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Study says civic participation fell in Denver and Seattle after newspapers closed

Political Communication | Lee Shaker
Civic engagement in Denver and Seattle "dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009," Portland State University professor Lee Shaker says in a paper published at the end of January called "Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement" (the published version is paywalled, but Shaker posted a draft of the report last year; all quotes below are from that.) While Shaker allows that other factors may have influenced the drop, measured by the Current Population Survey, it "may plausibly be attributed to the newspaper closures" in those cities.

Denver's Rocky Mountain News closed in February 2009, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its last print edition the next month. (The P-I remained in business as a Web-only news outlet with a much smaller staff.)

Shaker's study controls for other reasons for the drop, including that 2008 was a presidential election year, but found in eight comparable cities that didn't lose a print paper, "indicators were not significantly different" in 2009 than the year before. (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 … Read more

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For newspaper stocks, 2013 was a surprisingly good year

Despite yet another year of falling revenues, publicly traded newspaper companies saw their share prices rise sharply during 2013.

Yes, the overall market was strong — with the S&P index up 29.5 percent and the Dow Jones up 26.5 percent.… Read more

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Newspapers will lose a half of their share of digital advertising in the next five years, Borrell Associates forecasts. (Depositphotos)

Forecast: Papers will lose more than half their share of digital ads in next 5 years

With all the talk of newspapers as dinosaurs, you might be surprised to know that they will close 2013 retaining their position as the leader among legacy platforms in share of digital advertising revenue, according to Borrell Associates’ annual review … Read more

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National Park Service prints limited-edition Ben Franklin newspaper

The Oct. 6, 1743, edition of The Pennsylvania Gazette leads with a three-column letter from a lieutenant on the H.M.S. Centurion. "Our Men, by this Time, died like rotten Sheep," the sailor tells his brother about one voyage.

For the next couple of weeks, the National Park Service is reproducing the entire edition of that day's paper, whose publisher was Benjamin Franklin, at Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park. (more...)
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How the JFK tragedy created a 50-year love affair with newspapers

Much will be written (spoken, televised, blogged) about where we older folks were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. Like most of my peers I was in a classroom. I remember that moment.

However, what … Read more

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What’s in a name? For American newspapers, tradition and direction

Today, with the change of a name, International Herald Tribune readers became readers of The International New York Times. It's a change that happens from time to time, reflecting business decisions or sometimes philosophical ones.

In his book "Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers," Columbia Journalism School professor Michael Schudson writes about the shift that happened among American newspapers in the 1930s.

"There was a move to more community-oriented and aggressive newspapers," Schudson says, "not just waiting for the news to come to them." (more...)
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Online ad revenues up, sponsored content revenues down in 2012

IAB | The Wall Street Journal
Revenues from digital advertising reached nearly $37 billion in 2012, the Interactive Advertising Bureau's annual report says, up 15 percent over 2011. Mobile advertising accounted for 9 percent of the total. Display advertising accounted for 33 percent, and search was 46 percent. Video advertising was up 29 percent over 2011.

As good as that news may seem, there's no guarantee that this wave of cash will wash ashore at news organizations. IAB spokesperson Laura Goldberg tells Poynter the report does not break down revenue by web property category. But analyst Mary Meeker pointed out last year that there is a "steep imbalance between where people spend their time and where advertisers spend their money," as Jeff Sonderman put it.

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Developer explains why it’s more fun to work at a newspaper than Google

Chicago Tribune
Abe Epton shares what he likes about working for the Chicago Tribune's news apps team after five years at Google News:

I think people interested in code and civic society should really think about joining a newspaper -- yes, a newspaper (or any media outlet) -- in 2013.

... It’s comforting to know how hard it is to break something at Google, but it’s frustrating to wait forever before anyone ever uses your code. At the Tribune, I had some Javascript running in public by the end of my first week. And I barely know Javascript, but the demands of a continuous news cycle require a lot of flexibility, which also means a lot of variety in what you work on. (more...)
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Boston Globe gives iPads to classrooms, reimagines NIE for the digital age

The Boston Globe is giving iPads, projectors and free Boston Globe digital subscriptions to local public school classrooms in a digitally reimagined version of the Newspapers In Education program.

A major goal of longstanding NIE efforts has been to hook young readers on the print habit by dropping off free newspapers in schools and incorporating their content in lesson plans.

But that logic has faltered in recent years, the Globe's Robert Saurer told me.

"We kind of walked away from NIE a little bit -- we didn't know what to do with it. We didn't really believe that a 10- or 15-year-old reading print in school is going to continue on later to be a print reader in their 20s and 30s," said Saurer, who is director of customer experience and innovation. "But a digital Globe reader in schools today might, in fact, turn into a digital Globe reader in their 20s and 30s." (more...)
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