Larry Kramer’s Exit Brings Some Answers, But More Questions for Standalone Gannett

USA Today Publisher Larry Kramer surprised a lot of people with his retirement, announced this morning. Yet, in the news, we see further clarified Gannett’s precedent-setting shift in editorial organization, which I wrote about last week (“What Are They Thinking: Larry Kramer and the reshaping ...

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What Are They Thinking? Larry Kramer and the Reshaping of Gannett

Will the new Gannett be like the old Gannett? The company is completing its split-up process. The goal: by July 1, the broadcast and digital assets investors covet will spin into TEGNA. That division follows in the broadcast/print separation footsteps of News Corp, Tribune, Media General, Belo ...

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The Newsonomics of the Washington Post and New York Times Network Wars

Call it the newspaper network wars. The Washington Post’s Newspaper Partner Program has grown from a March-planted seedling into a full-grown fall oak. The initiative now includes more than 120 daily newspapers in the U.S., and could connect with more than 200,000 digital newspaper subscribers ...

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The Newsonomics of the Orange County Register’s (New, Newer, Newest) Plan

Related Freedom/Orange County Register Coverage New Hollywood Sequel: Aaron Kushner’s L.A. Register The Orange County Register’s Contrarian Paywall Aaron Kushner’s Virtuous Circles The Newsonomics of Outrageous Confidence       First published at Harvard’s ...

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The Newsonomics of The Tribune’s Metro Agony

The Tribune Company owns eight newspapers, six of them metros. Two — the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune — are in top 10 of U.S. dailies; five — adding in the Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Baltimore Sun — are in the top 40, while the Hartford Courant ranks 60th. Their ...

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The USA Today Redesign: Too Little, Too Early?

My guess: in a rush to do something to reverse the USAT's flagging fortunes, Gannett and/or new publisher Larry Kramer decided to take one big public step. Change the look first -- and then get to the deeper, underlying questions of identity, purpose, storytelling and content, all of which are ...

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Newsonomics: 10 Top Snapshots on Larry Kramer’s USA Today

Kramer inherits a widely known brand — maybe not really “The Nation’s Newspaper,” but in its hotel and airport ubiquity, a mark seared into the minds of many. Yet it’s oddly a mid-market, Middle America medium with Flyover Country warmth. Being stuck in the middle isn’t a good place in the ...

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The Newsonomics of Yahoo’s New Livestand

With the launch of Livestand, we see the beginning of Aggregator Wars 2.0, to be fought on a tablet near you. Livestand pushes the question: How are we going to receive news and features via the tablet, through individual apps (paid or free) or through an aggregator? And how are publishers ...

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Nine Questions on Gannett Branding, Patch Widgeting, Stewart Becking, Bloomberg Viewing and Sunday Selling

Am I the only one who doesn't get Gannett's branding campaign? Yes, the Gannett math -- $33 million saved in furloughs, as much as $27 million potentially to be granted in exec bonuses -- seems sadly clueless, but what about the money the company has spent on its branding campaign. New logo and ...

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The Newsonomics of Emerging Sunday Paper/Tablet Subscriptions

Now, let’s do the new digital-only pricing plan math. The Times gives me tablet and online (desktop, laptop, but not smartphone) access for $20 every four weeks, or $260 a year. Why not pay $68 less, and get the Sunday paper in addition to the tablet access? How many print subscribers have ...

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