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Journalism Weekly: Rothermere reveals Mail Online growth and paid-for plans

Rothermere reveals Mail Online growth and paid-for plans

Daily Mail and General Trust proprietor Lord Rothermere has revealed plans to double the size of the Mail Online audience and start charging for premium online content.

“We see that there’s a global opportunity and we want to carry on growing. We would ideally like to double our size, and try and compete with the likes of Yahoo News on a global space.

"I think it’s going to be very difficult to do that if we are charging. However, in due course I think we will start experimenting with a freemium type model. But I believe we’ll probably have to invest in premium content to do that.”

3 Guardian editor claims as many US as UK web readers

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has claimed that his newspaper’s website has as many readers in the United States as in the UK.

“It would be even greater if people would share all the data so we could tell whether they’re working or not… it would be a big statement, in the UK to go and charge for what the BBC is giving away for free.”

4 Rothermere: Mail Online stories are up in 3 minutes

"Twitter is a major form of primary source material for us and the guys on Mail Online try and turn around stories from Twitter in about three minutes. So the timeliness of news is becoming much more important and journalists have to learn a lot more different skills in understanding that – and they are.”

6 Defamation Bill set to pass – but bid to stop companies suing rejected

It now looks likely the Defamation Bill will be on the statute books next month – but it may be without a key amendment aimed at preventing companies from suing for libel.

8 University of London Union fails to sack student editor

The University of London’s union has failed in a bid to sack the editor of its student newspaper, the London Student.

Reasons cited for the motion against Jen Izaakson, who is known to be dyslexic, include “copy errors”, attending a free travel trip while on annual leave and other alleged shortcomings.

9 Media reminder over Walliams-Stone photo gag

National news organisations have been warned to respect the privacy of comedian David Walliams and his heavily-pregnant model wife Lara Stone.

In 2010 the couple were granted an anti-harassment order preventing news organisations from invading their privacy.

10 My marketing adventure left me wiser but poorer

Last year news agency boss Michael Leidig tried his hand at becoming a salesman as part of his bid to make money out of Austria-based Central European News becoming a publisher in its own right.

Here, he explains how in 12 months of working seven days a week he earned less than the UK minimum wage and what he learned from the experience

The adventure into marketing into which I invested a year of my life has left me a much wiser but poorer man. If I hadn’t tried it I would always have regretted it.

But unless the internet takes originators of content more seriously, it is never going to work for any but the very largest content generators.

12 Boston coverage underlines equation for newsworthiness

What’s the latest on the bombing? Is it three dead? Or fifteen? Or thirty-three?

It depends on which paper or website you’re reading. If you’re following Twitter or the main news sites, the answer is still three – one of them Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who had run to hug his father as he completed the Boston marathon.

14 Hacked Off has won because a free press is out of fashion

As the endless shenanigans continue over setting up a new post-Leveson system of UK press regulation, more attention is being focused on the influential role of Hacked Off. The little tabloid-bashing lobby group fronted by Hugh Grant has been blamed for the shabby political stitch-up that has left us with the messy agreement to establish a regulator recognised by a royal charter and backed by ‘a dab of statute’.

How on earth has a situation come about where Hugh Grant feels able to act as if he really were the prime minister he played in Love, Actually?

16 Trusting the crowd: social media news opportunities

Former ITN journalist Sandy MacIntyre was recently promoted to head up global video output for Associated Press.

Here, he answers Press Gazette’s questions about the changing nature of video newsgathering

"Today virtually every major news story of the year has dramatic initial footage captured on a cell phone camera or other digital consumer device – harnessing that and doing so in real-time is a focus for AP."

17 Making the most of digital: Don’t restrict yourself now

The British Journal of Photography has gone from strength to strength since launching a quarterly iPad edition in September 2011.

A year after launch iPad subscribers exceeded the 4,000 monthly print ones. And in February chief executive Marc Hartog led a management buyout to create a new company called Apptitude Media. This month the app will hit 250,000 downloads.

Here, he talks about how the BJP became an iPad success (taken from his talk at Press Gazette’s News on the Move conference).


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