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FT environmental journalism recognised at FPA awards

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FT recognised at State Street Institutional Press Awards

25 November, 2015 – The Financial Times has received two awards and been highly commended in a further three categories at the 2015 State Street Institutional Press Awards Asia Pacific, which recognise outstanding performance in institutional financial services reporting.

Lucy Hornby, China correspondent, and Miles Johnson, hedge fund correspondent, were jointly named 2015 Journalist of the Year in the Investment category on account of their coverage of the Chinese renewable energy company, Hanergy, and for two articles in particular - Breakneck growth of Hanergy raises questions and Hanergy’s Li taps shadow lenders to fund group’s startling growthRead more >>

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FT scoops five prizes at Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards

FT’s comment and analysis editor Frederick Studemann said: “I am delighted to accept the award for Comment Pages of the Year and would like to extend a huge thank you my colleagues who work tirelessly to feature the best comment in the world. I’d also like to thank Lionel Barber who is a great champion of comment and has allowed us freedom to innovate and experiment.”

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The Rise of the Robots wins FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015

17 November 2015: The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company today announce that Martin Ford has won the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award for The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment, published by Basic Books and Oneworld Publications. The book discusses the impact of accelerating technology on our economic prospects, and whether the future will see broad based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity.

The award recognises the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues. It was presented this evening to Martin Ford at a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, and Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company. Keynote speaker at the ceremony was Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Corning, who said, “It’s a pleasure to participate in an event that celebrates the greatest business books of the year, because I know how much I have personally benefited from expert insights, well timed, and well-illustrated – including past winners of this award.” Read more >>

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Lionel Barber: Making news for the new world

Making news for the new world
Lionel Barber, Polis Lecture, LSE
November 12, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, good evening. Or as we say in Japanese: Konbanwa. Read more >>

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FT names new Africa and Asia editors

10 November 2015: The Financial Times today announces two senior editorial appointments. David Pilling is named Africa editor, retaining his role as associate editor. Beijing bureau chief Jamil Anderlini replaces Pilling as Asia editor. He is also promoted to assistant editor.


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Financial Times beefs up U.S. newsroom

3 November 2015: The Financial Times today announces several U.S. appointments, including five new newsroom roles. This is part of an effort to invest in and expand the depth of its coverage of America, home to its fastest-growing online readership.

US news editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson adds the title of assistant editor. Under his leadership, the expanded New York news desk will assume a more powerful digital mandate across the global news agenda from the end of the London day. He has held a wide range of senior roles at the FT over the past 18 years, including media editor, New York correspondent and writer for the influential Lex column. Read more >>

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Financial Times partners with Web Summit, launches #techFT newsletter

November 2, 2015: The FT is launching several new tech-focused products at the 2015 Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference, of which the FT is a global media partner. These include a new, tech-focused email newsletter, #techFT, and a new Facebook group, Tech Meets Money.

Tech Meets Money is a Financial Times-run group featuring interesting news and advice about tech entrepreneurship, aimed at encouraging interaction and information-sharing between entrepreneurs and investors. Read more >>

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Financial Times and Google announce Hidden Cities project

Visitors to the Hidden Cities site will be able to see recommendations for restaurants, bars, museums, and more, compiled both by FT correspondents who’ve lived and worked in a city, as well as local experts and cultural figures. For Brussels, these include an introduction from FT Brussels bureau chief Peter Spiegel, FT editor Lionel Barber, Paul Dujardin (Director, Bozar), Alain Coumont (owner, Le Pain Quotidien), Ali Amar (writer), Jean van Roy (head brewer at Brasserie Cantillon), and Martine Reicherts (Director-General for Education and Culture, European Commission).

Hidden Cities will be brought to life through an interactive, mobile and desktop Google Maps experience where readers will have access to an enriched map of locations populated with recommendations from FT journalists and local cultural experts.Visitors can save recommendations on their own Google Maps app, straight from the articles, and filter the map based on time of day and activity of interest. The Hidden Cities site will be an ongoing resource, available perpetually online on desktop and mobile. Readers will also be able to discover Hidden Cities in a print supplement published in FT Weekend Magazine on October 31. Read more >>

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FT appoints Sebastian Payne to lead digital comment initiative

29 October 2015: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Sebastian Payne as digital comment editor to lead the redesign of the FT.com comment section and oversee the expression of FT comment across a range of digital formats and channels. He will start his new role in January 2016.

FT editor Lionel Barber commented: “Sebastian is one of the most talented digital innovators of his generation. We are thrilled he is joining the Financial Times. Our readers count among the most sophisticated and discerning in the world. This move will further strengthen the FT’s position as the leading platform for conversation and debate on the most pressing business, economic and financial issues.” Read more >>

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