Category Archives: Design

Case Study: Kalpa Limited / China Files (Italy and Spain)


The name of the publication and / or company

Kalpa Limited (company) – China Files (publication)

Established

2009

Web Address

www.china-files.com

Form of the company

LTD

Describe your site or business in few words.

Simone Pieranni, founder of China Files, explains: “China Files is a startup based in Beijing, focusing on in-depth coverage of China-related issues for Italian- and Spanish-speaking media outlets. Our business model is that of the news-agency: producing multimedia stories (text, video, pictures, interactive features) to re-sell to mainstream outlets. Currently we work with more than 30 European and South-American media outlets (print, radio, broadcasting and online). Recently we have started to offer supplementary services, too, as, for example, press roundups on China-related issues for Italian and Spanish corporations, press office consultancy for institutions (e.g. European Union, Embassies) and companies investing in China. These services are more remunerative than producing editorial content, but our main focus remains the journalistic activity.”

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Case Study: Effecinque (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

Effecinque

Established

2010

Web Address

www.effecinque.org

Form of the company

Cooperative

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Effecinque (F5) – Refreshing Journalism is a startup company founded by four professional journalists. It focuses on content development and innovative services for Italian online news outlets. It was named after the computer keyboard key commonly used to refresh a web page on most browsers.

F5 works only as a sub-contractor for large Italian newspapers and outlets seeking innovative news reporting and visualization products. It was among the first company to provide original web-generated format (social media news gathering, live coverage, data journalism projects) and to invest in visual journalism (motion graphic videos, interactive infographics, timeline features). The main activity focus on reportages and online services on innovation, internet and media, supporting NGOs and big enterprises with research and consulting services, as well as web platform developer training. ”

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Case Study: Formica Blu (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

 Formica Blu

Established

2005

Web Address

www.formicablu.it

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Elisabetta Tola, founder of Formica Blu, explains:

“Formica Blu focuses on journalism and science communication, using a cross-media approach that embraces paper, TV, radio and web. Beside our webzine and a web radio, we work as subcontractors for several news outlets (magazines, national and local radios, TV); we assist science editors, research groups and public organizations with information dissemination, communication plans, post-graduate training and audio-video productions. Although journalism (with that I mean our radio show “Radio3 Scienze” and our support to Wired, L’Espresso, Le Scienze, Mente&Cervello) guarantees us high visibility, the most of our profit comes from communication products. We also have independent science communication projects for which we seek bottom-up financing.”

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Case Study: FpS Media (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

FpS Media

Established

2009

Web Address

www.fpsmedia.it

Form of the company

Cooperative

Describe your site or business in few words.

FpS was established in 2009 as a cooperative of 17 students (today reduced to 11) from the Journalism School “Walter Tobagi” of Milan University, assisted by one expert tutor. We started off as subcontractors or freelancers for National newspapers, developing content for their websites and TV and radio programs. Then we specialized also in business communication (Press Office 2.0, corporate blogging, web-development) and today we mostly develop web projects for large companies. We are also working on the development of innovative products for online information.

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Case Study: Rue89 (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Rue89

Established

2007

Web Address

www.rue89.com

Form of the company

Société par actions semplifie (similar to LLC)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Rue89 was launched in 2007 by five professional journalists, some of them previously involved with the leftist newspaper Liberation. From the very beginning, the website stood out for its unique approach to digital journalism, clearly stated in its initial slogan: “Information with three voices: journalists, experts and you!” The term “”Rue”” (street) symbolizes the opening of a new way, while the number 89 recalls three symbolic events in history: the French Revolution (1789), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the invention of the Web (1989).

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Case study: Natalie (Japan)

Based on an interview with Takuya Oyama, Natalie founder March 22 2011.

The name of the publication and / or company

Natasha, Inc.

Established

December 28th 2005

Web Address

natalie.mu (corporate site www.natasha.co.jp)

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company)

Natasha, Inc. is a privately owned web publisher, located in Shimo-kitazawa Tokyo, Japan. Company publishes web news site Natalie (http://natalie.mu/) which concentrates on domestic entertainment news content – music, comics, comedies etc.

Describe your site or business in few words.

Natalie is a pop culture news website operated by web publisher Natasha, and covers stories about things such as Japanese music, manga, and standup comedy. News released by Natalie comes from record companies and music agencies for music news, publishers and manga writers for manga news, and talent agencies and TV stations for stand-up comedy news.

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Case study: Not on the Wires (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Not on the Wires

Established

April 2010

Web Address

www.notonthewires.com

Form of the company

Ltd. Exploring to changing to social enterprise .

Describe your site or business in few words.

Notonthewires is an alternative news provider priding itself on in-depth coverage of otherwise untold stories, analysis and insight. It is a multimedia production platform with an innovative content management system.

Presented through eye-catching photography, video and innovative interactive features – the team investigate the other side of a rapidly changing world. Part of the strategy is to publish less often but higher quality, which can be as little as once a month but they are avoiding the news agenda.

Not on the Wires is updated throughout the year from its headquarters, Silk Road Studios in London. Led by its co-founders, it has a network of contributors reporting from São Paulo to Tashkent, Cape Town to Buenos Aires, and the network is growing. The sell is “It’s your world, discover more about it with us.”

The general business plan is based on a growing understanding that young people are starting to think outside of the box.”

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Case study: DavidsonNews.net (USA)

Based on an interview with editor-publisher David Boraks March 2 2011.

The name of the publication and / or company

DavidsonNews.net (Corneliusnews.net is a sister site), LLC company

Established

December 2006

Web address

davidsonnews.net

Describe your site or business in few words.

A community news website that uses paid staff, volunteers and community contributors to provide news and information about what’s going on here in town. They are also building a community: in places like North Carolina where – at least up until recently – the economy and population has been growing really fast, small communities like Davidson has been growing so quickly that it is really hard for people to hold on to the sense of community. DavidsonNews.net  helps by providing a common page for us all to be on.

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