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January 10 2011

12:07

DIGITAL ROBOTIC JOURNALISM: ETA SPEAKS AND TOO MANY SPANISH NEWS WEBSITES DO CUT AND PASTE JOURNALISM

A terrorist group speak and too many Spanish news websites react just reproducing their words.

With no instant analysis.

El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, Publico and El Correo do robotic digital journalism: cut and paste journalism.

But La Vanguardia in Barcelona and 20 Minutos in Madrid add to the headline the most important fact hidden by the terrororist: ETA declares a permanent ceasefire but doesn’t renounce to the guns.

This is Journalism 101.

November 29 2010

15:18

ARA, A NEW CATALAN NEWSPAPER IN BARCELONA

ARA was launched yesterday.

It’s a very interesting new quality paper in Catalan.

ARA was born with a brilliant front page and a compelling picture.

It deserves, like any good newspaper, a very long life.

Pay attention to this new baby…

Today, La Vanguardia, the leading newspaper of Barcelona, didn’t publish any information about ARA.

That’s lack of Seny!

November 27 2010

14:48

SHAKIRA IN BARCELONA: THE CONCERT AND A NEW KIND OF GRAPHIC REVIEW

LA VANGUARDIA has today this fantastic way to cover the last concert of Shakira in Barcelona.

Caviar Infographics!

October 23 2010

12:34

THE NEX “I” NEWSPAPER IN BARCELONA

ARA is the name for the new Catalan multi-platform newspaper to be launch in Barcelona on Monday November 25.

Small format and short pagination (40-48)  during weekdays and trying to produce a big weekend edition.

The founders will present the new paper formula next Tuesday October 26 but many details, including its own Manifesto, have been released here.

Like the new British “i” newspaper, ARA wants to reach a new generation of Catalan newspaper readers and non readers with a slick, crispy, trendy and compelling print brand with many electronic news extensions.

The goal is really modest and realistic (11,000 copies in the first year) but the founders expect more than that.

Keep in mind that the almost 8-million Catalonia market is smaller but richer than the 10-million Portuguese one where “i” sells more than this figure.

They are investing less than 9-million euro and they the business plan expects to break-even in four years.

The less than 100-journalist newsroom will have very young reporters and the top editors are also a new generation of journalists, lead by Carles Capdevila as editor in chief, Joan Alegre as publisher and Oriol Soler as president of ARA.

INNOVATION was approached by the founders of ARA interested in many of our most recent projects, including the Portuguese “i”, which multimedia newsroom visited in Lisbon, but we have not been involved in any way.

They told us that the ARA project will share many of our ideas (“compact and compelling newspapers”, “caviar journalism”, “daily-news-magazines”, “”30/30 newspapers”. “why and what’s next newspapers”, “show don’t tell journalism”) and the same with the integrated multimedia newsroom concepts that INNOVATION working with our Calau&Riera media architect partners have developed in many countries like the most recent one for India Today in New Delhi.

With more than 19,000 fans on Facebook and more than 3,000 followers on Twitter ARA is promoting the new paper with several viral marketing tools including pre-launch presentations across Catalonia.

Is this new paper going to be a real competitor of La Vanguardia, El Periodico de Catalunya, Punt Diari or Avui?

I don’t think so, but they better pay attention to all these grassroots tactics.

Newspapers are as strong as their connections with readers, audiences and communities are.

And ARA is doing this very well.

If the product delivers this kind of new post-news quality journalism and avoids the temptation to become another political partisan newspaper, ARA could find space and become a viable model.

So, again, like with the new “i” project in the UK, welcome to ARA and to any new paper willing to innovate and offer quality journalism, in English or in Catalan, because around the world there is only one journalism language: the good one.

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