Articles about "The Dallas Morning News"

Readers expect humor on Facebook, says author of Dallas paper’s funny weather posts

Dallas Morning News Digital Communities Manager Michael Landauer doesn’t run the organization’s Facebook page — Christy Robinson, who he said has quadrupled the page’s likes, is mostly tasked with that. Landauer does, however, write funny takes on the weather for the Morning News’ page, one of which got a bit of attention last week.

The Morning News pushes out weather posts late at night so people have the most accurate information for the following morning. Landauer used to be on the Morning News’ editorial board and said he was “looking for a creative outlet” when he volunteered for weather duty. He began peppering his posts with comments like “Today’s a good day to wear pants” or asking people to observe a moment of silence for Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, he said in a phone call with Poynter.

Here’s the post for today’s weather:

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Dallas Morning News publishes ‘Best weather forecast ever’

Wednesday “is NOT a real spring day,” The Dallas Morning News advises on Facebook. “The only day in this race that is a true spring day and has the backing of grassroots spring days across the state is Thursday… Thursday’s an honest, hardworking day that won’t take short cuts around the truth and wants what’s best for our children.”

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang calls for a “round of applause.” ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum calls it the “Best weather forecast ever.”

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

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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. Read more


#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

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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. Read 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.

“Sure enough, we were covering it from every angle imaginable, but I wasn’t one of the score that was to take part,” Aynesworth wrote months later. “Somebody asked me to sit on the city desk while they went to eat at the Trade Mart. I recall thinking, ‘The hell with it. If I am not good enough to write something about all this, I’ll just go look at the crowds or walk uptown. No sitting on the desk answering phones for me.’ ”

Soon after, the investigative reporter made his way to Dealey Plaza, where he saw — and reported on — Kennedy’s assassination, as well as the arrest and shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Read more


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

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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.” Read 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.” Read more

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Dallas Morning News to drop paywall Oct. 1

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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.” Read more


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. Read 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. Read more

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