WAN Releases 'Publishers Guide to New Technologies'

With the speed of technological development increasing rapidly, keeping up with changes and making investment decisions are enormously difficult tasks. A new report from the World Association of Newspapers provides a primer for newspaper publishers on new and emerging technologies for both print and digital publishing.

“A Publishers Guide to New Technologies”, from the WAN Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project, examines a wide variety of technologies for editorial, advertising, blogging, social networking, archiving, mobile publishing, pre-press and press automation, digital inkjet printing, research tools and much more.

The report also includes examples and case studies of newspapers implementing new technologies. Examples include: how VG in Norway handles mobile telephone submissions; Dagen Nyheter’s strategy for its mobile website in Sweden; the Arizona Republic’s use of electronic tablet readers to speed newspaper home delivery; and the reasons why three companies – Tribune Company in the United States, Il Sole 24 Ore in Italy and The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, USA, chose their advertising and editorial systems.

WAN is a leading provider of industry research and analysis through its Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project, which identifies, analyses and publicises all important breakthroughs and opportunities that can benefit newspapers all over the world. SFN provides WAN members with Strategy Reports on these developments, a library of case studies and business ideas, and a wealth of other vital information for all those who need to follow press industry trends.

WAN conducts the SFN project with support from three international partners — manroland, a leading company for newspaper production systems; Telenor, the leading Norwegian telecommunications, IT and media group; and Atex, the leading supplier of solutions and services for advertising, content management, circulation and online applications.

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, defends and promotes press freedom and the professional and business interests of newspapers world-wide. Representing 18,000 newspapers, its membership includes 77 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and 11 regional and world-wide press groups.

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