Newsonomics: Facebook Subscriptions: ‘Tokenism’ or A Real Test?

As Facebook Inc.  faces challenges on multiple fronts — legal, regulatory, political and competitive — it’s nurtured high hopes for its new news subscriptions initiative. Facebook is likely to formally announce the new program this week, and as soon as later on Thursday, Sept. ...

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Newsonomics: Can The L.A. Times Pull From the Washington Post Playbook?

Pay up. News readers get that message more and more frequently these days, as big news sites tighten up their paywalls, allowing fewer free articles per month. While The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as The New Yorker and The Atlantic, have won the big Trump Bump digital ...

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Chicago Sun-Times’ Fate Could Be Decided Soon

In Chicago, as post-Independence Day week unfolds, the countdown to the bedrock event in the Chicago Sun-Times’ future begins. While most cities’ last-standing largest dailies have a hard time telling you how they plan to be big and strong a decade from now, the second daily in ...

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Newsonomics: For The Newspaper Industry’s Next Feat, Can It Get Donald Trump To Give It Antitrust Protection?

Sounds like a John Oliver segment, doesn’t it? As we all know from checking our favorite news apps, the line between satire and news has all but vanished anyhow. Last week, in the friendly confines of the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, the News Media Alliance initiative to gain an ...

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The Sun-Times, Tronc and The Eisendrath Group: What’s The Number?

What’s the number? What’s the real number? That’s what the competition for the Chicago Sun-Times comes down to this week, and probably into next. On Monday, the Edwin Eisendrath group upped its ante to $15 million, drawing together would-be funding from a Chicago-only ...

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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: 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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Tronc’s Adoption of Washington Post’s Arc Platform Doubly Important

This week in Austin, Texas, at the zoo that the South by Southwest Interactive Festival can be, Washington Post Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash entertained a few of the digital animals. Prakash, the Post‘s executive in charge of both product and technology, highlighted his pet ...

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