Global: Strong digital gains for Financial Times

Global: Strong digital gains for Financial Times

The Financial Times reached a record high circulation level in 2016, improving 8 per cent year-on-year to almost 850,000 readers.

The publication’s 2016 annual results showed that digital subscriptions increased 14 per cent to 650,000, with reader engagement increasing by 30 per cent. During the lead-up to Brexit and the US election, subscriptions grew 75 per cent compared to normal rates. Revenue from digital overtook that of print.

Swedish tool bursting readers bubbles

The symbols of each of the bubbles. The left, represented by green and red, the centre as green and blue, and the right as blue and navy. Photo: Filterbubblan.se

The symbols of each of the bubbles. The left, represented by green and red, the centre as green and blue, and the right as blue and navy. Photo: Filterbubblan.se

Swedish author, Per Grankvist, has launched a new tool called Filterbubblan designed to identify three political categories, or filter bubbles, within Swedish social media.

The tool uses Twitter’s algorithm to identify and compile tweets from 70 users in each of the bubbles, the left, the centre and right. The tool selects text-only tweets so users can identify the language used by each group.

The launch of the tool comes 18 months before the country’s next general election. As there are no human curators, the tool cannot be accused of bias.

The Guardian launched a series last year called “Burst your Bubble”, encouraging their largely liberal readers to read conservative articles broaden their knowledge.

Fears for journalist safety closes paper in Mexico

Mexican newspaper Norte has shut down because fears for journalist safety made it impossible for the paper to continue.

Readers were greeted by a front page letter from editor Oscar Cantu Murguia titled “Adios!”.

Mexico has a history of journalist murders which has gone largely unpublished. The final straw for Mr Murguia was the murder of Miroslava Breach, a reporter for national paper La Jornada and a collaborator at Norte. Ms Breach was shot eight times in her car as one of her children sat, unharmed, in the back. A note left by the gunman said, “For being a loud-mouth.”

In March, three journalists, including Ms Breach, were murdered while another was left in a critical condition.

A spokesman from the paper told The Guardian that the website would still continue under the same name.
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