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It’s time to start focusing on our readers – Raju Narisetti

Whenever anyone asks if it is time to rethink their newsroom yet again, “the answer should always be ‘Yes,’ ” says Raju Narisetti, Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Strategy for News Corp, USA.

Publishers: Don’t give away the (data) store!

Publishers must act to stop third parties from grabbing audience data about their sites off the Internet and selling advertising on the basis of those measurements, says Paul Hood of UK-based Archant. “Until we stop” this data leakage, publishers will continue fighting a losing battle for online ad revenues, he says at “Harnessing Audience Analytics: an SFN Forum” on Tuesday.

Experiences with a multi-channel paywall

What do you do when the print circulation of your newspaper drops off? At the Media Port session, “Monetising digital: Income from content: News products and paywalls,” Kaisa Aalto of Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat described one approach to remedying that not-uncommon ailment.

A few ‘pointers’ from Ken Doctor

Ken Doctor, author and media analyst, moderated the World Publishing Expo opening ceremony, posing numerous hot-button questions to Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and Guardian CEO Andrew Miller. To set the stage for that session, he highlighted a number of “pointers” heading into 2014

Q&A with sisterMAG’s Antonia Neubauer

Antonia and Theresa Neubauer are the founders of Berlin’s Carry-On Publishing and sisterMAG, a bi-monthly, digital-only publication in German and English that covers fashion, technology, digital trends, food, DIY and other lifestyle issues, and is aimed at widely interested, well-educated, independent women.

Mobile technology influencing the way we read, write

As the face of media changes, journalists and the public are adapting, both consciously and unconsciously, to new mobile technologies and multimedia news platforms.

AOL’s closure of various Patch sites brings hyperlocal journalism into the limelight

Patch, the network of hyperlocal news sites that have been heavily invested in by AOL since they purchased them in 2009, is having to be scaled back considerably, with “a number of Patches” to be closed on 7 October. These cut backs provoke further questioning of hyperlocal journalism and its longevity and place in the media world.

New sites show how digital media is helping drive innovation

The fact that developments in digital media are changing the face of journalism as we know it is not news to anyone. Supporters of the more traditional institution of journalism often view the speed and extent to which these developments are taking place somewhat anxiously. Undeniably, the development of digital media is affecting more institutionalised forms of journalism, however what is often not focussed on, as Mathew Ingram recently pointed out, is the positive side of this change – namely the dynamic innovation that digital developments not only facilitate but also encourage.

Washington Post launches Topicly, a new visual news platform

The Washington Post yesterday launched new visual reading feature ‘Topicly’ for its website and mobile platforms. Grouping articles by theme and then linking these under an image in a grid, the homepage is like a chequer board of different news topics, each leading to a wealth of relevant stories, commentaries, graphics and multimedia surrounding the issue.

Quartz reaps the rewards of its forward-thinking strategies

Any avid observer of news trends will have noticed that in 2013 the biggest pieces of ‘news news’ have been mobile-first strategies and sponsored content. Quartz magazine, launched a year ago, foresaw the potential of both of these trends and now seems to be reaping the rewards of being one step ahead of the curve.