Crowdfunding promising for mainstream media, too

A journalism industry counting pennies and cutting staff salivated at the idea of crowdfunding, which declared itself as a viable business model for journalism last year. But the strategy seemed out of reach for mainstream media organisations — until recently.

Could Facebook’s mobile news service fill the gap left by Google Reader?

Having introduced Poke as a rival to Snapchat and Instagram’s new video service to take on Vine, as well as rolling out its own brand of Twitter-inspired hashtags, Facebook is reportedly now set to offer a challenge to Flipboard and Pulse with a news aggregation app for smartphones and tablets.

Why newsrooms need smart TV apps

If your news organization doesn’t have a smart TV app, designing one should be a top priority, data from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism suggests.

Zeitung Digital 2013 in pictures

Zeitung Digital 2013, a joint WAN-IFRA and BDZV conference, took place on 19 and 20 June in Frankfurt, Germany. Here are some impressions from the show floor.

Paid online content has optimistic future, study suggests

More people are paying for online news, and those who don’t digitally subscribe are warming to the idea of doing so, according to a new study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

At Colombia’s El Tiempo, partnerships are the key

Jon Ruiz is CEO of Casa Editorial El Tiempo, publisher of Colombia’s leading national daily newspaper and numerous other publications. He joined the company in 2004 after five years with Unilever and 15 years with Philip Morris. On 30-31 October he will give a keynote speech at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Latinoamérica 2013 in Bogotá. We talked with him ahead of the conference, to get a picture of the challenges faced by a successful Latin American publisher in the age of the Internet.

Social media editor role isn’t dying; it’s expanding

The social media editor is not dead, contrary to Rob Fishman’s widely-circulated thesis, published in BuzzFeed on 29 May. Industry analysts agree that the job is still essential to newsrooms, but its responsibilities are evolving. Focus has shifted from marketing to editorial, with staffers living up to the title “editor.”

Leisure newswire AFP-Relaxnews launches in Brazil

Agence France Presse and Relaxnews will launch their leisure and lifestyle newswire service in Brazil on 26 June with the aim of reinforcing their status as world leaders in the leisure news business.

BuzzFeed becomes a ‘serious news machine’ with new foreign editor

BuzzFeed is on a mission to become a force of high-quality international news coverage by hiring Miriam Elder, currently Moscow bureau chief for the Guardian, as its foreign editor. Elder will be working on “expanding and shaping the social news site’s foreign and overseas coverage [and] building a team of reporters who will break news and cover major world events.”

WAN-IFRA takes steps to control data leakage

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has launched a new initiative to ensure that users of news sites are protected from unauthorized collection of data, said an official press release published by Deputy CEO and Director of Communications and Public Affairs Larry Kilman on 8 June.