Global round-up: Gannett spins off newspapers

The Gannett media group in the US has spun off its newspaper business for which it says it has plans for digital expansion.

Almost 20,000 staff work at Gannett’s newspapers across America and the United Kingdom.

The new Gannett newspaper group will retain the same name but is no longer attached to the rest of the business, which owns and operates television stations and digital media outlets and will be known as TEGNA.

Gannett has announced it will expand by acquiring more newspapers, having recently purchased 11 titles in Texas and New Mexico, according to media news website Poynter.org.

The company said it will target markets with a population of 500,000 to 3 million, and has also announced it will develop a digital marketing company called G/O Digital at each of its 92 titles.

Wall Street Journal to lessen India presence

The Wall Street Journal is set to close the India edition of its website and will downsize its bureaux in the country, according to media news website Medianama.

The Indian Wall Street Journal edition, wsj.com/india, will be merged into the global edition of the website.

The digital and news editor for India at the newspaper has told Medianama he will no longer be working for the company, and the one-reporter operation in Bangalore will be closed.

“These closures and realignments do not reflect on the quality of the work done by these teams, but simply speak to the pressing need to become more focused as a newsroom on areas we believe are ripe for growth,” WSJ editor-in-chief Gerard Baker was reported as saying about a program of global changes at the newspaper.

The Journal will also close its Indonesian-language site and some bureaux in Europe and Asia.

Redesign makes UK Telegraph easier to read

The UK’s Daily Telegraph has been redesigned with a new masthead and larger text on its 160th anniversary.

A more traditional gothic style has been chosen for the masthead, which editor Chris Evans said had been used for 148 of the paper’s 160 years.

A new font called Austin News and a larger body text size means there will be around 5 per cent less content in each edition, “but we believe that is a reasonable price to pay in order to make reading the paper far more pleasurable,” Mr Evans said in a column.

There are a range of other changes to sections, their design and location.

“[The changes] are designed to make your paper smarter, more readable and just a little brighter,” Mr Evans said.

New home for world’s oldest newspaper

Seventeen volumes of Berrow’s Worcester Journal dating back to 1712 have been moved to a local library in the UK as part of a project by publisher Newsquest to secure the future of their archives.

The Journal was first published in 1690 and was initially called the Worcester Post-Man. The name changed in 1753 when a competitor began using the same name, according to media news website Hold The Front Page.

The proprietor Harvey Berrow put his own name on the new title to ensure it could not be copied.

Issues of the Journal had been stored at the paper’s current newsroom in the British West Midlands city of Worcester but will now be kept at the Worcester Hive Library.

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