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 you’d think we’d be inured to yet another. But ...

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Newsonomics: Could a Small Google Tech Change Mean Tens of Millions to News Publishers?

The late April news was impressive and divisive: Google would spend €150 million on a new Digital News Initiative (DNI) partnership with European news publishers (“Google to launch $150 million partnership with publishers”). The amount of money caught the eye, even if it was a tiny fraction of ...

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What Are They Thinking? Jim Brady’s Mobile-Millennial Philadelphia Local-News Adventure

“I’m not from Philly. Worse yet, I’m from New York,” Jim Brady told a recent conference audience in Atlanta. What’s more, which may or may not tell us lots about one of the leading digital news pioneers, he’s a New York Jets fan. Much accomplished with his early work at WashingtonPost.com—which ...

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Newsonomics: Bill Keller’s Marshall Project Finds Its Legs

The Marshall Project is off to a fast start. Ten thousand people a day now receive its daily summary of the latest news in criminal justice, linking up the best reporting and writing on topics from law enforcement to courts to corrections. It’s already published collaborations with The ...

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The Newsonomics of Mixing Old and New

Each morning, 135,000 people get Wall Street Journal editor Gerry Baker’s The 10 Point, his one-year-old touts email on the best of the Journal that day. Around the same hour, 600,000 people get The Daily Beast’s Cheat Sheet, up from just 182,000 a year ago. About 110,000 get Quartz’s The ...

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The Newsonomics of the Sun-Times National/Local Network Play

Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/local, ready-to-go network of 70 news sites and apps that aim to make use of all the au courant digital news business knowledge of the day. It’s called the Sun-Times Network, and it’s the latest attempt to try to do local news ...

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The Newsonomics of the New York Times’ New Cutbacks

It looks like New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson got a little ahead of himself. Call it premature exuberance. The Times had built major internal confidence, riding a wave of paywall-induced exhilaration, and eagerly moved on to what it had believed would be icing on the reader-revenue cake. I ...

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The Newsonomics of the Piano/Press+ Merger, Creating the World’s Largest Paywall Tech Company

 How fast has the paywall revolution swept the daily newspaper world? This adoption of charging for digital access took flight as the New York Times pioneered its general news pay model in 2011, and the rest is history: half of U.S. dailies and as many as 20 percent of European dailies have ...

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The Newsonomics of the Washington Post and New York Times Network Wars

Call it the newspaper network wars. The Washington Post’s Newspaper Partner Program has grown from a March-planted seedling into a full-grown fall oak. The initiative now includes more than 120 daily newspapers in the U.S., and could connect with more than 200,000 digital newspaper subscribers ...

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The Newsonomics of Spring Cleaning: McT’s Dissolution, NewsCorp’s Infancy, Gannett’s Ad ID and WaPost Network

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor   First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab The tensions of change in the news business are intense but often subterranean. One way they pop into public view is through top leadership changes, something that seems to be happening more ...

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