Newspapers Digital First News Summary-4/4/14

Jeff newDigital First News Summary-4/4/14                                                   Newspapers 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 this story-Report finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue

What’s the hardest part of digital for legacy publishers?                                                         The biggest players in the online publishing space converged in Vail, Colo., for the Digiday Publishing Summit this week to discuss the wholesale transformation of the industry into a digital and multiplatform phenomenon.

NAA’s new chairman says newspaper biz should have collaborated sooner                   Robert Dickey, the president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division, said U.S. papers should have collaborated more before the meteor hit:

How Papers Should Be Doing Video                                                                                              As newspapers wade deeper into the video waters, they need to make sure the videos they produce look professional and are engaging if they want the to be successful drawing viewers and advertisers.

A Sense of Place: The Future of Local News                                                                    Thoughts on the future of local media companies from a veteran editor with extensive experience in digital content, audience development, video programming and process innovation.

Why The Information chose to follow a paywall model                                                      Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information, outlines the site’s approach to paywalls, which she believes should be driven by high-quality content

The ‘Internet of Things’ Will Reshape Advertising Agencies                                              There are two important drivers of the next evolution of the Internet, known as the Internet of Things.

At Newspaper Association of America conference, content — and passion — make a surprise appearance.  The concept of focusing coverage in a given paper’s print editions and website on a handful of “passion topics” particular to that community is picking up steam.

How USA Today reinvents for the digital world                                                                      USA Today is in the midst of rethinking what it’s all about. Gone is the mindset of being a national newspaper

With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months.

The Secret About Online Ad Traffic: One-Third Is Bogus                                                 Billions of dollars are flowing into online advertising. But marketers also are confronting an uncomfortable reality: rampant fraud.

‘Robot’ to write 1 billion stories in 2014 — but will you know it when you see it?                   If you’re a human reporter quaking in your boots this week over news of a Los Angeles Times algorithm that wrote the newspaper’s initial story about an earthquake, you might want to cover your ears for this fact.

Newspaper executives talk about their experience with digital subscriptions                     The top executives of print industries such as The New York Times and the Toronto Star described their experience with online subscriptions in Tuesday’s NAA mediaXchange session, “Digital Subscriptions Three Years In: Lessons Learned and Best Practices.”

NYT CEO: ‘We’ll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come’  The New York Times is launching a series of paid products beginning April 2nd, starting with a cheaper digital subscription package in the form of an app called NYT Now.

Professor: 90% of News Stories to be Written by Computers by 2030                      Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kristian Hammond predicts that by 2030, 90 per cent of all news stories will be written not by human reporters but by computer algorithms.

Report finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue Pew’s 11th annual State of the News Media report, out this morning, offers fresh measures of news media revenue and news staffing at digital-only start-ups. Both findings are arresting for those of us in the news-about-news business but also shed light on the well-being of the industry as a whole.

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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