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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Newsonomics: Trump May Be The News Industry’s Greatest Opportunity To Build A Sustainable Model

One of the most challenging periods in American press history begins at noon Eastern today. The cries of “Lügenpresse” (defended by the outlet until recently run by new chief strategist to the president) echo almost as much as the stiff-arm salutes in the nation’s capital in late October. The ...

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Newsonomics: After John Oliver, The You-Get-What-You-Pay-For Imperative Has Never Been Clearer

    Can John Oliver’s 19 minutes rivet attention as all the bolts and screws continue to come undone in the local news business? That seems a hope against hope — and yet 3.7 million YouTube views of his Sunday evening HBO program say something. Oliver offered no new revelations, ...

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Tribune Publishing Prepares to Play More Defense

After a mid-month lull, the drama of Tribune Publishing’s future is becoming more public again — on both coasts, and at the mothership in Chicago — highlighting a company still on the defensive. On Sunday, recently fired L.A. Times Publisher and would-be Times buyer Austin Beutner will get a ...

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The Newsonomics of the November Shuffle, From Forbes to Freedom and Couric to Stelter

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab Ah, the pre-Thanksgiving bounty. Those of us who try to chronicle the business end of the news business have seen our plates overflowing lately. Not since the Bezos blitz of August have we seen so many announcements, shuffles, offers to ...

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The Newsonomics of the New York Times’ Paywalls 2.0

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab Listen to Mark Thompson and you hear echoes of early 2011. “We have the theory. We’ve done the research. We’ve done the modeling,” the New York Times Co. CEO told me last week. “Then there’s ...

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The Newsonomics of the Tribune Detour

It’s a Koch-around. The unexpected, and real, interest of Charles and David Koch in buying all the Tribune papers has set off a public and labor furor ("The Newsonomics of the Kochs Rising and Uprising"). While the AFL-CIO itself has mounted a quite public protest, two of Tribune’s owners — ...

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The Newsonomics of Signature Content

Forget “content wants to be free.” Now content wants a fee. And everyone from Time Inc to The New York Times to the Memphis Commercial Appeal to Hulu’s co-owners (Fox, Disney, and Comcast) see gold. They see another digital revenue stream, in addition to advertising or to cable subscription ...

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Times Extra Aims to Reclaim the Digital Page One

Figure the average newspaper reader spends maybe 10-15 minutes a day with the paper, somewhat more on Sunday. Multiply that out for a month and you get more than four hours of reading per month Figure the average online user spends maybe 10-15 minutes per month on an individual newspaper sites. ...

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