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The dynamic, in the selection for a successor, is very much the father figure – an ultimate, revered, unmodern father figure (no psychology allowed here) – picking from among his devoted children, primarily a close circle of women he has mentored for many years. If the Guardian itself were to write this story of the culture at the Guardian it would likely be quite a disapproving one about the patriarchal male exercising undue and manipulative control over the dependent women around him. That in itself presents a curious management bind. Given the Guardian’s high levels of correctness and self-consciousness, the expectation is that Rusbridger’s successor will be a woman. But the women at hand are all acolytes, who have spent most of their careers in devoted attendance to their boss, and hence lack independence or their own authority. In recent years, this circle of followers and potential successors has consisted of four women, each of whom has performed duties of factotum, office wife, deputy, alter ego, and keeper of the Rusbridger flame.

Michael Wolff gets his Guardian-trolling punches in early, with this rather nasty piece about the leading candidates to succeed Alan Rusbridger.

“The poisoned chalice: who will succeed Alan Rusbridger?”

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This paper discusses the various ways in which a community newspaper in Mozambique is creatively appropriating new media technologies to enhance its news production and distribution practices. Far from being backward, the case of @Verdade demonstrates that despite being under-resourced, community newspapers in Africa are catching up in terms of creatively appropriating new media technologies. Besides spawning new ways of practising journalism, this article argues that the pervasiveness of new media technologies in the routines of the @Verdade newsroom has engendered collaborative storytelling while at the same time destabilizing traditional journalism’s ethical practices. Using data drawn from qualitative research, the study discusses how the use of social network sites, the mobile phone as well as the internet in general are aiding @Verdade to generate and engage with news sources as well as deliver content to diverse audiences. Drawing on structuration theory (as modified by Orlikowski) and the sociology of journalism approach, the paper argues that the disruptive impact of new media technologies needs to be understood as a duality of influences—the human agency of individual journalists and owners (internal newsroom creativity) vis-à-vis the wider context of news production (restructuring of journalism practice).

Historically, news organizations have sought to protect themselves from the vagaries of economics and third-party suppliers by investing considerably in both production and distribution infrastructure, says Michael Stamm, an associate professor in history and journalism at Michigan State University. Stamm is currently writing a book about the history of the Tribune Company, which in the early 20th century even built its own paper mills to protect against price fluctuations in the paper market. “Paper prices went up really dramatically during World War I,” Stamm says. “There were companies that were basically pushed out of business because they couldn’t afford to print the paper and make money doing it.” Just because digital news operations no longer need a physical plant to get started doesn’t mean they don’t need to be concerned about their distribution infrastructure, says Stamm. “In some ways,” he says, “bandwidth is now what paper used to be.”

The new-look FT, meanwhile, boasts a specially-designed font called Financier and introduces a regular sports column on a Monday. But this ostensibly modest “refresh” reflects a huge shift in working practices, which a memo sent out before the summer holidays described as “completing the digital newsroom”. Under the banner “one global newspaper” a single international edition will cover Asia, Europe and the US. The UK and US editions will still be updated but the aim is for the newspaper to be “a quality snapshot in time” while news is updated online. A small team of about 15 people led by FT veteran and former night editor Hugh Carnegy will produce the paper, some of which will have appeared online first. “We don’t want copy being handled by five or six people, that’s not necessary. Website copy will appear in the paper.”

La familia Agois vendió el 54% de las acciones de Epensa al Grupo El Comercio. Con esta operación, la actividad de la prensa escrita se encuentra altamente concentrada y el grupo El Comercio se coloca en una clara posición de dominio en el mercado al pasar a concentrar más 77% de la publicidad y la venta de ejemplares de la prensa escrita en el Perú, algo inédito y quizás no visto en otro país de corte democrático.