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Somebody has to start charging for content. If not Murdoch, who?Read More >
The New York Times, according to one of its own, is close to deciding whether to try charging for online content. If you assume that the best way to bolster the future of news is to figure out how to get people to pay for it online, then this is important – and a good thing if The Times does, in fact, try charging for content.
The only way to get people to start paying for content is for a ...Read More >
While newspapers are wallowing in catastrophic circulation losses, their online revenues are falling short of objectives, and more people look to the web for news, Amos Gelb, a former TV guy and now an associate professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, suggests a new model for profiting from running a serious news operation: cost transference.
In short, the idea is for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – his example is Verizon Internet – ...Read More >
Rick Edmonds, media business analyst at The Poynter Institute, estimates that U.S. newspapers have reduced the amount of money they invest in journalism by about $1.6 billion a year. His methodology is – by his own admission – back-of-the-envelope.
He has essentially calculated the reduction in total revenue of the U.S. newspaper industry over the past few years, and then multiplied this by the average percent of revenue that newspapers spend on their news operations.
The result is $1.6 ...Read More >
The Rocky Mountain Independent has closed just two months after it started. The Independent was formed from the ashes of InDenverTimes.com – which actually still exists as a free information site, but not with any of the well-intentioned people who started it five months before the Independent.
Both of these were created by jobless journalists jilted by the February closing of the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News.
The closing is sad, but predictable. The online-only effort at covering news in Denver ...Read More >
An interesting bit of information from the TV world:
The new Jay Leno Show is particularly successful in one area: reduction time-shifting – which is the practice of watching a show at a time other then when it airs – basically through TiVo or other recording devices.
Last year, according to a report in MediaBuyerPlanner, which cites TiVo as its source, 70 percent of viewers watched NBC’s 10 p.m. programming on a time-shifted basis; only 30 percent watched it live.
The good ...Read More >
In his blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur, Alan Mutter — a Silicon Valley CEO and a former newspaper reporter, columnist and executive — says nearly half of newspaper publishers don’t believe they can succeed at charging consumers for content.
I think Mutter sounds like a smart guy, and his blog is great; just having stumbled across it I’ve put it on my blogroll. However, what he sees as the glass half-empty looks to me like it’s half-full. I’m pleased and ...Read More >
In the effort to save newspapers, one idea that’s been passed around is that of the newspaper as a not-for-profit institution. The argument is that its role is so central to the public good that it can be protected as a non-taxed, not-for-profit entity.
While the argument may be compelling, I don’t think you can call it mainstream. Well-known newspaper analyst Lauren Rich Fine says for-profit newspapers haven’t done all they can to adapt to new market realities. I ...Read More >
Journalists are historically thick about the notion that they are part of a business model; that they are employed not so much for the public good but because somebody has figured out how to make more money from their work than it costs to produce. That thickness is part of what makes them good at what they do; good journalists tend to follow the trail of information regardless of how they fit into someone else’s profit motive. It’s also why ...Read More >