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What’s up at the Straits Times?

2021-05-19. Amid the global search for sustainable business models for news publishers, Singapore Press Holdings plans to transfer its media businesses, including the Straits Times and Business Times, to a not-for-profit entity. It’s an initiative from the group’s corporate and editorial leaders in response to the relentless shareholder pressure. We asked SPH’s editor in chief, Warren Fernandez, for the background.

Wolfgang Kummer, longtime Linotype CEO, dies at 94

2021-05-17. Dr. Wolfgang Kummer, a pioneer of desktop publishing in the 1980s, passed away on 10 May 2021, his 94th birthday. He was Managing Director of Linotype Germany and later the CEO of the worldwide Linotype Group for almost 30 years.

QUEST toolkits: new resources to support science journalism

2021-05-14. The collection of handbooks, checklists, guides and other materials from the QUEST project aims to help journalists writing about science improve their skillsets and expertise.

Malawi Media Freedom Committee

2021-05-03. On 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, WAN-IFRA is delighted to welcome the Malawi Media Freedom Committee into its regional and global network of media professionals – all of whom are committed to standing for quality journalism and press freedom while respecting diversity and plurality of voices.

How can AI help improve newsroom productivity?

2021-04-30. The GAMI Briefing #1 looked at how news publishers and journalists are using AI-powered solutions to work more efficiently, what kinds of issues arise when these tools are introduced in the newsroom, and what solutions exist to deal with such challenges.

Can’t we bury the ‘build it and they will come’ approach?

2021-04-19. “‘Build it, and they will come’ is still very much the default mindset for our industry.” That’s how Corrine Podger, Director at Digital Skills Agency, Australia, kicked off a session about a more audience-centric approach to products during the Asian Media Leaders eSummit 2021.

Can’t we bury the ‘build it and they will come’ approach? (Part 2)

2021-04-19. During our recent Asian Media Leaders eSummit, three publishers using data-driven and audience-centric decision-making shared their process for product creation.

Lessons from the outside: How newsrooms learn from other industries

2021-04-13. The opening of 530 new steamboat restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic and a record-smashing purchase of a US$69 million digital artwork might not seem directly relevant to the media industry. Few would even know that the figureheads behind these successes are media veterans.

WAN-IFRA, Google share Impact Report from the inaugural GNI APAC Subscriptions Lab

2021-04-09. Eight Asian publishers participated in the four-month intensive Subscriptions Lab, announced at the first Asian Media Leaders eSummit last July. Designed to accelerate their journeys in building lighthouse examples of subscription success in the region, the program delivered strategic roadmaps and launched small experiments on understanding value propositions, creating loyal paying relationships with readers, optimising the engagement and subscription funnel, and embracing a reader-first strategy and culture.

VG’s Chief Product Officer: ‘If you don’t work on user needs, you won’t succeed’

Schibsted-owned news publisher VG occupies the dominant position in Norway’s media landscape. Established as a print newspaper in 1945, the brand has grown to become the country’s No. 1 digital platform with 3 million unique visitors every day across devices.