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Panpa Bulletin : November December 2006
Dunedin-based Allied Press's Otago Daily Times has set up an online image library for internal and revenue-earn- ing public use. Commercial manager Matthew Holdridge, who is in charge of the project, says that es- sentially he was faced with two challenges. Firstly, ensuring that all future images had accompanying metadata to make them eas- ily searchable. Prior to this, only published images were captioned. All others were held in network directories not easily searchable using keywords. Determining where and which images to digitise from the newspaper's vast archives was the second challenge. Besides the newspaper's own mono and colour full plate, medium format, 35mm and digital pictures the archives also hold pictures published between 1900-1932 in the former Otago Witness, and plates and 35 mm pictures taken by photographers of the now defunct rival, The Evening Star. "The real driving force behind this work is the photographers," Holdridge told the PANPA Bulletin. Staff photographer, Gerard O'Brien has an interest in archiving old im- ages and has largely been responsible for digitising pictures from the archives. "Wer'e planning a two-phase launch," Holdridge said. "Phase one (in late November) will launch with initially 1,000 images. Major events and iconic images taken will be loaded to the public website. Any historical captioning of images will also be launched on the site. "Phase two (late March-early April, 2007) will see any images taken during the photog- raphers' working day loaded to the site. This should quickly increase the volume of images stored into the tens of thousands." Images over 100 years old will be available to buy for either personal or commercial use. Commercial sales of images will be kept on a separate database to ensure that produc- tion of the daily paper is not compromised. Piction's Digital Media eXhange software is being used to manage the storage, sales and marketing, payments, and rights manage- ment of the images. As to copyright issues, Holdridge said that under New Zealand copyright law Allied Press owns the copyright for each image for 50 years from the end of the year of the photographer's death. "This will cover the majority of images," Holdridge said. "However, given that Allied Press owns the physical image, those images older than 50 years will be sold under licence for specific use and a fee charged relative to that use." What was the biggest problem the com- pany struck in setting up the library? "Setting up an image archive is not part of the day-to -day job of many people employed at Allied Press. Changing internal processes to ensure all images can be easily uploaded to the web- site is probably the biggest issue." Holdridge, formerly commercial manager at the national news agency, the New Zealand Press Association, joined Allied Press in May largely to develop online strategy and services. Since then he has had his responsibilities extended to include circulation and mar- keting. He also works with other senior management executives helping to develop business plans and strategy. continued from page 9 In his personal view, commu- nity newspaper editors have an obligation to finish the work of the journalism schools. The quality and worth of that com- munity newspaper training should be obvious when those newcomers eventually move on to opportunities in larger news organisations. Executive members, he said, see the NZCNA and community newspapers as a relevant voice in today's media world both in advertising and editorially. They want to see the association play a larger role. In a bid to bring its members closer to their counterparts around the world, the asso- ciation will host twenty-five Canadian community newspa- per people at its next confer- ence to be held in Dunedin in February. NZ newspaper opens photo library for sta and public by Warren Page Allied Press commercial manager Matthew Holdridge Former editor Michael Forbes, 73, who once lit an editorial bonfire under a prime minister, died peacefully in Auckland on November 11 after a long illness. Forbes caused an uproar in1978 when as editor of the Christchurch Star, he wrote six consecutive editorials condemn- ing the then prime minister Robert Muldoon and calling for him to be swept from office. A general election was not on the horizon at the time. Such boldness was startling stuff for a metropolitan newspaper in those rather restrained, publicly respectful times, and against such a powerful, some would say, fearsome target. Questions were raised in par- liament as to whether Forbes's subsequent resignation was due to a shove from on high. Strong staff support for Forbes threat- ened to stop the newspaper. Forbes withdrew his resignation, holding the post from 1974 to 1981 before moving to editor- in-chief and then managing director of Auckland-based NZ News Ltd. He set up an elaborate cadet training scheme within the company and in 1987 launched the serious but bright tabloid Auckland Sun. Less than a year later the newspaper was closed at the same time as Independent Newspapers Ltd bought the chain of newspapers owned by NZ News. Forbes opposed the closure and what happened to the company. For a time he was a journalism tutor in Auckland and a group editorial consult- ant to Rural Press in Australia. In 1995 Forbes was appointed editor of the Sunday Star-Times. He retired three years later after nearly 50 years in the newspaper industry. Forbes won a Qantas life-time achievement award in 2001 for services to the print industry. Former editor Michael Forbes dies 10 | PANPA BULLETIN November--December 2006 NEWS