Tag Archives: the International Herald Tribune

Thomas Crampton: Telling WAN-IFRA how it really is

Today in Kuala Lumpur, former International Herald Tribune journalist Thomas Crampton will address the newly merged industry body WAN-IFRA in a keynote speech on social media.

But Crampton says the crowd is unlikely to welcome what he says, because:

1) He hasn’t bought a print copy of the International Herald Tribune since he left his job with the title two years ago;

2) In his new job at Ogilvy, he advises clients on why they no longer need to go through the media;

3) He believes the downward slide for newspapers is going to get steeper still;

4) Businesses based on ‘chewing dead trees’ aren’t feasible in this age of environmental concern.

Crampton also responds to some comments left on the post, in particular stating that he isn’t dismissing the value of journalism.

We look forward to hearing the speech, if he makes it available, and the reaction it gets…

Full post at this link…

FT scoops six prizes at SOPA awards

The Financial Times’ Chinese-language website, FTChinese.com, took the prize for best feature writing at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards last night.

The site was one of six winners for the FT, which also took home gongs for newspaper design, digital journalism (for reporting on China and the Olympics) and scoop of the year.

FTChinese.com’s winning effort was an article on 30 years of reforms in China.

The title’s Mumbai correspondent, Joe Leahy, was also named journalist of the year at the event.

A full list of the award winners, which also saw the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek recognised, can be downloaded at this link.

IHT.com: ‘The globalisation of censorship’ via libel tourism

“How are a few extraordinarily wealthy individuals from the most senior ranks of the world’s most brutally repressive societies succeeding in muzzling free speech on major international issues? The unlikely answer is, simply, by ‘visiting’ London”, writes Christopher Walker at the International Herald Tribune.

“An increasing number of well-heeled litigants – libel tourists – are using England’s plaintiff-friendly libel laws to silence critics. Unlike American law, which sets a high bar for libel lawsuits, English common law puts the burden of proof on the defendant, who can be hit with enormous damages and legal costs,” Walker reports.

Full story at this link…

Also see Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press at this link, for a summary of the bill re-introduced in the House.

(Not) speaking Dutch: new English language website launches with a Netherlands theme

NRC Handelsblad launched an English language website this week… for people with an interest in the Netherlands and its news.

As a press release published at MarketWatch said, the new website will target foreigners who cannot read Dutch, but are interested in Dutch ‘quality journalism’.

News, features and opinion will be published daily, reflecting domestic issues, and looking at international news that impacts the Netherlands.

There will be a discussion forum, concentrating on current affairs, to which well-known Dutch nationals will contribute.

Nrc.nl/international is a collaboration with German site Spiegel Online, which has existing partnerships with the International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.

The site is also linked to DutchNews.nl, the work of two British journalists. The editors of DutchNews.nl will translate and edit articles for Nrc.nl/international.

International news website planned by US media veteran

The founder of one of America’s largest regional news networks is to launch a website dedicated to international news.

Philip Balboni, who established the New England Cable News (NECN) in the US, will resign from his post as NECN president in March to launch Global News Enterprises in early 2009.

The site aims to have correspondents in nearly 70 countries, a press release from NECN said.

According to a report in the International Herald Tribune, $7 million (around £3.5 million) has been raised to fund the news site.

“The world in every respect is globalizing, and we’re being swept up in it with the economy, our lives, our leisure times, our children’s education. And the American people are not being well-served by our media. The moment is right for this,” Balboni told the Tribune.

Revamped Reuters business section on IHT.com goes live

Last month we reported that Reuters and the International Herald Tribune were partnering to revamp the IHT’s financial news offering online and launch a daily co-branded world business report in the newspaper.

The new section of the IHT.com site – renamed Business with Reuters – has gone live today and features news analysis and comment from IHT, Reuters and New York Times business writers and columnists.