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FT launches new look homepage

The Financial Times will (from Tuesday) sport a new homepage design across each of its online editions.

Below is a screengrab of the new look and here’s Journalism.co.uk’s interview with Kate Mackenzie, interactive editor at the FT, on the redesign.

Kate had some views on personalisation of news, in particular how the debate around this issue has changed in the last 10 years:


And explained how journalists are encouraged to link out in their work:


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WAN 08: Disparities between pay of web and print journalists – a problem all over the world for integrating newsrooms

Integrating newsrooms isn’t just a matter of putting all you desks in a spoke and fulcrum formation and projecting the web traffic figures on the wall.

The small matter of how you remunerate journalists expected to work both for print and web is an issue for newspapers across the globe.

It’s an issue that the Guardian and Telegraph, to name just two in the UK, have been wrestling with as they bring their divergent print and online editions closer together.

International editors sitting on a panel looking at whether integrated newsrooms are really working at the World Editors Forum, today in Goteborg, Sweden, admitted to a similar set of problems.

Jim Roberts, editor of digital news at the New York Times, told delegates that the Times’ own integration plans were hampered by the different contracts and lower pay web journalists were receiving compared to their print colleagues.

Roberts is overseeing the introduction of a ‘horizontal’ news production system where each separate news department has web producers embedded with them to encourage multimedia content production, oversee publication.

The Times is trying to spread multimedia, video, podcasts and interactive features across all its news verticals – even to the point where the Times is reverse publishing blog content as columns into the printed edition of the newspaper.

This drive for web content has also brought a renewed thirst to keep the newspaper print edition fresh, as Roberts said ‘to redirect this energy back into print’.

But as staff are now expected to work for both web and print, the different contracts they work under has led to union wrangles. WSJ.com managing editor Almar Latour and Javier Moreno, editor-in-chief of El Pais, Spain, agreed that they faced similar contractual problems on their integration projects.

Online news as trustworthy as print for majority of readers, survey claims

Online news platforms are just as trustworthy as their magazine and newspaper editions for the majority of readers, according to a ONLINE survey (Might this a bit of ‘well, obviously’ research?).

Research from the UK’s Association of Online Publishers (AOP) found that 81 per cent of newspaper readers and 74 per cent of magazine readers responding to the survey considered online editions equally trustworthy as the printed version.

The association’s dual consumption survey asked 26,926 respondents across 37 AOP member websites about their usage and attitudes of the sites and their offline equivalents.

All dandy? Well what other results would you expect if you conduct an online survey? Aren’t you more likely to get a response that is receptive to net editions if you ask people using the net – and even using those editions?

Anywho – 72 per cent of newspaper respondents and 66 per cent of magazine respondents considered the website and its offline equivalent to be equally reliable.

Sixty per cent of both newspaper and magazine respondents agreed that the website enabled them to find things faster than using the offline equivalent.

The survey also suggested that individual news and magazine brands were more important than the platforms on which they were delivered, as 60 per cent of respondents did not want to choose between the two as webs and print editions fulfilled different and distinct consumption needs.