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January 28 2012

09:16

THE PROBLEM OF NEWSPAPERS AS NEWS MORGUES

Let’s face it.

Many newspapers look today like a daily morgue.

A compilation of dead news bodies.

Well presented, but dead.

And our newsrooms spend time and time just to collect, embellish and organise the daily morgue.

Yes, we do some forensic journalism too, but it’s too little, to late.

Instant analysis is done more and more by websites, blogs and wire services.

So, what’s the role of a daily newspaper?

Not to be a news morgue.

Not to be forensic media

But “Prognosis Media.”

Diagnostics are not needed in newspapers after dead news are in front of us.

Again, it’s to late.

What our readers need and want in print or in tablets is “Slow Cooking Journalism.”

Not just telling us what we already know, but “Forward Journalism.”

Print and tablet news journalists are needed to advise and prevent.

Welcome to the “Strategic Journalism” preached in the 1980′s by pioneers like Claude Monnier.

Welcome to INNOVATION’s “Caviar Journalism.”

 

 

May 25 2010

18:49

LESS HYPE, LESS SPIN, AND JUST THE (GRAPHIC) FACTS, BABY

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We need more editors like Simon Kelner.

And less art directors.

Less decorators.

Less designers.

Less cosmetic journalism.

Less infographic artists.

And more visual journalists and editors like the editor of The Independent.

Today, all the British papers are using the same BIG words about the “savage cuts” announced by the new government:

“Dramatic”

“Agressive”

“Huge”

Well, that’s easy hype and spin.

The reality check is this front page.

“Show, don’t tell” at its best.

The rest is bullshit.

Non sense.

Garbage.

Bad journalism or, better, lack of journalism.

We are here to tell the real story.

Not just propaganda stuff.

With front pages like this one you cannot say more with less.

Caviar Journalism.

February 23 2010

11:55

THE NEW OBSERVER: READING THE READER COMMENTS

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Quotes and ideas from the first 226 comments published about the new Observer:

• The 56-page NEW REVIEW section is too long. Editors needed.

• The MAGAZINE is boring, and new font size is crazy (”please increase the font size in the Magazine to something that is readable without changing my reading glasses prescription”).

• The TV LISTINGS don’t make any sense (”The TV guide is a waste of paper. The information is easily available elsewhere”).

• THE NEW YORK TIMES section is a Guantanamo (”Why persist with the New York Times pullout?”).

• Where is TRAVEL?

• Too much POLITICAL GOSSIP.

• Go for THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN (”What my family wants is a SUNDAY GUARDIAN but with more depth!”).

• HOROSCOPE is gone!

• TRIVIAL content (”I wish you would invest in journalism rather than iPhone Apps and gimmicky redesigns”)

• The SPORTS is just a FOOTBALL section.

• We want more SECTIONS (”Sunday paper is for sharing: if you reduce the sections, we cant share anymore”). Are you sure? UK is becoming a single home occupant country!

• The CASH section is a joke (”The Cash section is so thin on content that it is laughable”).

My final take:

If The Observer wants to deliver more with less, must have BETTER CONTENT, FANTASTIC DESIGN, UNIQUE BREAKING-NEWS, COMPELLING STORIES, DRAMATIC INFOGRAPHICS, PROVOCATIVE  COLUMNISTS and more CAVIAR JOURNALISM.

Now there is too much spin and no substance.

Readers want strong double espresso, but not watered American coffee grande.

So, the new format is fine, the new content is bad.

As simple as that.

Poor value for £2.

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