ARA, A NEW CATALAN NEWSPAPER IN BARCELONA

Files under General | Nov 29th

ARA was launched yesterday.

It’s a very interesting new quality paper in Catalan.

ARA was born with a brilliant front page and a compelling picture.

It deserves, like any good newspaper, a very long life.

Pay attention to this new baby…

Today, La Vanguardia, the leading newspaper of Barcelona, didn’t publish any information about ARA.

That’s lack of Seny!


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2010 INNOVATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS WORLD REPORT: “A 72-PAGE GEM”

Files under General | Nov 29th

“A 72-page gem”, that’s the way The Huffingrton Post describes our 2010 INNOVATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS World Report.

See the full index and get a copy here.


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SHAKIRA IN BARCELONA: THE CONCERT AND A NEW KIND OF GRAPHIC REVIEW

Files under General | Nov 27th

LA VANGUARDIA has today this fantastic way to cover the last concert of Shakira in Barcelona.

Caviar Infographics!


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“THE DAILY” (3): WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NEWS CORPORATION FIRST USA NATIONAL TABLET PUBLICATION (3)

Files under General | Nov 25th

Who is Jesse Angelo?: The leader of this project is a former managing editor of the New York Post, a tabloid that has been losing a lot of money since Murdoch bought this competitor of the New York Daily News. Angelo is a Harvard graduate and lifelong New Yorker. He began as a freelance reporter for The Post’s Page Six in 1999. He was hired full time as a news reporter, then moved to the business desk, where he quickly rose to deputy business editor. Angelo was named metropolitan editor in April 2001.

Murdoch on The Daily one week ago: “I’m starting a paper in six weeks. A brand new paper. It will be a bit like the New York Post. But it will be national. It will only be seen on tablets. It will only employ journalists – and maybe eight to 10 technicians.”

Promotion: Amazing. Learning from Apple, News Corporation is almost silent, but the viral marketing is going crazy. Serious newspapers like The Guardian have been trap in this noisy silent-strategy publishing rumors with no facts.

Is this paper another example of “Dead On Arrival”?: That’s the main view of all the blind experts, people that have not seen anything and are killing the baby before birth.

My own take: Give them a chance. They have will, money, resources and talent to try this only-tablet national publication. If Murdoch wins, expect a lot of replicas around the world. If he fails, all of us will learn how to do it better. So, let’s wait and see. My only concern is that the time has been too short: a huge project like this cannot be done in six months.


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“THE DAILY”: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NEWS CORPORATION FIRST USA NATIONAL TABLET PUBLICATION (2)

Files under General | Nov 19th

More news to add since my first post on THE DAILY, the News Corporation Tablet National Publication.

A newspaper?: No, a tablet-only publication.

A tabloid kind of publication?: Yes, It will be a bit like the New York Post, but national.

What about The Wall Street Journal Secret Digital Project announced by Robert Thompson?: It’s a separate project but could be a serious version of this “tabloid” one.

New Big Guns: Elisabeth Eaves as opinion editor, a former contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Slate; Avi Zenilman to cover business, from Politico and The New Yorker where he was online news editor; Chris Wilson, ex Maxim editor; Chris D’Amico, former managing editor of New Jersey’s Star Ledger has been named sports editor: Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New America Foundation, will be a columnist.

How many paid subscriptions they need?: at least 800.000

Annual revenue goal: around $400 million from readers and no clue about advertising, but $100 million could be a good start.

Frecuency: seven days a week.

Where are they now?: At the 26th floor of the News Corporation headquarters on Sixth Avenue, but very soon they will move to the ninth floor.

A New York-centric newsroom: no foreign bureaus.

Editorial voice: populist, and tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence.

Three managing editors: Mike Nizza, a veteran of The New York Times, AOL News and The Atlantic; Steve Alperin, a producer at ABC News, and Pete Picton, an online editor at The Sun in the U.K.

James Murdoch: “It’s a tablet-only product and it’s very exciting.You’ll hear more about that soon.” Yesterday in Barcelona during an investors conference.

More at our Harvard Tablets Summit.

Be there!

(Illustration by the brilliant Luis Grañena)


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“THE DAILY”: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NEWS CORPORATION FIRST USA NATIONAL TABLET NEWSPAPER (1)

Files under General | Nov 18th

Tentative name: “The Daily”

Publisher: News Corporation.

Headquarters: New York, USA.

Digital platforms: Apple  iPad and Google Android based tablets.

Target: general readership, offering short, snappy stories that could be digested quickly.

Main print competitors: USA Today and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal  national editions.

Launching date: before Christmas.

Budget: $30 million.

Tentative subscription cost: $1 per week (The Wall Street Journal on iPad is available for a $4 weekly subscription fee).

Staff: 150 editors, journalists, IT experts and managers.

First big guns: The New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones hired as culture editor; Richard Johnson (gossip) and Jesse Angelo (crime) come from The New York Post; Mike Nizza from AOL, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

Business manager: Greg Clayman, former head of Viacom’s digital division,

Key-factors for success: original content.

Why a tablet? Because is the iPad is “a game-changer,”

Why Rupert Murdoch is so much involved in the project?: Because he believes that The Daily, properly executed, will demonstrate that consumers are willing to pay for high quality, original content specifically designed for a burgeoning category of high-end digital readers.

Mobile first: As Murdoch said, “Mobile technology will transform the print business. We’re going to see, around the world, hundreds and hundreds of millions of these devices – we’ve got to develop our methods of presentation of news.”

In summary:Murdoch’s number 1 and most exciting project right now.

More at our Harvard Tablets Summit.

Be there!


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PERCEPTION ABOUT BANKERS NOT VERY FAR AWAY FROM REALITY

Files under General | Nov 16th

The Times of London’s cartoon of Peter Brookes shows how bankers have a serious perception vs reality problem.


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WILLIAM AND KATE: THE PICTURE OF THE DAY

Files under General | Nov 16th

A good one of PA from October 2010, at the wedding of Harry Meade and Rosemarie Bradford in Northleach, Gloucestershire.

“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton,”

Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting was interrupted half-way through to pass on the news.

Wikipedia has already updated her status to fiancee.

Following their marriage, Prince William and Kate Middleton will live in north Wales.

At the age of 29, she will be the oldest spinster ever to marry a future king.

She is the daughter of Carole and Michael Middleton, the eldest of three children, whose family fortune is based on a mail-order children’s party accessories business.

David Cameron was “delighted with the good news”, said his

The wedding will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, in London.

The prince asked Middleton last month during a private holiday together in Kenya, so the Red Tops have been out of the loop!

Twitter goes grazy with the Royal wedding.

And as one says:

“The royal weeding has robbed The Beatles of breaking news headlines. Apple set to reveal The Beatles will be available on iTunes today!

A good day to bury bad news.

And a The Independent reader gets mad:

“Another expensive, irrelevant taxpayer-funded junket to take the minds of the mug-punters off a million extra unemployed, vicious spending cuts, falling living standards and failing infrastructure. And doubtless we’ll be bombarded with puerile fawning nonsense over this from every sycophantic, talentless “celeb” the media can muster. When are we going to dispense with this nonsense ?”



INNOVATION’S DIARIO DE NOTICIAS OF MADEIRA, EUROPEAN LOCAL NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Files under General | Nov 16th

INNOVATION’s newspapers have won this “European Newspaper of the Year” Award for five consecutive years!

A few minutes ago and from Germany came the great news: Diario de Noticias of Madeira (Portugal) is one of the “European Newspaper of the Year” in the “local newspapers” category.

The main w9nners are:

European Newspaper of the Year, category local newspaper: Diário de Notícias da Madeira, Portugal

European Newspaper of the Year, category regional newspaper: Bergens Tidende, Norway

European Newspaper of the Year, category nationwide newspaper: Politiken, Kopenhagen, Denmark

European Newspaper of the Year, category weekly newspaper: Sunday Herald, Glasgow, Scotland

Judges’ Special Recognition: Gaelscéal, Galway, Ireland.

The judges were:

- Xymena Weiß-Gendera, Editorial-Design, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Prof. Joachim Blum, Media Consultant, Germany
- Annette Milz, Editor-in-Chief, “Medium Magazin”, Germany
- Theo Dersjant, Director Fontys School of Journalism, The Netherlands
- Haika Hinze, Art-Director, “Die Zeit”, Germany
- Gerhard Treffkorn, Art-Director, “Kleine Zeitung”, Graz, Austria
- Georg Taitl, Editor-in-Chief “Der Österreichische Journalist”, Austria
- Martin Huisman, Art-Director, “De Morgen”, Belgium
- Sylvia Egli von Matt, Direktorin Schweizer Journalistenschule MAZ, Switzerland
- Anna Sundqvist, “Östersunds Posten”, Sweden
- Fergus Kelly, Media Consultant, Ireland
- Walter Jensen, “Bergens Tidende”, Norway

With less than 40 journalists, and just four designers, Diario de Noticias, a 15,000 copies local tabloid newspaper in Funchal, was redesigned and relaunched by INNOVATION three years ago.

The European judges said:

“The Diario de Notícias“ gets it’s special charm through very diverse designed front
pages and the section double pages:

- The front pages are designed every day in a new way. Uniformity is not manifested,
but rather new ideas through which contents are represented visually.

- The first page of each section always opens with a double page, which creates a clear
guidance for the reader. Page two and three introduce the local pages that often cover the hot topic of the day.

Conclusion: The “Diario de Notícias“ is between a newspaper and a magazine. This
makes it an exemplary local newspaper for Europe.

Since 2007, the prototype and templates done by INNOVATION’s Guillermo Negore have been implemented, developed and improved day by day.

And like the good wine, the newspaper as improved with the time, and hard work of this energetic and creative newsroom lead three years ago by Luis Calisto and now by Ricardo Oliveira, under the business management of Michael Blandy as president  and José Bettencourt da Câmara as CEO.

Parabens para voces!

Thank you to all the INNOVATION team that made this fantastic redesign a big success: Eduardo Tessler, Project Manager, Guillermo Nagore, Carlos Soria, Decio Trujillo, Ricardo Chaves, Marta Botero .

And our thanks go also to Rodrigo Buldrini, the former design director of Diario de Noticias for his great help in the takeoff.

The Award will be presented to Diario de Noticias at the 2011 European Newspaper Congress in Vienna.

See here some great inside pages,  here more superb front pages, and here a selection of pages from all the 2010 winners.


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HOW TO IMPROVE OUR NEWS MEETINGS: A GOOD ADVICE FROM CZELAW MILOSZ

Files under General | Nov 14th

I found today in an old notebook this inspiring quote from the brave 1980 Nobel Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), anI I started to think in some many silent and boring newspaper news meetings:

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”

Oh, boy, we need to shoot more.

(Illustration by the unique David Levine/The New York Review of Books)


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