Global round-up: Philadelphia titles go non-profit

Newspapers and news sites belonging to the Philadelphia Media Network have been donated to a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Philadelphia Foundation created by the owner of the newspaper group, 85 year-old H.F. Lenfest.

The Inquirer, The Philapelphia Daily News and Phily.com will now be owned by the subsidiary, the Institute for Journalism in New Media, although the business decisions will be made by the news group’s board and managers.

“Of all the things I’ve done, this is the most important,” Mr Lenfest told Phily.com ahead of the announcement of the donation.

The new ownerships structure allows the company to maintain editorial independence as well as obtain tax-exempt donations, according to Phily.com.

The move will bring no immediate changes for subscribers, readers or Philadelphia Media Network employees.

Eidos Media appoints new GM of French operations

Guillaume Clement has been appointed the new general manager of EidosMedia Sarl, the French subsidiary of global publishing software company EidosMedia.

EdioisMedia, the creator of the Méthoddigital publishing platform, announced yesterday Mr Clement would be taking the reins from Gérard Perrier who is retiring after holding the position since 2009.

Mr Clement has been with EidosMedia since 2003 and has previously been director of professional services at EidosMedia Pty in Sydney and at EidosMedia Sarl.

“Méthode continues to add powerful new digital publishing functions to its feature set and I am looking forward to bringing these innovations to our existing customers, as well as new clients in the French markets,” Mr Guillaume said.

EidosMedia Sarl’s customer base includes the majority of French national newspapers and some regional media groups.

Refugees publish newspaper for arrivals in Germany

A group of Middle Eastern refugees in Germany have launched a free newspaper designed to help and inspire fellow new arrivals, according to reports by Al Jazeera.

The Arabic newspaper Abwab was launched in December and is published by New German Media, a subsidiary of New European Media which produces 15 other publications across Europe targeted at minority communities.

Journalist and Syrian-Palestinian refugee Ramy Alasheq is editor-in-chief of the paper and said the first edition of Abwad – which had an initial print run of 25,000 – had a response “a hundred times better than I had expected”.

About 45,000 copies of the second edition of Abwad will be published soon.

The paper’s launch came after Germans newspapers Bild and BZ published last September an Arabic-language guide to Berlin for refugees entering the city.

 

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