Newspapers Digital First News Summary-10/11/13

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 a story on how a survey of audience habits suggest perilous future for news 

Register partnership brings laptop to schools                                                                             A community partnership led by the Orange County Register is aiming to donate thousands of laptop computers to schools as educators scramble to prepare for a stronger science focus in the classroom and new computer-based testing

USA Today mulls pay wall for website                                                                                “We’re going to look at it,” Larry Kramer, president and publisher, said in a interview after his appearance at an Advertising Week panel on Wednesday.

Newspaper carrier helps woman out of burning home                                                               A newspaper delivery man helped an elderly woman out of her Otay Mesa mobile home early Thursday as it was being engulfed by a fire that may have been deliberately set.

GateHouse Media: Our bankruptcy filing ‘is not a reflection of any operational problem’ CEO Michael Reed says in a memo that “with the challenges facing our industry and the impending maturity of our secured debt next year, we needed to be proactive in exploring options to restructure our debt, recapitalize and position ourselves for future growth.”

Jeff Bezos talks about future of printed newspaper                                                  “Someday,” The Washington Post may not have a print edition, Jeff Bezos told NBC News’ Kate Snow. “It could be decades,” The Washington Post’s soon-to-be owner said.

Local Newspapers Scramble for Native Ad Strategies                                                            The native-ad push isn’t just for the big boys: teetering local newspapers are rushing to adopt the latest online ad gambit.

What makes the Texas Tribune’s event business so successful?                                           The Austin-based news nonprofit is on track to generate a record $1.2 million in revenue from its events this year, including The Texas Tribune Festival, which starts today. What’s the formula?

Internet advertising spend ‘to overtake newspapers’                                                    Spending on internet advertising is on course to exceed the amount generated by newspapers and magazines within two years, an industry report said today.

Deals Still Lucrative For Local Media                                                                                Despite Groupon’s post-IPO troubles and repeated dismissals of the deals space as dead, local media companies are still turning to daily deals as a viable revenue source.

At Dallas Morning News, digital is a complement to print, not a substitute               There’s definitely something different about The Dallas Morning News’ .

Digital Ads Will Be 22% Of All U.S. Ad Spend                                                                            In 2013, Mobile Ads 3.7% Global ad spend in 2013 will see steady growth of 3.5% to reach $503 billion by the end of the year, and the amount going into internet advertising will continue to get larger

Two Media Mainstays Expand Their Video Presence                                                          TWO companies that are mainstays in legacy media are expanding their presence in online video, producing more original Web series as they follow consumer eyeballs and advertiser dollars.

Arizona Republic tells community reporters to go mobile                                               About 20 community reporters for Gannett’s Arizona Republic have been told they’ll become “mobile reporters,” filing stories from McDonald’s, Starbucks or other public places with Wi-Fi.

Tablets are replacing laptops? Not so fast                                                                                The boom in tablet sales and concurrent dip in laptop sales has led many to assume tablets are fast-replacing laptops as the mobile computer of choice.

The newsonomics of the German press’ tipping year                                                             The United States isn’t the only place where mainstay newspaper companies are realizing it’s time to reduce their reliance on print. 

Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news                                     News organizations have been confronting the problem of a shrinking audience for more than a decade, but trends strongly suggest that these difficulties may only worsen over time.

Advertisements Coming to Instagram in the Coming Months                                          Those photos of a delicious cronuts, cute puppies or well-composed selfies in your Instagram feed will soon be joined by advertisements.

Machine language: how Siri found its voice                                                                         Inside the art of making computers talk

Newspaper self-destruction: Providence Journal edition                                                          If the digital revolution has done nothing else, it has exposed the extent to which American newspapers have relied on their control over local advertising markets to fund news operations.

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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