This subsection of the Need to Know newsletter offers news and insights from journalism around the world.

A South Korean copy of Snapchat takes off in Asia

It sends short, self-destructing messages. It has a place to share videos called stories. It has camera filters that transform a person into a koala, a fried egg, a police officer or any number of foods, animals and figures — this is Snow, a popular South Korean Snapchat clone that shows how even the most […]

Poland’s conservative government puts heavy restrictions on state TV news — resulting in more than 160 journalists leaving state broadcasting

At least 164 staffers have left Polish state broadcasting and audiences have declined at all state TV channels since January media controls went into effect, according to the Journalists’ Association, one of the two main organizations representing Polish journalists. “They (the journalists) did not want to participate in political pacification of the media,” the group […]

Brexit boosts newspapers’ print circulation and online traffic

Following last week’s referendum and the resulting resignation of David Cameron, newspapers in the U.K. saw large increases in circulation over the course of the weekend, with sales of Saturday editions expected to increase 7 percent. The Guardian saw a record 17 million unique browsers and 77 million pageviews on Friday, June 24. + BBC […]

One of the most traditional newspapers of Argentina, La Nueva, reduces print circulation to three days a week

La Nueva Provincia, one of the oldest and most traditional newspapers of Argentina (recently renamed La Nueva), announced it will limit the circulation of its print edition as well as lay off 22 people. “La Nueva is not an exception in this global wave of change in communication. The same reasons for these changes are […]

One small Norwegian newspaper is using public journalism to give meaning to engagement

Roar Vigeland Osmundsen, editor-in-chief of Søgne og Songdalens Budstikke, told the World Editors Forum that when immigration hit Norway’s small villages, their online readership didn’t grow with the population. Together with three editors from other local newspapers, he set up a three-year project, dedicating long-term coverage to one specific subject in each village, to increase […]

Trying to fight back against falling ad revenue, UK media companies could soon partner to sell ads

In the U.K., some publishers are in discussions on how “they can set aside past differences and rivalries to work together,” FT’s David Bond reports. One possibility could be the creation of a single advertising sales partnership to address falling ad revenue. Media research agency Enders Analysis found that newspaper display advertising fell by 15 […]

How the Axel Springer acquisition is fueling Business Insider’s expansion abroad

With the recent launch of Polish and Nordic editions, Business Insider now has 10 international editions, with plans for an 11th edition to launch in France later this year. Key to Business Insider’s international growth has been its acquisition by German publisher Axel Springer, VP of international Roddy Salazar says: “The Axel Springer acquisition really […]

With too many news outlets and not enough news consumers, legacy media outlets are struggling to survive in Albania

An interesting set of circumstances in Albania is leading some legacy newspapers and television stations to close, Rrapo Zguri writes. Albania has a population of only 3 million, but until two years ago, it had 22 daily newspapers, one of the highest numbers in the region. Last year, two sports newspapers closed entirely and the […]

Politibot is a Telegram Messenger-based bot that shares news about the Spanish elections

An idea born out of an ISOJ panel, Politibot is a bot based on Telegram Messenger that “provides useful information to political junkies” during the Spanish elections, with the goal of living on after elections come to an end on June 26. Eduardo Suarez explains the team chose to go with Telegram to build its bot […]

The Washington Post is translating stories to reach its growing non-English speaking audience

The Washington Post is starting to translate some stories, especially about those about foreign news, to reach its fast-growing non-English speaking audience. Director of strategic initiatives Jeremy Gilbert explains: “We were convinced that there is a need for translated articles, but we hadn’t hit on the right formulation in terms of how to get a […]