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Despite ABC News/CPI blowup, here’s how news partnerships can work

Journalism organizations might get discouraged about joining partnerships after the public meltdown of the partnership between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity this week.

CPI’s reporter Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed how coal … Read more

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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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Content going ‘everywhere’: WSJ extends premium subscriptions to Pulse newsreader

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One day after The New York Times announced an "NYT Everywhere" strategy that will extend subscriber content to Flipboard, The Wall Street Journal stepped up its own "Journal Everywhere" plan by selling premium content within the Pulse news aggregation app.

While the Times is offering full access to existing subscribers through Flipboard, the Journal will sell alternative subscriptions in Pulse to three narrower channels: WSJ Political Report or WSJ Technology Digest for $3.99 a month each, or a daily editors-choice section called WSJ Water Cooler for 99 cents a month. (more...)
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What the Forbes model of contributed content means for journalism

Two years ago, Forbes.com was a news website like most others.

Today, it is less website, more operating system — an underlying layer of technology that hundreds of contributors use to publish independently.

Lewis DVorkin, who kickstarted the … Read more

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IRS delays make it hard for nonprofit news sites to build their businesses

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of the nonprofit news field knows the big players: VoiceofSanDiego.org, Texas Tribune, MinnPost, ProPublica, et. al.

You probably haven’t heard of the Arlington Mercury or the San Diego Newsroom.

Another difference between the first … Read more

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Will Bay Citizen-CIR merger affect partnership with New York Times?

Recent stories about the pending merger between The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting in California have raised the question of whether the merged group would continue to work with The New York Times. The Bay Citizen produces stories for the Times edition in the Bay Area, similar to arrangements between the Times and the Chicago News Cooperative and The Texas Tribune.

Describing Phil Bronstein's presentation to The Bay Citizen's board in January, Peter H. Lewis wrote: (more...)
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How to adapt online news in the age of sharing

Internet users are sending a message most media companies aren’t ready to hear: They want to share, reuse and remix your content.

To leaders of news organizations and other media, this probably means one thing: copyright violation. But with a … Read more

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‘Medical school model’ brings newspaper, radio station and university together

A newspaper, public radio station and university in Macon, Ga., are moving in together and sharing content, in a unique partnership aimed at strengthening local news reporting, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation being announced today.

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NYT partnership ‘sort of a halo & a cloud’ for independent news sites

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Michael Depp examines the close, complicated relationship between The New York Times and three nonprofit news operations that provide local coverage for certain editions: Texas Tribune, The Bay Citizen and Chicago News Cooperative. While the partnerships have kickstarted the nonprofits' operations and boosted their credibility, it's tough to balance the Times' need for content (they're responsible for two pages, twice a week) with their own missions and editorial voices. The partners spend a lot more time on journalism for the Times than they get in licensing revenue, and they don't get a cut of the money that the Times makes selling ads next to their stories. Times assistant national editor Jill Agostino sometimes has to fend off requests from within the Times for help on developing stories. "We can’t treat these groups as though they’re our stringers in these areas because they’re not,” she says. She compares working with the Times to "being married to a famous spouse"; Jim O'Shea of the Chicago News Cooperative says it's "sort of a halo and a cloud at the same time.” Subscriptions have increased in the partner markets, Agostino says. Anyone tracking content partnerships like this will find the post thought-provoking. || Related: Sometimes Times editors should remain behind the scenes (Gawker)
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Steve Jobs wanted to help New York Times, bonded with Rupert Murdoch

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In his new biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson describes some of the behind-the-scenes dealings between the Apple CEO and publishers after the iPad was launched in 2010. "I would love to help quality journalism," Jobs said. "We can't depend on bloggers for our news. We need real reporting and editorial oversight more than ever. So I'd love to find a way to help people create digital products where they actually can make money."

As part of that effort, Jobs dined with 50 top Times executives to show off the iPad and, as Isaacson put it, “find a modest price point for digital content that consumers would accept.” He said the Times knew how many readers would pay the highest price point (a print subscription), and how many would read for free online.
“You should go after the midpoint, which is about 10 million digital subscribers,” [Jobs] told them. “And that means your digital subs should be very cheap and simple, one click and $5 a month at most.”
The Times decided to charge $15 every four weeks for Web and mobile phone access and $20 for Web and iPad access.

According to Isaacson, Jobs was particularly interested in helping The New York Times because it hadn't yet figured out how to charge for digital content.
"One of my personal projects this year, I've decided, is to try to help — whether they want it or not — the Times," he told me early  in 2010. "I think it's important for the country for them to figure it out."
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