Newsonomics: The 2016 Media Year By The Numbers, and A Look Toward 2017

2016 goes down as a memorable year for those in and around the media. Though audience levels have never been higher, the digital transformation burden weighed ever more heavily on news media’s back. Then “the media” saw itself pummeled endlessly in the run-up to the election and even more in ...

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Newsonomics: Seizing The Brexit-Trump Moment, The Murdochs Bid For Sky

No surprise, in this age of rampant private gain over public interest, that Rupert Murdoch has re-emerged. Like a boxer who can be knocked about the ring and to the mat but never knocked out, Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, now makes a new bid for a company he has long sought to control:... ...

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Covering the Trump Era – with Shrinking Newsrooms

First came the election; now, for the news business, comes the reckoning. The internecine media wars – full of self-criticism and finger-pointing – dominated the online discussions about the business during the two weeks after the election. But many working journalists face a more immediate ...

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Newsonomics: Post-Trump, 3 Truths, 4 Long Years, and An Existential Threat

In the mourning after, it’s not just the journalistic post-mortems about polling malpractice that should concern us. It is the very real question of the survival of American journalism as we have known it over the past six decades or more. Donald Trump’s victory leaves a wobbling press in a ...

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House of Murdoch, Sulzberger Shuffle & The Next Gannett: 10 Storylines into 2017

It’s been a remarkable year for the nation, and its press. Transfixed by the Trump phenomenon, election anxiety has all but consumed us. But soon, what has felt like a national colonoscopy will soon be over, and the press will march (or at least step) forward. As we consider the most ...

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Newsonomics: After John Oliver, The You-Get-What-You-Pay-For Imperative Has Never Been Clearer

    Can John Oliver’s 19 minutes rivet attention as all the bolts and screws continue to come undone in the local news business? That seems a hope against hope — and yet 3.7 million YouTube views of his Sunday evening HBO program say something. Oliver offered no new revelations, ...

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Newsonomics: As Fox’s Dr. Frankenstein Exits Right, the Murdochs Are Left to Reboot Their Wounded Cable News Leader.

If the ascendance of Donald Trump is showbiz, the descent of Roger Ailes can only be described as opera. Trump and Ailes should go down into history together, and July 21, 2016 will mark it. Just hours before Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for President, the Dr. Frankenstein ...

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Newsonomics: The New York Times Restarts its New Product Model, in Spanish

If your image of Mexico comes only from election rhetoric, you might think of it as a land of drug-pushing, crime-committing illegals aiming to upset all Americans hold dear. Well, it turns out Mexico is a market, not only for American goods of many kinds, but also for journalism. This election ...

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Newsonomics: 10 Questions into 2016, Including Ad Blockers, Watson, TPUB and Particles

Everyone’s got questions. CNBC’s crew faced the Republican Ten for about an hour last evening until finding themselves in a no-man’s land. In front of them were the candidates who turned the tables on them, asserting that old standby “media bias.” Behind them was a very un-Boulder-like audience ...

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What Are They Thinking? Gerry Baker on WSJ Pro’s Mile-Deep, Inch-Wide Strategy

There are the pros and then there are the Pros. What separates them is about $2,000 a year. That’s the price of the Wall Street Journal’s maiden WSJ Pro product – this one on central banking – and the four to six to be launched by end of the next year. For Dow Jones CEO... Read More