FT.com: Economist eyes social network cash boost

"The Economist newspaper plans to acquire 500,000 fans on Facebook and 750,000 followers on Twitter within six months ... Readers of The Economist’s website will soon be able to log in and make comments using their Facebook identity, through Facebook Connect. ... The Economist’s discussion forums will remain free. “People aren’t accustomed to being charged for conversation,” [Economist publisher Ben Edwards] said."

Independent: British press split in two by Wapping’s great gamble

Great summary of the state of the paywall debate among UK national newspapers by Ian Burrell. Emily Bell of the Guardian: "This is not about newspaper publishing, this is about news, content and analysis on the internet and as long as you keep making the category error that says newspaper publishers are different you won’t make any progress."

The Atlantic: The Newsweekly’s Last Stand

"The Economist prides itself on cleverly distilling the world into a reasonably compact survey. Another word for this is blogging, or at least what blogging might be after it matures—meaning, after it transcends its current status as a free-fire zone and settles into a more comprehensive system of gathering and presenting information. As a result, although its self-marketing subtly sells a kind of sleek, mid-last-century Concorde-flying sangfroid, The Economist has reached its current level of influence and importance because it is, in every sense of the word, a true global digest for an age when the amount of undigested, undigestible information online continues to metastasize. And that’s a very good place to be in 2009. ... Tellingly, the very lo-fi digest The Week, which has copped The Economist’s attitude without any real reporting or analysis at all, is thriving as well."

FT.com: Newsweek to turn new page with relaunch

"A prototype of the redesign that will be launched in early May is a cleaner take on the old, with more white space and bolder photographs. The launch will coincide with a relaunch of Newsweek.com that will replace wire copy with links to the best sources of online news, even if published by rivals. ... Newsweek intends to court a high-end audience seeking in-depth commentary and reporting."

García Media: Elite newspapers, free newspapers: the future lies somewhere here

Mario Garcia: "We have often mentioned in this blog that we believe the printed newspaper of the future will be published less often than daily ... We have also heralded the rapid growth of free newspapers worldwide ... Of course, a strong online edition is a vital requirement. The newspaper of the future—elite or free—is simply a companion to a robust and newsy online edition."