Business

Want a personalized TV newscast? Watchup claims it has the app for that

The notion of the video equivalent of an RSS feed has been kicking around for years, so I pay attention when a startup makes the case that timing and technology are finally right to bring personalized newscasts to market. That's the pitch of entrepreneur Adriano Farano's Watchup, an early-stage Silicon Valley business with a staff of 10 and users … Read More

Ricky Mathews is leaving the helm of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune

Ricky Mathews, who led the planning and execution of the digital-first publishing strategy at NOLA.com four years ago, will be leaving that position later in 2016. Advance Local, NOLA's parent, announced that Mathews will continue as president of the company's Southeast Division and work on picking his successor. The digital moves were paired with eliminating print editions several … Read More

People don't want to trade privacy for targeted ads

The Pew Research Center has released another in a series of studies of privacy issues with fresh evidence that consumers do not want to sacrifice personal information to get served targeted ads. A separate study from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, to be presented at a Federal Trade Commission conference today, finds many consumers resigned … Read More

Digital sales collective, Local Media Consortium, gets straight on its total audience

The Local Media Consortium which sells digital ads for 1,660 local sites, two-thirds of them affiliated with newspapers, has done its first comScore study to verify its reach. The count for November was more than 133 million, the consortium announced earlier this week, which it said makes it the seventh most visited entity comScore tracks.  (The New York Times and … Read More

What's next for the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

To say that things are returning to normal at casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal would be a huge stretch. I would contend, though, that this week's well-chronicled events at the paper represent first steps down that road — and not necessarily tiny ones. Wednesday afternoon, Glenn Cook, the newspaper's senior editorial writer, was named interim editor. The week … Read More

John Paton resurfaces as investor and consultant to digital vendors

John PatonWhen John Paton stepped down as CEO of Digital First Media July 1, he didn't really leave the legacy news transformation business, much less slink away with mea culpas for a failed effort to right the company financially, then sell it. Paton had prearranged a soft landing, hanging out his shingle as IVA Ventures, a company … Read More

Rupert Murdoch says Tribune Publishing is being sold

Media business reporter Rupert Murdoch has scooped us all with a tweet Friday saying he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is being sold to a Wall Street firm and the Los Angeles Times spun off to a local group. Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA … Read More

How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

Imagine punching in and out for time spent on researching, interviews, and writing. Now imagine making nothing or next to nothing for that time. Welcome to the minefield of freelance journalism in the age of the Internet. Most journalism outlets use some combination of salaried, contract, freelance, intern, and sometimes what is called a “citizen journalist”, “user-generated content” or some … Read More

Reader's Digest parent company bets its life on hearth-and-home, wholesome audience

Bonnie Kintzer has had plenty of experience as a publishing consultant and executive as well as earning a Harvard MBA degree. Still, when she signed on as CEO in April 2014 to turn around the twice-bankrupt Reader's Digest Association, it may have looked from the outside like Mission Impossible. "I came in with my eyes fully open," Kintzer said, … Read More

Tribune Publishing says L.A. Times columnist verdict could impact investors

L.A. Times The court verdict ordering Tribune Publishing to pay $7.13 million to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was referenced early in a previously scheduled Thursday morning Tribune Publishing call with analysts concerning the company’s third-quarter financial performance. CEO Jack Griffin said the company is planning to appeal but is taking a $5 million charge, … Read More

Sixth-generation family owners have sold The Republic of Columbus (Indiana)

The office of the Republic of Columbus, Indiana. (Wikipedia Photo)After 140 years of family ownership, The Republic of Columbus, Indiana has been sold to a small Texas-based chain. The buyer is AIM, run by veteran news executive Jeremy Halbreich, whose main holdings are small Texas papers it purchased in 2012 from Freedom Communications. Jeffrey Brown. president and CEO … Read More

Tribune Publishing indicates that it does want to buy the Orange County Register

Tribune Publishing took legal action today confirming speculation that it hopes to buy Freedom Communications and its Orange County Register out of federal bankruptcy court. At a hearing, the Wall Street Journal reported, Tribune offered to contribute $3 million to the bankruptcy in exchange for a right to bid on the property when the proceedings are completed. Under … Read More

ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier

Each Sunday, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Sports Illustrated's Jacob Feldman send out an email newsletter called “The Sunday Long Read.” With input from readers, they select the week’s best in longform journalism from a broad range of subjects, including sports. Highly recommend you subscribe. The list includes a regular Classic pick, done each week by Politico's … Read More

Freedom Communications, parent of Orange County Register, files for bankruptcy -- again

Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, has filed for bankruptcy. Rich Mirman, Freedom's chief executive and publisher, says he expects the bankruptcy case to have no impact on day-to-day operations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) The Orange County Register's parent company, Freedom Communications filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday. Given the company's multiple financial problems, that … Read More

For Philly's durable Daily News, it looks like the beginning of the end

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building is seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Cuts are expected as the papers plan to merge operations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Updated to include comment from Philadelphia Media Network and other new information. Newsroom cuts at the Philadelphia Media Network's Inquirer and Daily News, announced at a staff meeting Friday, look … Read More