Tribune’s New Ferro Era Begins, With Massive Leadership Change

The Jack Griffin era at Tribune Publishing is over – almost before it had really taken hold. The company this morning confirmed the sweeping reorganization of its top management that I had reported on Tuesday (“Michael Ferro Cleans The House That Jack (Griffin) Built”). In the sweep ...

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Michael Ferro Cleans The House That Jack (Griffin) Built

Some of Jack Griffin’s top executive hires will soon follow him out the door at Tribune Publishing. Griffin’s ouster, which I was able to break the news of one week ago (“Jack Griffin Out at Tribune”), turns out to be just the beginning of new Tribune Chairman Michael Ferro’s housecleaning. ...

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Newsonomics: Setting the News Table for 2016

How can we set the table for 2016? Advertising woes continue — deepen, actually. Whole new forms of storytelling open up and go mainstream more quickly. Virtual reality joins the harsher realities. Hundreds of millions in new investment develops alongside an equally strong belief that legacy ...

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The Jack Griffin – Eli Broad Stare-Down in L.A.

It’s power vs. power. Who will blink first — and, importantly, how quickly? On Thursday, a group of 60 Los Angeles civic leaders, topped by two former mayors and such heavyweights as Mickey Kantor, chairman of the Los Angeles 2020 Commission; Anthony Pritzker, managing partner of the Pritzker ...

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New York Times Digital Chief Search Hits a Bump, After Erik Huggers’ Rejection

In The New York Times Company’s annual earnings conference call tomorrow, expect few surprises: 2014’s four quarters won’t be markedly different from 2013’s, the numbers adding up to a business still in mortal struggle, an enterprise in the press vanguard moving its business from print to ...

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NYT’s 3Q, 2014: Inside the Digital Acceleration of the Business

Call it acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describes this morning’s 3Q New York Times financial report and conference call. Take this month of October, the biggest ad revenue month of the year for the Times. Digital advertising will be up about 15% this ...

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The Newsonomics of NYT Now’s “Collective Intelligence”

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor   First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab It’s an ambitious launch. Within it, we can hear many of the digital news buzzwords of the moment: mobile first, curation, paywall, native ads, voice. NYT Now debuts on April 2, side-stepping ...

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Inch by Inch, the New York Times Seeks Daylight Down the Field

Inch by inch, the New York Times’ strategies seem to be working. This is, though, a game of almost inches, as we look at the Times’ full-year and fourth-quarter financials, just released this morning. Overall, there’s a remarkable flatness to the business: Profit of $256M as ...

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The Newsonomics of the New York Times Running in Place

Let’s look at today’s numbers with some peer-group context. Then let’s draw five lessons — in seven-day print trends, the plateauing of all-access subs, the allure of video, the role of events, and the crying need for smart curation — that undergirds this strategy. Three numbers — print ad ...

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The newsonomics of 2013’s second half, from ad depression to day dropping to real estate as destiny

The newest News Corp sets sail. Cast adrift — but with a handy $2.6 billion in cash and no debt, making its peers oh-so-envi0us — the world’s largest newspaper company is in the midst of furious change. At the flagship Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, it’s tough to find anyone in management ...

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