Newsonomics: The 2016 Media Year By The Numbers, and A Look Toward 2017

2016 goes down as a memorable year for those in and around the media. Though audience levels have never been higher, the digital transformation burden weighed ever more heavily on news media’s back. Then “the media” saw itself pummeled endlessly ...

Weekend News Readers Phone It In – By The Millions: What It Means That Two-Thirds of Weekend News Consumption Happens On A Mobile Device

Consider it one more step in the evolution of the desktop computer into an archival paperweight. New data shows newsreaders’ use of desktops dips dramatically as soon as they leave their 20-pound work units, and head home for the weekend. About ...

Newsonomics: The Financialization of News Is Dimming the Lights of the Local Press

There’s a nice scene in Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ latest movie, in which one Hollywood character astutely observes: “We’re not talking about money — we’re talking about economics.” Indeed. This year’s crazy-making U.S. presidential ...

Newsonomics: Why Native Apps Still Matter in the Age of Distribution

Does a brand still mean anything in news? Ezra Klein bubbled up a provocative question and raised some good points in his recent piece “Is the media becoming a wire service?” In the Age of Distribution, the news body seems destined to be ...

Newsonomics: On End Games and End Times

Platish or perish? With those malaprop-sounding fighting words a year ago, digital entrepreneur Jonathan Glick neatly, if broadly, summed up a question of the moment on Twitter. We’ve read so many obits for news media over the past 10 years that ...

Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times Play Facebook’s Ubiquity Game

Intellectually, we all knew that the Internet was so big as to be virtually infinite. But it’s hard to know what to do with that squishy concept. Then BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti outlined his all-in approach in front of a couple thousand nerds at ...