Facebook News reaches “significant new audiences”

Facebook News integrates news into a single, dedicated space on the app. Anne Kornblut, Global Head of Curation at Facebook, in her keynote address at Digital Media Asia 2020, reported strong initial traction for the dedicated news tab, with engagement and retention growing quickly.

Lookout Local: Ken Doctor’s prescription for sustaining local media in the US

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of authoritarian regimes have been challenging newsrooms, Lookout Local aims to create a sustainable business model by focusing on its community and readers so that journalism can thrive.

Tips for news publishers on monetising video, audio

Digital video and audio consumption have grown exponentially. Ajay Chacko, co-founder and CEO of Arré; Lottie Laws, head of global video solutions at Twitter Australia; and Roby Alampay, founder and CEO of Puma Public Productions, recently discussed tips and best practices for monetising video and audio at Digital Media Asia 2020.

Partly back in its newsroom, Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv sees benefits in flexibility

Dagens Næringsliv (DN), a leading Norwegian news company known for its business reporting, investigative and feature journalism has been gradually bringing back some staff to its physical newsroom to a level of about 50 percent of what it was pre-COVID.

How podcasting is developing in Africa

Podcasts are a rare point of growth in the current media landscape. They are valued for convenience, intimacy, and choice. The younger, better educated audience is also highly desirable to advertisers.

How social media platforms and financial instability are threatening press freedom

While authoritarian control, persecution, and physical violence continue to pose a massive danger to journalists and their work, social media giants and news organisations’ struggle to achieve financial sustainability also play a significant role in threatening press freedom and the news media ecosystem as a whole.

Le Parisien doubles its digital subscribers, sets goal of 200,000

In the past year, France’s Le Parisien has doubled both its numbers of digital subscribers and its revenues from digital subscriptions largely through an effort to produce far more “premium” articles that are for subscribers only.

Comic strips, real-time dashboards, WhatsApp podcasts: South African newsrooms’ COVID-19 offerings

This year, WAN-IFRA introduced a Members’ Choice Award in the category of “Best COVID-19 Special Project” as part of its Digital Media Africa Awards competition.

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima.

Daily Nation’s Mary Mbewe inspires young women journalists to become leaders

Mary Mbewe has become a role model for women journalists in Zambia, quietly moving up the editorial ranks and exemplifying how women can become successful media leaders. As this year’s WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Laureate for Africa, Mbewe says women journalists must continue to strive to be their best.