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  • Digital News Finally As Popular As Newspapers In The UK

    Digital News Finally As Popular As Newspapers In The UK

    Reports of the death of print have been greatly accelerated, judging by research from UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom. The research has found that in the UK digital news, consumed via apps or the Internet, has only just reached parity with news consumed via ink and dead trees. Read More

  • Uncoverage Hopes To Crowdfund Investigative Journalism, Because Newspapers

    Uncoverage Hopes To Crowdfund Investigative Journalism, Because Newspapers

    Israel Mirsky likes to give the following analogy about the role of journalism in a democracy: a free society can only function if it has a strong immune system. Investigative journalists serve as the helper T cells that find and fight infection, by directing the attention of prosecutors, lawmakers, and public opinion toward corruption. But because the Internet changed the news business… Read More

  • Scripps Buys Newsy For $35M To Expand From TV And Newspapers To Digital Video

    Scripps Buys Newsy For $35M To Expand From TV And Newspapers To Digital Video

    Another exit for a new media startup into the arms of the old media industry: E.W. Scripps, the storied owner of 19 local television stations and daily newspapers in 13 markets across the U.S., today announced that it has acquired Newsy, a digital video news platform, for $35 million in cash. Newsy will become a subsidiary of Scripps. Read More

  • Financial Times: Our Digital Subscribers Now Outnumber Print, And Digital Is Half Of The FT’s Revenue

    Financial Times: Our Digital Subscribers Now Outnumber Print, And Digital Is Half Of The FT’s Revenue

    A milestone reached as the world of old media continues its push in a digital direction: the storied, pink-sheeted daily newspaper the Financial Times, read by 2.1 million readers daily, today said digital subscribers now outnumber those in print, and that digital revenues now account for half of all sales in the FT Group. And what’s more, sales actually grew rather than declined. The… Read More

  • Print is Dead! Long Live Print?

    Print is Dead! Long Live Print?

    It’s been said before, but it needs saying again (and again and again): PRINT IS DEAD. Across the publishing industry, year-over-year declines in revenue, subscriptions and circulation, are well documented. Yes, there have been a few quarters of blood stanching flatness (yay!), but – you heard it here first (or few weeks ago from The Annenberg School, or over the summer from… Read More

  • Meet Philly’s New Android-Powered Newspaper: The Arnova 10 G2

    Meet Philly’s New Android-Powered Newspaper: The Arnova 10 G2

    The Philadelphia Media Network has had an ambitious summer: in July, the company announced their intention to sell subsidized Android tablets with subscriptions to the digital editions of Philly’s two daily papers. August was presumably spent sourcing hardware and working on the apps, and now that summer is over, PMN is ready to reveal the fruits of their labor. Read More

  • Students Put Out An Issue Of The School Paper Using Tools Of Yore

    Students Put Out An Issue Of The School Paper Using Tools Of Yore

    Remember film? Remember when “cut and paste” actually involved scissors and glue? Remember when typewriters didn’t have a 1 key? Probably not, right? I’m old and I barely even remember that stuff. Well a group of students at Florida Atlantic University had to learn the old ways again in an end-of-school-year experiment. They used 35mm film, actual typewriters, and… Read More

  • New York Times Still Treading Water With Digital Subcriptions

    New York Times Still Treading Water With Digital Subcriptions

    How is the New York Times doing with the new digital paywall it put up last March? We found out a few details today when the New York Times announced second quarter earnings. All together, the New York Times counts a total of 1.1 million digital subscribers, but only 281,000 of those are currently paying (756,000 are existing print subscribers who get digital access with their existing… Read More

  • Apple's Digital Newsstand Just Disrupted The Publishing Industry

    How much pricing power exactly does Apple have over publishers desperate to figure out a digital strategy that results in paying subscribers? A hell of a lot—at least that is what Apple is betting with its new subscription billing service. Apple is taking a 30 percent cut of all digital subscription revenues. Just take a moment to think about that for a second. Up until now, Apple took… Read More

  • Despite Pushback From Pubs, Apple Will Make iTunes Subscription Billing Mandatory

    Despite Pushback From Pubs, Apple Will Make iTunes Subscription Billing Mandatory

    When Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily launched last week, Apple’s VP Eddy Cue got on stage to announce one-click subscriptions for iPad publications through iTunes. The Daily already has the one-click billing option as a feature, and Cue promised it would be made available to other iPad newspaers and magazines soon. Cue then started to make the rounds of print media companies in New… Read More

  • Warning Stickers For Newspapers

    If newspapers came with warning labels, they might look something like the ones Tom Scott came up with. The British “geek comedian” created warning stickers you can print out and put on newspapers (PDF below). They include: Warning: This article is basically just a press release, copied and pasted. Warning: This article contains unsourced, unverified information from Wikipedia. Read More

  • It's Hard To Watch The Newsosaurs Turn A Blind Eye To Their Own Extinction

    It's Hard To Watch The Newsosaurs Turn A Blind Eye To Their Own Extinction

    Sometimes it is obvious where the world is headed, but some people and industries become frozen in place and time. They are like the duckbilled dinosaurs happily munching on the still-abundant plants around them when the meteor strikes instead of the small furry mammals underfoot who take cover every day by natural habit. In the print newspaper industry, it’s the same story. … Read More

  • Entourage eDGe electronic reader adds PressDisplay newspapers: Read Marca from wherever!

    Another day, another electronic book reader not called the nookor Kindlegets a content deal. The Entourage eDGe has signed a deal with Newspapers Direct, giving it access to papers like The Daily Mail, Marca(!), and The Washington Post. This is a great day for people who were waiting to read Real Madrid gossip on the eDGe. Read More

  • Google's Chief Economist: "Newspapers Have Never Made Much Money From News"

    Earlier today, Google chief economist Hal Varian gave a presentation to an FTC workshop on the changing economics of the newspaper industry. We all know that newspaper ad revenues have been falling off a cliff for years. Many media companies blame Google and are trying to put the genie back in the bottle with partial metered models for online news. Google is understandably on the… Read More

  • Google To Newspaper Industry: Don't Shoot The Gift Horse That Feeds You

    Google’s been taking a beating from the newspaper industry lately, and Rupert Murdoch in particular. But the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal let Google CEO Eric Schmidt respond today in an Op-Ed piece which basically says: Hey, we know the Internet is killing your business, but don’t blame us. Google is here to help. Google sends news sites 4 billion clicks a month, and… Read More

  • Jeff Jarvis Tries To Save Local News (With Spreadsheets!)

    Local news always seems to get the short end of the stick, both in terms of coverage and advertising dollars. And as the entire newspaper industry continues to struggle for survival, the prospects for local news looks particularly bleak. It just doesn’t pay to have a reporter cover a neighborhood farmer’s market when she could be covering the Mayor’s office or something… Read More

  • Goodbye, Printed Blog

    Remember the Printed Blog? It was a newspaper – on actual glossy paper – that would syndicate posts from the Interwebs. Josh Karp founded it six months ago and he ran through 16 issues and 80,000 copies – all on his own dime. And now it’s dead. The paper was published and distributed in Chicago and raised quite a bit of slightly laudatory prose from folks like the NYT… Read More

  • How To Save The Newspapers, Vol. XII: Outlaw Linking

    Of all the misguided schemes put forth lately to save newspapers (micropayments! blame Google!), the one put forth by Judge Richard Posner has to be the most jaw-dropping. He suggests that linking to copyrighted material should be outlawed. No, Posner does not work for the Associated Press (which also has some strange ideas on linking). He is (normally) considered to be one of the great… Read More

  • The API's Plan To Save Newspapers: Let's Put Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again

    At last week’s hush, hush meeting of newspaper execs on how to monetize content and save a dying industry, the American Press Institute presented a white paper that offers a step by step plan of how newspapers should move forward with paid content. Nieman Journalism Lab posted a downloadable copy of the report, which has some interesting recommendations. Poynter also provided a… Read More

  • Saving print: Amazon demands 70 percent of newspaper's revenue for Kindle use

    How is the Kindle DX going to save the newspaper industry when Amazon demands a whopping 70 percent of all revenue, plus the right to license that content (“the mayor said something important today at City Hall”) wherever it chooses? Such is the plight of the Dallas Morning News, and, presumably, other, smaller (compared to the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) newspapers. Read More