Dow Jones to Integrate Global News Operations on Méthode Platform

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The international financial publisher will create an integrated global workspace for real-time news using the same EidosMedia publishing platform currently used at The Wall Street Journal.

News Corporation’s Dow Jones & Company subsidiary, publishers of The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other financial media, has decided to move the bulk of its real-time news operations to EidosMedia’s editorial platform, Méthode.

Méthode has been in use at the WSJ and other Dow Jones consumer titles since 2009. The new project is part of a project to converge previously separate newspaper, online and real-time workflows. It will create an integrated newsroom where editors and reporters will work on news content both for Dow Jones real-time news as well as and the print editions.

The Journal’s combined operations are globally distributed with three regional networks centered on New York, London and Hong Kong. The new project will introduce a ‘geo-convergence’ model for the unified newsroom, allowing collaborative workflow between the three centers.

“The aim is to provide a completely synchronized real-time view of content between the three regions,” said Steve Ball, General Manager of EidosMedia Inc.. “The workflow will follow the sun: editors in Asia will hand off editing to London as the Asia business day winds down. London will later pass control to New York. The solution will handle the complex workflow exchanges involved in this process.”

The Dow Jones real-time products range from single headlines to full articles. Altogether over 19,000 news items are published each day. At the same time, the agency receives around 250,000 incoming items and these will be imported into the Méthode repositories and made available to users throughout the organization. The move to Méthode also will allow the real-time news operation to deliver composite feeds containing images as well as text.

“Having our WSJ and newswire operations on a common platform will create important synergies and allow us to deploy our resources more productively,” said F. James Pensiero, deputy managing editor of the Journal.

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