Newsonomics: Can The L.A. Times Pull From the Washington Post Playbook?

Pay up. News readers get that message more and more frequently these days, as big news sites tighten up their paywalls, allowing fewer free articles per month. While The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as The New Yorker and The Atlantic, have won the big Trump Bump digital ...

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Can Tony Haile’s Scroll Create A Large New Market For Paid News?

Tony Haile has a big idea. It’s his second big idea, but he believes it will be bigger than the first one. The 40-year-old founder of Chartbeat Inc., one of the established standards in analytics in the media trade, left his now-eight-year-old company last year to focus on what has become ...

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Newsonomics: Tronc & The Daily News, What To Make Of This Out-Of-The Blue Buy

For much of the winter and spring, Michael Ferro was uncharacteristically quiet. Once he’d defeated Gannett’s hostile takeover attempt of his newly named Tronc, Ferro seemed to cease being the center of the news industry storm. Some applauded; others privately told me they missed ...

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Introducing The News Business’ First “Initial Coin Offering”: Ethereum To The Rescue?

Ethereum. Blockchain. Journalism? Blockchain —  a kind of digital ledger that contains cryptographically encoded blocks of data in a chain — is all the rage in the world of business process, and with investments in cryptocurrency — digital currencies such as Bitcoin that rely ...

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Newsonomics: Lessons For The News Media From Charlottesville

It’s a new unexpectedly raw moment in America. We find ourselves still able to be stunned, and that in and of itself is stunning given the rapid-fire explosions of news we’ve experienced since the election. For media, the events in Charlottesville have been more on-the-job training ...

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Newsonomics: The Problem With Digital News: Older — Not Younger — Readers

Oh, those young people. Ask traditional media companies the problem with digital disruption, and the older people running those companies will often point to the younger generations. “All they want to do is watch video.” “They’ll read snippets, but not longer ...

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9 Midsummer, 2017 News Lessons: NYT Subs, Sinclair’s Ascent, DFM’s Long Good-bye, New Antitrust Public Interest Thinking, WSJ Resurgence?

This hardly seems like a beachy, devil-may-care summer. Among fears of North Korean missiles, new Russian menace, and a highly unpredictable Administration, we are a nervous people. For the news media, it’s been a year of two tales. Never has the press been so pilloried, relentlessly, ...

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Newsonomics: The Megaclustering Of The American Local Press

People in the newspaper industry increasingly joke about the triumvirate of Gatehouse Media LLC, Digital First Media Inc. and Gannett Co. (GCI) taking over the bulk of the country’s 1,350 daily newspapers as conglomerate Gannett-Gatehouse-DFMCo. Today, those three companies own a full quarter ...

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Chicago Sun-Times’ Fate Could Be Decided Soon

In Chicago, as post-Independence Day week unfolds, the countdown to the bedrock event in the Chicago Sun-Times’ future begins. While most cities’ last-standing largest dailies have a hard time telling you how they plan to be big and strong a decade from now, the second daily in ...

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Newsonomics: For The Newspaper Industry’s Next Feat, Can It Get Donald Trump To Give It Antitrust Protection?

Sounds like a John Oliver segment, doesn’t it? As we all know from checking our favorite news apps, the line between satire and news has all but vanished anyhow. Last week, in the friendly confines of the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, the News Media Alliance initiative to gain an ...

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