Carlie Kollath Wells


Carlie Kollath Wells is a New Orleans-based freelance reporter. She founded, a website for new residents in New Orleans, and previously worked for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Retailing Today and Drug Store News.


Publishers say paywalls, price hikes are working for newspapers

Four top publishers Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to print and discussed revenue ideas for bolstering their products.

The discussion was part of an executive roundtable at the Key Executives Mega Conference in New Orleans.

The publishers of the Star Tribune Media Co., USA Today, The Omaha World-Herald and The Dallas Morning News talked about the revenue opportunities for their content.

For Jim Moroney at The Dallas Morning News, his company is converting the story archives into revenue through content marketing. Companies in the Dallas area are in need of content to populate company newsletters, websites and blogs, and the paper is making its archives available for customers of its digital agency. Clients’ monthly bills average $4,000 a month for services that include access to the archives. Read more


Times-Picayune publisher: ‘This is chapter two’

The Times-Picayune’s digital-first strategy is working, the publisher said at a conference Tuesday.

His comments come after the paper switched in October from seven days of print editions to three days a week. The move was publicly criticized by residents in the city and has been the source of much discussion in the journalism industry.

But, Ricky Mathews, publisher of The Times-Picayune and president of NOLA Media Group, said the change was needed and is going well.

“This is a 50 chapter book,” he said. “The first chapter was we decided to make a bold change. This is chapter two. So far, so good, but we’ve got a lot to learn. Hopefully as a result of things that are successful for us and the mistakes we make, you can learn from that.”

He and Jim Amoss, vice president of content for NOLA Media Group, were guest speakers Tuesday at the Key Executives Mega Conference, being held in The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Read more