Google to help digital journalism…

$5 million to encourage innovation in digital journalism

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler

Journalism is fundamental to a functioning democracy. So as media organizations globally continue to broaden their presence online, we?re eager to play our part on the technology side?experimenting with new ways of presenting news online; providing tools like Google Maps and YouTube Direct to make websites more engaging for readers; and investing heavily in our digital platforms to enable publishers to generate more revenue.

Google gives $2 million to Knight Foundation as part of planned $5 donation to journalism

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Google Inc has given $2 million to the Knight Foundation, it was announced yesterday, and the search giant has said it will invest $3 million more in journalism projects outside the US, “through a similar partnership.” More details will be available early next year, according to a post on Google’s blog by Nikesh Arora, President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development.

Nielsen study shows that news is first on iPad

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Grace Donoso

According to a new Nielsen study, news takes the cake as the most popularly viewed type of content on the iPad, Poynter reports. The study, called “Internet Connected Devices,” shows that news is the top content category, with 44 percent of iPad users viewing news regularly. Music comes in second, with 41 percent of users consuming on a regular basis.

I from the Independent has arrived: affordable, concise, but will it complement or replace its parent paper?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

The Independent’s new daily i launches today. Billed as the first quality daily to launch in Britain in 25 years, it aims to provide a full news service “in a way that is fully accessible,” Independent deputy editor Adam Leigh told the Editors Weblog. It is not a new paper in terms of content, rather will almost entirely consist of repurposed and repackaged Independent content, presented in a new and more concise format. Media commentator for the Guardian Roy Greenslade described it as “quite simply, a populist alter ego to the Independent.”

Swedish-Eritrean journalist awarded 2011 Golden Pen of Freedom

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Dawit Isaak, a founder of Eritrea’s first independent newspaper who has been imprisoned for the past nine years without charge or trial, has been awarded the 2011 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Guardian’s Rusbridger and Die Zeit’s Blau on collaborative journalism and how to fund it

Zeit Online editor-in-chief Wolfgang Blau and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger agreed on the importance of collaborative journalism at their papers at a debate in Berlin last week. Zeit Online, website of German weekly Die Zeit, hosted video clips of the debate on its blog.

Reactions to i, the new condensed, colourful paper from the Independent

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

i is all you need” declared the new paper from the Independent on its first day of publication yesterday. This “reads oddly,” believes the Guardian’s Roy Greenslade, given that it arrives alongside the Independent itself. He described it as a “sort of upmarket Metro, or even a British-style USA Today.”

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