Newspapers Digital First News Summary-07/20/12

Here’s this week’s digital first news for the week ending 07/20/12. This update on digital, social and mobile includes a story on how Gannett Cites Progress In Digital Subs . See this and more in this week’s update.

Flipboard Adds Complete New York Times Edition for Subscribers                                    Like the New York Times? Like Flipboard? The Times’ subscribers will soon be able read the entire paper on the aggregation/recommendation app.

Google could one up Siri                                                                                                           Watch out Siri, a new digital voice assistant is coming to town. Google reportedly has a voice-activated intelligent assistant in the works, cutely named after the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Can Local Publishers Successfully Charge for Online?                                                               As many legacy newsrooms struggle to understand the Web as a medium for content dissemination, some have also spent much of the last few years searching for a pricing model for the traditionally free space.

Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps to feature built-in Yelp check-ins                                               Apple’s newly redesigned Maps application in iOS 6 will feature built-in support for users to check in with the social service Yelp, according to a new report.

Downtown News to Ask for Voluntary Payments From Readers                                          The Downtown News has been a free, ad-driven publication since Sue Laris and her then-husband started the weekly paper 40 years ago. It has been there through the final removal of old Bunker Hill, the Fortune 500 exodus, the crack epidemic, the Central Library and First Interstate Tower fires.

Don’t Be Fooled – Digital Tools Are Not the Reason Publishers Axe Jobs                              It’s been said before, but repetition in journalism is essential: beware publishers who link announcements about going online with the cutting of journalists’ jobs.

Waco Newspaper Purchased By Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway                           Three years after buying the Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco businessman Clifton Robinson and his son Gordon are selling the paper to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the newspaper announced Friday morning on its website.

Digital dollars are about data, not eyeballs                                                                                The core strength of digital media is not in its ability to deliver exposure to eyeballs, but in its ability to deliver interactive experiences. Why sell one way communication (eyeballs) in what is a fundamentally an interactive medium?

Boston.com Hires Well-Known Radio Personalities to Launch Live Streaming Radio Station Boston.com announced today plans to launch a live streaming radio station, featuring alternative music, interviews, contests and more. The station format will be alternative rock, which has a loyal and dedicated audience in the Boston market.

Change the newsmedia model or someone else will                                                      Australian media commentators, pundits, and politicians are furiously debating the future of news media. Why? Because Australia’s major news organisations announced significant changes in their business plans.

For Tablet Users, Video Trumps All Other Content Types                                                 Fifty-four percent of tablet users watch video on their tablet on a weekly basis. It may be no surprise that tablet users are embracing online video in a big way according to a March 2012 study by the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and research consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates.

Gannett’s Wis. Papers Roll Out Paywalls                                                                                 Area Gannett-owned newspapers are starting new subscription models, which include fees for unlimited access to their websites.

Why Facebook Is Pushing Local Brand Pages                                                                 Facebook wants you to check out your local 7-Eleven. Or Dunkin Donuts. Or Starbucks.Pages for specific locations have seen a major pickup in activity on the social network in recent months. That’s apparently the result of a deliberate shift in the algorithms Facebook uses to determine what to show users

Gannett Cites Progress In Digital Subs                                                                               Gannett Inc. Co. said its digital subscriber strategy is on track to contribute the $100 million in incremental earnings the company projected last year when it outlined plans to launch metered paywalls across its U.S. Community Publishing properties.

Why Papers Remain Important To The Public                                                                          It’s easy to argue that the growth of social media has turned us all into citizen journalists with the ability to make the news whoever and wherever we are.

There’s a good (and growing) chance you’re reading this on your phone                             The younger you are, the more likely it is that you mainly use a phone to go online.

2011 busiest year for newspaper ownership changes since 2007                                          The last 18 months have been “a period of intense change in U.S. newspaper ownership,” reports PEJ in the summary for its report “Who Owns the News Media.” Companies like Media General and Freedom Communications have ended decades of newspaper ownership (or nearly so; Media General has one paper left) as new players like private investment firms have expanded their holdings.

Sun Herald publisher: We’re not pulling back on print                                                           Glen Nardi, publisher of McClatchy’s Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., responds to Advance Publications’ decision to cut daily printing of its neighboring newspapers by telling readers that the Sun Herald has no plans to stop printing every day. Print is hardly dead, he writes.

Chicago Tribune gives readers Economist, Forbes under new paywall plan                        The Chicago Tribune will at last begin charging for its online content through an innovative scheme that will also give readers access to a premium package of third party content, the newspaper has told paidContent.

Lee Enterprises Decides Against Reverse Stock Split                                                                At the annual meeting in March, stockholders had granted the board discretionary authority until June 30 to decide. Mary Junck, chairman and chief executive officer, said the board considered current market conditions, business forecasts and other factors that could affect shareholder value, including the prospect for continued listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tablets now drive more ecommerce traffic than smartphones                                       Tablets, as we’ve written about before, are ideal shopping devices, generating outsized sales despite their smaller reach. But now, it appears that tablets have outpaced smartphones in the sheer amount of traffic they deliver to commerce sites

Reader-driven improvements bring circulation gains to Atlanta-Journal Constitution     The Atlanta Journal-Constitution used reader research and a collaborative content, marketing, and circulation strategy to turn around an alarming slide in circulation and address negative brand perceptions and faltering reader loyalty.

Growing a newspaper into a news brand                                                                                    It’s reasonable for any self-respecting newspaper to feel its particular heritage and journalistic legacy can justify the grand title of being a “brand.”

Thanks For Reading!

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About Jeff Hartley

Career Newspaper Executive specializing in Consumer Revenue Growth-both print and digital. Social Media and Mobile Enthusiast. Frequent speaker on consumer revenue and print/digital audience growth.
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