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  • 31 January 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Game, set, match coverage: Newspaper publishers seek digital rights for sports reporting

    Five years after a major clash with FIFA, media representatives at a recent WAN-Ifra conference in Paris conference indicated that it remains difficult to convince sports franchises — be they international bodies like UEFA, national leagues like La Liga or individual teams like Chelsea FC — of the necessity for open and uncontrolled print and online coverage of their events. Legal agreements often restrict sport reporters' ability to report during a game on their newspaper's website. Publication of pictures can be tightly restricted, for example to a maximum of five photos per half a football match. Copyrights on photos may be assigned automatically to clubs and audiovisual reporting completely blocked because it's treated as if it were under broadcast rules.
  • 21 January 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    iPhone triggers new business in sports news

    PARIS —— Anyone strolling the Avenue des Champs-Élysées these days can draw one conclusion: mobile Internet is a fast-growing business in France. For European publishers with M-commerce plans, France is an important bellwether. French sports daily L'Equipe already has turned its application business into profits. “The iPhone has brought old habits back. People are paying again for content,” said Sebastien Valere, vice president of marketing and operations at L'Equipe 24/24.
  • 12 January 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Missouri sheds light on future of journalism with a candle

    For weeks, the prospect of being able to listen to some brilliant speakers at the Mizzou journalism conference in Brussels boosted my confidence about being in this business at the beginning of 2010. Not for long. Much of the confidence dissipated when it became clear that Missouri also does not have the answers. Just like us, they are still trying to invent the future. And If there's one thing that became really clear at the Missouri conference, it's that the future-of-journalism debates in the US and Europe diverge when it comes to new journalism models that depend on public funds.