Newsonomics: Crimetown Shows The Podcast Potential For Local Media Partnership

Buddy Cianci once sold newspapers. Now he sells podcasts. That link — surfaced gloriously in Gimlet Media’s Crimetown podcast — tells us lots about the rollicking pace of change in newsy digital media. And Crimetown seems like a prototype of a new phenomenon too young to name. Listen for just a ...

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Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and The Real Story of Gatehouse’s Boundless Ambition

Sometimes when you connect the dots, you just get more dots. It looked like head-turning news: A Japanese company had taken control of one of America’s largest newspaper chains, New Media Investment Group, a.k.a. GateHouse Media. Tuesday’s headline: “Robotics and tech firm SoftBank Japan ...

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Newsonomics: Canada’s Government Imagines What a News-Less Future Might Look Like

Given our stunning recent news weeks here in the U.S., you may have missed a little story from up north in mid-November. In what was truly an extraordinary statement, the government of Canada is now considering “what the media landscape would look like without the country’s two largest ...

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Questions Linger for Gatehouse and Adelson as He Plumps Up Review-Journal Budget

The 100,000-circulation daily Las Vegas Review-Journal, seldom mentioned in national conversations, has gotten a lot of attention since casino magnate and Republican godfather Sheldon Adelson was revealed as the new owner of the paper in mid-December (“The new breed of newspaper mogul: On ...

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The Envelopes Open on the Sale of Digital First Media Newspapers

Valentine’s Day may be coming early for Digital First Media this week. DFM’s board and UBS, its broker, open the envelopes, looking for affection. It’s an uneasy love-me/love-me-not time, newspapers’ version of Match.com. Will DFM’s affection for the open market be returned, or will it be left ...

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Newsonomics: Digital First Media’s Newspapers Half-Billion Dollar Pricetag (and California Schemin’)

Could the sale of the Digital First Media properties lead to the U.S.’s first quasi-national newspaper company? That’s the hope of DFM’s current owners, and the shiniest lure tossed out into the newspaper property marketplace by UBS, the unorthodox pick of DFM to be its banker/broker as its six ...

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The newsonomics of good news

2. Digital circulation vastly improves circulation revenue margins. Last week, faced with a Wall Street Journal renewal notice, I opted for digital-only for the first time, knowing that WSJ’s tablet format and easy right-hand navigation makes it far quicker to read than the paper version. That ...

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