Newsonomics: Don’t Be Fooled Into Expecting a New Fox News

O’Reilly’s banished. Ailes is plotting something somewhere. And Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson enjoy, or plan to, the air elsewhere. It must be time to reposition Fox News, right? Why, it only makes sense. When an 86-year-old still commands the channel that commands the oldest ...

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Newsonomics: Univision’s Big Bet on E-Commerce, Built on Gawker’s Ashes

What was Gawker? A trailblazing, piercer of pretense? A snarky, vestigial leftover of the early bloggy web? A company that early on understood the relationship between reader enthusiasm and selling stuff? Probably all three. It’s the last one though — Founder Nick Denton’s ...

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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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Vanity Fair’s Digital Pay Plans Builds On New Yorker Success

Even as the Trump Subscriber Surge slows some, more and more publishers are asking themselves a renewed question: Can’t we figure out a way to get more revenue from digital readers? On Thursday, Conde Nast all but acknowledged that Vanity Fair would join The New Yorker as just Conde ...

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Tronc’s Latest Fusillade Targeting Soon-Shiong Gets to Core Question

Only one mystery is resolved. We now know what the much-ridiculed Tronc (TRNC) name means: acrimony. Tronc re-engaged in a war of words Thursday morning, as it told its now disgruntled, soon-to-be-ex Vice Chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong to put up or shut up in a new letter from its attorney, Yosef ...

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Newsonomics: Seven Foolish Media Questions For Foolish Times

Just swipe your phone these days and it feels as if The Onion’s done a hostile takeover of the known news world. Even Tronc’s escapades seem tame compared to the wider news of 2017. As April Fool’s Day approaches, I offer seven (real) questions in this springtime of the news business. What’s ...

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Newsonomics: Working The Middle Ground, A Q&A with De Correspondent editor Rob Wijnberg

Companion column: Newsonomics: Can Dutch Import De Correspondent Conquer the U.S.?     Donald Trump’s election may have shocked half of the United States, but the rise of xenophobic nationalism is nothing new in Europe, where, since the Great Recession, nationalists have gained ...

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Newsonomics: Can Dutch Import De Correspondent Conquer the U.S.?

What if life were simple for journalists? They cover what they want to cover, developing deeper expertise in the fields that intrigue then. They get paid by those who actually want to read their work. And they regularly talk to their readers, bouncing ideas off of them and hearing ideas back. ...

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Newsonomics: Michael Ferro’s Creeping Privatization of Tronc

On Thursday, Michael Ferro solidified his control of Tronc, the company he seized a more tentative kind of control of just 13 months ago, deposing then-Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin in a quick coup de press. This week’s move looked financial, but too, speaks deeply to power and control. ...

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Tronc Investor Patrick Soon-Shiong Ups Stake Again in Battle for Control of Newspaper Giant

What’s a Tronc (TRNC) worth these days, or, more precisely, what’s a quarter of a Tronc worth in early spring 2017? That’s our media math question of the day. On Monday, Tronc Vice Chairman, would-be Friend of Trump, Los Angeles Lakers part-owner and anti-cancer crusader ...

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