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#Podcast: Building a better comment experience on news sites

August 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

Just this week the New York Times experimented with a new way to add value to the way comments feature on article pages, with specially selected ‘Reader Perspectives’ brought higher up in the article.

This is part of the Times’s efforts to continue to improve the comment experience for all, and one result is to encourage a greater quality of conversation.

In this week’s podcast we find out more about key strategies taken by a variety of news outlets including tips for growing discussion in the first place, how to encourage a high-quality conversation and a look at the impact of new digital reporting styles on how the comment thread could evolve in the future.

We hear from:

  • Laura Oliver, community manager, the Guardian
  • Marc Lavallee, deputy editor, interactive news, the New York Times
  • Bassey Etim, community manager, the New York Times
  • David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror, regionals
  • Tom Miller, product strategist, Hearst Magazines UK
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#Tip: Be creative and location-relevant with vox-pops

March 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Trinity Mirror Regional’s digital publishing director David Higgerson blogged some thoughts on vox-pops late last week, which could inspire some creative thinking for others before they head out to capture quotes in the future.

Some of Higgerson’s tips include, as the journalist, being situated somewhere as relevant to the story as possible, to encourage the best contributions.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at email us using this link.

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#jpod – Celebrating Local Newspaper Week: Innovations in digital at the regionals

May 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

This week is Local Newspaper Week so a good time to take a look at how regional publishers are innovating in digital.

In this week’s podcast, technology correspondent Sarah Marshall speaks to:

  • Nigel Vincent, head of online editorial development at Newsquest
  • Marc Cooper, head of publishing at Northcliffe Digital
  • Ed Walker,  senior digital producer, Trinity Mirror

They talk about how journalists working for the regional titles are approaching social media, data journalism and mobile – or iPad – reporting.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.

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NUJ: More newspaper bosses should take pay cuts

February 10th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism

The National Union of Journalists has welcomed news that Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger has offered to take a pay cut – and the union has called on other newspaper bosses to do the same.

The Guardian reported that Rusbridger would take a 10 per cent voluntary cut in the 2012-13 financial year, from £438,900 to £395,010. His pension contribution will also be reduced.

NUJ deputy general secretary Barry Fitzpatrick said in a release:

“I welcome Alan’s response to the NUJ’s suggestion that he should take a pay cut and show a lead to executives within the industry at a time when many journalists face redundancy and pay freezes. I hope that others including Sly Bailey, chief executive of Trinity Mirror, and Richard Desmond owner of the Express newspapers, will now be following suit.”

Trinity Mirror investors have expressed concern about Bailey’s pay package, almost £1.7 million in 2010. The company’s share price has fallen by 87 per cent in the past decade.

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Media release: Mirror launching personalised web content

January 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Media releases, Online Journalism

Trinity Mirror is to deliver personalised web content across its national news and entertainment sites using “recommendation engine technology” by Rummble Labs, a London-based technology start-up.

In a release, Rummble Labs said it will integrate its technology across the Mirror’s website, 3am and the Mirror’s football site to “provide better targeted and personalised content to users”.

The technology will deliver personalised content by combining real-time analysis of social data with site activity, the release states.

Rummble Labs said that the technology will allow Trinity Mirror to take activity data and combine it with meaningful social data insights from Facebook, to provide powerful recommendations on content or products.

In the release, Chris Ellis, Trinity Mirror’s managing director, digital, nationals division, said:

The recommendation engine will provide highly-personalised content for our users and will drive engagement and page views across our news, entertainment and sports sites.

Alex Housley, chief operating officer, Rummble Labs said:

We will be helping Trinity Mirror make sense of a huge amount of social data and enabling them to unlock the real value of that data.

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Daily Mirror publisher faces ‘three to four’ phone-hacking cases, says lawyer

Announcing the launch of an internal review of editorial controls and practices last week, Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror, was keen to stress that the review was not connected to recent phone-hacking allegations levelled against its tabloid.

The publisher issued a statement in response to the claims that the Mirror was implicated in the use of the so-called dark arts, calling them “totally unsubstantiated”.

But allegations concerning the paper have since mounted. Lawyer Mark Lewis, who has represented a number of celebrities in phone-hacking suits against News International, said in yesterday’s Sunday Times that the Mirror is facing “about three or four cases which will start within the next few weeks”.

Another report, in the Independent on Sunday, claims that “top investors” in Trinity Mirror, undoubtedly concerned by the steep share-price drop the company saw last week, “want to know more” and have quizzed chief executive Sly Bailey.

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, who was fired by Bailey in 2004, has come under scrutiny as the spotlight shifts from News International to Trinity Mirror, although he denies any knowledge of criminality at the Mirror during his time there. Conservative MP Louise Mensch was forced to apologise to Morgan in parliament last week, after incorrectly stating he had admitted being aware of phone hacking at the tabloid.

Citing evidence collected by the Information Commissioner’s Operation Motorman report, blogger Guido Fawkes has alleged that Morgan signed off on £442,000-worth of invoices submitted to the paper by a private detective. It is important to note, however, that the use of a private detective does not necessarily involve any criminality.

According to a report in yesterday’s (31 July) Sunday Telegraph, Trinity Mirror is planning to increase its cost-cutting target for the year from £15 million to £25 million, triggering further job losses.

The company is due to publish its annual financial results on 11 August.

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Trinity Mirror’s north east editorial director to leave after 22 years

July 25th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Jobs, Local media

The editorial director of the north east regional division of Trinity Mirror Paul Robertson is to leave after 22 years working for the publisher.

In a statement Robertson, who was also editor of the Newscastle Evening Chronicle, said he was after a “fresh challenge”.

Having project managed the recent change in the Chronicle publishing schedule, I think it’s now the right time for me to seek a fresh challenge. The team in the north east is outstanding and I would like to thank them all for their support. I will miss the place but most of all the people I have worked with, many of whom are friends as well as colleagues. I wish everyone at ncjMedia and GMC the best of luck and success for the future.

According to Trinity Mirror, under Robertson’s editorship many new platforms and campaigns have been created, such as Your Health, Community Champions and the Great Family Read. He was also “centrally involved in driving the multimedia agenda, overseeing the launch of ChronicleLive”, a release added.

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Media release: Chris Ellis appointed MD of digital for Trinity Mirror nationals

May 17th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Chris Ellis

Trinity Mirror today announced the appointment of Chris Ellis to a newly created role of managing director, digital, within its nationals division.

The former senior vice president and chief operating officer for Europe at MySpace will be responsible for increasing digital growth, according to a release.

Chris Ellis, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Trinity Mirror. I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the new dedicated digital group which, together with such a strong editorial heritage and passionate consumer base, means the company is well positioned to take full advantage of the growth of all things digital.”

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Trinity Mirror reports 10 per cent drop in advertising revenue

May 12th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Editors' pick, Newspapers

Advertising revenues at Trinity Mirror dropped by 10 percent in the first four months of the year, according to an interim management statement published today.

Overall revenues decreased by six per cent year-on-year, excluding the revenues from GMG Regional Media, acquired by Trinity Mirror last year. Within its regional division Trinity Mirror’s digital revenues grew on an adjusted basis by three per cent, while national digital revenues fell by nine per cent, which the company put down to continued declines in Bingo revenue.

The trading environment remains challenging due to the fragile economic environment and the adverse effect of public sector spending cuts and tax increases. These factors continue to adversely impact the key drivers of our business, such as consumer confidence, unemployment and the property market and are contributing to revenue declines.

In March, Trinity Mirror reported a 17 per cent rise in operating profit for 2010, following the acquisition of GMG Regional Media.

Trinity Mirror’s report follows Johnston Press’ results published earlier this week, which showed a 10.6 per cent drop in advertising revenue across print and digital.

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Sky News: Trinity Mirror approached Mecom for merger

January 12th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Local media

Sky News blogger Mark Kleinman reports today that Trinity Mirror made a secret merger approach to Mecom, one of Europe’s biggest regional newspaper publishers.

According to the Sky News report, Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Daily Mirror and around 150 regional titles in the UK, approached Mecom with an all-share merger offer in November but was rebuffed.

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror told today that it doesn’t comment on market speculation.

Mecom has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Full Sky News blog post at this link.

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