What Are They Thinking? Eight Principles for Mathias Dopfner’s Transformation of Axel Springer

Mathias Döpfner wants you to know that Axel Springer is a player—in the U.S., and worldwide. The C.E.O. of what is likely Europe’s largest digital media company already has transformed his heavyweight German publishing Haus, turning it into a globe-spanning media player. Springer’s investments ...

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The newsonomics of selling cars.com — and $3B in “newspaper” money

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor   First published at the Harvard Nieman Journalism Lab Sometimes, you see the train wreck coming. Tony Ridder, the last CEO of Knight Ridder, saw the classifieds pileup ahead and would talk about it in our company meetings by the mid-’90s: the ...

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The newsonomics of Schibsted’s VGTV and Native TV

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter: @kdoctor   AUSTIN — What’s one of the first principles of building a new digital business? “Make sure you lose money for at least three years,” VG CEO and editor Torry Pedersen told a London publishing crowd last week. There were some ...

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The Newsonomics of “Little Data,” Data Scientists, and Conversion Specialists

First published at Nieman Journalism Lab OSLO — Arthur Sulzberger surprised some people recently when asked what he would do differently in the digital transition, given hindsight. Hire more engineers, he said. It wasn’t an off-the-cuff comment. Each FTE is precious at The New York Times and at ...

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The Newsonomics of the German Press’ Tipping Year

The sense of decline and chaos here stands in sharp contrast to even four years ago. Then, when you talked to German publishers, they’d commiserate with their American counterparts, expressing disbelief at the more than dozen bankruptcies that were sweeping chains well known to Europeans. They ...

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The Newsonomics of Selling More Stuff

This new strategy will be significantly fueled by developments at two of the U.S’s top papers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. From the Times, we’ll soon see a spate of new products, individually priced and targeted at niche audiences, as CEO Mark Thompson acts on his belief that ...

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The Newsonomics of the Global Media Imperative

Consider how much revenue each of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon earned from outside the U.S in the first three quarters of 2011: Google: 54 percent Apple: 54 percent Facebook: 38 percent Amazon: 46 percent

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The Newsonomics of 1, 2, 3, 4

It’s 1, 2, 3, 4, as in: 1 brand 2 major sources of revenue, advertiser and reader 3 products: print, computer, and mobile 4G, as in the coming of faster connectivity

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The Newsonomics of Oblivion

Axel Springer's conclusion: “Digital advertising will play an important role, but without paid content, publishing houses with a big editorial infrastructure for daily quality news will not survive.”

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Summer, 2008: The Smell of “Burning Furniture”

Summertime and the livin’ is far from easy. Now that we’re past Memorial Day, let’s speculate on the summer that will be. It’s a long time til Labor Day for the news industry. We’ve seen Rupert Murdoch, ironically drawing stark attention to his own advanced age ...

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