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Print advertising woes are getting worse

The first half of 2016 was financially bleak for newspaper organizations; the second may be even worse. The same day The Wall Street Journal reported a deep global decline in print advertising, McClatchy led off the third quarter earnings season Wednesday, posting a $9.8 million net loss on revenues of $234.7 million. McClatchy was able to grow digital … Read More
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It's 2016, and we're still arguing whether newspapers should have websites

"What if almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong?" Thus begins a contrarian argument from Politico's Jack Shafer, who goes on to suggest in his Oct. 17 column that newspapers wasted billions of dollars by establishing beachheads on digital media. He cites as evidence a new paper by H. Iris Chyi and Ori Tenenboim of the University … Read More
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What happened after 6 college newspapers cut their print schedules

Today is a Tuesday, which means that for the first time in its 123-year-old history, the University of North Carolina’s student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, will not publish a print edition. The change was announced last week by the paper’s editor in chief, Jane Wester, and detailed in a lengthy Medium post written by the paper’s new … Read More
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Newspaper bosses 'paralyzed' by change, clueless about paid content, says Steve Brill

A stumbling newspaper industry has been clueless on paywalls and in how to produce content people will actually spend money to read, says Steve Brill. But why should one be surprised, he contends, given the frequent make-up of its executive class? To him, it's often been a bunch of rich kids who inherited a paper from mom and dad and … Read More
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Pepperdine student newspapers reported stolen after front-page DUI story

Student Press Law Center Update: Three students have admitted they stole these papers for a university prank, not because of controversial content on the front page. Hundreds of copies of Pepperdine University's student newspaper have been reported stolen "likely to censor a front-page story about a student who is being charged with drunken driving," Anna Schiffbauer writes for … Read More
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Yelp reviews newspapers: 'mediocre' journalism, but teriyaki stir fry at cafeteria 'delightful'

An underappreciated benefit of digital delivery of newspaper content: The news doesn't arrive on your doorstep covered with fleas. Turns out newspapers aren't immune to the bizarre — and often hilarious — complaints that bedevil restaurants and other small businesses on Yelp. But the review site also includes some appreciations of what only the local newspaper can offer and insight into how readers feel about the transition to digital. Here are some of the best reviews I found, putting aside most of those focusing only on politics or delivery/billing problems (which are what attract the most complaints and seem to plague every newspaper). Bold emphases are mine; all photos by AP. Read More
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Newspaper PDF replica service bets on future of print-style digital reading

In October 2012, just 23 percent of Americans told Pew they read even one newspaper the previous day. So who in the world could possibly want or need unlimited access to 2,500 of them? Alex Gruntsev, EVP and chief innovation officer of PressReader, made a compelling case in a phone interview that his "Netflix-style" subscription service -- $29.95 … Read More
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