Newsonomics: When News Companies Are No Longer Built To Last

I’ve gotten feedback about vulture capitalists, hatchet men, and chop shops, and of close-to-retirement publishers getting that unexpected knock on the door from visiting corporate vice presidents. I’ve heard about 30-year-old journalists turning in their resignations, and other young reporters ...

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What Are They Thinking? Rafat Ali’s Skift is Bootstrap-Plus

There’s bootstrap, and there’s “bootstrap plus.” Bootstrap plus is what digital media entrepreneur Rafat Ali calls his Skift modus operandi. Three years ago, he set out to raise about $4 to $5 million to build his second start-up, a travel-industry website. As the company celebrates its third ...

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The newsonomics of recycling journalism

All-access circulation revenue is spinning upward, leading to a 5 percent gain in overall circulation revenue in 2012. Print advertising is whirling downward — 9 percent last year — in a seeming death spiral. Digital advertising is growing tepidly at 5 percent. Put those circulation and ad ...

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The Newsonomics of Syndication 3.0, from NewsCred and NewsLook to Ok.com and Upworthy

In part, it’s about new niches being found and exploited. In part, it’s about responding to deep staff cuts at many newspapers. In part, it’s about a slow-dawning wave of new product creation, aided by the tablet. Each of the newer efforts sees the world a little differently, and that’s ...

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12 Business-Building Lessons from Skift’s Rafat Ali

Now as CEO and co-founder of Skift, doing some curation, he's building out a new kind of business, in a vaster business sector. Travel, says Ali, is the largest employer in the world and is probably third in revenue behind finance and automotive. Lots of potential readers and advertisers. The ...

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Frankly, Candidly, Truthfully: Newspapers CEOs Talk About 2Q

It’s time for second-quarter newspaper earnings reports, with Gannett leading off Wednesday, with the long tale of woe to follow. Given the many newspaper staff cutbacks, which I thought might include the investor relations people, I’ve put together a few boilerplate remarks that I ...

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