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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The Newsonomics of 50/50 and The Unchaining of the U.S. Press

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor   First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Asked last week whether he was buying the Star Tribune for business or altruistic reasons, Glen Taylor said a lot in a two-word answer: “50/50.” News observers have parsed and poked at ...

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The Newsonomics of Why Everyone Seems to Be Starting a News Site

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab You’d think the new digital printing presses were minting money. Just within the last month, all kinds of details have emerged about the construction of new, digital, high-quality-aiming national news organizations. What may seem like a ...

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The Newsonomics of How the News Industry Will Be Tested in 2014

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Our 2014 stage is set, and oh what a marvelous assortment of characters will be walking across it. Many of these characters — the Bezoses, Henrys, Kushners, Omidyars, and Buffetts — are new non-newsies thrusting themselves into the ...

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The Newsonomics of the November Shuffle, From Forbes to Freedom and Couric to Stelter

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab Ah, the pre-Thanksgiving bounty. Those of us who try to chronicle the business end of the news business have seen our plates overflowing lately. Not since the Bezos blitz of August have we seen so many announcements, shuffles, offers to ...

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Nine Questions: Savior Bezos, Chronicle Debacle, Patch Undone, the Long Beach Lunge & More

Is reader revenue one of the answers to the next stage of hyperlocal? The halving of Patch ("The newsonomics of Patch's unraveling", today at the Nieman Journalism Lab) is just another curve on the long road to marry local news and digital. Like Backfence and many newspaper forays, it has found ...

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Honolulu Civil Beat: Where’s the Marketplace?

In my community, I'd have great local news reporting, great community discussion -- and great Yelp-like functionality, great Open Table-like functionality, great-Angie's List like-functionality, hey, great eBay-like functionality (aka The New Classifieds!). Maybe, that's a wrinkle up Civic ...

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The Quote

"....that ignores why people pay for the Wall Street Journal, which is not just that 'it has value,' but that it has scarce value that helps people make money now. I don't recall similar information being covered in the normal civic square. In the meantime, I'm sure there are plenty of local ...

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Honolulu Merger Offers Peer News Opening

If Peer News (the name seems problematic from here on the Mainland), can execute at a high level, it can move into a vacuum -- and make the case for a homegrown news product.

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The Newsonomics of Social Media Optimization

Social media optimization will meet propensity modeling — the Financial Times‘ secret sauce, now being tasted gingerly by the New York Times — all in an effort to find out how, where, when and why you can engage sustainable customers.

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