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November 15 2010



INNOVATION’s newspaper have won this “European Newspaper of the Year” Award for five consecutive years!

A few minutes ago and from Germany came the great news: Diario de Noticias of Madeira (Portugal) is one of the “European Newspaper of the Year” in the “local newspapers” category.

With less than 40 journalists, and just four designers, Diario de Noticias, a 15,000 copies local tabloid newspaper in Funchal, was redesigned and relaunched by INNOVATION three years ago.

Since then, the prototype and templates done by INNOVATION’s Guillermo Negore have been implemented, developed and improved day by day.

And like the good wine, the newspaper as improved with the time, and hard work of this energetic and creative newsroom lead three years ago by Luis Calisto and now by Ricardo Oliveira, under the business management of Michael Blandy as president  and José Bettencourt da Câmara as CEO.

Parabens para voces!

Thank you to all the INNOVATION team that made this fantastic redesign a big success: Eduardo Tessler, Project Manager, Guillermo Nagore, Carlos Soria, Decio Trujillo, Ricardo Chaves, Marta Botero .

And our thanks go also to Rodrigo Buldrini, the former design director of Diario de Noticias for his great help in the takeoff.

The Award will be presented to Diario de Noticias at the 2011 European Newspaper Congress in Vienna.

See here some great inside pages, and here more superb front pages.

October 23 2010



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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July 12 2010




They are trying to catch Cristiano Ronaldo’s son.

That’s all.

By air.

By any means.

Including missing the Soccer Word Cup Final news in today’s front page.

Oh, boy!

Our friends of i didn’t get it either.

And they went, oh Gosh! with the 365 front page of Socrates.


The best way not to sell a newspaper after Portugal was glued last night to the TV.

What a shame!

But Publico, the best daily newspaper of Portugal, won with an excellent picture, headline and cover.


December 03 2009


#WANIndia2009: Re-inventing the newspaper – Portugal’s i

Over on the main site we’re reporting on how a recently launched Portuguese newspaper, i, is innovation across platforms – targeting breaking news online at social networks; redesigning the traditional print format to four section; and redesigning its newsroom.

The seven-month-year-old title has shown circulation growth and is attracting previously non-newspaper consumers as readers, says publisher and editor Martim Figueiredo.

Read the full piece on i at this link – here are some photos of a special edition of the paper prepared for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) conference, to give you an idea of what it looks like:

image of Portuguese newspaper i

Portuguese newspaper i

Portuguese newspaper i

All coverage of #WANIndia2009 from Journalism.co.uk can be found at this link.

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