troubled water

‘Riptide’ project explains how legacy media got washed out to sea by digital currents

A massive oral history of the digital disruption of legacy journalism models, released Sunday, contends that big news companies made early, repeated and well-funded attempts to adapt to the digital era but have been overwhelmed by bigger forces.

The work, … Read more


Monday, Aug. 26, 2013


Real-estate rich newspapers are finding it’s time to cash in

The newspaper industry continues to bleed print advertising revenues and circulation. Digital and other new ventures are growing, but not quickly enough to make up for the losses.

The sale of real estate, however, has helped.

The trend of selling … Read more


Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Magnifying glass on laptop

Why it’s time to stop romanticizing & begin measuring investigative journalism’s impact

Charles Lewis, one of the luminaries of nonprofit investigative journalism, sees a culture clash brewing as the sector continues to grow, covering what shrinking legacy media may miss and, more recently, innovating with powerful reporting techniques.

On the one … Read more


Friday, Aug. 09, 2013

Earns Washington Post

The Post’s sale — 7 thoughts on a week that shook the newspaper industry

The week of all-Washington Post, all-the-time has just about wrapped, and I’m reminded of a Mo Udall aphorism about hot issues of the day in the nation’s capital: Everything has been said, but not everyone has said it yet.
Weighing … Read more


Sunday, Aug. 04, 2013

Boston Globe

7 things to know about The Boston Globe’s sale to John Henry

The Boston Globe’s sale to billionaire Red Sox owner John Henry wasn’t too surprising (though its announcement in the wee hours of Saturday was). As weekend turns to week, the move still seems to make a lot of sense. Here … Read more


Monday, July 29, 2013

Cameraman at work

Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives

The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.

Announced in concept in June, … Read more


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


A mid-year question for newspapers: What ails national advertising & can it be fixed?

Gannett kicked off the second-quarter earnings season for newspaper companies Monday, and the mixed results contained a glimmer of potentially good news for the industry.

National advertising for Gannett’s U.S. publishing was up for the quarter compared to the same … Read more

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Monday, July 15, 2013

online money

What news organizations are learning as they refine their digital pay models

Now that the logic and financial benefit of digital pay plans has been broadly (but not universally) accepted at newspaper companies, a second generation of issues and solutions is emerging.

Listening to the final session at the American Society … Read more

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Recording Live talk show at television studio

5 good reasons that are driving the boom in local broadcast mergers & acquisitions

When Tribune bought a group of 19 local television stations for $2.7 billion a week ago, it was just the latest and biggest case of a consolidation trend that has been building momentum for several years now.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Warning Job Loss Ahead

ASNE census finds 2,600 newsroom jobs were lost in 2012

The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census today and found an unexpected acceleration of job losses. Roughly 2,600 full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers disappeared in 2012, a 6.4 percent decline compared to 2011′s total, leaving … Read more