We are doing this because the road to the future of news has been littered with lost datasets. A day or so after every hackathon and meeting where a group has come together to analyze, compare and understand a particular set of data, someone tries to remember where the successful files were stored. Too often, no one is certain.
Governments and their foreign policy establishments have no alternative but to adapt and adopt new tools. In a 21st century environment, in which “timely” means “real-time”, diplomats and public officials need to be nimble and agile. They need to discern the quality or veracity of information in the torrent of open-source data that flows every second through traditional and social media outlets, and need to understand situations, assess plausible scenarios, and talk and reach-out to key actors.
Arturo Sarukhan, former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, in a blog post for The Huffington Post about his decision to become the first ambassador accredited to Washington to start tweeting in an official capacity.
According to him, digital diplomacy -and the social media tools used in its instrumentation- need to take into account new processes and practices that are already changing core diplomatic and public policy tasks in three relevant ways:
Caveat: No mention of WikiLeaks.
“Bloomberg Media Group, a division Bloomberg L.P., and El Financiero, the media branch of Grupo Lauman, an integrated solutions company, today announced a long-term agreement to launch a new multi-platform Spanish-language business news service. The companies will create a high-definition television channel that combines Bloomberg’s global business and financial insight with locally-produced content. The service will be offered in Mexico and Central America. The companies also plan to offer content online, on mobile sites and in print with a co-branded section in El Financiero newspaper.”
FJP: El Financiero is a Mexican newspaper currently undergoing an editorial revamping. It was recently acquired by young entrepreneur Manuel Arroyo. One of Arroyo’s first moves as publisher and owner of El Financiero was to hire Enrique Quintana as Chief Editor. Mr. Quintana served as National Director of Business and Polls of Grupo Reforma from 2000 to 2012.
I’m a publisher who believes that paper as a product is more alive than ever. Magazines have their own language and we need to return to the origins of that language. It’s also about walking into a bar and sending a very clear message by the way you’re holding the magazine under your arm – and that’s an experience that anything digital will never give you.
By taking on SpainMedia, the story sheds more light on the internal work of the company and the Spanish media landscape itself::
SpainMedia, which has annual sales of about €10 million, or $13 million, operates out of the former printing facility, which Mr. Rodríguez bought two years ago “in the midst of the property collapse” and then renovated. The company has only 30 employees, with an average age of 28. Half the staff members are journalists. SpainMedia produces about 80 percent of its own content, half of which comes from freelance reporting contributions.
“I want talent and don’t care about age or experience,” said Mr. Rodríguez, who is 47. He wears several hats at SpainMedia, including that of editor in chief of Spanish editions of Forbes and Esquire. He also handles many of the negotiations with advertisers.
About 85 percent of SpainMedia’s magazines are sold by dealers, while a fraction go to subscribers, Mr. Rodríguez said. The rest are given away in places like airport business lounges. “The subscription market doesn’t work in Spain because our mailing service isn’t as efficient as in the United States,” he said. “Magazines arrive late here or folded and creased in the mailbox.” The magazine costs €4 at a newsstand, or €36 for an annual subscription. The Kindle version is €1.79 this month, rising to €4 next month on Kindle and the iPad, he said.