INNOVATION AND CHANGE IN “EL COLOMBIANO”

Files under General | Feb 6th
EL COLOMBIANO, one of leading Latin America’s family-owned quality regional newspaper, celebrates today in Medellin its first 100th anniversary.
The editor, Ana Mercedes Gómez, and the General Manager, Luis Miguel de Bedout, have been the forces behind this dramatic change in a country where media business are booming.
The paper launched today its new format (from standard to Berliner) with new full colour state-of-the-art printing presses, and a new design formula 100% produced and implemented by the innovative in-house ECOlab lead by Martha Ortiz.
INNOVATION’s Chairman Carlos Soria, Marta Botero and Antonio Martín were in Medellín helping during the launch.
INNOVATION was asked to re-invent the content model and the newsroom management model, including the concept for a new open-space, integrated and multimedia newsroom, now a work in progress project following the ideas of our Calau&Riera media architects.
Besides, INNOVATION is working with the board of directors of EL COLOMBIANO in its new multimedia strategy and corporate governance one the group.
INNOVATION’s director Carlo Campos is leading the project and more than a dozen of INNOVATION consultants are involved in this work.
The first issue of the new paper includes an original of the most famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero: a painting done in a front page of the old paper.
This has been a fantastic 9-month content-driven project that shows how newspaper publishers and editors must lead the digital transitions of their new multi-media companies.
EL COLOMBIANO es here to stay, growing, changing and innovating ready to celebrate the next 100 years.
(In the pictures, the new front page, and the ECOLab team celebrating the launch of the new EL COLOMBIANO)

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AP’S TOM CURLEY: MORE NEWS THAN EVER

Files under General | Jan 31st

Tom Curley, retiring Associated Press CEO in a recent interview:

“The market for news traditionally defined is growing, it’s stronger than ever, there are more people engaged with news more times a day and in more countries than ever before. The overall market is strong. The challenge is the revenue side and how to raise revenues. There’s obviously a shifting taking place. Some of that shift has involved sending money from traditional media to web players so we all have to figure out what relevance means for the news world.”

My take: news-wire services like Associated Press are excellent platforms to learn how to integrate multimedia newsrooms, and some of the best places to produce high quality news and analytic reliable content.


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THE NEW BROADCASTING HOUSE: ONE OF WORLD’S LARGEST MULTIMEDIA NEWSROOMS

Files under General | Jan 27th

A few pictures from Rory Cellan-Jones about the construction of the new BBC headquarters in the old Regent Street headquarters.

This will be one the world’s  largest multimedia newsroom (up to 6,000 people in total and up to 320 journalists in the newsroom).

I saw the plans last year during our meetings with the BBC journalism editors, and the real thing looks better.

This mega-newsroom will be fully operational in 2013.

The dramatic BBC newsroom will be visible both from the street and through a large glass window in a BBC Media Cafe open to the public.

In this picture you can see the INNOVATION “solar system” idea under construction

And here you can have a full view of the central desk

Read here more about the current work in Broadcasting House.

 

 


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TWO WORLDS: WE NEED BETTER NEWSROOMS

Files under General | Feb 27th

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The Newark (New Jersey) Star-Ledger newsroom.

A traditional newsPAPER newsroom.

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The Calau&Riera INNOVATION‘s i newsroom in Lisbon.

A new multiMEDIA newsroom.

The past versus the future.


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“IT’S THE WINE, NOT THE BOTTLE” OR WHY THE NEW APPLE iTABLET IS A GREAT OPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATIVE MULTIMEDIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS AND EDITORS

Files under General | Jan 3rd

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As I said, the Apple iTablet is coming and I am not so sure that newspaper newsrooms are ready for this a challenge that, in my view, is really a great opportunity for innovative newspaper publishers and editors.

An opportunity to go back to the basics:

It’s the wine, not the bottle!

Yes, we are in the content business, but today there is no business if you don’t find, edit and produce first class multimedia compelling content.

And as we cannot be trap in ay “paper” or “digital” jails, we must develop new narratives in order top cope with the demands of news generations of readers, audiences and communities.

Monomedia companies are dead.

Monomedia newsrooms are dead.

Monomedia journalists are dead.

So, welcome any new multimedia tablet.

Welcome these new and fantastic “digital bottles” and let’s learn to produce the best multimedia content.

The new bottles are here.

If we don’t produce the necessary wine, others will do it.

January 26th is the time to move ahead.


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THE APPLE TABLET IS COMING, SO OUR NEWSROOMS MUST BE READY

Files under General | Jan 2nd

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Yes, the Apple Tablet, “Slate” or “Guide” is coming.

Like the ones from HP, Dell and others.

But, let’s remember a few basic ideas:

1. The problem is the quality, exclusivity and accessibility of our content, not the platforms.

2. Kindle or Apple tablet are not the solutions.

3. As Jeff Jarvis said: “Newspaper publishers must unleash their news on every device possible. No single gadget will be their saviour”

So, information does need “paper jails” nor new technological jails.

What we need to worry is not about these new devices, but the old assembly-line-one deadline-one platform newsroom management system that still prevails in 99% of our newspapers.

We need more “one kitchen, several restaurants” newsroom multimedia models.

We need to focus in multimedia content management.

We need to migrate from media companies to “information engines.”

And from readers to audiences and communities.

Technology is not the problem, nor the solution.

So, welcome the tablets, and better if they become as soon as possible rubber tablets.

And let’s concentrate in how to migrate from monomedia to multimedia newsrooms.

Be ready!


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