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Newspaper circulation stays the same in latest ABC report, but the mix is shifting to digital

Newspaper circulation was essentially the same in the six months ending September 30, compared to the same period a year ago, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported this morning.

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New York Times’ circulation revenue lags growth in digital subscriptions

Wall Street rewarded The New York Times Co. with a 10 percent stock price increase Thursday after a second-quarter earnings report with several significant bits of good news:

  • For a second consecutive quarter, increases in circulation revenue more than made
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Rick Bragg: ‘Any writing life I have, I owe in some way to The Anniston Star’

Rick Bragg got his start at The Anniston Star. That's where he first began telling his distinctively southern tales that eventually led him to The New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize. So it's not surprising that Bragg reacted with wistful sadness when he learned that the Star will stop printing every day sometime this fall.

"I fully understand the economics behind it," he said in a phone interview from the University of Alabama, where he's a professor. "I fully understand the technological and sociological reasons behind it. I understand all that. It doesn't mean I have to like it. It doesn't mean I have to like seeing a print paper fade."

He added, however, that "if this is a strengthening of the paper as a whole ... then I'm for it. But you hate to see any change in things that have been part of your life forever."

The newspaper announced this week that, starting around October, it will stop printing on Mondays, among other changes. Circulation is lowest on Monday. (more...)
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Paywalls now affect one-third of daily newspaper readers

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Peter C. Beller combined News & Tech's list of newspapers that charge for online access with circulation figures to get a bird's-eye view of which newspapers are building paywalls. About 16 percent of daily papers now charge for online access, but that covers twice as many readers, he says:
While just 239 of the nation’s 1,532 dailies have (or have announced) paywalls, they represent around a third of all daily readers. That’s because of the 20 largest newspapers by circulation, nine are or will be behind paywalls, representing 51% of that readership.
Paywall implementation drops off for smaller papers:
Under 100,000 circulation only 21% of readers are affected, under 50,000 the share is 19% and under 25,000 the figure is just 16%. You might be inclined to shrug off the small newspapers in that last group but they are the bulk of the industry: two out of three daily newspapers have circulations under 25,000.
He concludes that "nearly all the biggest newspaper chains are on board," which correlates with what I found in May. Once the Chicago Tribune starts charging for online access, 84 percent of its print circulation will have a corresponding paywall; that figure is just 12 percent for MediaNews.

Related: Oil City Derrick releases monthly paywall revenues to show pattern | Gannett expands paywalls to 10 more papers in Wisconsin (Dane 101) | More than 22,000 sign up for Chicago Tribune's paywall in three days (Time Out Chicago)

Previous: Gannett expects its paywalls to add $100 million in profit by end of 2012 (Poynter)
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Time-Picayune reporter Ramon Vargas, left, pats the back of movie critic Mike Scott as they walk into the newspaper's offices after learning learning their fate by the company in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The Times-Picayune is laying off 200 employees as one of the nation's oldest daily newspapers prepares to print just three days a week. The layoffs amount to about half of the newsroom's 169 employees. Advertising, circulation and other departments also were affected at the 175-year-old newspaper. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Cutting print is a money-loser for Times-Picayune, but cutting staff makes changes slightly profitable

The events of the last two weeks show that Times-Picayune readers and employees are fighting-mad at absentee owner Advance Publications for deciding to eliminate their print newspaper four days a week.

Management’s reply, as articulated by Times-Picayune Editor Jim AmossRead more

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Can a 3-day-a-week model work for papers like the Times-Picayune?

Since the New Orleans Times-Picayune announced it would cease daily publication and publish just three days a week starting in the fall, questions have surfaced about the fate of the paper and others that Advance Publications owns.

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Sen. Landrieu on Times-Picayune: ‘Not having a daily print edition saddens me’

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In a statement, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says The Times Picayune, which announced Thursday it would cease daily publication, "has narrated the New Orleans region's story for more than 150 years."
Its journalists' dedication and professionalism have made our civic, business and education institutions stronger, more transparent and honest.

In the midst of Hurricane Katrina's horrific aftermath, its courageous journalists and photojournalists provided reliable news when our region and nation needed it most.

To think of not having a daily print edition saddens me. However, New Orleans will always need a robust news gathering operation to provide us with accurate and balanced news. In whatever new form the Times-Picayune takes, that need will not change.
In a Forbes.com piece, contributor Micheline Maynard of Ann Arbor, Mich., writes about The Times-Picayune adopting a similar model to AnnArbor.com. She had this to say about what life is like for news consumers in her town:
No offense to its staff, but AnnArbor.com, online at least, is a constantly updated blog, which gives equal play to impaled cyclists and rabid skunks as it does to politics and crime. The printed edition is newspaper-like, but with a different style and less gravitas than its predecessor. (more...)
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Advance cuts daily publication of its three Alabama papers

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Like their sibling in New Orleans, the three Advance Publications newspapers in Alabama — in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville — will cut back printing to three days a week. A piece by "al.com staff" breaks the news:
A new digitally focused media company — the Alabama Media Group, which will include The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile, The Huntsville Times and al.com — will launch this fall to serve readers and advertisers across the state, according to Cindy Martin, who will become president of the new organization.
The Alabama Media Group will "dramatically expand its news-gathering efforts around the clock, seven days a week, while offering enhanced printed newspapers on a schedule of three days a week," the report says. Eight paragraphs down, there's a little more news:
The change in organizational structures across all departments will lead to a reduction in the overall size of the workforce. Details are still being worked out, Martin said.
Average circulation at the three papers between March 2011 and March 2012 has followed national trends, increasing or basically holding steady on Sundays and decreasing Monday through Friday. According to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, The Birmingham News' average Sunday circulation increased from 153,023 to 173,187, a 13 percent increase mostly attributable to the inclusion of "YES! Your Essential Shopper," a home-delivered collection of flyers. Its average daily circulation declined 7.5 percent, from 112,209 to 103,729. The Press-Register's Sunday circulation was basically flat, going from 103,300 to 103,373 and its daily circ dropped from 87,518 to 82,088; both figures rolled in distribution of The (Pascagoula) Mississippi Press. Average Sunday circulation rose 1 percent at The Huntsville Times, to 68,092 from 67,286, and daily fell 5.5 percent, from 47,366 to 44,725. Related: Sen. Landrieu on Times-Picayune: ‘To think of not having a daily print edition saddens me.’
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Times-Picayune to publish three days a week, cut staff

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Times-Picayune publisher Ashton Phelps Jr. has confirmed that the newspaper will cease daily publication, moving to three days a week in the fall: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. He also confirmed staff cuts, though he didn't say how large they will be. The New York Times' David Carr reported Wednesday night that the paper likely would cease daily publication and that the two managing editors would leave.

This would make New Orleans the largest U.S. city without a daily newspaper. The Times-Picayune, with a circulation of about 155,000 on Sundays and 134,000 weekdays, would be the largest paper in the U.S. to shift to non-daily publication. Its circulation in March 2005, before Hurricane Katrina flooded the city and shrank the city's population: about 285,000 on Sundays and 257,000 weekdays.

In 2009 Advance Publications, which owns The Times-Picayune, shifted to twice-weekly printing for The Ann Arbor News and started to focus more on its website. It expanded that approach to other newspapers in Michigan last year.

"I think this is a big blow," said Poynter business analyst Rick Edmonds. "Yes, it's happened in a few places, but Saginaw and New Orleans are not the same thing. You're talking about a major-league city."

Phelps told staff staff:
Press reports have necessitated our giving you this news now. We realize it  will make people anxious, but we do not know enough today to be able to announce how the changes will affect individual employees. We will move as quickly as possible in the coming weeks to make that determination and to inform each of you personally.
The Times-Picayune announced on its site that a new company, NOLA Media Group, will run the newspaper and its website, and another new company will print and deliver the paper. It said NOLA Media Group "will significantly increase its online news-gathering efforts 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

In some ways, the newspaper will be better on the remaining days, according to Jim Amoss, who is now editor of the paper and will run the new "combined content operation":
With a reduced printing schedule starting in the fall, Amoss said, plans call for the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday editions of The Times-Picayune to be in many ways more robust than each of the daily newspapers is currently. They will contain a richer and deeper news, sports and entertainment report, as well as a full week's worth of features such as society coverage, puzzles and comics.
Related: "Grievous news," says David SimonSen. Landrieu says, "Not having a daily print edition saddens me" || Earlier: Times-Picayune may stop daily publication; faces deep cuts The memo from Phelps: (more...)
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Times-Picayune may stop daily publication; faces deep cuts

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Update: The Times-Picayune has confirmed these reports.

The Times-Picayune in New Orleans may cease daily publication and plans deep staff cuts, reports the Times' David Carr. Editor Jim Amoss will leave the paper, according to Carr, as will managing editors Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea. The two managing editors were not involved in meetings held this week by incoming publisher Ricky Mathews, who already was set to replace Ashton Phelps Jr. as publisher later this year.

The Times-Picayune "will likely publish two or three times a week rather than daily," employees of the paper told Carr. The Picayune's owner, Advance Publications, did something similar with the Ann Arbor News in 2009, cutting staff and focusing its efforts on AnnArbor.com.

Carr described the staff cuts as "large"; Gambit's Kevin Allman says a source told him via email:
The staff will immediately be whacked by at least a third (from 150 to 100 or fewer reporters). Top brass will be fired and reporters who remain aboard will take sharp salary cuts and be expected to start blogging through the day [for affiliated website NOLA.com].
According to Carr, the Picayune "has avoided some of the deeper cuts in the industry, in part because the newspaper played such a critical role in the coverage of Katrina and its aftermath." The newspaper published online for three days, and after it resumed the print paper, "its follow-up coverage was praised as being deep and meaningful, especially in a city that was short on good information and rife with rumor and chaos." (more...)
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