Publishers Launch Global Exchange on Copyright

On the sidelines of the World Newspaper Congress, publishers gathered to share experiences, at the global level, with online content aggregators and how they impact the news business. The IP and Copyright Forum is born.

Some best practices for charging for digital content

Over the years, news outlets have experimented with a variety of models for online paid content. There’s no secret recipe, but here are some examples of the best practices for paid content, based on research by the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association, presented by Digital Director Geir Engen during the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

Paywalls are good for journalism, believes Globe and Mail’s John Stackhouse

“Paywalls work if they are supporting good journalism,” said John Stackhouse, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, presenting in the Paywalls: To charge or not to charge session at the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

An optimistic outlook on the news market in post-Soviet States

Five international speakers discussed their respective markets for newspapers, in a panel entitled “Around the World in 60 Minutes,” held during the opening session of the 65th World Newspaper Congress, 20th World Editors Forum and 23rd World Advertising Forum in Bangkok.

Africa is changing fast, and the news industry with it

Africa is changing, said Amadou Mhatar Ba, CEO of the African Media Initiative, at the Around the World Session at the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok. The average GDP has increased from about $400 at around the turn of the century to more than $1000 now, and the middle class is starting to grow.

Defending profit margins through transformation at Singapore Press Holdings

With a profit margin of 35%, many newspaper publishers would consider Singapore Press Holdings to be in an enviable position. But Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the company’s English and Malay language newspapers, says that guarding that margin is a tough challenge. Daniel was speaking at the opening session of the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

Schibsted Sweden sees digital revenues surge

Anders Berglund, Vice President of Sales for Schibsted Media Group Sweden, discussed how his company is successfully navigating disruptive change during today’s Digital Media Round Table in Bangkok.

Using data to move beyond news to building tools

There is an abundance of creative ways to use data to tell stories and build tools that will help you cultivate a loyal, engaged audience, said Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein at today’s Editors Masterclass on the data revolution, at the World Editors Forum in Bangkok.

How is L’Opinion faring after its first two weeks?

Two weeks on from the launch of his new “liberal, pro-business” daily newspaper, Nicolas Beytout describes his state of mind as “satisfied and realistic,” while sales figures have shown that the newspaper is slowly picking up speed.

The Financial Times launches rapid-fire news service, fastFT

The Financial Times has launched a digital breaking-news platform to facilitate the rapid delivery of “market-moving news and views 24 hours a day” in the form of 150-300 word stories. By providing up-to-the-minute reporting, it is hoped that this new application will encourage the “active news consumer” to stay loyal to the FT for their daily fix of financial news.