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New revenue at Dallas Morning News offsets majority of print-revenue declines

A.H. Belo
At The Dallas Morning News, revenue from new businesses "offset about 60 percent of the core print advertising revenue declines in the fourth quarter and about 70 percent of these declines for the full-year 2013," A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney said in the company's fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report Wednesday.

Digital revenue at the Morning News was up 9 percent in 2013, "primarily due to the continued growth in marketing services revenue associated with 508 Digital and Speakeasy," the report says. 508 Digital is an agency set up to sell "digital solutions" to local businesses and Speakeasy is a joint venture with an ad agency intended to "create and manage campaigns for local and national brands."

The company's overall digital revenue was up only 7 percent, though, offset by losses at The Providence Journal, the report says. Overall advertising revenue was down 4 percent for the year, circulation revenue was up 2 percent and printing revenue was up 6 percent.

A.H. Belo sold The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise to the owners of the Orange County Register in 2013, and the company is debt-free, the report says. The company "continues to explore" a sale of the Providence paper, the report says.

#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

Cape Cod Times | Associated Press | Huffington Post | The Washington Post | Fox News | CNN | Los Angeles Times | NBC | | The Dallas Morning News | The New York Times | USA Today | Reuters The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK's assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then -- through social media. The Cape Cod Times started its two-day project Thursday, tweeting out events from 50 years ago at the times when they happened. The paper also has a cache of stories about the Kennedy family on its site, with reader memories, a story about Kennedy's local church, and the news photographer who covered him. (more...)

With JFK50, The Dallas Morning News looks back

Hugh Aynesworth knew he wouldn’t get to cover President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas even before arriving at The Dallas Morning News on Nov. 22, 1963. But when he got to the newsroom, he looked at the assignment sheet anyway.

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Dallas Morning News will print Star-Telegram, which plans layoffs

Dallas Morning News | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Los Angeles Times The Dallas Morning News will start printing the Fort Worth Star-Telegram next year, Gary Jacobson reports. Two hundred and seventy-five people will lose their jobs, 75 of them full-time positions, because of the move. “This makes all the sense in the world,” said Morning News Publisher and A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney, according to Jacobson. The Star-Telegram plans to sell its printing facility. Its publisher, Gary Wortel, tells his paper that "one added convenience for Sunday subscribers is that they will begin receiving their advertising circulars in a sealed plastic bag." (more...)
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At Dallas Morning News, digital is a complement to print, not a substitute

There's definitely something different about The Dallas Morning News' new premium website: Unlike the Boston Globe's two-website strategy, for instance, people who subscribe aren't getting exclusive articles, but they are getting more photos and fewer ads.

Is that worth $2.99 per week? As Nieman Lab director (and former Dallas Morning News reporter) Joshua Benton tweeted, that doesn't seem like a great deal: Not surprisingly, that's not how The Dallas Morning News looks at this new product, which is meant to replace its paywall as a source of revenue from digital readers. Reached by phone, News chief marketing officer Jason Dyer said the company's research showed that "our print reader doesn’t see digital as a substitute for print. We do have data that indicates they see it as a complement." (more...)
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Dallas Morning News to drop paywall Oct. 1

The Dallas Morning News
On Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News' online content "will be accessible to everyone, free of charge," a company press release says. It will also offer a premium service with "enhanced design and navigation, limited advertising, and access to unique subscriber benefits" to print subscribers; nonsubscribers will pay $2.99 a week, the release says.

Eric Celeste reported in August that the paper would lose its paywall.

The new site will be "radically different," Sheryl Jean writes.
Readers of the paid site will see an image-oriented, collage display with far fewer ads (Web pages maintained by third parties also may contain ads). Eventually, more personalization and a loyalty program will be added to the site.

The free site will look just like The News’ current website with advertisements.
“The pay wall solution hasn’t worked,” Jason Dyer, the News' chief marketing officer, told Jean. “The pay wall didn’t create a massive groundswell of [digital] subscribers.”

Publishers say paywalls, price hikes are working for newspapers

Four top publishers Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to print and discussed revenue ideas for bolstering their products.

The discussion was part of an executive roundtable at the Key Executives Mega Conference in New Orleans.

The publishers of the Star Tribune Media Co., USA Today, The Omaha World-Herald and The Dallas Morning News talked about the revenue opportunities for their content.

For Jim Moroney at The Dallas Morning News, his company is converting the story archives into revenue through content marketing. Companies in the Dallas area are in need of content to populate company newsletters, websites and blogs, and the paper is making its archives available for customers of its digital agency. Clients’ monthly bills average $4,000 a month for services that include access to the archives. (more...)

Ad revenue down in 2nd quarter at AH Belo, Dallas Morning News

A.H. Belo Corp.
A.H. Belo says in its second-quarter earnings report that it will increase its investment in 508 Digital, "a new division at The Dallas Morning News that provides digital marketing solutions for underserved small and medium-sized businesses," from $3 million to $4 million this year. It expects to make $1.5 million from 508 Digital.

On the other hand, the company has scaled back a $4 million  advertising and marketing campaign for the newspaper. It now plans to spend $2 million to $2.5 million on that this year.

Like other companies, A.H. Belo's print advertising is down more than its digital revenue is up. Overall revenue didn't decline as much as it did in the first quarter, however. Second-quarter earnings were $262,000, a margin of 0.25 percent. (more...)

Dallas Morning News publisher: 7-day-a-week publication ‘sustainable for another decade’

"We have far from given up on the print model. We're not modeling how to diminish it," James Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, tells Caitlin Johnston of the American Journalism Review. "I still think the seven-day-a-week business can be sustainable for another decade." Last month, the News' vice president for audience, Mark Medici, told the Inland Press Association conference that "we know in three years we won’t have a seven-day paper"; Moroney later said that it was all a “misstatement or a misunderstanding.” Related: Medici named vice president of audience and digital strategy for the Austin American-Statesman.

One thing the Austin American-Statesman doesn’t say about its new VP

Cox Media Group
Cox has named Mark Medici vice president of audience and digital strategy for the Austin American-Statesman. You may recall Medici as The Dallas Morning News executive who said last month at a conference that the News' Sunday circulation has increased since it instituted its paywall, "which is fine because we know in three years we won’t have a seven-day paper." The comment caused a minor storm; News publisher James Moroney responded that Medici's comment, which he didn't recall making, was either a “misstatement or a misunderstanding.” Moroney said the News, which has a larger circulation than the Austin paper, has no plans to discontinue daily printing. || Earlier: Dallas executive says paper won't be printed seven days a week; publisher says no plans to discontinue daily printing ( (more...)