The challenge facing newspapers is not only to embrace the iPad's abilities in sophisticated apps, but to learn how to turn links into a consistent, continuous news show across all devices: web, mobile, and tablet.
“In Russia, the internet – as an ad medium – under-performs and over-promises; that’s a good thing,” says Vasily Gatov, vice president of the Russian Publisher's Guild and owner/publisher of "625 Publishers."
The year 2009 hit the media industry in Russia particularly hard. Was there a significant rebound in advertising expenditure in 2010?
Press manufacturer: Goss International to adjust capacity
Goss International will reduce the work force at its facility in Montataire, France by approximately 300 people. It will allow the company to adjust capacity according to market demand and improve the competitiveness of its European operations, the company says.
Paper manufacturers: UPM to acquire Myllykoski and Rhein Papier
UPM-Kymmene Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Myllykoski Corporation and Rhein Papier GmbH. The approximate enterprise value of the businesses acquired is EUR 900 million. Myllykoski Corporation and Rhein Papier GmbH consist of seven publication paper mills in Germany, Finlandand the United States. The total annual paper production capacity is 2.8 million tonnes.
“German newspapers are seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. More new products – print and digital – are being launched, and there's more confidence that those products will work for advertisers as well as the audience,” says Katja Riefler, founder of consulting business RISolutions and the European director of AIM Group.
E-Reading: Murdoch plans iPad newspaper
It has emerged recently that Rupert Murdoch (Chairman of News Corporation) is planning a cooperation with Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a view to launching on the market a daily newspaper for Tablet devices, especially the iPad, in the near future. According to unconfirmed reports, "The Daily", as it will be called, will cost 99 cent per issue and will be updated several times during the course of the day. It is reported that the project will benefit from an initial investment of about US$ 30 million.
Amazon has announced new revenue-sharing terms for magazines and newspapers wishing to join the Kindle platform. Publishers will keep 70 percent of the retail price (minus delivery costs) of each publication sold.
Wie eine aktuelle Stimmungsuntersuchung unter rund 2200 Journalisten aus Deutschland, Österreich, der Schweiz und Slowenien ergeben hat, wird der Spagat zwischen redaktioneller Freiheit und wirtschaftlichem Druck für Journalisten zunehmend schwieriger. Rund 60 Prozent arbeiten in ihrem Beruf unter (teils erheblichem) ökonomischem Druck. In acht von zehn Fällen hat sich dieser in den letzten Jahren verschärft, ein Drittel berichtet sogar über einen deutlich stärkeren Druck als noch vor ein paar Jahren.
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