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Digital Media India 2021: How technology can aid the “new normal”

The tenth edition of WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media India (DMI) conference was held virtually from 2 to 4 March, with more than 200 news media executives from over 15 countries in attendance.

Despite the tech giant tug of war, keep an eye on these five trends

Governments in Australia, US and Europe are at loggerheads with tech giants, pushing them to pay publishers for the news hosted on these platforms. Here are five critical trends on how the tech companies are changing news consumption.

Dmitry Shishkin: “News consumers want much more than information”

As part of the Cultural Change Ignition Program for Latin American News Publishers, organized by WAN-IFRA and the Facebook Journalism Project, consultant and former editor of BBC World explains why and how the media should understand and satisfy their audience needs.

Flexing the Muscles of Information Power in Australia

Since July 2020, the global news media industry has been looking at Australia’s draft code, that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news. Now that the code is law, we can look at the Australian experience as a case study to understand how platforms have consolidated their role of gatekeepers over information globally.

New Lisbon community news publication, with cafe HQ, launched

Mensagem, a newly launched online publication about Portugal’s capital city, is headquartered in a café in a bid to foster debate, exchanges and conversations with residents and readers.

Lessons from Norway’s Amedia on driving subscribers and keeping them

Seventy-five percent of all page views on Amedia’s websites are identified to specific individuals. This is crucial to being able to personalise and have a data driven approach to everything from journalism to marketing activities, says Haakon Johansen, the company’s VP Consumer Market.

Survey shock: Young readers trust quality news and a good proportion are prepared to pay €6 for a monthly digital subscription

As part of my masters’ thesis, I recently asked 355 participants between 18 and 34 years old from Europe, the United States and Mexico about their digital news preferences and how much they are willing to pay for a subscription.

India’s The Federal doubles down on data visualisation

When India’s New Media Generation decided to launch The Federal digital media platform in 2019, visual storytelling was deemed so vital to its success that a dedicated data visualisation team was formed from Day 1.

Lakshmi Chaudhry on how upstart Splainer grabs a niche – and subscribers

Lakshmi Chaudhry is the founder of India’s Splainer, which she dubs Newsletter 2.0. She talks to WAN-IFRA about what goes into launching a business in the middle of a pandemic, the employed content strategy and fighting news fatigue.

Mar Cabra: We need to disassociate from the idea that being vulnerable means not being a good journalist

During the 2016 Panama Papers investigation, Mar Cabra was leading the data team at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Having reached the top of her profession, and in spite of being awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Mar decided to walk away from journalism; she was burnt out.

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