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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Wall Street Journal

Digital subscribers are accounting for an ever-more-generous slice of American newspapers’ circulation pumpkin this Halloween, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC)’s latest biannual study of 613 daily newspapers and 528 Sunday titles.

Overall, daily circulation has remained flat in the six months ending September 30, dropping by a mere 0.2 percent compared to the same period last year. But behind this placid mask, digital circulation— encompassing paid and restricted-access websites, mobile apps, PDF replicas and e-reader editions— rose as a proportion of total circulation by over 5 percent. It now accounts for an average of 15.3 percent of newspapers’ total circulation, up from 9.8 percent a year ago.

Leading the digital pack is The New York Times, with a circulation of over 896,000 across its digital platforms (with the data measurement caveat that one user accessing NYT content from multiple digital platforms may be counted more than once). Over half of subscriptions to The Times are now for digital editions.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-31 18:30

The advertising industry is built on consumers’ dreams, and few things make us as starry-eyed as property.

Perhaps with this in mind, the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper with an affluent global readership, has announced the launch of “Mansion,” a weekly, stand-alone section focusing on luxury residential real estate worldwide, on October 5.

“We know our audience is already well-versed and interested in the high-end real estate market, and Mansion provides advertisers the opportunity to speak directly to that audience,” said Michael Rooney, the Journal’s Chief Revenue Officer, in the press release.

Advertisers who have already signed on to speak directly to that audience include Sotheby’s International Realty, Sub-Zero and Wolf, Coldwell Banker and Prudential Douglas.

Mansion will appear every Friday in the Journal’s U.S. print edition, with certain content also being printed in its Europe and Asia editions. It will also be available online and via the iPad/iPhone app.

Its regular features will include inside looks at prominent peoples’ homes and real estate portfolios, high-end financing advice, and guides to global real estate markets.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-03 15:22

Sunday is not a day of rest when it comes to newspaper sales in the US. The newly published annual Pew report on the state of the American media has highlighted that despite the problems that print newspapers are facing in the US, Sunday print editions are continuing to do relatively well. Sunday circulation has stabilised and has even gone up at some papers. What’s more, Pew writes that as print ad revenues plummet, Sunday preprint insert advertising has proved comparatively resilient.

Presumably to capitalise on this trend, the Wall Street Journal has established a partnership with 62 local papers, which each weekend publish between two and four pages of content about business and personal finance produced by WSJ writers. Jeff Roberts writes for paidContent that the articles are not reproduced from the Journal, but written specifically to target a wider, lower-earning audience.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-20 18:06

Barely a day seems to go by without a publisher launching a new app for Apple or Android. But now it's Microsoft's turn for a spot in the limelight, as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp announces its launch of a range of apps for Xbox 360.

Those who sign up to News Corp's Gold Subscription Package - costing £39.99 a year - will now get access to content from FOX, Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal and other News Corp media on their Xbox.

Most relevant to news publishers is the app from The Wall Street Journal, WSJLive. The app will offer four hours of live programming from across the Journal's other digital platforms. This will not only include content from the Journal's core new site, but also from its subsidiaries Dow Jones Newswires, Barron's, MarketWatch, SmartMoney and All Things D.

The FOX Broadcasting app and Fox News Channel app will give viewers access to news programs and to entertainment shows like The Simpsons, Glee, Bones and House. The apps will be integrated with Facebook, giving them a social dimension, and will also make use of Xbox Kinect's voice and motion control technology. Only "authenticated subscribers of participating cable and satellite television distributors" will be able to view Fox video content.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-11 15:11

The Wall Street Journal has launched The Wall Street Journal Deutschland today: a digital German-language edition of it paper, available at www.wsj.de and via mobile and tablet apps.

National reporting will come from journalists at the Mudoch-owned Dow Jones Newswire, and international news will be supplied by The Wall Street Journal's 2000 worldwide correspondents. A team of around 10 editors based in Frankfurt will prepare articles for publication in the new edition.

The German edition is promoting itself as a digital only publication, proudly declaring on its Twitter feed this morning that it is "only on the web, never from the kiosk". The new managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Deutschland Knut Engelmann is quoted by the German tabloid Bild as a strong supporter of new media: "market surveys show that people want to consume news on the go and in real time. That means that a printed daily paper will always lag behind."

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Hannah Vinter's picture

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-10 17:12

It's news. It's video. It's a streaming tablet product that's this week's #1 free news app in Apple's App Store.

And it's The Wall Street Journal -- founded in 1889.

WSJ Live, launched last week, is a milestone product. It's not Fox News. It's not CNN. It's not New York Times news video. WSJ Live is its own thing, and a model for the news industry.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-26 10:39

Is Facebook a friend of news companies, or is it a rival? No matter how much success publishers have piggybacking off its traffic, they can't escape the cruel math: The more of their time consumers spend on Facebook and other social networking hubs, the less they have left over for news sites.

Continue reading on Forbes

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-21 10:42

The Wall Street Journal's iPhone app had just 2 stars in Apple's App Store at the time of this writing. Averaged across 68,418 consumer reviews, the rating is not just a reflection of a few irate users.

As a rough estimate, a 2-star average across 68,418 reviews means that 40,000 users gave the application a 1-star rating. Given the 90-9-1 rule for social design, most users never bother reviewing products, so 40,000 low scores represent at least half a million dissatisfied customers.

The WSJ is one of the world's most respected newspapers and has long been a digital pioneer. How can it produce a 2-star mobile app?

Continue reading on Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-07-07 11:55

The Wall Street Journal announced this week that it will be available on Jan. 1 as the "preferred newspaper" for the guests of the Choice Hotels chain, which has more than 3,700 properties through out the United States, PRNewser.com revealed.

The announcement intensified the war between Rupert Murdoch's paper and USA Today, which was traditionally considered the most widely distributed newspaper in American hotels.

Although the hotel chain gives its guests the possibility to choose the newspaper they want to receive, a USA Today spokeswoman said the daily "remains a preferred vendor for Choice Hotels in 2011," Reuters quoted.

The WSJ has been intensifying its competition against Gannet's USA Today since 2008, when Murdoch bought the newspaper. Last year, the WSJ became the largest-circulation daily in the country after USA Today circulation declined to 1.9 million copies.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-13 18:01

The Wall Street Journal is planning to expand its targeted Professional Edition for chief financial officers (CFOs) and other senior financial executives with a customised version, FinChannel.com reported today. This initiative is scheduled to launch in spring 2011.

"Utilizing the Journal as a window for specialized content, the new product will provide CFOs with a comprehensive, targeted news feed and archive with real-time coverage focused on accounting, tax, regulatory matters, financial markets, strategy, operations and management, along with customizable tools, features and newsletters - all built to serve the specific needs of CFOs," according to a press release posted on DowJones.

"We are continually looking for ways to serve readers and users with the most relevant content in an innovative and timely manner," Daniel Bernard, chief product officer of the WSJ Digital Network, was quoted as saying by FinChannel.com. "The expansion of The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition - with its unmatched breadth and depth of content from thousands of sources - will provide the CFO community a comprehensive, customizable product to stay in the know on topics and news that matter most."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 19:35

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