Newspapers Digital First News Summary-5/10/13

tablet logo jNewspapers are maximizing the opportunities within their print audiences while growing digital audiences and engagement to develop a sustainable model for the future. See how newspapers are meeting that challenge including how Daily newspaper circulation totals ‘do not capture the full story’ anymore

Gannett: Paywalls Helped Offset Q1 Ad Lag                                                                    Revenue gains from the companywide rollout of paywalls last year helped offset nearly all of the 4.5% decline in advertising revenue during the quarter.

“McClatchy Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings”                                                                 The McClatchy Company today reported a net loss in the first quarter of 2013 of $12.7 million or 15 cents per share, including an $8.1 million after-tax loss related to debt refinancing and open-market debt repurchases. In the first quarter of 2012 the company reported a net loss of $2.1 million or 2 cents per share.

Multi-Site Strategy Helps Metros Build Rev                                                              Newspapers in Philadelphia, Boston, Houston and San Francisco have migrated much of their content over to paywalled sites that complement their free city sites. T

Worst job of 2013: Newspaper reporter tops lumberjack, soldier in survey. cited “ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses” among the factors making newspaper journalism jobs the nation’s worst.

‘A la carte’ journalism presents alternative to paywalls                                                         With even The Mail Online now implementing paid content, a turning point for paywalls seems imminent. But an emerging alternative, “a la carte journalism,” allows readers pay per article, rather than subscribing to whole publications.

New York Times Moves Toward Netflix Model as Ads Tumble                                           New York Times Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson is taking a cue from subscription services like Netflix Inc. in a bid to transform the publisher into an Internet company that relies less on advertising

The newsonomics of the Koch Brothers and the sales of U.S.’ top metros                               It almost makes wary Tribune watchers pine for Rupert Murdoch.

What You Should Be Aware Of When Purchasing A Daily Deal                                            Daily deals have had their ups and downs over the past couple of years, but in all actualization they are still relatively new to the marketplace.

Facebook loses millions of users as biggest markets peak                                          Facebook’s dominance in the social media world has come under threat from newer services such as Instagram and Path

Being up for sale doesn’t prevent The Boston Globe from raising its prices again               The Boston Globe may be on its way out of The New York Times Co.’s fold, but the Globe’s strategy to stabilize circulation revenue is still borrowing from the parent company’s playbook.

Daily newspaper circulation totals ‘do not capture the full story’ anymore                        “The total circulation numbers do not capture the full story any longer,” Neal Lulofs, executive vice president at AAM, stated in a phone interview. AAM’s board has decided to make reporting a five-day average — long the standard — optional for papers. That means come October there will be no valid comparison of daily circulation among newspapers.

When it comes to who’s reading newspapers, whose count counts?                           Television has Nielsen. Radio looks to Arbitron. Twice a year, the Alliance for Audited Media puts out circulation numbers for hundreds of daily newspapers.

Chattanooga Newspaper to charge for online content                                                              The Chattanooga Times Free Press will start charging to read the newspaper online next week for those who don’t subscribe to the print edition.

Apple might have a super-cheap iPad mini in the works                                                     Apple is reportedly working on two new iPad minis, including one model which is expected to compete on price with the affordable Android tablets from Amazon and Google.

Times-Picayune Plans a New Print Tabloid                                                                         Nearly one year after The Times-Picayune of New Orleans announced that it would print only three days a week, the paper said it planned to roll out a three-day-a-week tabloid edition.

Former Times-Picayune editors will lead Baton Rouge Advocate, which has a new owner. Former New Orleans Times-Picayune managing editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs will serve as General Manager and Editor, respectively, of the Baton Rouge Advocate

Newspaper Circulation Falls Except at Wall Street Journal, Times                               Average daily circulation at the largest newspapers in the U.S. declined in the six months ended March 31 from a year earlier, but circulation at The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times NYT +3.25% rose.

Print circ fell 42% at top papers since 2005                                                                                  A series of changes in recent years in the way newspapers count their subscribers masks a deep, ongoing and troubling plunge that has cut print circulation by 41.6% at the nation’s biggest papers since 2005. 

BlackBerry CEO Questions Future of Tablets                                                                         Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said the popularity of tablet computers may wane, an indication the company may shelve a follow-up to its ill- fated PlayBook device.

Hearst Gets a Million Subscribers iPad, Kindle, Android Editions                                        Last year, Hearst Magazines head David Carey said his company would have a million people subscribing to its tablet editions by the end of 2012. That didn’t happen, and they ended December with something like 900,000 subscribers. But now it has: Carey said Hearst hit the one million mark at the end of March.


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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