Category Archives: Membership

Case Study: Hackney Citizen (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Hackney Citizen

Established

2007

Web Address

hackneycitizen.co.uk

Form of the company

2 limited companies: the publisher is Citizen Media Ltd and the trader is Hackney Citizen Ltd

Describe your site or business in few words.

Keith Magnum, editor-in-chief: “We publish an independent free monthly newspaper called Hackney Citizen and run a website by the same name. We distribute 10 000 copies around Hackney, a borough of North East London, in shops and cafés.

We’ve been monthly since July 2010. Before that we published quarterly, since July 2008. Initially, the website was just a holding page, probably for the first year, until about 2009 when we begun doing more frequent news online. Before that, we didn’t know about WordPress or the whole online hyperlocal scene in the UK. So it was a bit weird to suddenly find ourselves a part of it!

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Case Study: Dijonscope (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Dijonscope

Established

September 2009

Web Address

www.dijonscope.com

Form of the company

French equivalent of LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Dijonscope is a regional online news site with a strong identity for independent journalism. It is the first online daily regional to be officially recognised as a press organisation under French authorities. The mission statement representing the work of the journalists on the site is impassioned: Inform, investigate, and criticize.

The team of Dijon-based journalists focus on quality rather than quantity, with editorial decisions being more about cutting-edge investigative or informative reporting than following the day-to-day highlights from institutes – formerly the fodder of regional printed press. Their value for readers is in creating ‘ a rigorous and independent range of information, drawn and filtered by journalists and correspondents whose intellectual integrity is uncompromising’.

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Case Study: Mediapart (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Mediapart

Established

2008

Web Address

www.mediapart.fr

Form of the company

Société par actions simplifiée (similar to US LLC)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Mediapart** is an online newspaper launched in 2008 by Edwy Plenel, former executive editor of Le Monde. Its intent is to provide independent journalism with a strong emphasis on investigative stories along with scoops on politics and economics. Since the launch Mediapart stressed the need of creating an alternative to the “”dangerous liaisons”” which – according to its founders – exist in France among the political, economic and media worlds. Often very critical of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Mediapart became internationally popular in 2009, when the website published the first secret tape recordings that stirred up the Bettencourt-Woerth scandal. The case created a political earthquake in France.

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Case Study: niwango (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 05.04.2011 with Seiji Sugimoto

The name of the publication and / or company

nicovideo

Established

2005/11

Web Address

www.nicovideo.jp

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company)

A joint business between Dwango and Niwango. Dwango is an internet entertainment company that launched Nico Nico Doga, a downloadable music website and online gaming site available on mobile phones. Niwango is a company belonging to Dwango, which runs Nico Nico Doga and its own information service.

Describe your site or business in few words.

Nico Nico-doga is a video-sharing site operated by Niwango.  The website’s most well-known feature is its commenting system, which allows user comments to stream across the screen as a video is being played, creating a new way to watch videos.

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Case Study: OurPlanet-TV (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 28.02.2011 with Hajime Shiraishi, OurPlanet-TV founder.

The name of the publication and / or company

OurPlanetTV

Established

2001/10/21

Web Address

www.ourplanet-tv.org

Form of the company

NPO (Not-for-Profit Organization)

Describe your site or business in few words.

OurPlanetTV is a non-profit alternative media organization that develops its own documentary and interview shows, and uploads them onto the internet. Although the group reports on a variety of social issues, its main focus is reporting on everyday life issues. Using community groups, movements, and labor organizations as their information sources, OurPlanetTV documents things happening in local areas and communities, mainly through videos.

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Case study: CB News (Japan)

Based on the interview made in 22.04.2011 with Masaharu Yoshioka.

The name of the publication and / or company

Career Brain

Established

April 2006

Web Address

www.cabrain.net/news

Form of the company

Business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

CB News is a news website offering information about medical and nursing-care, and was originally set up as a service to subscribers of Career Brain, an employment agency for medical and nursing-care professionals.

Other than news related to medical and nursing-care, the website also posts about news that is highly relevant to medical and nursing-care professionals on a range of topics from politics, social security, pharmaceuticals, medical accidents, conferences, and symposiums.

While the website is limited to medicine, it is popular with those specializing in specific fields of journalism.

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Case Study: Videonews.com (Japan)

Based on an interview made 24.03.2011 with Tetsuo Jimbo, Videonews.com founder.

The name of the publication and / or company

Video News Network, Inc.

Established

April 1, 1996

Web Address

www.videonews.com

Describe your site or business in few words.

Videonews.com is Japan’s first internet news television specializing in news, and was set up by Japan’s pioneering video journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo. Mr. Jimbo saw the need for a truly independent news television station that did not rely on advertising revenue.

The main program available on Video News is “Maru-geki Talk On Demand” and “News Commentary”, both anchored by Mr. Jimbo and sociologist Shinji Miyadai. Past guests have included such big names as Japan’s prime minister and cabinet members. Staff meetings are held to decide on what topics to investigate, but the lineup can be changed in the event a major news story comes up. In March 2011, a camera team was sent in to report on the devastation of the Japan Earthquake for a special report.

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company).

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Case study: Audioboo (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Audioboo

Established

2009

Web Address

audioboo.fm

Form of the company

Ltd.

Describe your site or business in few words.

Audioboo. Because sound is social. They are a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear.

“The idea for the media product came from two reasons. The first was my mum dying and I suddenly realised her voice had gone. She had an amazing life and it was such a pity that had all gone. In 2008 we were working with Channel 4 when they were going to launch DAB radio and we realised how great it would be to have a mobile device to record and take pictures and grab location. C4 said fantastic so we sketched and built it. However the recession happened and it was clear C4 weren’t going to launch so we thought we would build it any way and in March 2009 we launched. We put it in the App store and didn’t think much more of it. But then loads of journalistic producers found usage for it: the G20 protests for Guardian and Radio One listeners massively caught on. Lots of people started using it. So the growth was quite serendipitous as we realised we were hitting a great market. The USP of the product: We’re all about real-time spoken word, whereas Soundcloud is about musics. They don’t do real-time particularly well. Our content is about trying to find clips pretty quickly. It’s focus on spoken word and audio books.”

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Case study: Piano Media (Slovakia)

The name of the publication and / or company

Piano Media

Established

May 2011

Web Address

www.pianomedia.eu

Form of the company

We are a privately held company. Unlisted company co owned by three groups in the form of shares.

Describe your site or business in few words.

Piano media is an online subscription-based content payment model. Its initial project is in Slovakia where nine publishers, newspapers, TV and multimedia, agreed to put some of their online content behind a joint subscription model in May 2011. Since then traffic to the sites has remained stable. Piano Media charge 2.90 euros for a monthly subscription to the content services. They manage traffic data, advise publishers about what to put behind the subscription, and track useability and manage the income generation. It is a cable-tv style bundling model where one fee is taken on behalf of many publishers. They are planning to extend out of Slovakia to other countries or other bundles of content, working with ISP providers and stores.

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Case study: Ars Technica (USA)

Based on an interview with Ken Fisher, Ars Technica founder August 17 2011. The numbers are from the early days from the site and before Condé Nast acquired it 2008.

The name of the publication and / or company

Ars Technica

Established

July 1998, LLC

Web Address

http://arstechnica.com/

Describe your site or business in few words.

Ars Technica is a publication that’s really devoted to telling the story of the interaction of IT and culture. They do news and reviews articles but focus on technology from a pretty broad angle. Ars Technica tries to put everything into “big conversation” about technology, no matter if its gaming, science or Federal Policy on broadband.

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