Gannett Now a Broadcast Company, More or Less

No longer is Gannett a newspaper company with broadcast and digital assets. It can now be thought of as a broadcast company with major newspaper and digital assets.

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NYT 1Q Numbers: Back to Revenue Loss as Ad Declines Swamps Reader Revenue Gain

As the Times Company readies its sale of the Boston Globe (at the Nieman Lab today, I further explore the sale of the Globe and Tribune metro properties), it's clear the Globe is underperforming the Times. It was down 6.7% in overall revenue, as its reader revenue lost 1.9% and advertising ...

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The newsonomics of the Orange County Register’s contrarian paywall

It's the membership program — one that's not unique in the industry — that will catch the headlines.The Register wants to go big. It approached the Angels, located 10 minutes away, with the idea of better using the empty seats the Angels couldn't sell. The Angels found themselves sitting on ...

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The Newsonomics of GAFA’s Global Reach

The top five digital ad companies — none of which is owned by a newspaper company — took in 64 percent of all digital ad spending in the U.S. in 2012. That's Google — with an astounding 41 percent of all that ad money — and then Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and AOL. Facebook is most ascendant ...

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The Newsonomics of Why Paywalls Now?

Why paywalls now? Why weren’t paywalls put into place in 2007, or 2002, or 1997? Might such paywalls have prevented the massive loss of reporting that local papers — and local readers — have suffered? Would they have saved a good number of the more than 15,000 newsroom jobs (a 28 percent ...

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The Newsonomics of Zero, and the New York Times

The New York Times Co.’s zero, in fact, is actually a milestone number. It’s the first increase, however meager, in overall revenues since 2006, when it managed a 1.8 percent increase in revenues.....Overall, the zero plateau provides at least the illusion of a resting point. A point from which ...

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The Newsonomics of the Columbus’ Pressing Innovation

Rationalizing the old printing business is one significant part of what’s going on in Columbus. Let’s look, though, at the deeper and wider newsonomics of the press-led innovation. The three-around change both supported the Dispatch’s new emerging, reader-focused business model and offered ...

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The Newsonomics of Going Deeper, with Tech-Aided News Creation

You’ve read about some of this, with the “Robots Ate My Newspaper” headlines this summer as the Journatic faked-bylines scandal fueled popular dismay. Well beyond the headlines lies a bigger movement. It’s not quite a computer-generated revolution, though technology aids, assists, and adjusts ...

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The Newsonomics of Near-Term Numerology

Quite literally, significant newspaper nameplates (and, more significantly, the real estate those nameplates rest uneasily on) are going for the prices of mansions in many communities. So why buy? Sometimes, it’s simple: You get a great deal. That’s what Warren Buffett got in his purchase of ...

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The USA Today Redesign: Too Little, Too Early?

My guess: in a rush to do something to reverse the USAT's flagging fortunes, Gannett and/or new publisher Larry Kramer decided to take one big public step. Change the look first -- and then get to the deeper, underlying questions of identity, purpose, storytelling and content, all of which are ...

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