"2,459 newspapers, 258 TV stations in Turkey AND hundreds of websites are closed…

2,459 newspapers, 258 TV stations in Turkey

Statistics released by the Prime Ministry Directorate General of Press and Information (BYEGM) indicate that Turkey has 2,459 newspapers and that 258 television stations are based in the country, in addition to providing a wealth of other information on electronic communications and entertainment in the country."

When You Have A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail

By Jenny White on website ban in Turkey

On Turkish web censorship, a Financial Times article from August 22:

A law passed in 2007 gave judges the power to ban websites for inciting suicide, drug use, paedophilia, immorality, illegal prostitution or insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the architect of modern Turkey.

Judges have used the power to its fullest, temporarily closing popular websites including WordPress, the blogging platform, Alibaba.com, a trading site, Slide.com, the photo sharing site, and Geocites, the webhosting service.

UK: Guardian highest ranking news site

By Lauren Drablier

According to ABCe, a non-profit organization that publishes studies on the media, The Guardian is once again the UK’s most popular news website.  According to Brand Republic, The Times Online reported the highest growth, 20.1% month to month.

Opinion: Digital media must be at the centre of newspaper publishing

By Katherine Thompson

According to Sly Bailey, Trinity Mirror‘s CEO, publishers need to put digital media ‘at the centre’ of their businesses to survive the current economic downturn.

Digital media must be integrated into the business model Bailey told delegates at the Association of Online Publisher‘s (AOP) Digital Publishing Summit, stating that it is now a "must-have."

US: Understanding news audiences today

Pew Research Center recently published a new report, "Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources," with some insights into the nature of today’s news audience.

The report is based on telephone interviews with 3,615 adults between April and June of 2008.  The goal of the report was to document changes in news interests and usage, and to describe the differences between audience segments.

The report outlines four groups based on their interest in news and their primary news sources:

WSJ.com relaunches, revamps newsroom: "This is just the beginning"

By Katherine Thompson

In the latest stage of reinvigorating the Wall Street Journal brand, its online edition – WSJ.com – has undergone a makeover and relaunched on Tuesday.
The parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., appears determined to put its mark on its latest acquisition; the President of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network,Gordon McLeod, reportedly said that the investment into the website revamp is a "big financial commitment."

India: oldest handwritten Urdu-language paper Musulman continues to publish

By Alisa Zykova

calligrapher.jpgEven as technology becomes more and more available in India, the oldest handwritten Urdu-language newspaper Musalman preserves its "old-school look" and continues to employ an Islamic calligraphy style, reports WSJ.com. The paper’s four-page issues include coverage of local and international news, editorials and a weekly Urdu poetry feature. 

US: Murdoch on the future of newspapers

By Lauren Drablier

Rupert Murdoch, who was recently nominated as one of Esquire’s 75 most influential people, has lifted the lid on his views about the newspaper industry and future of newspapers in an interview with the magazine.

World’s press opposes Yahoo-Google advertising deal

By Lauren Drablier

The World Association of Newspapers today (15 September) asked competition authorities in Europe and North America to block an advertising agreement between Google and Yahoo on anti-competitive grounds, saying the deal would have a negative impact on the advertising revenues that the search giants provide to newspaper and other websites, and on the cost of paid search advertising.

The next big thing in journalism

At BusinessWeek, we’re engaging our readers in new ways. Here’s what we’ve learned.

Google to put newspaper archives onlineIn plans announced today the internet giant will put billions of newspaper articles from the last 250 years online

US: Rethinking the structure of online news

By Lauren Drablier

At the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) conference in Las Vegas, Google senior advisor Richard Gingras, talked about the future of Google News, its relationship to the newspaper industry and the future of online news content.

According to the study of online traffic flows to websites, around 50% of traffic comes from Google searches, essentially making homepages less significant.  Google is able to direct traffic to news sites by crawling around 40,000 news sites globally every ten minutes.

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