Category Archives: Blogs

Case Study: Lichfield Community Media (LCM) (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Lichfield Community Media (LCM)

Established

2009

Web Address

lichfieldlive.co.uk

Form of the company

Community interest company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Philip John, web developer, internet consultant: “LCM started as Lichfield Blog three years ago. Later on the name was changed to Lichfield Live. Recently LCM launched also Burntwood Live. (Lichfield and Burntwood are major towns in Lichfield District, in Staffordshire, which is home to about 97 000 people.)”

Philip John also runs his own web business, Journal Local, which offers a WordPress platform designed especially hyperlocal websites.

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Case Study: GIGAZINE (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 07.04.2011 with Keito Yamazaki,GIGAZINE founder

The name of the publication and / or company

OSA Inc.

Established

April 2000

Web Address

gigazine.net

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“GIGAZINE” is an online magazine. The name is coined from the words “gigabyte” and “magazine”, and relates to the fact that the website contains gigabytes of information.

The website has gained popularity by covering a variety of news topics, including contents related to Information Technology, current affairs as well as news at home and abroad. Review on software, hardware and online service, in addition to event reports and interviews are also covered.

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Case Study: Sankei Digital (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 18.03.2011 with CEO Tetsuji Kondo.

The name of the publication and / or company

Sankei Digital Inc

Established

2005/11/1

Web Address

www.sankei-digital.co.jp

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company)

Describe your site or business in few words.

Operates as a full-time digital company owned by Sankei Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest national daily newspapers. The website contains content from five different news sources: General news from MSN Sankei News, sports and entertainment news from Sankei Sports, evening tabloid paper news from ZAKZAK, economics and business news from SankeiBiz, and popular news summaries from iza. Of all of these sources, iza not only reports on news, but is also made up of blogs written by journalists and experts, and allows users to backtrack their blog articles freely. This highlights the website’s interactivity.

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Case study: BLOGOS (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 25.03.2011 with Takeshi Idezawa

The name of the publication and / or company

livedoor Co., Ltd.

Established

2007/04/02

Web Address

blogos.com

Form of the company

business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

BLOGOS is one of Japan’s most accessed websites, a blog run by portal website livedoor. The website covers news and content connected to livedoor. BLOGOS has become a blog specializing in political science, following the motto, “Japan’s first news website shaped by opinions”. The aim is to create a place where people can debate and share their opinions.

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Case study: Women’s Views On News (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Women’s Views On News

Established

March 2010

Web Address

www.womensviewsonnews.org

Form of the company

Ltd company by guarantee (personal to the registered keeper; other option was as community interest)

Describe your site or business in few words.

It was set up to counter the bias of men in the media. A snapshot across the world in the media would show about 25% are about women in their subject and very few used as experts and interview subjects. Many news editors are men so they filter the news through their lens, and have a view as to what is interesting. We cover a lot from the UN which you just don’t see in the mainstream press. It is about giving a voice to women and the things that matter to them.

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Case study: netzpolitik.org (Germany)

The name of the publication and / or company

netzpolitik.org

Established

2004

Web Address

netzpolitik.org

Form of the company

Part of Newthinking Communications GmbH (LLC)

Describe your site or business in few words.

Netzpolitik is a (German) blog about how the internet changes politics and how politics changes the internet. Themes that interest us are for example data privacy, copyright law and other issues dealing with internet policy. On the other hand we advocate for more transparency and citizen participation so that people can better influence and change political processes.

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Case Study: Rantapallo.fi (Finland)

Based on the interview made in 12.08.2011 with editor in chief Riikka Krenn. 

The name of the publication and / or company

Rantapallo Ltd.

Established (year)

2007, registered as an independent company in 31.12.2009 (Kaupparekisteri)

Web address

www.rantapallo.fi

A form of the organization

A joint stock company (osakeyhtiö)

Describe the site or business in few words

Rantapallo Ltd. is a privately owned web publisher, located in Vantaa, Finland. Company publishes a website Rantapallo.fi. It covers different sides of travelling – from travel stories and tips to news. Very important parts of Rantapallo.fi are searches: last-minute offers from all the major Finnish travel agencies, searches of flights, hotels and other relevant travel related services.

Rantapallo.fi is currently the most successful independent travel site in Finland and it has good visibility also on the social media sites, eg. in Facebook and in Twitter.

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Case study: Uusi Suomi (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Uusi Suomi Ltd.

Established (year)

2007

Web address

www.uusisuomi.fi

A form of the organization

A joint stock company (osakeyhtiö).

Describe the site or business in few words

Uusi Suomi Ltd. is a privately owned web publisher, located in Helsinki, Finland. Company publishes web newspaper Uusi Suomi (uusisuomi.fi) which continues the journalistic traditions of Uusi Suomi, a conservative Finnish newspaper which operated between 1919-1991.

Uusi Suomi is currently the most successful independent news site in Finland. The special features of this web newspaper – concentrated much on social issues – are independent news production and active and polemic discussions. Uusi Suomi has a popular blog section called Puheenvuoro (puheenvuoro.uusisuomi.fi) and its prominent bloggers have succeeded in starting many important debates on the national level.

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Case Study: Artsjournal (USA)

Based on an interview with editor-publisher Douglas McLennan November 16 2010

The name of the publication and / or company

ArtsJournal

Established

September 13th 1999

Web address

http://www.artsjournal.com

Describe your site or business in few words.

An aggregator of cultural news and a host for 66 arts bloggers. Aggregators look at 200-300 publications and 2000-plus stories per day and pick out the most interesting 20 to 30 stories across the arts; music, dance, theater, visual, publishing, people issues and. It’s a kind of digest that you can quickly see what are the crucial things in the cultural world that are going on.

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