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State of the News Industry 2014

  In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future … Continue reading

Developers, media specialists ‘Hack the Future of Journalism’

  Tool incentivizing quality reporting wins top prize Nearly 80 programmers, news executives and community activists teamed up May 31 and June 1 at San Francisco’s KQED Public Media to hack products designed to improve journalism. Incentivizr, which lets paid digital media subscribers allocate a bit of that money directly to the producers of their … Continue reading

Why American Express Wants to Kill Credit Cards

  Leslie Berland has a curious job. She’s paid to think about all the ways to make her company’s flagship product obsolete. Berland leads digital partnerships and development at American Express, the company that pioneered the notion that a piece of colored plastic could not only buy stuff but raise your social status. In the … Continue reading

RJI Study: Newspapers growing revenue in non-traditional ways

Although the overall amounts are small, a handful of alternative revenue streams pursued by daily newspapers are throwing off double-digit profits. And while monetizing digital operations remains a challenge, daily newspaper publishers expect digital revenue to represent a significantly greater share of their revenue stream in the coming three years. Interviews with 416 publishers in … Continue reading

Newspaper publishers remain optimistic about future of their industry

Despite sharp revenue declines over the last five years, publishers of U.S. daily newspapers remain optimistic about the future of their industry. After a year marked by solid growth in mobile products and a proliferation of paid content models, an overwhelming majority of publishers in a recent survey — 69 percent — expressed optimism about … Continue reading

News Corp snaps up ‘social news agency’ Storyful for $25M

While most online video and other social media content is junk, there are hidden gems in there — and they can be exceptionally valuable to news agencies. Storyful combs through that content, aggregating stories from sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and verifying the sources in the process. And now it’s part of News Corp., Rupert … Continue reading

RJI: Newsrooms using Web metrics to evaluate staff, guide editorial decisions

by Reynolds Journalism Institute Web metrics are in widespread use in U.S. newsrooms, and are being used by some newsrooms in evaluating the performance of editors and reporters, a survey of top editors has found. In a survey conducted among 114 members of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) last year, one in five … Continue reading

Gannett report suggests newspaper industry will lose more than $1 billion in advertising this year

by Rick Edmonds By the third quarter, the revenue picture for the newspaper industry is pretty well set. Now that the Newspaper Association of America has stopped compiling quarterly results, we need to look to public company reports for a proxy. And Gannett, which owns 81 community newspapers and USA Today, is representative all by … Continue reading

2013 Q1 Research Report 3: Usage of smartphones together with tablets for news has more than doubled RJI-DPA Mobile Media Research Project

Report examines the use of media tablets and smartphones for news. Respondents who had used a tablet and/or a smartphone during the week prior to taking the surveys increased by only three percentage points overall between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013. But within this grouping, the percentage of news consumers who used both mobile devices … Continue reading

Jeff Jarvis: United States of America won’t kill a citizen for informing citizens about what their government is doing. How big of us.

US will not seek death penalty for Snowden, Holder tells Russia Reports claimed that Snowden had applied for asylum in Russia because he feared torture if he was returned to US The US has told the Russian government that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden should he be extradited, in an … Continue reading

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Architect Oscar Niemeyer

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BACK to BASICS: Portraits

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Designer George Lois

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BODY COPY

Newspaper typefaces require a higher legibility then typefaces used for other printed products. Newspaper are printed on a paper of lesser quality under high speed.

How to redesign 1

Good redesign is driven by a deep understanding of the editorial mission of the publication.

Headline on photographs

The eternal dilemma! Dilemma of all editors on the planet Earth – to put or not put the headline or any kind of type in the photo.

Design Facts

Three elements that will greatly help you to understand how readers are observing you.

Typeface: NY Times Magazine

Sunday Magazine is an expansive family of fonts for information in tiny spaces and headlines at large sizes.

Infographics

When, why and whether to use infographic. The basic fact is that infographic refresh the publication, and it contributes to originality of your product.

A well-designed publication

Everything that a well-designed publication must have...

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