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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Files under General | Jun 15th


I meet Trevor Ncube more than one year ago in Montreux during the Swiss Press Congress.

In his presentation, he made a strong case for this project, and I offered him our help as an INNOVATION pro-bono work.

So INNOVATION is very proud that last week NewsDay was able to hit the sreets of Harare.

“Everyday News for Everyday People” is its slogan.

The first 20,000 copies of the inaugural issue were sold our in just a few hours, and now Trevor believes that the paper will double its circulation in less than six months.

INNOVATION’s Pedro Monteiro has been our consultant behind the project, ad he deserves our gratitude.

Thanks also to Dinos dos Santos, the Portuguese typeface designer that gave the entire Velino typeface for free in support of this amazing project.

The Velino type family is still not available to the general public.

As you can imagine, his work has not been easy.

A country in deep crisis.

With no press freedom.

And just two dozens of journalists to produce a daily newspaper…

But the lack of local resources was not a problem because all the NewsDay team had a strong will to produce a real newspaper in a very surreal country where President Robert Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwean independence in 1980, and a media crackdown saw the last independent daily newspaper banned by his party in 2003.

NewsDay will not win many awards, but I am sure that will win the hopes and hearths of a country needed of real journalism.

As Trevor Ncube said in the first issue: this is not a regular newspaper but the “hope of a tortured nation”.

Trevor Ncube, the founding chairman of NewsDay, was the host of the World Newspaper Congress in South Africa a few years ago and he wrote the preface of that year’s INNOVATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS report.

So we wish to him and the NewsDay team all our best.

The paper needs more help, so if you are willing to support this cause please write to Trevor at:

NEW DAILY in the Streets

Watch here a video about the NewsDay launch.

Read here a vibrant column written by Trevor Ncube.

Follow its story on Twitter.

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