Activist and human rights campaigner Jemima Khan is to join the Independent as an associate news editor.
Khan will be writing interviews as well as contributing comment and features pages of the Independent and cut-price sister title i. She will also take on some commissioning duties.
She joins the Independent after guest-editing April’s edition of the New Statesman, which focused on freedom of information and free speech.
Khan interviewed Nick Clegg for the edition, about life in the coalition government and his relationship with David Cameron.
Simon Kelner, editor-in-chief of the Independent and i, said: “Anyone who knows Jemima will know that she is a forceful character with strong views. And anyone who saw her issue of the Statesman will have seen that she has an editorial flair.”
Khan said that she was “thrilled with the opportunity”.
“I am a huge fan of both papers and am very excited to be able to work with a talented team of writers and editors,” she added.
Khan appeared in an advert for i earlier this year alongside comedian Dom Joly. The Advertising Standards Agency ruled in May that the advert was misleading in its claim that i contained “no celeb gossip nonsense”.
Portuguese daily newspaper i (short for informação, not to be confused with the new bite-sized Independent), has been named the world’s best designed newspaper by the Society for News Design.
Judges in the 32nd annual Best of Newspaper Design Creative Competition said that the paper “stood out for its ability to take the best of the visual language of newspapers, magazines and other publications and create something new that is more than the sum of its parts”.
It’s compact. It’s fresh. It’s consistent, yet full of surprises. Its magazine-like size allows the reader to hold the newspaper close; the format invites the reader to engage more deeply. The publication is packed with information, yet extremely well organized, using elements of layering and editing to draw readers into every page.
i, which is closer to a magazine in format and is stapled, launched in May 2009, aiming to experiment as much as possible with design and layout. “”We just don’t care,” said Martim Figueiredo, publisher and editor of i, at the 2009 World Association of Newspapers (WAN) conference.
“There are no obligations. The only obligation of our news team is to target what people want each morning (…) we organise the news so that people don’t get lost.”
The paper also launched with the idea of targeting an untapped audience. According to a report from the Editors Weblog in 2009, 23 per cent of i’s readers had not regularly read newspapers before.
The title won European Newspaper of the Year in the 2009 European Newspaper Awards.
See a slideshow of images of i at this link.
The Guardian reported this morning that sales of the Independent’s new daily compact i are understood to have “dropped off to close to an average daily sale of 70,000”.
Initial sales were thought to be at about 180,000 the report claims, based on information from “several sources”.
In the third week after launch, the week commencing 8 November, average daily sales ranged from about 75,000 to 85,000; by the end of last week average daily sales appeared to be hovering close to 70,000 to 73,000, according to industry sources.
Newspaper Innovation looks at the Independent’s plans to launch a new 20p daily newspaper and considers its sources of inspiration, including Portuguese newspaper i (as mentioned by Journalism.co.uk on Monday).
This paper was launched in May 2009 with a print run of 100,000. Cover price was €1 – so more expensive than the Independent’s ‘i’ and also with more pages. The paper is published by Sojormedia Capital, owned by the Lena Group.
Since launch, however, the paper got in serious troubles, as the public demand for the paper was less than expected. Editor Martim Avillez Figuereido left the paper after disagreements with the management.
The post also considers the fortunes of similar “lite” newspapers, such as Welt Kompakt, Chicago’s RedEye and Red Streak – and suggests that the Independent’s plans might not be plain sailing.
Full post on Newspaper Innovation at this link…
Independent Print Limited will launch a new daily newspaper, i, according to reports – first mentioned by the Guardian on Friday.
i, which will be produced by the Independent, will target “readers and lapsed readers” of quality newspapers and offer a digested read of the day’s news and analysis for 20p.
Says the Independent:
[The paper] will combine intelligence with brevity and depth with speed of reading, providing an essential daily briefing.
Full story on Media Week at this link…
Interesting to note the existence of another newspaper under the same name: Portugal’s i.
Over on the main site we’re reporting on how a recently launched Portuguese newspaper, i, is innovating across platforms – targeting breaking news online at social networks; redesigning the traditional print format to four section; and redesigning its newsroom.
The seven-month-old title has shown circulation growth and is attracting previously non-newspaper consumers as readers, says publisher and editor Martim Figueiredo.
Read the full piece on i at this link – here are some photos of a special edition of the paper prepared for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) conference, to give you an idea of what it looks like:
All coverage of #WANIndia2009 from Journalism.co.uk can be found at this link.