FT reports strong digital growth, record subscription numbers

Pearson’s trading update this morning releases figures that demonstrate impressive digital growth at the Financial Times after their recent shift to a single global print edition.

Facebook: The incidental news platform?

A recent Pew survey shows the majority of people in the US who find news on Facebook don’t go there looking for it, but instead stumble across stories whilst on the site to chat with people and find out what friends and family are up to.

World press groups urge queen not to sign Royal Charter

A group of the world’s leading press organisations, including WAN-IFRA, have written an emphatic, open letter to Queen Elizabeth II urging her not to sign the proposed Royal Charter that would enforce repressive statutory controls on the British press.

Entries being accepted for European Press Prize 2013

The European Press Prize – now in its second year – offers awards of 10,000 euros each for innovation, investigative reporting, distinguished writing and brilliant comment. Last year, the prizes went to journalists from Denmark, the Ukraine, Greece and the U.K.

The Times, Sunday Times reach 150,000 digital subscribers

The Times and The Sunday Times have just revealed that they have reached 150,000 digital subscribers. Moreover, the number of print subscribers is now at 200,000; 50,000 more than when they launched the paywall in July 2010.

Personal viewpoint: Journalists have responsibility to engage with audiences

Many editors and newsroom middle managers have stories about a circulation department that consistently failed to deliver papers on time (with the result that unhappy readers and agents would, as a last resort, complain to the newsdesk).

Google launches Media Tools for journalists

On Monday Google launched a new site that gathers together and explains each of the tools it provides for journalists. Media Tools is a sleek one-stop-shop for news reporters, acting as a go-to site for writers looking for information on stories and ways of presenting them.

International Herald Tribune becomes International New York Times today

As of today the International Herald Tribune is being rebranded as the International New York Times, “a news report tailored specifically for the valued members of our global audience” says Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., publisher at the NYT. This change signals another step in the evolution of The New York Times newspaper.

Al Jazeera’s new online channel aims to ‘empower global conversations’

Launched as a response to the “generation of people who want to go behind the box,” Al Jazeera’s Innovation and Incubation Manager Moeed Ahmad promotes Al Jazeera Plus (AJ+) as “a fresh approach” to the interactive online population.

World Publishing Expo Closes on Successful Note

About 8,500 visitors from 90 countries attended the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade fair for the newspaper and news publishing industry, which closed in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday