ADVERTISEMENT

Biz Blog

NEWS

News Corp. rumored to be putting together a new bid for Tribune newspapers

Rumor has it that News Corp -- with a $2.5 billion cash kitty for acquisitions -- may be mounting a new bid for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the six other Tribune newspapers. Rupert Murdoch and his company were first reported interested in the acquisition (in a story in the L.A. Times and elsewhere) when the … Read More
NEWS

Digital disruption is now in full bloom at European, Australian newspapers

Traveling periodically to Europe and Latin America in the 2000s to speak at news business events, I got a consistent impression: international newspapers were better off than ours, but executives could see U.S.-style decline on the horizon within a few years. Statistics released yesterday by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) suggest that digital disruption is now … Read More
NEWS

Expansionary Halifax Media looks beyond its Southeast base for next buy

The Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, long up for sale, reported Thursday that an executive team from Halifax Media Group had been in the building for several days of talks with management -- a signal that the company is a likely buyer. Halifax who? The Florida-based company, barely four years old, now has 35 dailies. With a billionaire backer, … Read More
NEWS

Alaska newspaper sale: a second look at money, logic behind purchase

The news out of Anchorage Tuesday afternoon had one of those story lines too good to check — plucky little digital upstart Alaska Dispatch is buying the legacy Anchorage Daily News for $34 million from The McClatchy Co. Well, yes. But several accounts, including those of The Associated Press and Reuters, neglected to mention that Alaska Dispatch owner Alice … Read More
NEWS

At Newspaper Association of America conference, content — and passion — make a surprise appearance

I went to last week's NAA mediaXchange conference in Denver anticipating I would hear plenty of talk of big data, native advertising, mobile apps and social media. And I did. A less expected discovery: the concept of focusing coverage in a given paper's print editions and website on a handful of "passion topics" particular to that community is picking up steam. Make no mistake. Advertising sales and revenue are still the main event when 1,000 business side execs and vendors gather. But having attended many an NAA or investors conference where news and journalism made only a cameo appearance, I am heartened to see distinctive content given its due as a strategic investment in the industry's future. Read More
NEWS

Time to ditch uniques and page views for engagement in measuring digital audiences

When Nieman Lab's Josh Benton asked me in December for a New Year's prediction, I leaned toward the bombastic and led my wish list for 2014 as follows: Ditch uniques and develop a better metric. Then-Newspaper Association of America president Mark Contreras was right when he made this case four years ago. It still hasn’t happened. One- or two-time … Read More
NEWS

USA Today's two-year strategic overhaul gains traction

(This case study, the fourth in an occasional series, was underwritten by a grant from the Stibo Foundation.) USA Today has probably changed more in the last two years than in its previous 30. Always a circulation-driven enterprise, the paper now has a radically different audience strategy, substituting mobile app traffic for the rapidly falling readership of its legacy print … Read More
NEWS

What Marc Andreessen got right and got wrong in his future of news manifesto

When the history of journalism's turnaround is written some years hence, I think 2013 and 2014 will go down as years when Internet billionaires, the new Carnegies and Rockefellers, stepped into the fray in a big way -- Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar (and let's not forget more traditional rich guys John Henry and Warren Buffett). Now … Read More
NEWS

NAA: 'Print only' still more than half of newspaper audience even as digital grows

A new analysis of the most recent newspaper audience reports suggests a surprising split in reading habits. Digital audience continues to grow. Mobile audience is growing quickly. Mobile-only audience, though much smaller, has grown to 7 million. Yet more than half of newspaper audience -- 54 percent as measured by Scarborough research in 150 large markets -- still read their … Read More
NEWS

Federal Trade Commission will put native advertising under the microscope Wednesday

I am wondering these days whether native advertising is truly a breakthrough format and has financial legs to underwrite a volume of quality digital journalism. But the Federal Trade Commission has a narrower focus for its one-day workshop in Washington Wednesday: are consumers being confused and potentially misled? This is a staff-led information gathering session. FTC commissioners may attend but most likely will not. There will be no on-the-spot action or even findings. Read More
NEWS

Chronicle of Higher Ed takes plunge with digital jobs site tailored to academics

I mostly buy into the theory that one reason newspaper organizations have typically made modest rather than big bets on new digital businesses is the wild success they enjoyed over decades under their old model. So when Michael Riley, installed in May as CEO and editor-in-chief of the Chronicle of Higher Education, told me 10 days ago that … Read More
ADVERTISEMENT