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A matter of trust

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A matter of trust

After being banned in several occassions, sued and having had reporters detained, there is almost nothing that Tempo (born in 1982 in Indonesia) hasn’t had to deal with.

Bambang Harymurti, his chief executive officer and group editor in chief, considers the resistence of Tempo through bumpy paths (since Suharto days until now) one of the reasons why it became the most respected news magazine in Asia.

In order to be able to master their in-depth and analytical articles, he defends the importance of “financial independence”, which led them to become the first media company of Indonesia listed in the Jakarta Stock Exchange in 2001.

After decades in the media industry, Harymurti speaks about the basic engine that is keeping Tempo –which participated in the investigations of the Panama Papers- moving: “it is important to have a dream.” Theirs is now an integrated modern office from where continuing gaining readers’s trust and admiration.

Being one of the most reputable newspaper worldwide doesn’t mean that The New York Times has succumbed to the comfort of having a global prestigious brand.

Actually the opposite. Jody Rudoren, the editorial director of the NYT Global, explained how the latest report by the NYT’s 2020 group embraces becoming more visual and expanding new storytelling forms, which they are exploring in their digital format.

Furthermore, Rudoren spoke about the aim to “grow our global audience” by enhancing its recent NYT in Spanish, she sayed via videoconference from Mexico City.

“We are experiencing a very different journalism at the moment than we were last year; a year ago we were in a very challenging place financially, strategically; but now we find ourselves in a much better position”. For Rudoren platforms and innovations are “changing the way in which people are reading our products.” And that is not a threat: for the NYT, it is exciting.

Steven Gan, Editor-in-Chief of Malaysiakini, has a very clear message to deliver: “Malaysia is a contradiction itself. There are dozen of newspapers, but no press freedom.”

The journalist is taking advantage of a loophole in the Malaysian legal framework to operate his media in the digital space, but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t faced numerous difficulties: they have been raided five times in the past 17 years, policemen visit them in a weekly basis and they have had some uninvited guests in the office, such as a far from friendly python.

An intimidation that hasn’t stopped Gan and his team from trying to find trust in their readers and followers (4 million in Facebook): “mantaining credibility is something crucial”. Media industry, he said, “is under threat everywhere, but journalism is here to stay”.

How to gain credibility and trust online only? Ng Hiu-tung, founder of FactWire (Hong Kong), doesn’t hide his amazement at how in only two years –since its launch- FactWire (born in the context of the Umbrella movement) has been able to get 100% of the HK media subscribing to its wire.

How do they do it? “I always tell people that with news business there is no business model. If you want to do business for news, that is wrong. You are investing in the wrong place.

As a news organization ou have to go through a long period to build your credibility.” For FactWire it was a much shorter walk. But they don’t plan to stop the journey. 


Paloma Almoguera


2017-04-20 07:48

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