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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

Date

Sun - 21.12.2014


New York Times Co.

Newspapers are still looking for the right model for their online paywalls.

News of The World, the latest News International papers to go behind a paywall (the others two being the Times and the Sunday Times, which became paid-only websites in July) has seen a 59 per cent decrease in unique users to its website in November, after the first full month behind a paywall, the Beehive reported, citing comScore data.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-14 17:47

Jennifer Preston's appointment as social media editor at the New York Times attracted considerable attention when it was announced last year: mainly, because the concept of the role was still new, but also because she wasn't what one might expect in what is often seen as a young, techy position. As she told the World Editors Forum study tour participants today, she had no presence in social media before she took the job, didn't have a smart phone and barely even texted.

There is a clear logic to appointing somebody with a similar profile, however. By learning everything from scratch themselves they will have more of an understanding about what difficulties people may encounter, and they are arguably likely to have more success persuading other non-social media users to change their habits.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-01 16:07

The New York Times announced today it will further merge its print and online operations, with online producers now reporting directly to their respective desks, according to Yahoo! news blog The Cutline.

Digital news editor Jim Roberts has been made assistant managing editor for news, and the new editor for emerging platforms is Fiona Spruill, currently the Web newsroom editor. The continually consolidating print and online staff is an effort to continue streamlining operations, executive editor Bill Keller explained. There is also a possibility that the separate online and print union contracts will be merged.

In a memo to staff, Keller explained that the new positions Roberts and Spruill will be in are an important part of the plan to end up as a "single newsroom." Some parts of the plan to completely integrate the Web and print teams are still under discussion, however.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-16 23:38

Shares of New York Times Co. was up more than 9 percent Monday, one of the biggest gainers on the New York Stock Exchange, after UBS released a note citing advertising growth at the publication, the Global and Mail reported.

The stock boosted to $8.77, a two-month high, before trading up 63 cents, or 7.9 percent, at $8.65.

According to UBS analyst John Janedis, who gave a "sell" recommendation on the stock, said that the number of ads in the paper is 4 percent ahead of last year so far in October, Editor and Publisher reported.

There was no comment available yet from the New York Times Co.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-12 17:43

New York Times Company CEO Janet Robinson spoke to the Editors Weblog about The New York Times' upcoming paywall:

More videos can be found here http://www.youtube.com/user/WEFHamburg

For more coverage of the 17th World Editors Forum in Hamburg, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org, follow our Twitter feed @NewspaperWorld (#WEFHamburg) and visit the European Journalism Centre, which is live-streaming a selection of sessions.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-08 21:23

The New York Times Co. will pay back a US$250 million loan from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim three years ahead of schedule, Bloomberg reported Sunday.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, New York Times CEO Janet Robinson said the company is focused "on bringing debt down as quickly as we can," citing as a priority the repayment of the Slim's loan. "We have the option to pay that down in early 2012...We have every intention of paying it all by then," she said.

Photo source: Associated Press via The Huffington Post

Once debt levels decline, The New York Times Co. will consider acquisitions "in the digital space," Robison said.

The publishing company borrowed the money in January of 2009 to refinance its 1.1 billion debt. Since then, it has reduced it to $670 million, Editor & Publisher reported. With this repayment, the group will save $100 millions.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-04 06:19

The Boston Globe might be on the verge of becoming one of a growing number of papers that ask readers to pay for online media. According to the Boston Business Journal, The Boston Globe may announce a plan by the end of the year to charge readers of online content in order to increase revenue.

"The Globe has paid apps out there. In regard to big picture, you're going to be seeing introduction of apps going in this quarter, in fact, in regard to Boston.com. But from a standpoint of evaluating what we plan on doing in regard to paid models, they are, that is under evaluation right now, in fact," said NYT Co. CEO Janet Robinson at a conference on Wednesday.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-24 15:17

The New York Times Co. is testing out its paywall strategy, but not on its flagship newspaper's website. Rather, the company has set up a metered paywall on the website of its Worcester, Massachusetts newspaper, the Telegram & Gazette, The Times announced yesterday.

Beginning today, the daily will allow readers to view 10 local news articles each month for free. After that threshold has been reached, they will be offered several different online subscription options, from a US$14.95 monthly pass, to a $1 day pass.

Flagship newspaper The Times will launch its own metered paywall early in 2011; however, it "has not yet set a pricing schedule or said how many articles it will allow online readers to view before they are charged," the article stated.

For a previous article on this topic, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-16 18:32

The New York Times Co. posted its quarterly revenue up slightly, the first increase in quarterly revenue since the quarter of 2007, as digital advertising increased at double digits and helped offset the downturn of print advertising, AFP reported.

Its second-quarter revenue increased to $589.6 million from $584.5 million one year ago. Net income was down a little, to $32 million, or 21 cents a share, from $39.1 million, or 27 cents, year-over-year, according to a company statement.

Digital advertising revenue boosted 21 percent, which made it 26 percent of total ad revenue, compared to 22 percent a year earlier. Although print advertising slipped 6 percent, it improved from the 12.3 percent decline in the previous quarter, Bloomberg reported.

Overall ad revenue totaled $314.9 million, while circulation revenue gained 3.2 percent to $234.8 million, as it raised subscription and newsstand price for both the Times and the Globe, the Associated Press reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-07-22 21:43

Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of the New York Times, has recently claimed that social sharing will be permitted despite the forthcoming paywall meter on The New York Times website, according to paidContent. The NYT's paywall, set to be inaugurated next January, has been the cause of widespread concerns for the future of the news giant. Yet, Sulzberger hoped to put some of those concerns to rest as he claimed that article sharing on Facebook and other social networking sites would probably remain free.

Sulzberger also commented on the degree of the paywall's impermeability. John Battelle of Federated Media suggested that consumers could simply clear the cookies from their Internet browser once they have used up their number of clicks and start all over, thus avoiding the paywall restrictions. Sulzberger responded by saying "There has always been and be always be ways to get around not paying for a newspaper. You could steal a newspaper from the stand today, if you really wanted to."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-08 22:47

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