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Losing Time & People

Losing Time & People

The Austrian publisher News Verlag informed staff in mid-November that it plans drastic spending cuts. Changes that will hit the flagship weekly News include reducing the frequency of publication to every 14 days. With 80 jobs to be cut across the company, 25 will be at News itself. When he started the magazine with his […]

Publications Coaxing a Click

Publications Coaxing a Click

After reading a piece on nytimes.com, the site suggests related articles. You click. The screen turns dark and a bright pop-up window appears: “You’ve reached the limit of 10 free articles per month.” You could pay the 99 cents to get unlimited access for the first four weeks, but you hesitate… When the internet became […]

Still Waiting For A Slice of the Cake

They are talented, well educated, fluent in several languages, and highly dedicated. Newspapers, television and radio stations depend on them. And yet, freelance journalists are struggling to make a living from their work, while their prospects of ever gaining full employment in the media seem increasingly illusory. Now, freelancers are banding together to demand a […]

Augustin Still Singing for the Street People’s Paper

On the concourse of Neubaugasse underground station, a black man in his mid-twenties was selling the Augustin, Vienna’s biweekly newspaper by and about the homeless. He was also singing. And smiling. In fact, beaming from ear to ear, he was delivering a lusty rendering of the famed folk song “Oh, du lieber Augustin” (Oh, you […]

Print is Back! But did it ever go away?

Esaya Isaak took a step to the microphone, but remained speechless. Too overcome with emotion was he after receiving the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom on behalf of his brother, Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial since 2001 for criticising the government in Setit, the country’s first independent newspaper which […]

Navigating the News

“New media has a whole different meaning in the US or Europe from places like Africa,” said Jim Clancy of CNN, as he strode down the center aisle of the conference hall at the Kempinski Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia in the final hours of the 2010 IPI World Congress. The room was packed for the […]

News Lost/News Found

News Lost The news that matters, said Harvard’s Alex Jones, is still produced by newspapers, which have now lost half of their journalistic muscle. And while surviving papers still make money, “you cannot avoid damage if you cut that muscle away.” “We are losing the thriving news organizations that share a passion to cover the […]

Newspapers faring best in Austria

Austrian newspapers continue to prosper in spite of the financial crisis and the wrenching changes in the industry that have shaken the print press elsewhere, outperforming all other countries in the study by some measures, according to an soon-to-be-released study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Compared to a decline in revenue […]

News Online

The web strikes again, and this time its victim is the media. With the rapid growth of the Internet worldwide – from 2000 until 2008, Internet use world-wide soared by 305% – the print media are suffering. Easy to access and free of charge, the Internet seems to be everywhere and fewer people are willing […]

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