Newsonomics: Facebook Subscriptions: ‘Tokenism’ or A Real Test?

As Facebook Inc.  faces challenges on multiple fronts — legal, regulatory, political and competitive — it’s nurtured high hopes for its new news subscriptions initiative. Facebook is likely to formally announce the new program this week, and as soon as later on Thursday, Sept. ...

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Can Tony Haile’s Scroll Create A Large New Market For Paid News?

Tony Haile has a big idea. It’s his second big idea, but he believes it will be bigger than the first one. The 40-year-old founder of Chartbeat Inc., one of the established standards in analytics in the media trade, left his now-eight-year-old company last year to focus on what has become ...

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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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The FT Doubles Its Branded Content Initiative

RELATED STORY: Newsonomics: Financial Times’ CEO John Ridding on Trial Subscriptions, The Platform Age, and Living In Luxury   As the Financial Times faces the same assault on its old business model as its peers (POLITICO: “We are facing daunting conditions”), the doughty British ...

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Newsonomics: Financial Times’ CEO John Ridding on Trial Subscriptions, The Platform Age, and Living In Luxury

  RELATED STORY: Newsonomics: The FT Doubles Its Branded Content Initiative   John Ridding lives in luxury — or at least nearby. The CEO of the Financial Times serves a readership with enviable pocketbooks and portfolios; on average, FT subscribers say they have household incomes of ...

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What a Quartz Sale Might Look Like, and Why

Companion article: What Are They Thinking: Quartz Redesign Lays Out a New Home Page ‘Welcome Mat’     Is Quartz the next digital-news start-up to be bought? In the continuing roll-up and old media investment in digital news start-ups, Atlantic Media’s Quartz may be next in line. ...

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Newsonomics: How Much is the Financial Times Worth, and Who Might Buy It?

  Updated post on Nikkei’s purchase of the FT Complete archive of Newsonomics FT coverage   If you wanted to buy a top business news publisher, which one would you choose? Assuming the marketplace offered you choice, would you go the newer-media route, buying a Business Insider ...

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Inside Google’s €150 Euro News Adventure

In a move meant to blunt escalating European Union action against Google’s marketplace dominance, Google will tomorrow announce a €150 million partnership, to be spent over three years, in support of something called the Digital News Initiative (DNI), I’ve learned through several confidential ...

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The Newsonomics of Time Inc.’s Anxious Spin

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor   First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab As it enters new life as a new company, Time Inc. seems to have become a piñata for media watchers. The more iconic they are, it seems, the more they’re fair game, for everything from ...

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New Numbers from The New York Times: One Gold Star for Managing the Digital Transition

Follow Newsonomics @kdoctor   First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Look at The New York Times Co.’s Q1 earnings report, released and webcast today, this way: The Times — for now — is doing an above-average job of managing the print-to-digital transition. Several ...

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