The Challenges of Publishing News in the Digital Era

EIF Dinner Debate

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The written word has always been at the heart of capturing and disseminating human knowledge. Now it is moving to dedicated e-readers, multipurpose tablets and other digital devices that could be in the hands of 15% to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015.

The written word has always been at the heart of capturing and disseminating human knowledge. Now it is moving to dedicated e-readers, multipurpose tablets and other digital devices that could be in the hands of 15% to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015. This new format is triggering profound changes in the whole publishing ecosystem and sparking new trends in content creation itself. It is difficult to predict if the publishing industry will suffer the same jolting upheaval as other content industries experienced when new technologies hit it. For news-making organizations, in particular, continuing to provide a valuable service to readers while, at the same time, gathering enough financial resources to sustain their business is a very hard challenge. However, it is a challenge that they are responding very aggressively to. Too prematurely deemed to extinction, newspapers and magazines are fighting back, displaying unexpected innovative abilities. Newspapers and magazines, after all, have always lived in a world of ferocious competition and fragmentation. Their future in the digital era, might therefore not be as bleak as some commentators think.

Programme - 10/01/2012

Welcome and introductory remarks by:

Sabine Verheyen, MEP and EIF Member

Speakers:

Mary Beth Christie, Online Product Management Director at Financial Times

Raoul Grunthal, CEO of Schibsted Sweden - "The digital transformation - challenges and possibilities for the newspaper industry".

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