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Little will be keynote speaker at the World Digital Publishing Conference

And while we’re on the theme of digital conferences in Amsterdam, news comes that the Guardian News & Media’s special adviser, Caroline Little, will be the keynote speaker at the annual World Digital Publishing Conference & Expo, to be held October 15-16.

Little was previously behind the Washington Post and Newsweek Interactive’s growth online, as their chief executive officer and publisher. She now advises the Guardian as it expands its online presence in the US.

Other speakers at the conference will include Ilicco Elia, head of mobile Europe for Thomson Reuters, Gary Clarke, director of business development for Amazon Kindle, and Frédéric Sitterlé, new media director for Le Figaro in France.

Organisers say that there are still places available at the conference.

Thomson Reuters creates site for deal makers

Thomson Reuters has rolled out a new channel aimed at business executives, providing data and information on ‘deal-making activity’, a release from the company announced.

Reuters Deals features multimedia content, an aggregation of business articles and columns from titles including Private Equity Week and The Deal magazine, and blog content from Reuters.com, paidContent and more.

Data on the industry sector will be displayed in interactive graphics, including a league table of top deals.

Press Gazette: Automated news will free up journalists, says agency report

Automated news – produced by machines for machines – is set to become an increasingly important part of the news agency’s arsenal, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters.

The news provider hopes the increase of such automated news, for financial information in particular, will free up journalists to write analysis of this info instead.

Three spheres of relevance for news online

Today’s a good day to point at three examples of how you can enhance the value of online news by linking it to additional, meaningful and relevant content.

I’m calling them the Three Spheres of relevance, three different approaches to creating news relevance: locally on a news site by bringing related content to a single destination, by using tagged metadata to enable better linking to relevant material and in the newsgathering process itself (stick with me, this might get into seriously tenuous segue territory).

Thomson Reuters has launched a new version of its semantic tagging tool Open Calais that broadly enhances and builds on its first round of development (hat tip Martin Stabe).

Open Calais has made publicly accessible a piece of internal software used by Thompson Reuters that automatically reads content and creates relationships between different articles, news pieces and reports based on the businesses, places, events, organisations and individuals mentioned in them.

External developers have been encouraged to play with the technology to create an additional level of metadata for their own sites that could offer users a more sophisticated level of additional content around news pieces and blog posts by relying on automatically generated semantic links rather than more rudimentary manual or algorithmically created versions.

The second round of development two has brought WordPress plugins and new modules for Drupal to allow developers to more easily integrate metadata into the applications and third-party tools they are building.

As part of round two, Thomson Reuters has also launched Calais Tagaroo, a WordPress plugin that automatically generates suggested tags for bloggers that want to incorporate additional relevant content to their posts.

This weekend has also seen the launch of New York Times’ Olympics blog, Rings, as a destination where readers can get a plethora of Times content about the Beijing games. The blog is the latest edition to the Times’ Olympics sub-site.

In addition to covering the sporting competition the blog – like the Times’ sub-site – draws in reporting from Times’ sports, foreign and business desks, as well as taking pieces from bureaux in China.

Compare this with the Olympics destination the BBC is running for the games. It could easily draw sporting coverage together with relevant material from the news pages but it has chosen not to make that link and instead leave its users to drift off elsewhere to find out about the other issues surrounding the games. It doesn’t make the most of pulling all the relevant and related material togther in the way the Times does with its blogs and sub-site.

The final example of news organisations working on relevance comes before any of that content is even written.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger told the Press Gazette that as part of the newspaper’s adoption of an integrated print and digital news production process reporting staff would abandon the traditional newsdesk structure to instead ape the set-up of Guardian.co.uk reporting staff and be rearranged into subject-specific teams or ‘pods’ to allow closer working between reporters and the ability file for both the web and the print edition as the story demands.

Guardian: Thomson Reuters axes 140 journalist jobs

News and information company Thomson Reuters has confirmed that it is cutting 140 journalist posts by the end of the year.

According to the Guardian, head of news David Schlesinger wrote an internal email which explained that areas of “natural overlap and duplication in coverage” existed between the two companies and that as a result jobs would go.

The cuts, which will take place later in the year, are expected mostly to be of editorial staff in Europe.

Thomson Reuters debuts Calais Tagaroo

Thomson Reuters has launched Calais Tagaroo – an application for WordPress, which allows bloggers to semantically tag their content.

The plugin app automatically generates tags for people, places, facts and events, according to a release from the company, as well as finding relevant photos from Flickr to accompany posts.

Bloggers can add their own metatags too and set filters for image searches on Flickr. More tag categories will be added as the application is developed.
The plugin, which is freely available as part of the Open Calais project, is aimed at optimising blog posts for search engines.

Thomson Reuters: Internal blogging ban for staff

Thomson Reuters employees are banned from using blogs for internal communication or for airing differences with colleagues or the company itself.

The new code of ethics for the merged company was unveiled last week (thanks to PaidContentUK for the link), and ruled that: ‘[I]t’s OK to mention Thomson Reuters in a personal blog’, but not to blog about non-public company information, customers or clients.

The document continues:

“Personal blogs should never be used for internal communications among fellow employees and you should not use a personal blog to air any differences with co-workers, Thomson Reuters or people or companies that we do business with.”

Blogging was just one of the many subjects covered by the 36-page document, which also banned workers from discussing Thomson Reuters stock or competitors in online chat rooms and from receiving client gifts.

The code also has a dedicated section on preventing laptop data theft, including point 5: “If you need to put your laptop down, try to put it in front of you, and not behind you or to your side.”