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New Weekend Newspaper Hits the Stands

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Digital Media, Favorite New Thought, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Weekend Newspaper Hits the Stands First Edition

A crisp new weekend newspaper has hit the stands in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne this morning, hoping to prove that print media can thrive in this digital age. The Saturday Paper is produced by property developer and publisher  Morry Schwartz – the man behind the influential Quarterly Essay and The Monthly – The Saturday Paper is edited by 25-year-young former Fairfax journalist Erik Jensen.

The Saturday Paper will be on stands each weekend in print, it’ll also be published online and as a mobile app. Mr Schwartz has attracted some heavy hitting pens to the new paper, including former Fairfax journalist, author and social commentator David Marr :: Read the full article »»»»


Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Posted: October 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Online Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Fairfax MediaFairfax Media is closing the print edition of it’s weekly business magazine – BRW, formerly Business Review Weekly – after 32 years, as the company continues to shrink its workforce amid a major overhaul of its print operations.

The last issue of the weekly business magazine will be published on November 28, Fairfax’s director of business media Sean Aylmer has told BRW staff. A number of BRW’s senior reporters are highly regarded within their area of expertise.

The magazines publisher, Amanda Gome, says she is incredibly proud of the team behind BRW’s web presence and believes the publication will migrate successfully to a digital only version :: Read the full article »»»»


Fairfax Moves High-profile Publications Offshore

Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Moves High-profile Publications Offshore

Fairfax Dumps PagemastersFairfax is moving editorial production of some sections of its high-profile newspapers to New Zealand after declining to renew it’s lucrative publishing contract.

Pagemasters – a subsidiary of AAP – has been responsible for sub-editing and producing popular lift-out and specialist sections in The Age,  Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times since 2008.

High-profile titles including Good Weekend, Spectrum, Drive and Domain were sent to offices in Melbourne and Brisbane to be edited and polished. However Fairfax has decided not to renew its five-year contract with Pagemasters.

The features content will now be produced and edited by one of its subsidiary companies, Fairfax Editorial Services. Fairfax has not commented on the move, but Pagemasters says it is bitterly disappointed by the decision.

Pagemasters will continue to sub-edit the mastheads’ daily news content. A Fairfax restructure announced last year sparked the recent relocation of editing services to New Zealand.

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Jeff Bezos Buys Iconic Washington Post

Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, Digital Media, Indeep Media, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Jeff Bezos Buys Iconic Washington Post

Jeff Bezos

The iconic Washington Post newspaper has been sold for $280 million to Amazon’s chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos. The deal is chump change for Mr Bezos – less than 1 percent of his total wealth –  whose personal fortune is estimated at $31 billion.

The surprise deal follows the New York Times sale of the Boston Globe for $70 million. It is a further indication of the unprecedented challenges newspapers are facing as advertising revenue and readership declines :: Read the full article »»»»


Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it’s Printing Press?

Posted: June 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Digital Media, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it’s Printing Press?

Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it's Printing Press?The death of print is back on the tips of expert tongues with Fairfax Media announcing it’s hoping to replicate the success of its international digital subscription service when it launches a metered paywall in Australia next month. From July 2, visitors to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald websites will have free access to 30 articles each month, any reading after that will cost.

Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood says the move is part of a restructure which will save the company an additional $60 million by the end of September – this year, ambitiously – Mr Hywood told an investor briefing this morning that the restructure aimed to reduce duplication across the business, with a minimal impact on content and sales.

While Mr Hywood warned of a sharp fall in Fairfax’s overall earnings, he said there were no plans to eliminate the print versions of any of the company’s mastheads. In march this year Fairfax Killed of it’s familiar broadsheets, consigning the format to the history books, with the first tabloid editions of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age rolling off the printing presses on March 4, does a paywall signal the further shrinkage of physical paper as a source of news?

The battling media company says it’s international digital paywall – launched in March – has attracted almost twice as many subscribers than expected. Mr Hywood reiterated that the company had “no plans” to kill of print, however many media analysts believe that his statements only apply to the company’s popular weekend print editions :: Read the full article »»»»