Global round-up: Times lifts print circulation

Global round-up: Times lifts print circulation

Times lifts print circulation

The Times is the only newspaper in the UK that saw an increase in print circulation for the month of August, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations figures.

The newspaper lifted its circulation by 1.28 per cent year on year to 396,671 average daily print sales for August – although that figure includes 22,100 free bulk copies that were given out during the month, up from 19,900 given out during August last year.

The Financial Times, the Daily Record and the Daily Star all saw print sales losses of more than 10 per cent, while major dailies The Sun and The Guardian experienced less severe drops in numbers, at 6.6 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively.

Update to Storyful dashboard

Social media news wire and aggregator Storyful has launched a newly designed digital dashboard which it hopes will create a breaking news social stream.

In an interview with Journalism.co.uk, Storyful’s chief of product Adam Thomas said that the dashboard had been constructed to make the search for news updates on specific stories “frictionless”.

“There was no way of filtering the breaking news stream,” Mr Thomas said. “You had to go in and find the Twitter list yourself and monitor it, you had to then put in the search term for Islamic State [for example] in the video archive.”

The new Storyful dashboard allows users to choose news items from a list of topics, which are ranked in currency, and then provides them with verified multimedia that they can use.

“Video is core to the experience and in our previous newswire we hadn’t really focussed on video,” Mr Thomas said. “But we’ve also been increasingly moving into other verticals – moving into trends, sport and entertainment – but also just using social a lot more.

“A lot more tweets, Facebook videos, Vine, Instagram. All of those kind of things. Our old wires weren’t quite fit for purpose and all of the new formats and verticals we really wanted to start hitting.”

New WSJ subscriber program

The Wall Street Journal is offering its subscribers a complimentary membership program called WSJ+, which gives them access to special content on top of their print or digital subscriptions.

According to a release, the new feature offers subscribers ‘Inside the Newsroom’ tours lead by editor-in-chief Gerard Baker, invitations to exclusive events that will “bring Journal content to life”, chances to win paid trips, and also offers such as free ebooks from HarperCollins Publishers, WSJ subscriptions for friends and family and wines from WSJWine.

Head of circulation for The Wall Street Journal’s publisher Dow Jones, Christina Komporlis, said: “We are excited to introduce this exclusive offering to celebrate our subscribers. WSJ+ is our way of creating an even deeper connection between our subscribers and the Journal by giving them entirely new ways to experience the content they love.”

The release also said that WSJ+ is the first of “several significant initiatives” that will be announced in the coming weeks and months, “as part of a broader effort to further engage with readers and grow its subscriber base.”

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