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#PPAconf: Why cover design matters for the Big Issue

May 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Events, Magazines

In the past year, the Big Issue has changed dramatically, regaining its reputation as a “magazine with teeth”, according to editor Paul McNamee.

Speaking at yesterday’s PPA conference in London, he said: “We are a very different magazine than we were a year ago and a radically different magazine from 24 months ago.”

The Big Issue has seen big changes since it teamed up with Dennis Publishing. With editorial now run from Glasgow and one national edition of the magazine, McNamee concentrated on  “the four Cs”, cover, content, columnists and community, to give the magazine some bite.

He told delegates: “The cover was the most important. [A bold cover] could attract a lot of attention and make a lot of noise.

“We had to find a way to find our own space again.”

Simplifying the cover’s design to one element, McNamee showed the delegates how the front page was markedly different to what it was before the magazine’s relaunch. He said: “[The cover has] one, single element to it every week that has power and impact and something to say.”

Along with enlisting footballer Joey Barton as a columnist and strengthening the magazine’s relationship with its vendors, McNamee said he believed the end product is something which will stand the test of time.

“We’ve been going for 21 years now – hopefully, we’ll be around for another few yet.”

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#news2011: Follow the Global Editors Network summit in Hong Kong

November 28th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism

Over the next few days I am in Hong Kong to report on the Global Editors Network’s first summit after the organisation launched earlier this year.

The first day of sessions include discussions on topics such as personalisation, lessons from the Arab spring, organising newsrooms with mobile in mind and “the WikiLeaks effect”.

Reports from the conference will be published on Journalism.co.uk. I will also be tweeting from some of the sessions from @journalism_live.

The full schedule for the event is here and there is more information on the planned sessions and speakers at this link.

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#wef11: A round-up of coverage from the World Editors Forum in Vienna

Last week I was in Vienna reporting on the World Editors Forum. Here is a links round-up of coverage from the three day conference:

News

NYT.com: ‘incredibly surprising’ growth in unique users

Knight News Challenge to run three times a year

Nova24 editor: The situation for Italian newspapers ‘is tragic’

Global circulation falls as readers become ‘promiscuous’

WEF calls for pressure on Eritrea to release journalists

Blog

‘Many journalists are slaves to a CMS – think beyond that’ (with audio)

News outlets need to produce ‘caviar content’

Publishers share paywall strategies and lessons learnt (with audio)

Zeit Online’s Wolfgang Blau on not being ‘locked into an app’ (with audio)

Ten lessons on news app creation from Mario Garcia

‘Newspapers need to work out what makes them unique and invest in it’

Panellists share advice on how to build communities

Jim Brady of Journal Register Company talks open newsrooms (with audio)

Why Der Spiegel and the Hindu used WikiLeaks as a source

Journalists must become more aggressive, says Daniel Domscheit-Berg (with audio)

‘News industry is in the vortex of a fast changing world’

‘Publishers need to focus on quality journalism on all platforms’

Extra audio

Jim Roberts of the New York Times discusses the Times’ digital subscriptions model

Jacob Mathew, president of WAN IFRA, talks about the importance of self-regulation for progression

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#mobilemedia11: A Storify of the event

June 14th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Mobile

TheMediaBriefing’s latest conference Mobile Media Strategies kicked off this morning. Our technology correspondent Sarah Marshall is reporting from the event on Journalism.co.uk and via Twitter @journalism_live.

You can also fill up on the day’s events so far with the Storify below which curates content from the morning panels and discussions.


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#media140: Full coverage from media140 2011

Last week I attended the media140 conference in Barcelona, which focused on the use of social technologies in journalism. The two-day event was filled with presentations, debates and demonstrations, and I’ve collected together my coverage from our blog and news pages below.

News

Al Jazeera’s early start reporting revolutions

Jay Rosen on a ‘golden age’ of press freedom

Amnesty International launches news service

Human story of Japanese earthquake lost in nuclear scaremongering

Big Society solution for supporting citizen journalism

On the blog

Pat Kane keynote speech: Back to basics for journalism industry

Carlos Alonso’s favourite tools to find stories behind the data

Get messy with mobile journalism says Adam Westbrook

Huff Po bloggers take legal action for back pay

Jay Rosen’s eight points of ‘the great horizontal’

El Pais writer Joseba Elola witnessing history with WikiLeaks

Choice of multiple business models as traditional press dies off

Top tips on managing your online identity

Podcasts

#jpod – Day one round-up with interviews

#jpod – Day two round-up with interviews

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#media140: Follow the event with Journalism.co.uk

April 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Events, Journalism


Today and tomorrow Journalism.co.uk will be attending the Media140 event in Barcelona. You can see the full agenda for the event here.

Coverage will be available on Journalism.co.uk’s news and blog pages throughout the two day conference, and you can also keep an eye on Journalism.co.uk’s Twitter channels @journalismnews and @journalism_live for other tidbits during the event under the #media140 hashtag.

Picture shows Media-TIC building where Media140 Barcelona is being held.

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Cardiff University journalism school to hold alumni conference

August 24th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism

Cardiff University’s Centre for Journalism is celebrating its 40th anniversary in October with a conference for its alumni focused on ‘Tomorrow’s Journalists’.

Speakers will include alumni who have gone on to become key figures in journalism, including Ben Brown from BBC News and Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News, who will chair sessions at the conference. More recent graduates including Hattie Brett from Grazia, Sally Rourke from ITV and Hannah Waldram from the Guardian, will also speak on the day.

The conference will be followed by a gala dinner.

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John Welsh: Seven tips for conference 2.0

April 15th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Multimedia

John Welsh’s latest tips offer guidance for making the most of web applications while participating in a digital conference. And for number seven, he goes old-school:

“Do some traditional note taking. Most delegates spend every session with their heads over a laptop, interacting with the speakers online. It is very addictive. But you are far less likely to walk out with decent notes or even listen properly. So, just occasionally, close down the laptop, shut off the mobile device, ignore the Twitter feed and open a notebook instead.”

Full post at this link…

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Conference tweets: live from two international journalism events

September 12th, 2008 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

We’re a little bit sad here at Journalism.co.uk towers that we didn’t get to go to either of this week’s major journalism conferences, the Global International Journalism Conference (GIJC) in Lillehammer, Norway and the Online News Association (ONA) in Washington DC.

But we got our web feelers out and collated these Twitters for your perusal.

Over at the ONA Twitter Search you can follow the Poynter Group, who are all twittering madly (you’ll need to create yourself an account to log in) and you can see the tweets from the first session of the morning here. The ONA has put together information about the Twitterers, discussion groups and podcasts here.

Or follow blogger supremo Pat Thornton, who was a little bit bored this afternoon…

Meanwhile over GIJC Twitterland we picked up this Tweet about Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Hajj –  imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for six years.

We’ll be back with a better summary of the conferences’ outcomes next week, when we’ve spoken to a few more participants.

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