CADENA CAPRILES NEW MULTIMEDIA INTEGRATED NEWSROOM IN CARACAS

Files under General | Apr 10th

Still is a work in progress but last Friday, the editors and reporters of Cadena Capriles left the old building in downtown Caracas and landed in a new state-of-the-art multimedia integrated newsroom in La Urbina.

These are the first pictures of one of the most modern a futuristic newsroom in Latin America.

This is a dream that started one night in Goteborg, Sweden, having dinner during the 2008 World Newspaper Congress with the CEO of Cadena Capriles, Miguel Angel Capriles, and editorial director of the group, Nathalie Alvaray, now its media vice president.

This dream is now a reality thanks to the work and help of many people, specially the local engineer Gustavo Torres and our INNOVATION Media Architect Consultants, Luis Calau and Vicente Riera.

This is the new building.

The new facility will be fully operational in May but as you can see right now people are enjoying the space and work, including a new cafeteria.

Cadena Capriles is the publisher of three leading newspapers: ULTIMAS NOTICIAS (general news quality popular), LIDER (sports) and EL MUNDO (business), plus several magazines and online news operations.

All these journalists (more than 330 with 220 desks) work now together in a fantastic open-space 1.000 square meters newsroom under the umbrella of a Multimedia Superdesk.

 

During these past four years INNOVATION has produced several multimedia integration editorial, commercial and newsroom management models and manuals, designed the integrated multimedia newsroom and done extensive in-house training.

More information, pictures and videos in the next few days.

(Pictures from Karina Lizcano, Danisbel Gómez, Nathalie Alvaray, Alberto Yajure, Hilda Carmona, Edixon Games, Yelitza Linares and José Sueiro)

 

 


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PICTURES, PEOPLE, SQUARES AND SIGNS FROM THE #SPANISHREVOLUTION

Files under General | May 23rd

These are some fantastic pictures from the #spanishrevolution in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol.

From great photographers like Alberto di Lolli (EL MUNDO, Madrid, Spain):

Javier Barbanco (EL MUNDO):

Angel Navarrete (PUBLICO, Madrid, Spain)

Reyes Sedano (PUBLICO):

Or Fernando Sánchez (PUBLICO):

Great pictures from great photographers that are possible thanks to have unique Photo Editors like Angel Casaña, and Carlos García (EL MUNDO) or Jon Barandica (PUBLICO)

Chapeau!

UPDATE: My take on the #spanishrevolution at the Harvard University Nieman Watchdog: If no one covers it, is it a revolution?


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THE DAY AFTER: SPANISH NEWSPAPERS REACT, YES REACT, TO THE NEW ETA CEASEFIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

Files under General | Jan 11th

EL MUNDO in Madrid explains.

DEIA in Bilbao decodes.

DIARIO VASCO in San Sebastian goes blue…

…and in Valencia LAS PROVINCIAS (same group) follows.

Do they need a design director?

Is this what a local paper means?

Really sad.

Now you know why LEVANTE rules en Valencia.

And why LA VOZ DE GALICIA in La Coruña knows better what a local and regional paper means with the real news of the day about the founder oz ZARA.

While DIARIO DE NOTICIAS in Pamplona does art and literature.

In summary: not the best day, not the best front pages from too many sleeping newsrooms.


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DIGITAL ROBOTIC JOURNALISM: ETA SPEAKS AND TOO MANY SPANISH NEWS WEBSITES DO CUT AND PASTE JOURNALISM

Files under General | Jan 10th

A terrorist group speak and too many Spanish news websites react just reproducing their words.

With no instant analysis.

El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, Publico and El Correo do robotic digital journalism: cut and paste journalism.

But La Vanguardia in Barcelona and 20 Minutos in Madrid add to the headline the most important fact hidden by the terrororist: ETA declares a permanent ceasefire but doesn’t renounce to the guns.

This is Journalism 101.


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LACK OF INFORMATION, LACK OF IDEAS, AND THE FT EXCEPTION

Files under General | Nov 13th

This weekend try to understand what happened at the G20 Summit.

Try it… and you will see how our world media brands are unable to deliver a clear message.

The Financial Times is the exception.

Do you want a proof?

Read this editorial:

G20 Show not to run the world.

Olé!

So our newspapers not knowing what’s going on decided to deliver just PR pictures from our leaders running… out of the real world, out of the real news.


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JUST LOOK TO HIS EYES… TIRED, ALONE, LOST, DONE

Files under General | Jun 15th

Antonio Heredia took a great picture.

And El Mundo of Madrid edited very well.

Just look at these eyes… and you will see a political dead body.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish socialist primer minister is a zoombie.

Tired.

Alone.

Lost.

Done.

Who’s next?

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In another great picture of EFE, he seems ready to pray.

Well, it must be the last resource.

For us too.

Let’s pray he understands that he is part of the mess.

Not the solution.

But the problem.


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EL MUNDO SHOWS THE REALITY OF THE JOBLESS PEOPLE IN SPAIN

Files under General | Mar 2nd

LASS CARACAS DE LA CRISIS

Just the faces.

The names.

And how much time without a job.

That’s direct.

Dramatic.

Moving.

Disturbing.

And compelling.

In a country with more than four million jobless people.

With a government that ignores the reality.

The New York Times reports:

Spain’s facts are scary: 18.8 percent unemployment; about half the age group under 25 out of work; €600 billion, or $820 billion, in mortgages outstanding after the end of a construction boom two years ago; and a real effective exchange rate that the E.U. Commission says is overvalued by 10 percent.

The startling thing in Madrid is its seeming absence. There’s a kind of lethargy instead. No crash program with specific goals to change the Spanish economy over the next weeks and months is coming from right-wing opposition. And the Socialist government of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

So the newsroom of EL MUNDO in Madrid shows the reality.

With this political indictment animated poster.

A “show, don’t tell” way to report.

Well done!

NB: INNOVATION’s Chiqui Esteban shows here the jobless figures in another dramatic way:

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GREAT SEMINAR IN MADRID AND MY INTERVIEW IN EL MUNDO

Files under General | Nov 6th

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I had been this week in Madrid to speak in an international seminar organized by El Mundo during its 20 Anniversary celebration.

Among other speakers were Robert Thompson (Wall Street Journal), Will Lewis (The Daily Telegraph), Pedro J. Ramirez (El Mundo), Ben Macintyre (The Times), Giorgio Valerio (RCS), Antonio Fernandez Galiano (Unedisa) and Martim Figueiredo (i-Sojornal).

This was my interview published in El Mundo this Wednesday.

Interview EL MUNDO

(In the above picture, the King of Spain and Will Lewis during the El Mundo Awards ceremony where The Daily Telegraph was honored for its coverage of the MP’s expenses scandal)


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AND NOW, ROB CURLEY AND THE GOOD NEWS FROM LAS VEGAS …

Files under General | May 27th

Rob Curley is a very nice guy.

I met him just once.

Last year, both of us were speakers at the same Canadian Newspaper Publishers conference.

After his terrific presentation, I invited him to run a “Day with Rob Curley” in our periodic Harvard one-day seminars for our best clients.

Unfortunately, his crazy job prevented any assurance about any specific date too much in advance, and the one-day seminar idea didn’t work even though he was willing to do it.

So today when I read the news of his departure from The Washington Post, I was very sad.

Here we have another online news pioneer leaving a first-class newspaper company at the time that the elephants need a lot of of Rob Curleys.

Minutes after I posted my “bad news” comment, I got a nice message from Rob wanting to talk.

And he called very soon to tell me the full story.

As I said to him, I am not interested in the inside politics of the Post, but in a more global and disturbing trend: why so many Rob Curleys are leaving big newspapers and going … to new “pure digital media projects” (like Mario Tascon from Prisacom, Gumersindo Lafuente from El Mundo or Juan Varela from ADN in Spain in the last few months).

The good news here is that Rob is not leaving the newspaper industry, and he has two interesting remarks:

First, at a small newspaper, you don’t have too many layers of bureaucracy and things are done and implemented on the spot.

He likes this.

He was raised in this culture and he expects this way of life in Las Vegas.

Second, if you do great things at a big paper, other papers will say: “Yes, it’s great but we don’t have the resources, talent and visionaries that the big guys have.”

So, going to the Las Vegas Sun, Rob told me, is going to be great because no one will have any excuse not to do it.

If the Las Vegas Sun can do it, anybody can do it …

Well, I said to Rob, if the Las Vegas Sun is a rich family-owned company that has just hired some of the most talented new media people in the country, then it is not the standard local U.S. newspaper company owned by the big publicly-traded newspaper chains that are killing print and online newsrooms.

And this is, again, the good news.

A local newspaper like the Las Vegas Sun can become the new mecca for the next generation of online news conquistadores.

When I told him that three years ago we presented his Kansas case in our INNOVATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS Global Report, Rob said: “Look, Juan, come to Las Vegas and in a few months you will be able to report about the most innovative online news operation in the country.”

And for this reason Rob is heading for the Far West.

So, good luck and God speed!


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