Monthly Archives: November 2008

Jamil Anderlini, FT correspondent in Beijing, won print/web feature of the year at the UK Foreign Press Association Awards for his multimedia reporting on Chinese peasants’ demands for land rights.

Of particular note is that Jamil’s coverage combined text and video, using each to their advantage – text for depth and analysis, video for immediacy.

Credit, too, to Du Juan, who did the filming, and to Darryl Thompson and Fang Wang in London who edited the footage into a tight narrative.

Links from FT editors in the last 24 hours

‘Sarah Palin for poet laureate’ by Julian Gough | Prospect Magazine December 2008 issue 153

‘What the philistine media take for incoherence is, in fact, the fruitful ambiguity of verse.’

Introduction:  The world tips into recession; the eurozone discovers (again) the myth of decoupling from the US; oil dips below $55 a barrel; fears of deflation mount; and pirates seize a Saudi oil tanker off the Somali coast.  If you missed the Financial Times or this week, here are ten gems which beat the rest of the pack…

Links from FT editors in the last 24 hours

Glossed Over | The Big Money

Same old questions – but for glossy magazines, even harder to find answers

Overload! : CJR

A rather long article…about having too much to read. But the conclusion seems right: “The fact that there is more information than there are people or time to consume it —the classic economy-of-attention problem — represents a financial opportunity for news organizations.”

The Elite Newspaper of the Future  | American Journalism Review

Philip Meyer: “I underestimated the velocity of the internet effect”. Newspapers’ best hope – specialisation, elite readership, context and analysis.

Links from FT editors in the last 24 hours

We can be heroes …

FT book review: John Lloyd considers whether journalist and citizen can be one and the same

This is a shortened version of a weekly email to FT journalists from Lionel Barber, the editor, highlighting his picks of the previous week’s output

Introduction: The credit crunch strikes the global supply chain and spreads deeper into the real economy; Britain suffers capital flight and sterling sinks further; China announces a faster-than-expected slowdown and a fiscal stimulus; Hank Paulson executes a U-turn on Tarp; and unveils an elegant redesign and revamp. If you had not been reading the Financial Times in print or online this past week, you would have missed….

As of midday our redesigned homepages, including a new Middle East page, are now live.

We’re very pleased to see the hard work of many people realised, but this is only the first step of much deeper and wider-ranging changes to the entire site that are also well under way.

We’d like to hear your feedback. You are welcome to comment on this blog of course, but to help us analyse the responses, please use our survey – it’s quite short!

Here are some of the results from Monday, when readers were looking at the JPG of the new layout rather than the live page -

‘Overall, how would you rate the new design?’
82.4 per cent rated it ‘very good’ or ‘good’, with 5.2 per cent neutral.

‘It’s easy to find what I’m looking for’
70.8 chose ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’; 17.2 per cent were neutral (many commented it was too early to tell)

‘The new homepage makes it easy to get briefed quickly on the day’s top stories and related comment’
79.9 per cent chose ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’; 9.4 per cent were neutral.

Some of the most memorable comments we’ve seen so far…

A gay Guardian‘ (from a comment on Roy Greenslade’s blog)
Blogalicious‘ (Gawker)
And the rather poetic ‘Yoghurt with blackberries’ (from one of our survey participants)

Update: Had some confusion with date stamps and time references on this post – the new homepages went live midday Tuesday, in case you’re wondering.

In addition to the home pages and Alphaville/Long Room, we’ve also changed the look of the blogs on today. The functionality is unchanged but, as with the rest of the site, there’s further development going on that will be rolled out over the coming weeks and months.

We’ve launched this blog to give readers an insight into the Financial Times’ journalism and how we produce our website and newspaper.

Generally, the FT avoids talking about itself. That is partly a desire for impartiality – Lex, for example, does not write about Pearson, our parent company – and partly an attempt to steer clear of media self-absorption. (Or maybe it’s just a cultural thing – British reserve.)

But we also want to be open and accountable. While readers have always been able to write a letter to the editor, we realise that an easier and more collaborative conversation can be had online.

So this blog aims to do a number of things:

- Provide updates on changes to our website, including the phased roll-out of the new design and functionality;

- Explain changes to editorial policy – on online moderation, corrections, and so on – and to discuss how we deal with the dilemmas and mistakes that sometimes arise in the newsroom;

- Discuss individual editoral projects: how we did them, how they work, how well they succeeded – what you thought of them;

- Point out articles on journalism, new media and such like that have caught our attention.

In addition, the blog will republish a weekly staff email written by Lionel Barber, the FT’s editor, highlighting what he sees as the best of the recent output. (It will be redacted, just slightly, to omit commercially-sensitive information and anything else not for public consumption.)

One caveat: this blog does not want to be a one-stop shop for all reader inquries – we probably won’t be able to respond to every comment or question. Here are a few other places you might want to try:

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Customer support – form or email (including non-registered or free registered users)

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