International round-up: Low-key digital start for Star and Express

Low-key digital start for Star and Express

The Daily Mail remains the dominant force in the UK digital news stakes according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations figures, while the Daily Star and Daily Express newspaper websites have debuted last on the list.

The owner of the two titles, Richard Desmond, put them under independent auditing in February for the first time according to The Guardian, with express.co.uk bringing in 9,369,809 monthly browsers and dailystar.co.uk, 5,796,064.

The Mail Online dropped 12.47 per cent on the previous month but held fast to first position, reporting a monthly browser count of 165,886,627 in February, with 11,241,27 daily browsers on average.

The Guardian followed with an increase of 0.86 per cent, climbing to 91,106,978 monthly browsers, and a 7.85 per cent jump in daily browsers at 5,393,452.

Telegraph.co.uk came in third with 59,703,051 monthly browsers, down 12.67 per cent, while The Independent.co.uk was down 13.08 per cent at 29,794,956 MBs.

Getting the most out of video

Columbia University’s Tow Center has published a report looking at how video is being used in newsrooms across the United States.

The report, titled ‘Video Now’, was produced from information gathered in phone calls and emails to 125 news organisations that did not have a long history of video production – newspapers and digital sites rather than established broadcasters and cable news networks.

The report is based on the premise that “video has become an important editorial tool, as well as a potentially large revenue source for newsrooms” – but as of autumn 2013, “there seemed to be no consensus on how to produce news videos or how to profit from them.”

In its recommendations section, ‘Video Now’ says that its report found that audiences base what they watch on subject rather than medium, and that videos on sport or explainers are generally the types of content that attract the most viewers. Additionally, videos posted alongside other media tend to attract a larger audience, whereas video content left in a video-specific section of a news site has a tendency to be ignored.

The report also recommended that newsrooms have all editorial staff shoot video, whether that is a print reporter shooting “fast, raw iPhone clips to accompany their text” or highly-trained video journalists producing in-depth, sophisticated stories.

SPH reports 7.5pc rise in net profit

Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) has reported a 7.5 per cent rise in second quarter net profit.

The company, which has interests in print, television, radio, online media and property, saw its net profit jump to SGD$81.3 million (AUD$69.3 million) for the second quarter, which ended February 28.

The company’s board proposed a seven cents per share dividend for the period, the same as a year earlier.

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