Biz Blog: Rick Edmonds analyzes the latest media business developments.

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Federal Trade Commission will put native advertising under the microscope Wednesday

I am wondering these days whether native advertising is truly a breakthrough format and has financial legs to underwrite a volume of quality digital journalism. But the Federal Trade Commission has a narrower focus for its one-day workshop in Washington Read more

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Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education launches a new jobs site for academics.

Chronicle of Higher Ed takes plunge with digital jobs site tailored to academics

I mostly buy into the theory that one reason newspaper organizations have typically made modest rather than big bets on new digital businesses is the wild success they enjoyed over decades under their old model.

So when Michael Riley, … Read more

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Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Cover art from Knight Foundation's report on nonprofit news startups. (Knight Foundation)

Knight Foundation support for nonprofit news startups shifts focus to growth, sustainability

The Knight Foundation has released a detailed new report today arguing that well-run nonprofit news sites can weather their growing pains and operate at break-even or better.

The report itself has a wealth of statistics on 18 selected sites, all … Read more

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Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Earns Gannett

Gannett report suggests newspaper industry will lose more than $1 billion in advertising this year

By the third quarter, the revenue picture for the newspaper industry is pretty well set. Now that the Newspaper Association of America has stopped compiling quarterly results, we need to look to public company reports for a proxy. And … Read more

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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

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How many top newspaper editors are from digital backgrounds? Still darn few

Upward of 1,400 digital journalists are expected in Atlanta this week for the annual Online News Association conference. That’s fairly close to the number of daily American newspapers, at last count roughly 1,380.

With digital transformation the announced top priority … Read more

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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

YAHOO!

Newspapers’ ad consortium with Yahoo reboots

An early attempt to boost digital advertising at newspaper organizations by cross-selling local advertising with Yahoo will be attempting an update and relaunch over the next several months.

The goal remains to use the local sales force of 700 participating … Read more

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Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013

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Nonprofit journalism sites are proving to be healthy but slow to scale

A recent Pew Research Center/Knight Foundation roundtable conference on the future of nonprofit journalism had the feeling of an annual physical. After three hours of poking and probing, the sector was found to be slowly getting stronger but with some … Read more

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Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

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NAA has stopped releasing quarterly figures on ad revenues, which have consistently declined

The Newspaper Association of America has reported a decline in industry ad revenues every three months since a modest gain in the second quarter of 2006. That adds up to six-and-a-half years — 26 consecutive quarters — of revenue losses Read more

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Sunday, Sep. 08, 2013

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

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Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

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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

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