Newspapers Digital First News Summary-2/08/13

tablet logoNewspapers are maximizing the opportunities within their print audiences and growing digital audiences and engagement in order to develop a sustainable model for the future.   In this update, see how newspapers are working to meet that challenge including how Subscribers want newspaper inserts, not junk mail 

The newsonomics of Tribune’s metro agony                                                                              For interested buyers looking at the numbers of Tribune newspapers, one bright spot will stand out: the price.

This Year, All Publishers Go Mobile                                                                                      Mobile readership offers publishers new circulation revenue sources.

Developer explains why it’s more fun to work at a newspaper than Google                        Abe Epton shares what he likes about working for the Chicago Tribune’s news apps team after five years at Google News.

New York Times’ Pilhofer: ‘There’s a lot of institutional memory walking out the door    The New York Times’ round of buyouts that ended Thursday landed heavily on some of the organization’s digital leaders.

Subscribers want newspaper inserts, not junk mail                                                                   As tough as it was for the media to pick the winners of the local elections, it seems all too easy for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to pick the best way for millions of Americans to receive coupons, pre-prints, and flyers.

Alabama Media Group Puts News Building On The Market                                                After cutting The Birmingham News’ staff and publishing schedule last year, owner Advance Publications this week said it would sell the News’ headquarters building.

Infographic: The State Of Multi-Screen Viewing                                                                          A new inforgraphic from Uberflip reveals some surprising statistics about the rise of multiscreen multitasking

Syracuse Paper Creates New Newsroom Plan                                                                            There is a media lab of the future in Syracuse, where the Syracuse Post-Standard is evolving into a “new newsroom,” where staffers have no desks or workspaces of their own and carry their own mini-newsroom on their backs.

Print Media Bastion May Be Giving Way                                                                                 Long after newspaper audiences started defecting to the Internet in other Western countries, Germany still looks like a bastion of print.

Newspapers Vie for Reality Show                                                                                              Who knew that ink-stained newsmen and newswomen would be so eager to break into show business?

Reflections of a Newsosaur: Most newspaper stories are still too long                                  The reasons for what CJR called a “meltdown” in long-form journalism are well known:  Skinnier news holes, shrinking staffs and more digital chores for slimmed-down staffs to perform – 24/7, if you please. 

50x current information = lots more disruption                                                                           If you’re involved in traditional media and your mind wasn’t boggled by last month’s IDC report, “The Digital Universe in 2020,” it must be that you didn’t see it.

Top newspapers see flat growth                                                                                               Hindi daily Dainik Jagran continued to lead the pack in the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) for the third quarter that was released on Tuesday by Media Research Users Council (MRUC). The top publications saw almost flat growth.

Early comments on stories affect what later readers believe, and what they say                   A recent scientific experiment demonstrated the importance of intervening in comment sections to cultivate constructive discussion, particularly just after publication.

Register reader program gives free ads to 1,300 charities                                                   More than 1,300 nonprofits will receive free advertising space in the Orange County Register as part of the $12.4 million subscriber “golden envelope” gift cheque program launched by the newspaper in November.

Wealthy Pacific Palisades entrepreneur buys local newspaper                                                 At a time when Alan Smolinisky’s peers have mostly traded paper for pixels, he doesn’t own an iPad or a Kindle.

Newsrooms use Vine to show personality, process, previews in 6-second videos              Less than a week after Twitter launched its short video tool, it is curating some of the most interesting experiments with Vine. Vinepeek and Vineroulette also display short videos as they’re published.

Mobile Spurs Digital Coupon User Growth                                                                                  As consumers increasingly turn to their smartphones, tablets and PCs to shop online, they are using digital coupons to find new ways to stretch their dollars.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway adds Greensboro, NC, News & Record to its growing newspaper unit                                                                                                                    Berkshire bought the 122-year-old daily newspaper from Landmark Media Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Va.

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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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