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October 2011

For the October issue of Monocle our writers and photographers report back on the state of the global media industry.

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Street talk

The Algiers casbah has fallen into dilapidation. But now there are plans to restore its warren of streets. Is this government generosity or a bid to discourage discord in this traditionally revolution-minded neighbourhood…

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Rugs to riches

The ‘made in Switzerland’ tag is more associated with precise timekeeping than carpets. But one firm in the village of Altbüron is showing that delivering a high-quality product can go a long way – and it’s happy to stick…

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Second life

While post-industrial towns such as Detroit languish in a ‘rust belt’, Pittsburgh is bucking the trend, teeing itself up as a major hi-tech hub and an alternative to California’s Silicon Valley. Monocle visits its thriving…

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Erskineville

Erskineville’s ascension to the perfect address for urban professionals hasn’t stripped it of its character and community feel. The old workers’ cottages provide creative living spaces and Erskineville Road offers attrac…

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More than a moghul

Alexander Lebedev, former politician and owner of the UK’s ‘Independent’ and Russian opposition title ‘Novaya Gazeta’, is not your average oligarch. Here, he tells us why his management style is definitely hands-off.

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The digital scramble

In the rush into digitalisation, US media giants hastily abandoned many of their core values, says the veteran journalist and former foreign editor of the ‘Chicago Tribune’. Elsewhere, old-fashioned values are thriving. We…

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Expo 47: Press forward

Operating out of Brazil’s business and finance capital, ‘Folha de S.Paulo’, which dates back to the 1920s, is a newspaper success story. With a nose for an exclusive and a band of dedicated journalists, it continues to set…

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Hunger for peace

With the sudden exit from Mogadishu of Islamist insurgents, life in the Somali capital has shifted yet again. Just as war has abated, famine has arrived. Who can fix this ravaged city?

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Observation

Rolling news is a euphemism for cheap reporting, drama over content and daft presenters. Tyler Brûlé knows the solution

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Police Academy

Decades of warfare against drug cartels and armed guerillas have provided Colombia with a valuable asset. Countries across Latin America are sending their troops and police to learn the techniques of its elite Jungla unit…

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Media Briefing

Internet advertising that knows exactly who you are, an Istanbul magazine delivered by bicycle - by the editor, plus more media news.

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Making a noise

Carl Bildt represents a small country involved in most key international issues. Since becoming foreign minister in 2006, Sweden has participated in the Nato-led operations in Afghanistan and Libya, acted as the president…

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My Frieze Art Fair

This month sees the international art world flock to London for the ninth edition of Frieze Art Fair (13 to 16 October). With more than 170 galleries taking part, and an estimated 60,000 visitors attending, it has become…

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Non-stop news

In October TV4-Gruppen will launch the only 24-hour news channel in Sweden, headed by Göran Ellung, news and current affairs director of programmes at the main network. It’s hoped it’ll draw in an audience of news-hungry…

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Making airwaves

Hilversum was the centre of Dutch broadcasting for the best part of a century, a model media city of daring architecture. Hit hard by changes in the industry, a period of self-reflection has the city searching for new…

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Europe Briefing

The view from London after the recent riots, plus why Portugal wants more pensioners, and Switzerland's impending election.

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Type cast

The world has been using typefaces for hundreds of years – but only now has the first bricks and mortar shop started selling fonts. e-Types, the Copenhagen branding company behind the move, is hoping it’s the start of…

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Americas Briefing

The challenges facing Bogota's new mayor, a Canadian waterfront drama, and a Q&A with the head of the group spearheading Manhattan's transformation.

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