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  • Ad Age/Nat Ives: It's Back: 25 MORE Media People You Should Follow on Twitter
    25 media types worth following on Twitter.
  • Ad Age: Why So Many Media Companies Stumble Globally
    The few news brands that have succeeded, to greater or lesser degrees, arguably include CNN, Bloomberg, People, Thomson Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Economist. Other contenders are the Associated Press, the BBC, ABC, NBC, maybe CBS, National Public Radio, News Corp. and the top U.K. dailies, said Ken Doctor, the newspaper veteran who's now an analyst at Outsell. "If a news-media organization sees itself as covering the wider world, sees it as its foundation, that in and of itself differentiates it from all the local media -- newspapers, TV, radio -- out there," he said. "If, in addition, it has substantial reporting and editing resources, then it can play. The tough part is the part we're in: Who wins the race to ubiquity and can make it pay off?"
  • NYT: If The Globe Were Sold, What Price?
    “The best guesstimate of the real price: a buck. The best of an announced price: between $50 and $100 million,” he wrote in an e-mail message. The devil will be in the details of the obligations that a buyer would assume, he said, adding that “a buck essentially represents a gentleman’s agreement: I take a liability, headache and a distraction off your hands.” He said that the Times Company could hang on to some pension liabilities or other obligations in exchange for a higher purchase price, a number that would give the appearance that it was getting something for the more than $1 billion it paid 16 years ago. He added that no bank would be interested in financing a deal given how other deals have blown up, so “the owner’s own money is immediately at risk.”
  • Economist: It isn’t just newspapers: much of the established news industry is being blown away. Yet news is thriving
    Ken Doctor of Outsell, a research firm, reckons that the Kindle appeals to baby-boomers who would otherwise read a paper magazine or newspaper. The young prefer their iPhones and their aggregators. Indeed, the top four magazines on Kindle, according to Amazon’s website, are the New Yorker, Newsweek, Time and Reader’s Digest. Not much of a youth market there.
  • Forbes: San Diego News Shoot-Out
    "The Union-Tribune is cratering. That opens a hole in the market and the opportunity for some unconventional business models."
  • BizTimes.com: Journal Sentinel faces daunting choices
    “There’s no strategy – this is panic. What we’re likely to see this year (around the country) and what we’ll see in Milwaukee too is (publishers asking) how much they need to cut back and how much they can do to still hold their place in the market. For publishers, it’s about ‘How do we stay alive and stay profitable until we can get to some sort of breathing period?’ (Economic) recovery will not bring back their old business, but it will give them some breathing room.”
  • AP: Threat to shut Boston Globe shows no paper is saf
    The threat to close the paper "sends a very clear message to all employees and unions of surviving newspapers — that this is not business as usual. This is uncharted territory....Newspapers all "have a sword over their heads," said Doctor. If the industry wants to survive, he said, "everyone has to give some blood."
  • Guardian: Seattle mourns the last day of its venerable Post Intelligencer
    "There's a lot less reporting happening, on a national scale. For the 1,500 or so daily newspapers, it's just a matter of getting smaller and smaller."
  • Seattle Times: Seattle's oldest newspaper goes to press for the final time
    "They're bringing the full force of their national relationships and content to bear on Seattle. They [Hearst] could sustain this experiment indefinitely. If it makes a million or loses a million, that's nothing to a company like Hearst."
  • AP: Hearst hopes Web-only Seattle P-I will turn profit
    "It [online-only PI] definitely can make money. They have a head start in terms of the brand and (Web) traffic. They have to run like hell to create a new identity."

What's On My Netvibes

  • Steve Goldstein
    Fellow KR alumnus Steve Goldstein understands the research/info needs of end-use enterprise customers, and he's built a company that is helping satisfy them.
  • Peter Krasilovsky
    Centered on e-commerce of all kinds from Yellow Pages through classifieds and new ad models.
  • Mark Potts
    Mark Potts is an experienced journalist, observer of Internet journalism and an alumnus of the Backfence experiment.
  • John Blossom
    Thoughtful views on a wide-ranging mix of media change.
  • Jay Rosen
    Jay Rosen is a provocateur in the best sense, an NYU journalism professor deeply committed to keeping the press accountable and vibrant in the digital age.
  • David Meerman Scott
    David Scott understands web marketing of digital content. Check out his site and his new book, "Cashing In With Content"
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No sports

I really don't agree that this is a "bad" strategy...just one that has no real business effect either way. If Newsday and Cable have a subscriber base that hits more than 75 of the market - who is getting locked out? People outside the market. Advertisers buy the news from these guys for the LOCAL audience they deliver...not a web viewer in Ohio. Remember - we are not talking about USA Today or the NY Times. Seems to me that this is not designed to get people to pay the web fee but just offer subscibers (Both newspaper and tv) a premium benefit.

PS - If you read their statement you'll see that the Hyper Local thing is a big part of what they plan/are delivering with content being able to be viewed according to zip code - now that's LOCAL!

Arthur

Ken I have a question. Just about everything you write throws dung at every single move a newspaper makes to try to save itself or improve its finance.

IYHO, where WOULD this be the right move? For which newspaper or which market WOULD this be the right move?

I'd really be fascinated to see if you have an answer.

Spencer Soper

Ken,
Does Newsday expect to turn every web reader into a web subscriber? I doubt it. But that seems to be the case you make about the 4 1/2 minutes per visitor. What I'd like to know: Is there a small core of readers who spend far more time than 4 1/2 minutes, and are possibly willing to pay, who would be more a more valuable audience than casual drive-thru readers? Just a thought from a reporter who likes to think what he produces has some value. At least some of what he produces.

Chris Krewson

Just to be ornery ...

Cablevision said it would 'no longer give it away' - which we're taking to mean 'charge for content.'

But what pctg of folks on LI subscribe and get Internet access thru Cablevision? Since they're already paying for cable, will they access Newsday.com free? Do they get discounts on subscriptions to the printed paper? Is this a new addition to traditional bundles, one that gives them a much more local presence then, say, Verizon?

If they make a few more $ on one-off folks looking to read the site, fine. But why have cable companies ever had local content on their systems?

To sell cable signups.

Tim Windsor

Ken,

I wrote up two case studies at Nieman Journalism Lab from the last time Paid Content Fever swept the land.

When they went behind the wall, both the LA Times and the Albuquerque Journal were lauded as trailblazers.

In short, both experiments failed, though only one (LA) ended. The other continues to limp along.

Details here: http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/02/will-paid-content-work-two-cautionary-tales-from-2004/

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