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Designing the news
How do you unpack stories in the most engaging way while building a credible and comprehensive brand? Monocle Films showcases best design for paper and screen too.
The power of journalism
What’s the future of media? We take a look into the art of original reporting and see why we devour stories in different ways.
Let’s talk about it
Can good design cut through the babble? Who are the media players that still engage us in print and beyond? How can technology become less demanding and more friendly? And what happens when we stop meeting face to face? This film set up the digital-versus-analogue debate at Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Vienna.
State of the news
Burma's national broadcaster, MRTV, was once a government mouthpiece. As the country slowly turns to democracy, Monocle films goes behind the scenes to see if it can change with the times.
We visit the members’ clubs where foreign journalists find a home away from home (and a good supper) in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Spread the Word
There is a weight of passion, wit, intellect and fun to be found on Italy's screens, in its speakers and in its print. Monocle delves into the quirks of the country's news and entertainment, and finds the best of its leaders and merchants.
City Voices - Chicago
Rick Kogan has been a newspaperman in his hometown of Chicago for over 40 years. These days he has a Sunday morning radio show in addition to a column at the Chicago Tribune, and in both his mission is to document life in the city through stories about the people who make up the place. Gabriel Leigh visits Kogan at the Tribune Tower to hear his take on the state of journalism and quality of life in his city.
As a wave of uprisings and revolutions have swept across North Africa and the Middle East, one news channel has been at the heart of the action. From Egypt to Libya, Al Jazeera’s reporting has had a major influence on events on the ground. It has also helped to position Doha as one of the most important capitals in the Arab world.
Social marketing – Afghanistan
Monocle reports from Kabul on how social media is proving a lucrative market for daring media companies.
Art International Radio
Art International Radio is an internet radio station based in the Clocktower in lower Manhattan, a building famous for having been at the centre of New York’s art scene in the 1970s and 1980s. At the helm is Alanna Heiss, who’s been at the forefront of contemporary art in New York City for decades and was the founder of PS1, a centre for art in Queens that’s now part of the Museum of Modern Art. AIR broadcasts art-related talk and interviews as well as an eclectic range of music, and experiments with radio theatre and more ambitious sound-based extensions of art projects. Monocle visited the headquarters to see the operation in action.
After the earthquake of internet erosion and an advertising downturn, how does the TV landscape look? At MIPCOM, the TV industry's annual market for shows and ideas both good and bad, culture editor Robert Bound strolls the Cannes Croisette to take the temperature of an industry determined to put on a show despite the doldrums.
The Daily Talk
Alfred Sirleaf's 'Daily Talk' newspaper reaches thousands of Liberians every day but only ever produces one copy. How does he do it? By writing the day's biggest stories on a large blackboard beside a busy road in the capital.
Bangkok Community Radio
Bangkok's 'quality of life' radio station provides a lifeline in a city where public services are haphazard at best. The all-talk format of RDCK is a call to action and an attempt to solve problems via the community and its bulging Roladex. Lawyers, doctors, bus drivers, midwives and snake catchers are glued to the frequency. Monocle's Bangkok correspondent David Fullbrook tuned in for the day.
The Digital News Affairs Conference
The Digital News Affairs Conference in Brussels featured more than 50 speakers from the media world's leading editorial, marketing and business teams. The subject of this year's event was 'How to survive the digital news age' - a discussion of how news organisations need to change the way they work in order to maintain market share and influence in a rapidly changing media landscape. Monocle's Culture Editor Robert Bound talked to some of the leading lights to get their sides of the argument in the cross-platform media debate.
Tokyo Limousine Bus Lady
Kaoru Kubo welcomes thousands of travellers to Japan every day. A former announcer for public broadcaster NHK Kubo has, for 23 years, been the voice of the Airport Limousine buses that ferry passengers to and from Narita Airport. Her announcements are said in both Japanese and English, and her no-nonsense delivery has a cult following. It's also a quick introduction to Japanese etiquette. Once she's told you not to, you won't even think about chatting on your mobile phone. (With thanks to Airport Limousine).
Nordic News Network
In a bid to lure fickle advertisers and demanding audiences, TV news has become increasingly bland and banal. And so too have the stations' studios. Everything looks so cheap and dull. That's why we've been playing fantasy broadcasting at Monocle. For our April issue, we asked Anders Nord to create "Nordic News Network", a channel that would bring both demanding journalism and a touch of style to the world of current affairs. And for monocle.com, the Swedish designer tested his CAD animation skills to engineer this fly-through of the NNN bureau. At last some good news for global-affairs fans.