We've all heard — more than enough — that newspapers sealed their fate when they began giving their content away for free online in the ’90s. Our industry has also endured endless “barn door/horse” analogies about efforts to rein that content back in by instituting paywalls.
One billion dollars in acquisitions in a three-year period seemed like a lofty goal when New Media Investment Group CEO Mike Reed made the proclamation earlier this year, but it appears the company will hit its mark.
When we asked newspapers to talk to us about the steps they’re taking to modernize their newsroom infrastructures, we got a lot of feedback — too much, in fact, to fit into the pages of this issue. But we think that’s a good thing.
In this special issue we’ve taken a look at some of the most efficient newspaper printing operations in North America. Printers are rising to the challenge and pushing ahead. They’re growing their operations and newspapers are thriving as a result — a fitting theme as we enter spring.
The El Paso (Texas) Times today reported that there is more speculation of a sale looming for its parent.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen any significant movement in newspaper adoption of digital inkjet printing. Some seven years have elapsed since vendors first wooed us with digital technologies at drupa 2008 and yet reports of newspaper adoption are still few and far between.
It’s a New Year and as we put this issue of News & Tech together, we enjoyed talking to newspaper executives who are bullish about the future of print. As an industry, we love to prove the naysayers wrong, and our Page 1 story on newspapers’ various approaches to ensuring print’s bright future proves once more that we’re far from done.
We’ve come to the end of another year, and once again our industry will be holding its collective breath as it determines whether or not advertisers will renew contracts. That coupled with another poor financial quarter for the majority of publishers and more declines in readership (see the latest figures from the Alliance of Audited Media in our page 18 story) could certainly make for an anxiety-ridden holiday season.
Here’s a little history lesson I’m not sure our kiddos are learning is Social Studies these days: On Nov. 4, 1952, CBS News commissioned a Remington Rand Univac Mainframe I computer to help with predictions during its presidential election coverage. That computer correctly forecast the victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower over Adlai Stevenson.
A strange dichotomy exists in newspapers today: For every publisher that ramps up new equipment, several more shutter production plants or are forced make the choice to outsource their printing. We all know the mantra well by now: “Print or be printed.”
We wrapped up this issue on unconventional revenue streams amidst the completion of the spinoff of Tribune Publishing, and the news of Gannett’s decision to make the same move sometime next year. Journal Communications Inc. also decided to separate its newspaper and broadcast interests this summer, announcing plans that include merging its broadcasting operations with E.W. Scripps Co.
The New York Times this week reported on groups rallying behind The Salt Lake Tribune in light of recent changes to its JOA with the Deseret News. Among them, minority and gay groups who say the changes, include cutting The Tribune’s profits in half in exchange for cash and other benefits, may likely lead to The Tribune’s demise.
The Baton Rouge Business Report last week reported that Advance Publications Inc.’s (New Orleans) Times-Picayune pulled out of the Louisiana Press Association and David Francis, associate publisher of the paper and the NOLA Media Group, resigned his position on the association’s board of directors.
Glen Taylor penned and editorial in Sunday's (Minnesota) Star Tribune on his reasons for buying the newspaper.
Great article by Benjamin Mullin on Seattle Times’ columnist Monica Guzman’s experiment to see just how much “writing” she does when she endeavored to hand write everything over a two-day period.
The Newspaper Association of America's CEO Caroline H. Little talks about the role of data, the importance of employing a mobile-first strategy, rather than approaching it as an afterthought, the role of the free press and the forecast for the industry's next 12 months.
It never fails when I’m traveling to an industry event and someone I encounter in a hotel or airport asks me what I do, that I hear some version of “No one reads the paper anymore — everyone gets their news on their computer or phone.”
For many publishers, the realm of mobile reporting apps and methods can seem overwhelming and daunting. Today. the Reynolds Journalism Institute published some useful tips and information on the topic, including ideas for micro video content and examples of ways to use the Vine platform.
Spring has arrived, and with it, renewed signs of life in the newspaper industry.
Missoula News reported some significant cuts in design staff at Lee papers in Montana.
Who was actually surprised to discover that Journatic was supplying bogus bylines that ended up in print and online editions of the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle and a handful of other major dailies? Somehow, “I told you so,” doesn’t quite say it.
I am sure I am not the only one who was stunned by what happened today at The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.
The fallout following Facebook’s IPO appears to mirror the digital struggles newspapers have contended with over the past five years or so. Simply, it’s still far from certain that standalone digital advertising can pay the entire freight charges of any news or information-based operation.
I read an interesting piece today about newspapers suffering as much for their propensity to offer a “view from nowhere” as they are from crippled ad revenues.
The United States Postal Service this week said it is moving forward with its proposal to change the first-class delivery times from one to three days, up to a two- or three-day delivery across most of the U.S. It's also proposed to shutter more than half of the 461 facilities that process first-class mail.
Way back in January 1987 — I think it was a Thursday afternoon — the phone rings in my office at United Press International in Philadelphia, where I'm the company's regional manager for Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Famed newspaper designer Mario Garcia has seen a lot of changes in the 18 months since the iPad hit the market. In fact, more than half of the work he is doing currently is in tablet design.
I'll admit that, like much of the world, I've become quite Facebook-dependent. But the latest changes and recent partnerships with news sites including The Washington Post and Yahoo News have given me pause to consider that Zuckerberg might just be out for world domination.
If James Murdoch or any other senior, corporate officer at News Corp. failed to fully investigate the phone hacking charges, once they were aware of them, then they need to step down.
Like it or not, Rupert Murdoch won yesterday's Round One of the Resolution to the Phone Hacking Crisis.
Total victory for Rupert Murdoch in the phone hacking crisis is surviving this mishap without a scratch - and any legal problems, too. Not only does he come through as unable to be charged with any criminal wrongdoing but he also remains completely in charge of News Corp.
One loyal lieutenant is under arrest. Another resigned. And the parliamentary committee investigating the Murdochs is likely sharpening its knife for tomorrow's scheduled hearing.
It's likely that there are lots of reporters, editors and newspaper executives reveling in the latest turn of events that has Rupert Murdoch closing one of his most successful British tabloids, the News of the World.
Minor changes to Apple's subscription terms have caused a major media frenzy in the past 24 hours. But, then again, when does Apple do anything without a major media frenzy ensuing?
At News & Tech, we read Barron's so you don't have to.
Much to my shock — it almost caused me to spill my Starbucks venti cup of French Roast this morning — a leading leftist and I have something in common: We're worried people are so wrapped up in themselves that even their news is filtered.
The images the world carries away from the death of Osama bin Laden won't come from the Web, iPads or BlackBerries, but from the printed pages of newspapers across the world that dedicated today's front pages to marking the terrorist leader's demise.
So there I am, doing what every husband wants to do in the wee hours of Sunday, last Sunday in particular, lined up in front of our local Apple store so I can be one of the first to buy an iPad for my wife.
We are so used to instant gratification in this wired age that most of us have little patience to wait for our news. If a story doesn't immediately load in our browser, we either look for it in a different website, or move on to the next one that's caught our 5-second attention span.
Way back during the Reagan Administration, I worked at United Press International, in Washington, as an editor on the national news desk editing copy during the morning's wee hours.
So if you read yesterday's Wall Street Journal, perhaps the story about the Internet's newest behemoth, Facebook, makes you wonder when its users will stop sharing, shut up and get back to work?
The launch of News Corp.'s iPad newspaper The Daily was overshadowed not only by the paper's glitchy beginning, but equally by the subscription model that went along with it.
If there's a 21st century version of Cleopatra, it's Arianna Huffington. She's sexy, seductive, incredibly intelligent and always angling for the next deal.
Yeah, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is full of bluster and bravado. But he's got a shot at something that 28 other NFL head coaches don't — a Super Bowl championship.
No question that the tale of Ted Williams, the Columbus, Ohio, panhandler who is winning new-found fame and fortune for his voice, is the feel-good story of a still nascent 2011.
There are three things wrong with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: He's an amateur, he doesn't know what he's doing, and worst of all, he doesn't know whom he's serving.
If WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is as smart as he likes to think he is, he'd know that in the course of its history the United States has seen some of its most sensitive government documents leaked in far more precarious circumstances — and it still prevailed.
Patton, as in Gen. George S., was the U.S. Army officer who was idolized for his success as a battlefield commander in World War II. He's remembered as much for his leadership as he was for bucking conventional wisdom and the political agenda.
Tribune Publishing stated that it has received a $44.4 million infusion from Merrick Media, which is controlled by Michael W. Ferro Jr. Ferro is a Chicago investor and was added to Tribune’s board as non-executive chairman.
Condé Nast and Hearst magazines are joining together to launch PubWorx LLC to oversee back-end office operations of their print publications.
Norwegian based printing group Polaris Trykk will collaborate with Engineering Automation Electronics (EAE) and Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) to install QIPC’s mRC-3D and system updates from EAE in its plant in Harstad, as well as upgrading its system architecture so that a new folder can be added t...
Although The New York Times company reported strong digital growth and cost savings in quarterly profit, revenue was flat as print business continued to decline.