The latest pressure comes financially. After criticizing government, the paper is excluded from public ads – a traditional state weapon against small-scale press- and it seems that pro-government business also stops giving ads.
Pioneer newspaper hits headlines by breaking down barriers
A small but feisty newspaper with a skeleton staff and a backlog of unpaid wages is taking on the establishment and shaking up the compliant Turkish media.
Confrontational and not afraid to break taboos, Taraf faced down the military to expose the ultranationalist Ergenekon, or Deep State, group and 86 alleged members, including senior military officers, are now on trial accused of trying to engineer a coup.
A few years back, I observed that the Christian Science Monitor, a small paper with a strong focus on international news, published in Boston, was one of the “bloggiest” papers in the world. Despite a small paper circulation – now roughly 52,000 – it’s frequently cited by bloggers, usually pointing to their rich international coverage, delivered via eight overseas bureaus and a large contingent of foreign correspondents.
Due to business pressures and a changing print journalism market, the Monitor is embracing its bloginess and becoming one of the first newspapers to shift away from print. Currently a weekday paper, the Monitor will stop producing print editions in April 2009 and focus resources on their website, as well as a daily email edition. They’ll introduce a new print product, a Sunday magazine, and writers will focus on updating stories a few times a day on the website and producing longer editions for the magazine.
Turkey’s only one and independent Turkish Daily is embedded in Hurriyet, one of Turkey’s most read tabloid; a newspaper with no sound investigative journalism, but more based upon speculations and feed with populism and often running completely nonsense stories. Is this why so many people in Turkey are not informed at all? Today was the day: Hurriyet Dialy News replaced Turkish Daily News. And as bonus, the Chief Editor of Hurriyet – puppy of our dear friend Ayden Dogan (owner of several media outlets such as Hurriyet, Millyet and also TDN) wrote a column. Wow. Maybe lost in translation, but with this kind of crap, you cannot even finalize your high school in Europe: lack of syntaxes, ridiculous out liners and simple: it’s not a column but some ranting. Read here his idiotry…
On Monday, the Turkish Daily News that you buy at your newsstand, or have delivered to home or office, will have a fresh look. No, actually it will have a radical new look, heft and name: the Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review. The name “Daily News” is a venerable one in our craft. There are many of us, all with modifiers before and sometimes after the main adjective and noun. We range from the sprawling “New York Daily News” to the tiny “Camarillo Daily News” in a town in California. If I can be allowed a little sentimentality I would like to mention that the name, in fact, is personally dear to me. For the editor for many years of the Los Angeles Daily News, which closed in 1953, was
The winners of the NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2008 were presented just prior to lunch at the Society of Editors conference in Bristol today.
"Integration is the new virility symbol in news," says Torin Douglas, BBC media correspondent, chair of the new newsroom for old session of the society of editors conference, "my integration is bigger than yours,"
But now most major news groups are well into programmes to integrate their digital and print operations, how well are they progressing?
It has been a while since I last reported about the changing work practices at Belgian business newspaper publisher Mediafin, but, as you may have noticed, something has gone horribly wrong in the financial services sector in the interim.
In Belgium, our biggest bank, Fortis, was taken over by the French bank BNP Paribas. Another one of our largest banks had to be rescued by the government.
PaidContent covered the second annual Future of Business conference, which focused on the business and trade media industry, and the changes brought along by consolidation and digital media.
Here are some highlights from the conference:
The Christian Science Monitor announced that it will cease publication of its daily print edition as o
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Barely a day goes by at the moment without a raft of stories on the financial crisis, the US election and… the Associated Press. The Associated Press’s communications team have never been so in demand, and the venerated news agency is moving dangerously close to becoming the story rather than being the one that writes about it.