILDING

The nine floors above the new double-height space are supported by a post-tensioned concrete transfer structure springing from four massive columns.

The resulting column-free space also facilitates the construction of television studios (including one double-height studio) in the three levels below the newsroom.

NEW BBC W1

The famous London’s old Art Deco building will be the response to the huge challenges on how to make the BBC relevant in the new digital media landscape.

See here some old pictures of the BBC newsrooms.

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SONY’S ORGANIC TRANSISTORS DISPLAYS AND THE FLEXIBLE DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

Files under General | Nov 21st

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Sony has presented the first prototypes of a new digital flexible display devices.

As you can watch in this video, the organic transistors technology provides the needed flexibility to fold, roll, and add applications with sensors and input devices.

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Expensive?

Yes, these are breaking ground prototypes, but there is a huge market for these flexible digital displays.

And more flexible than these ones.

That’s the reason of my expression “rubber newspapers”

As INNOVATION has been preaching for more than 20 years, this is the future of almost any news digital display.

Like the first stone carved newspapers, we are still in the Digital Acta Diurna Era, displaying today’s news content in “digital stones” doesn’t matter if they are called flat computers, fancy smart phones or, pay attention to the word, digital “tablets”.

That’s good news for all of us, news content producers and consumers.

So, don’t worry about the future of print newspapers, and concentrate, invest and excel on unique multi-media story-telling.

The rest is history.


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TODAY, THE “UNE” OF LIBERATION IS GOOD, BUT PAGES 2 AND 3 ARE MAGIC

Files under General | Nov 20th

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Well, today’s “une” is good.

Instead of the predictable and boring EU new mandarins, Libé played the football card in a big way.

So, I am sure that today they well sell more copies.

Plus, they have a terrific double spread on pages 2-3.

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This is magic!

Simple.

Clear.

Smart.

Inviting.

Well designed.

These two pages are going to become a classic!

Congratulations to the INNOVATION team that was working this week in Paris, and to the Libé staff.

WOW!


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ONLY IN LIBERATION

Files under General | Nov 19th

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This is why LIBE is unique.

With the INNOVATION’s team in Paris.

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LE MONDE: BACK TO THE PAST

Files under General | Nov 18th

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Le Monde front page deserves some attention.

After several failed redesigns, now the paper seems to go backwards.

Today’s front page is an example.

Looks like the Monde that rejected pictures as a non rational content.

Well, if you want to connect with the new generations of readers, you better pay more atention to visual journalism.

Pictures matter.

Too wordy.

Back to the past.


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THE FRONT PAGE OF i LOOKING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE NEWS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM

Files under General | Nov 18th

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This is an excellent front page from i, the National European Newspaper of the Year.

Instead to present just the bas news (more jobless people), the newspaper present the other side of the news: more people than ever are investing in their own education.

That’s a trend happening in many countries.

The negative/positive front page strategy is a good one.

Readers want to know the problems (well, let’s say that they need to know), but they looking for solutions.

Yes, the Problems & Solutions Journalism works.

It’s Smart Journalism!


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LIBERATION LOOKS BETTER THAN EVER

Files under General | Nov 17th

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We have INNOVATION’s Javier Errea and Antonio Martin in Paris working with LIBE, so today’s front page looks great.

The paper is doing very well, and publisher, editors and reporters are happy with the new editorial and graphic formula.

In the next few days we will start a new project with LIBE lead by INNOVATION’s director, Marta Botero.


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THE LOGO OF “i” SELLS TODAY’S BIG NEWS

Files under General | Nov 16th

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We always wanted a very flexible logo.

And today, the “i” logo sells the big news of the day.

Parabens!

I Dia Premio ENA


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i, BEST EUROPEAN NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Files under General | Nov 16th

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A few minutes ago, the 11th European Newspaper Awards were announced and, i, the fantastic new paper from Lisbon is the big winner.

The European Newspaper Awards are organized by Norbert Küpper from Meerbusch (Germany) with the journalism magazines “Medium Magazin” from Frankfurt/Main, “Der Österreichische Journalist” from Salzburg (Austria) and “Schweizer Journalist” from Wilen/Wil (Switzerland).

A few weeks ago i was awarded as one the best designed newspaper of Portugal and Spain of the year.

Now i gets this European Newspaper Award.

This is not just a design contest.

The European Award includes “design and concept” and i is unique in both areas.

The Jury statement said;

“i” persuaded the jury through its special innovative approach. Newly established, the newspaper can start full of energy. It is precisely this that makes “informação” fascinating in all fields: Photography, page layout, alternative types of journalistic articles and innovative sections – completely focusing on the power of new ideas. All in all, a newspaper is evolved quintessentially, an all-round innovation. It almost goes without saying: The homepage www.ionline.pt has a similarly innovative appearance as the printed newspaper.”

INNOVATION’s Javier Errea has won right now more European Newspaper Awards than any other design consultant in the world.

Read here the INNOVATION MANIFESTO FOR i.

See here and here, a large selection of its best pages.

And here you can find a interview with its Art Director, Nick Mrozowski.

Yes, i is becoming the most innovative newspaper done by the INNOVATION team in the last 20 years.

A real revolution.

A needed revolution.

Launched just six months ago during the worst economic times…

A lesson for the newspaper industry.

And here are the real winners.

A young newsroom.

With energetic team of editors and managers.

And a brave company, Grupo Lena, investing in times of crisis.

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The Award will be presented to i during the 2010 European Newspaper Congress (Vienna, April, 25-27).

(Picture by Joachim Blum)


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ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE, ONE JOB… MANY CAMERAS

Files under General | Nov 15th

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