Moving Images, Moving Stories: How to integrate photo and text journalism
Julia Calfee (USA/Switzerland), photographer and multimedia artist, and Peter Linden (Germany), journalism instructor and language coach, show that written journalism works better if author and editor start to consider the visual dimension at the concept stage. Calfee demonstrates what makes a good image in journalism terms, and Linden shows how a text/photo divide occurs and how to prevent it. Through examples of best practice, newsfolk can pick up some practical tips to use in their work.
Hyperlocal News from the Newsroom-Café
The idea is unique: In several Czech cities, newspapers are being produced in coffeehouses established privately for this purpose. By this summer, there should total 150 newsroom cafés with affiliated local newspapers.
The newsroom cafés are each found at the main square or shopping street and are open to guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Five to seven editors and one editor-in-chief, along with the service staff, work in a newsroom café. In this way, anyone who has a problem, or wants to present a new project or report on something can make use of the newsroom café for discussions with the editors and, of course, to enjoy a meal. This creates a completely new role for journalists: They become community managers. One third of all weekly papers which are released on mondays are produced this way, in collaboration with the readers. In addition, the paper offers practical information and service as well as investigative reporting.
European Newspaper Trends 2010: A tour of a creative continent
The creativity of European newspapers is undiminished. No sense of crisis is apparent at the European Newspaper Award. Circulation figures are falling slightly at most European papers. The exceptions are weekly papers, where circulation continues to rise a little.
At Scandinavian newspapers, traditional local and regional topics are given centre stage and spectacular visuals. These papers place a high value on photography. In contrast to most other countries, here the photo feature is a form of journalism in daily use.
In the German-speaking countries, newspapers focus on elegance and trustworthiness. Extreme photo editing and alternative story forms could give the papers a more modern look.
A newly established title in Portugal, “I”, is completely innovation-focused and takes a consistent approach in print and online. With lots of cropped images and white space, the trend towards “magazine-style” newspapers continues in many European countries. However, publishers in the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal are including glossy magazines with their papers, some of which are also sold separately.
European Publishers Forum: how to keep journalism financially feasible
Centralised editorial services, outsourced research, payment barriers and their consequences. This year, the European Publishers Forum asks the question: How to make journalism cost-effective?
Multimedia storytelling and what the print media can learn from it
The internet media are playing a crucial role in journalism innovations in storytelling, but the print media could do just the same just thinking with lack of limits of the online ones. Print newspapers can’t have video, or movement, but they have many other things to play with.
Chiqui Esteban is the New Narratives Editor of lainformacion.com based in Madrid (Spain), and one the leading multimedia infographist reporter in the world and blogging via http://infographicsnews.blogspot.com.
Local content leads to success!
The Austrian newspaper, Vorarlberg Nachrichten, has been focussed on local content for years, something that has earned it enduring success. As well as by sticking to tried and tested methods, the newspaper publishers from western Austria distinguish themselves with their constant flow of new ideas, alongside which they rely on close cooperation with online colleagues. What is required for a local newspaper publisher to hold its own against global players in the future? Editor-in-Chief Dr. Christian Ortner identifies some of the ways to do just that.
The Vorarlberg Nachrichten won the “Newspaper of the Year” award at the 2006 World Congress of Newspaper Publishers.
Special topic “Local information”
Local information is becoming more and more important for newspaper readers since despite, or indeed because of the constant stream of information from around the globe, the readers’ own local environments are increasingly becoming “terrae incognitae”. The European Newspaper Congress is this year focusing on the topic of local journalism.
Special topic lectures
The master class of local information – “Smålandsposten” is a local newspaper that doesn’t examine global political issues but rather explores what’s going on in the local community.
Rediscovering local reporting – how publishers and editors can economically and journalistically utilise hitherto unrealised and unrecognised potential to the full.
Hyperlocal news as the key to success – new approaches in local journalism.
Local journalism between tradition and innovation.
A master class in local information
Smålandsposten” is a local paper which doesn’t get absorbed into international political issues, but ferrets out the events in the area: concerts, ice hockey matches, accidents, the economy in the region. Editor-in-Chief Magnus Karlsson ascribes the newspaper’s success to technical changes. “Today, you can lay out a page in 45 minutes”, he says. His colleagues then use the time saved for journalistic details.
The result is impressive: most of the reports have fact boxes, lists, infographics, and naturally the name, email and phone extension of the authors.
“Smålandsposten” is local journalism at its best. A masterpiece of local journalism is created from the intuitive reading guides with page titles and stapled sections which can be pulled out like separate magazines, or from the use of predominantly locality-focused images.
“Smålandsposten” has a circulation of 38,600 and appears in Southern Sweden.
The newspaper is published in tabloid format, and employs 35 editors, 6 photographers and 18 layout artists.
The rediscovery of the local
How publishing and editorial can economically and journalistically exploit previously unutilised and unrecognised potential.
If local and regional newspapers want to keep their reader and advertising markets from continuing to shrink, they need to strike out into a new dimension. They must develop new journalistic material for readers and non-readers in order to continue to achieve a relevant range for the advertising client. And they must economically redevelop the local market to generate additional revenue in addition to their traditional business.
The revolutionary concept: the power of new ideas
The editors of “i informação” are completely dedicated to the power of new ideas. Alternative journalistic styles, new sections and a modern, border-free layout that is oriented to the Internet.
“We want to throw away everything that does not work in traditional newspapers, and build a new newspaper,” says Art Director Nick Mrozowski. Daily newspapers are typically divided into departments. The Portuguese have a different system: first they bring out a crisp news roundup called “radar”. This is where the top reports of the day touch down, told in brief for quick reading.
Then the second major section takes off, called “Zoom”. The texts are longer and the articles provide more context. Here’s where you find analysis, reportage and essays. Quality journalism? Yes, but now with more pep.
In “i” you won’t see any of the usual press conference photos of people sitting on a panel. Instead, to tell the story of scenes like these differently, the paper sometimes also sends graphic illustrators to major events. They meant to capture the atmosphere and represent it in their unique way.
The homepage is also exciting, with its contemporary look and social media services like Facebook and Twitter.
“i informação” has a circulation of 30,000 and is printed in half Rhenish newspaper format (350 x 510-530 cm). The newspaper has 41 editors, 2 photographers, 4 freelance photo agencies and 5 layout artists.
The classic concept: newspaper as a pure reading pleasure
The “Stuttgarter Zeitung” is the antithesis of those newspapers which have recently introduced larger photos and more white space and now have less room for their articles. The Stuttgarters have kept their long texts, but are now using a new, larger font. This way they meet, on the one hand, the needs of an aging readership which expects a more easily readable typography. And on the other hand, this conveys the serious reputation of the newspaper. “You need to be careful with images because they can muddle the message or be seen as arbitrary” says Art Director Dirk Steininger.
He has also found different ways of making the worthwhile investment into reading pleasure: the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” impresses with its excellent typography and persuades you with first-class title pages, its way with sidebars and infographics plus the excellent images. “People simply want to sit back and just read” was the judgement of the European Newspaper Award jury on this point.
The Stuttgarter Zeitung has a circulation of nearly 150,000. It employs 135 editors, 2 full-time staff, 4 freelance photographers and 5 layout artists.
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