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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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News publishers have had to develop a number of new digital capabilities in recent years, such as online advertising, social media, search-engine optimization, email marketing, video production, Web design and mobile app development.

After making those investments, most find their online sales comparatively meager compared to print ad revenue, which is still declining.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-05-30 11:52

With the unveiling of The Daily, we got our first look at Apple's new iTunes-based periodical subscription service. The feature has been long awaited by publishers, but its implementation is likely to leave many unsatisfied.

To its credit, Apple has made it as easy to purchase a weekly newspaper subscription as it is to purchase a hit single for your iPod. In The Daily's case, the 99-cent weekly price (after a two-week sponsorship by Verizon) is even the same.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-07 18:52

Some early observers of Ongo.com may be missing the point.

The subscription site, which launched Jan. 25, is intent on being a great "personal news experience." While there are questions about readers' willingness to pay for their news, especially when it is free elsewhere, Ongo is not trying to sell content.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-03 18:57

When the iPad was launched last year, much was made of how it would revolutionize video and other media consumption. But new research may not spell good news for all those companies hoping to profit from that kind of use.

Apparently, current iPad owners are proving to be a little stingy when it comes to paying for content like TV shows and magazines.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-19 18:50

The Washington Independent announced today that it will be closing down by December 1 due to a lack of funding, the Columbia Journalism Review revealed.

In a post published on its website, Washington Independent editor Aaron Wiener wrote that the website "was not just a journalistic experiment; it was also a financial one, and ultimately, the successes of the former couldn't sustain the strains of the latter."

The news site launched in January of 2008 as a part of the American Independent News Network and it relied on donations and grants, primarily from foundations seeking to promote journalism in the public interest," Wiener explained. "Those donations began drying up long ago."

According to media reports, The New Mexico Independent was also shut down today. "The New Mexico Independent as you know it is now closed. The site will remain live, possibly with a half-time blogger. Deepest apologies," Editor Gwyneth Doland wrote on Twitter, Alibi.com revealed.

David Bennahum, the president and CEO of The American Independent News Network, said donations for New Mexico news site decreased from US$187,000 in 2008 to $32,500 in 2010, nmpolitics.net quoted.

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Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-17 23:25

The value proposition of new news businesses shouldn't be about saving journalism; rather, they need to focus on meeting consumers' needs and wants, and finding solutions, Mark Briggs, author of "Journalism 2.0" and "Journalism Next," told Missouri School of Journalism's David Cohn.

Entrepreneurs need "to focus on what the consumer needs - what pain are you solving - that's a real Silicon Valley kind of concept, and you see a lot of journalism start-ups that are really about trying to recreate the old jobs that journalists had. That's great, if it would work, but that's not the fantasy world we live in. We live in a world where businesses happen because consumers want something, and so you need to focus on what consumes want. What kind of solution can I bring that will solve this pain?" explained Briggs, who is also working on an upcoming book about entrepreneurial journalism.

Hybrid business models have to begin with a focus on what the business is really about, he added.

"In Silicon Valley, failure is ok; experimentation and risk is great," he pointed out. Those qualities weren't encouraged in journalism in the past, but they are the qualities that need to be embraced today, he said.

For the full video, visit Cohn's blog at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 23:20

Alexander Lebedev is planning to set up a fund to support journalistic investigations into large-scale corruption, reported Press Gazette. Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, who also has media interests in his home country of Russia, was speaking at a Society of Editors conference in Glasgow.

Such a foundation would give grants and prizes to organisations worldwide to carry out investigative journalism projects, he said. The fund could be in partnership with Mikhail Gorbachev, Lebedev explained, launched as part of a series of events to celebrate the former Russian head of state's 80th birthday.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 17:35

In a publication made available online yesterday, the Knight Foundation has detailed possible non-profit local and regional news ventures.

Saving traditional news organisations cannot be helped by the non-profit model; instead, creating and strengthening "informed communities and local information ecosystems, of which journalism is a necessary component" is the type of venture that non-profits can possibly be of help with, the U.S.-based organisation states, the foundation notes. The publication is based on an April 26 meeting sponsored by the Knight Foundation and co-hosted by the Texas Tribune, Voice of San Diego and Knight Chair in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

The non-profit model, if done correctly, helps organisations "to pursue a journalistic mission without the competing demands of operating a for-profit business." The publication points out that the foundation has funded more than 200 experiments using a so-called "built to learn" approach.

Panelist Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, pointed out to the non-profit model being discussed is not a solution meant to fix the news industry's financial woes.

"It isn't for us a question of finding the model, but of experimenting with a lot of different models," he said.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-12 19:13

The New York Times plans to launch "Press Engine," a digital publishing platform that will aim to make it easier for publishers to create iPhone and iPad applications , MediaPost reported yesterday. The launch is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

Through the service, clients will be able to leverage the newspaper's technology in building digital products designed to grow readership, create an expanded subscription model and provide new advertising opportunities to reach out to newspaper readers, according to a press release.

The Telegraph Media Group and A.H. Belo Corporation-owned Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise are the first publishers to license Press Engine. Several New York Times Company-owned newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, The Gainesville Sun and The Lakeland Ledger, will also participate in the product launch.

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Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-04 20:16

Conde Nast's social news and discussion website Reddit is moving into the subscription model, after asking users earlier this month for donations, WebProNews reported yesterday. Reddit Gold now has more than 9,000 subscribers, who will have access to special features.

Previously, the site needed more money for staff and technology, and asked users for the donations, creating Reddit Gold for those paying members. Just a week later, the site has received so many donations it has outlined what it will give users, and how it will move from its donation scheme to a paid business model, TheNextWeb explained.

Paid subscribers will get to choose whether they see ads, use of userpage sorting, a feature called "Friends with Benefits," in which users will be able to take notes and see them when they mouse over names, and more, according to paidContent.

New subscribers will pay US$3.99 for Reddit Gold, and for the next week, a special price of $29.99 has been advertised for one year.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-22 00:26

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