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Paste is relaunching its print edition

"The new edition comes six years after the original print magazine went solely digital."

Columbia Journalism Review Susannah Nesmith

A chain of small newspapers hits on a formula for growth

"He set up a nonprofit to own the chain, guaranteeing the dividend demands of shareholders or high profit-margin expectations of hedge funds would never crimp the journalism."

Nieman Lab SHAN WANG

Voice of San Diego is helping smaller news outlets build membership programs

"The centralized News Revenue Hub is helping a pilot group of five news organizations — Honolulu Civil Beat, InsideClimate News, The Lens, NJ Spotlight, and Politifact — with everything from technical installation to email targeting."

The Wall Street Journal Mike Shields

The Outline has launched

"There will be a mix of longform, deeply reported stories, and what Mr. Topolsky calls 'smart aggregation' — where a key quote from an article covering Kanye West’s recent comments on President-elect Trump is highlighted in bold lettering on top of a large image, with links to its original source."

Financial Times David Bond

The UK newspaper industry is suffering, too.

"Over the past decade, once proud titles such as the Liverpool Echo, the Newcastle Chronicle and the Yorkshire Post have been hit by a hurricane of structural change."

Politico Hadas Gold

How Donald Trump and 'Morning Joe' made up

"While critics lash out, MSNBC's morning talker builds a pipeline to Trump Tower."

The Wall Street Journal ALEXANDRA BRUELL

Ad-spending growth will slow in 2017

"The global ad business will see a slowdown to 3.6 percent spending growth next year, down from the 5.7 percent growth clip projected for 2016, when spending is expected to total $493 billion, Magna said."

Politico Ken Doctor

Behind the Times’ surge to 2.5 million subscribers

"Toughening the Facebook wall helped. Could a Lewandowski Leap now build on the Trump Bump?"

BuzzFeed Charlie Warzel and Lam Thuy Vo

All the links Donald Trump has tweeted from news sites

"BuzzFeed News analyzed all the links Donald Trump tweeted since he launched his presidential campaign to determine where the president-elect gets his news."

The New York Times Jim Rutenberg

A warning for Americans from a member of Pussy Riot

"'You are always in danger of being shut down,' she said. 'But it’s not the end of the story because we are prepared to fight.' Her counsel for United States journalists: You better be, too."

Monday Note Frederic Filloux

Facebook’s walled wonderland is inherently incompatible with news

"In other words: publishers and organizations who maintained a FB Page that is not saturated with stuff fit to be shared with friends can expect some pain."

The Washington Post Faiz Siddiqui and Susan Svrlug

Fake news conspiracy Pizzagate leads to armed arrest

"The popular family restaurant, near Connecticut and Nebraska avenues NW in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, was swept up in the onslaught of fake news and conspiracy theories that were prevalent during the presidential campaign."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

Pray for the First Amendment. Now.

"On the one hand, we have a passel of documented affronts to the First Amendment; on the other, we have (another) vague assurance that all’s well. Time to pray for the First Amendment."

The Guardian Mark Forbes

Mark Forbes quits as editor of the Age after sex harassment complaint

"The woman made a formal complaint to management after Forbes allegedly 'groped her on the bottom' at the Age Music Victoria awards in November."

Digiday Sahil Patel

ESPN has a few new video tricks to get users to stay in its app

"...The sports media giant introduced portrait view for all types of video and a new product called 'live cards,' which populate relevant articles, news items, social posts and other content beneath the video you’re watching."

In case you missed it

PR Newswire Paste

Paste is relaunching its print edition

"The new edition comes six years after the original print magazine went solely digital."

Columbia Journalism Review Susannah Nesmith

A chain of small newspapers hits on a formula for growth

"He set up a nonprofit to own the chain, guaranteeing the dividend demands of shareholders or high profit-margin expectations of hedge funds would never crimp the journalism."

Nieman Lab SHAN WANG

Voice of San Diego is helping smaller news outlets build membership programs

"The centralized News Revenue Hub is helping a pilot group of five news organizations — Honolulu Civil Beat, InsideClimate News, The Lens, NJ Spotlight, and Politifact — with everything from technical installation to email targeting."

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