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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Did The Media Win The Election?

While the post-election press is awash in self-doubt, self-criticism, righteous recrimination and some rightful acceptance of blame, the news media have to be counted as big winners in one respect. 2016 rewarded them with huge audiences, intense readership – and the proving out of coverage and ...

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Newsonomics: Will the Phone Companies ‘Own’ the Internet?

In 1982, the AT&T consent decree seemed like the last word. That’s when the Department of Justice used the nearly-century-old Sherman Antitrust Act to force the break-up of Ma Bell. No longer could one company – for a long-time considered key to the national interest, a next-gen Post Office ...

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Newsonomics: Revenge of the Legacies, as Times, Post Pass Buzzfeed, HuffPost in Audience

For the first time in many years, both The New York Times and The Washington Post have passed both Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post in Comscore’s count of monthly digital audience. In July, both legacy news companies’ fast growth propelled them into new positions. The Times now moves into the ...

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Newsonomics: On End Games and End Times

Platish or perish? With those malaprop-sounding fighting words a year ago, digital entrepreneur Jonathan Glick neatly, if broadly, summed up a question of the moment on Twitter. We’ve read so many obits for news media over the past 10 years that you’d think we’d be inured to yet another. But ...

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Newsonomics: 10 Numbers That Define the News Business Today

We’re bombarded by endless numbers every day — some claiming the exalted status of metrics or, even higher, benchmarks. It’s tough for any of us to figure out which — ARPU? TOS? post-click activity? — are meaningful and which will go down in news transformation history as footnotes. For me, ...

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Newsonomics: The Vox/Recode Deal Is a Sign of More Consolidation to Come

Vox Media’s acquisition of Recode appears to be a relatively small deal. No dollar amount was disclosed; Vox is trading a little of its stock for a highly regarded but underperforming tech-business site. The deal, though, is part of a much larger trend of media consolidation and tells us a lot ...

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Nine Takeaways from the Verizon–AOL Deal

It’s easy to quickly label yesterday’s Verizon purchase of AOL as one aging utility buying another. One superannuated phone company buying a web company that’s gotten long in the tooth. Two companies of slowing revenue growth looking for updated identities and finding ways to compete with ...

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Newsonomics: Quartz Expands Into Africa, With A Twofer Strategy

Boko Haram. Ebola. Child soldiers. These are the sort of tales of woe that many western readers associate with Africa, home to 1.1 billion, a sixth of the world’s population. Relatively few American or European reporters are based there. As foreign reporting staffs have been cut over the past ...

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Newsonomics: Bill Keller’s Marshall Project Finds Its Legs

The Marshall Project is off to a fast start. Ten thousand people a day now receive its daily summary of the latest news in criminal justice, linking up the best reporting and writing on topics from law enforcement to courts to corrections. It’s already published collaborations with The ...

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