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  1. NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column “used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form,” a grisly editor’s note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” (NYT) | “It seems to me that there can be little dispute about the claim,” Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday. “Anyone can see the similarity.” (NYT)
  2. E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications will combine broadcast properties, spin off newspapers: The companies “are so similar and share the deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism,” Scripps Chairman Richard A.
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Former staffers share regrets, blame for The Daily’s demise

The Daily Beast | Gizmodo
You might think you’ve read enough about The Daily’s demise — our analysis, others’ analysis and then the analysis of the analysis. But Michael Moynihan puts a nice bow on the story with a good “view from inside the collapse.”

The Daily Beast writer interviewed six of the iPad news publication’s laid-off employees. One big revelation: There’s a lot more of them than previously thought.

News Corp. initially said “technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post.” Moynihan reports only two editorial staffers have been retained by the Post so far: editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo and gossip columnist Richard Johnson. Read more

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2 major lessons from the demise of The Daily

The publisher of News Corp.’s The Daily said earlier this year that the iPad-only publication might need a few more years to be profitable. Today the company announced it won’t get that chance.

Although it has been one of the most-popular and highest-grossing iPad news apps, The Daily was unable to gather enough paying subscribers at 99 cents a week or $39.99 a year to sustain itself.

In a note to staff, The Daily’s publisher and editor-in-chief said, “Although we have over 100,000 passionate paying subscribers, unfortunately we have not been able to build a big enough audience fast enough to make our business model work.”

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch set a high bar. He said early on that The Daily would be a success “when we are selling millions.” With expenses running at about a half million dollars a week, the publication would have needed near 500,000 subscribers at $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year just to break even. Read more


News Corp. names new head of publishing division, new WSJ editor, folds ‘The Daily’

News Corp. announced details Monday describing how it will split the company, while naming Robert Thomson the new CEO of its publishing division, while promoting Gerard Baker to lead Dow Jones and become managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

The company announces in the press release:

In keeping with the company’s 60-year heritage of bringing news to the world, the publishing entity will retain the name News Corporation. The media and entertainment company, which began in earnest when Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch acquired 20th Century Fox and launched the Fox Network more than 25 years ago, will be named Fox Group.

As previously announced, Rupert Murdoch will serve as Chairman of the new News Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Fox Group.

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How news organizations are taking advantage of the latest iPad’s features

The newest iPad has ushered in a new high-resolution Retina Display that renders text that’s similar to the quality you see in print.

The core of most news apps is the printed word. The coarse typography of the iPad 1 and 2 and other tablets led to less than ideal news experiences because letters and words literally don’t stand out as much on low-resolution displays. But that’s changed with the latest iPad.

News outlets have been updating their apps to take advantage of the new iPad, which features a display with twice the pixel density, 264 PPI. Apple says that pixel density qualifies the 9.7-inch iPad as a Retina Display. (Individual pixels are not perceptible by the human eye).

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen said in a phone interview that the new iPad’s display will cause people to use the device more because it’s a more enjoyable user experience, particularly for reading text. Read more


The Daily turns 1 with 100k subscribers, but may be years away from profit

A year ago today Rupert Murdoch stood on a stage at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and unveiled the first “newspaper” built exclusively for the iPad — The Daily.

The News Corp. CEO set a high bar. He said The Daily would be a success “when we are selling millions.” With expenses running at about a half million dollars a week, the publication would need near 500,000 subscribers at $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year just to break even.

Twelve months later, the publication is not yet at that goal. But Publisher Greg Clayman is optimistic. He tells me by e-mail that The Daily has acquired more than 100,000 paying readers. Subscribers have grown 25 percent in the past four months. Read more


Was ‘The Daily’ iPad magazine launched ahead of its time?

The Wrap
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, David Brinker, The Daily’s senior vice president of business development and operations, mentioned the iPad magazine’s one-year anniversary is coming Feb. 2. Then, Lucas Shaw reports, he said: “Maybe that should have been the date we launched the app the first time.” But that doesn’t make it a failure, Brinker said: “If the marketplace takes three years to develop, just because you put out the product in year one doesn’t mean it won’t pay in three years.” || Related: The Daily to launch on Android tablets ( || Earlier: With just 120,000 weekly readers, The Daily prospects look dim ( Read more


The Daily scolds UK’s Daily Mail for lifting its Scientology series

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Staffers from the Daily iPad newspaper spent more than five weeks of reporting, writing, fact-checking and editing a two-part report on the most prestigious boarding school in the Scientology world. Last Friday — two days after the Daily’s series concluded — a remarkably similar story appeared in the Daily Mail. “Same quotes, same details, same ideas,” writes Benjamin Carlson. “In fact, there was no information in it that wasn’t contained in my article. How odd! Yet there was not one little link to our story anywhere at all (although they were kind enough to mention us a few times).” He points out that “it wasn’t quite plagiarism — that’s not how they make the sausage at the Mail. But they do run an impressive grinder and our story just got stuffed into it that day. Read more


With just 120,000 weekly readers, The Daily prospects look dim

Bloomberg | paidContent
The Daily has just 120,000 readers each week, far short of the 500,000 that it needs to break even, reports Bloomberg’s Edmund Lee. “The Daily’s proving to be a great R&D experiment but probably not a viable business,” news industry analyst Ken Doctor says. Staci Kramer at paidContent does the math based on how many people likely are paying for The Daily and figures that the publication is running a large deficit every week, even without accounting for initial investments, subscription discounts and Apple’s cut. “The shelf life of other News Corp. digital experiments suggests the Daily isn’t likely to survive, no matter how respectable the numbers, unless it shows real signs it can get in the black,” she writes. Doctor suggests that one lesson is that it’s hard for a new brand to make it on a new platform. Read more


How The Daily’s David Knowles came up with the ‘Best. Lede. Ever.’

Romenesko Misc. | The Daily
He coulda been a credenza. That lede on David Knowles’ piece about the estate of Marlon Brando suing a retailer over its “Brando” furniture line has gone viral. “I’ve been pretty surprised by the reaction,” Knowles tells me. “Right away, I heard back from a few editors at the Daily. Messages like “Best. Lede. Ever.” Great to have that kind of encouragement from the people one works with.” On Thursday – the day after the story ran – there were plaudits in his inbox and on his Facebook page, some from Daily colleagues, and a few from old friends. Knowles writes in an email:

By mid-day we saw that journalists and professors were re-tweeting it, and then knew that we should try to push it a bit further in the social media sphere.

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