That meant The Seattle Times had a decision to make: Was its tirelessly produced news about the disaster and the search for survivors so important that it merited a suspension of the website's year-old paywall?
Yes and no. (more...)
The economics of the news business, and of the newspaper industry in particular, have changed dramatically over the past decade. More people than ever are reading our content in print and digital formats, but our primary source of revenue — advertising — is declining locally and nationally and no longer supports our costs to the degree it once did.(more...)
The digital metro newspapers differed sharply in story selection even from their parent newspapers. On average, only one in five of the top news stories posted on The Seattle Times websites was identical or similar to the stories found on the same day's front page of its print edition. In Minneapolis, the difference was even more pronounced: less than 8 percent of the top stories posted on StarTribune.com were in common with the Star-Tribune's print edition.The researchers mimicked the Project Excellence in Journalism's methodology in its News Coverage Index. Their study looked at 725 stories in May 2010. (more...)
Trailing by nearly 50,000 votes statewide, McKenna would need to capture 52 percent of the remaining 1.3 million estimated remaining ballots, a Seattle Times analysis found. He was getting 48.7 percent as of Tuesday night.McKenna ran as a moderate in a state that also legalized recreational marijuana use and gay marriage in Tuesday's elections. But Democrats, Brunner writes, "spread the message that McKenna 'isn't who he says he is.' " One ally McKenna had in getting a counter-message out: The Seattle Times, which gave him ads worth about $75,000, which "company executives described as an experiment to show the power of newspaper political advertising," Brunner and Andrew Garber reported last month. Staffers at the paper protested the decision, saying it created "a perception that we are not an independent watchdog."