Ken Doctor: Michael Ferro’s Tronc Nears Purchase of Wenner’s Us Weekly

Tronc (TRNC) , the third-largest U.S. newspaper company, is closing in on a deal to buy Us Weekly from Jann Wenner’s Wenner Media. The purchase price likely would be in the $85 million to $95 million range, sources said, with Tronc chairman Michael Ferro believing the acquisition will ...

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Trump Bump Grows Into Subscription Surge — and Not Just for the New York Times

Publishers are witnessing a baby digital subscription boom, and its parents are that odd couple of our times, Donald J. Trump and John W. Oliver. Their offspring pop not just from the womb of the New York Times (NYT) building at Eighth Avenue and West 40th Street in Manhattan but now from ...

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Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and The Real Story of Gatehouse’s Boundless Ambition

Sometimes when you connect the dots, you just get more dots. It looked like head-turning news: A Japanese company had taken control of one of America’s largest newspaper chains, New Media Investment Group, a.k.a. GateHouse Media. Tuesday’s headline: “Robotics and tech firm SoftBank Japan ...

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Newsonomics: As Post, Times explore Snapchat, Quartz Messaging App Celebrates Its First Birthday

Messaging and news. It’s the latest double scoop, as the Washington Post makes itself the through-the-day Snapchat Discover news provider, following an announcement only a week earlier that the New York Times would devote a half dozen staffers to publishing a daily Snapchat edition. Snap Inc. ...

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Newsonomics: Craig Newmark Is Journalism’s New Six Million Dollar Man

Craig Newmark is a creature of the internet. Like Beyoncé, a singular name defines a great brand, one he provided 22 years ago to the eponymous Craigslist. Though long associated with “free,” this organically grown San Francisco-based classifieds provider may produce a billion dollars in annual ...

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Newsonomics: The New Knight-Lenfest Initiative Gives A Kick In The Pants To America’s Metro Newspapers

For two decades now, daily newsrooms have been becoming digital. Now, finally into 2017, some of them are threatening to actually be digital, some twenty-two years after Nicholas Negroponte’s classic was published. Today’s announcement of the new Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative aims to push ...

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Newsonomics: The New York Times Ends 2016 With A Bang, And A Whimper

By any standard, 2016 goes into the history books as one of the most notable at the 166-year-old New York Times. The election year energized both the Times’ journalism and its relationship with its paying customers, as more than 275,000 new subscribers flocked in to pay for subscriptions after ...

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MEDIAMASH: CNN, NBC Phone Home; NYT’s “The Daily” Pod; The Promise of Polgreen; Partly Cloudy in Tronckadelphia and the Oxymoronic Facebook Journalism Project

MEDIAMASH is Newsonomics’ new, occasional, quick take on the media business.     Could Two Phone Companies Own (TV) News? In addition to all its other delights, the Trump era looks like it will lay down a broad red carpet for more BIG, more corporate consolidation. We already knew that the ...

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The Washington Post Goes Global, and It’s A Newsletter-Led Strategy

Seventy newsletters might just be enough. That’s what the Washington Post is thinking these days, as it harvests the business value out of that old-fashioned, now-new-fangled artifact, the newsletter. Emailed newsletters now rank among the highest subscription conversion rates for the Post, and ...

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Newsonomics: Rebuilding the News Media Will Require Doubling-Down On Its Core Values

RELATED ARTICLE Newsonomics: Trump may be the news industry’s greatest opportunity to build a sustainable model January 20, 2017 “Alt-what?” I asked the audience of the leaders of America’s alternative press, in a talk last Friday, the day of the inauguration and the day before an estimated ...

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