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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: 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: 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: 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: Hellapoliisi (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Hellapoliisi.fi

Established

Registered as a company in 2010

Web Address

Hellapoliisi.fi

Form of the company

A joint stock company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Hellapoliisi Ltd. is a privately owned company, located in Helsinki, Finland. Hellapoliisi.fi is a website which concentrates on food – it publishes recipes and articles of novelty items. Company offers recipes and food photography to order. The owner, Kati Jaakonen, does also recipe books and food related games that are published by Readme.fi Oy and Nelostuote Oy Tactic Games.

The Hellapoliisi (can be translated as Stove police) blogsite started as a hobby. Kati Jaakonen, a cook by profession, founded a food blog around 2006 – 2007 in order to offer photos of her pastry and recipes for people interested in food and cooking. The site became popular very rapidly by offering good recipes for free. The content of the site is still free for visitors. The revenue comes from recipes and food photos that Kati sells to food companies. She also publishes books containing recipes.

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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: Talk to the Press (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Talk to the Press

Established

2008

Web Address

www.talktothepress.co.uk

Form of the company

Ltd

Describe your site or business in few words.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith’s press agency. Media experts, helping ordinary people handle press attention, and selling stories to newspapers, magazines and TV.

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