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For the media industry, 2010 was a big improvement over the disaster that was 2009. A new report adds up exactly how much better last year was, starting with how many newspapers folded.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-26 17:28

From 2005 to 2010, the top-ranking websites have changed considerably, with only Yahoo, Google and MSN on the top 10 list from five years prior, according to Alexa. Google took the No. 1 ranking from Yahoo, which has dropped to No. 4. Meanwhile, relative newcomers Facebook,YouTube,Windows Live,Wikipedia, Blogger, Baidu and QQ are among the most popular sites on the Web detailed in World Digital Media Trends 2010, released by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Nielsen categorises the top 10 global websites differently from Alexa, by organising the list by parent companies, some of which have a dozen or more websites included in the grouping. Google remains in the No. 1 position, and in this group, includes YouTube.

Microsoft, which includes Bing and MSN, takes the No. 2 spot, followed by Yahoo! sites, Facebook, Ebay,Wikipedia, Amazon, AOL, News Corp. Online (including MySpace) and Interactive Corp. The top 10 list represents between 27.3 percent and 83.9 percent of active reach on the Internet in December 2009, according to Nielsen.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-12-14 20:41

Business executives in Europe are increasingly getting their news from Internet, according to the latest Business Elite Europe survey from Ipsos MediaCT, Journalism.co.uk reported. And Google News is the most popular destination.

Although 95 percent of the senior business executives read newspapers everyday, 72 percent said they also visit websites on a monthly basis to get information. This represents a 63 percent increase since 2008, MarketingWeek revealed.

"Instead of replacing other media, digital supplements their use of print and television. Europe's business leaders require as much information from as many different sources as possible," director at Ipsos MediaCT James Torr told Journalism.co.uk.

The poll showed that Google News is preferred by 30 percent he 453,353 business executives surveyed, followed by sites of the BBC (22.7 percent), The Financial Times (15.4 percent), CNN (9.6 percent) and Sky News with (9.4 percent).

Among the newspapers, The Wall Street Journal Europe leads the way with 34 percent of readership, even though its website was only visited by 3.8 percent of the businessmen, Media Week informed. The survey included information gathered from 453,353 business executives in 17 European countries.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-21 23:04

MaineToday Media Inc. blocked on Tuesday readers' comments on the website of its main newspaper, The Portland Press Herald, and two other local publications in response to "vile, crude, insensitive, and vicious postings," Poynter.org reported.

"No story subject seems safe from hurtful and vulgar comments," said MaineToday Media CEO Richard Connor, BusinessWeek quoted. The policy change also affected the sites of the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

Two days after the decision, comments were brought back under a system that allows tighter comment controls through moderating features. "We halted commenting for about 24 hours as we made the switch," said Connor to Nieman Journalism Lab. "We believe we will find a system that will correct 80 to 90 percent of the problems that can result from a totally open commenting system which we had."

According to Poynter.org, MaineToday Media is not the only media group trying to put a halt on unrestricted comments. For instance, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City eliminated in September all the comments from the site while developing a system that would not allow anonymity. Also the Las Vegas Sun filters anonymous comments and removes them after 72 hours.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-21 21:54

Multimedia and marketing research company The Media Audit has listed the top 10 newspaper-affiliated websites of United States based on "daily newspaper and website reach analysis," with Michigan's Annarbor.com/MLive.com topping the list, Editor & Publisher reported yesterday.

Advance Publication websites in Ann Arbor, New Orleans and Syracuse held top three positions, according to the findings by the Houston-based firm. The websites for Ann Arbor include AnnArbor.com/MLive.com, which reaches 56 percent of adults in the Metropolitan Statistical Area in a month; New Orleans website NOLA.com, which reaches over 53 percent of adults; and Syracuse.com, which reaches slightly less than 49 percent of the market, according to a report by RBR.com.

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Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-05 19:15

The Associated Press has launched an interactive Web hub, APTop25.com, which provides in-depth coverage on college football, Editor & Publisher reported.

Readers can check out the latest news, photos, and statistics about Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Schools, as determined by the AP Top 25 Poll. Other features include content from AP member publications and college football blogs, Media Bistro reported.

Interactive tools on the site also allow users to reorder the poll, or to create their own Top 25, and share it via Twitter and Facebook. They can also customise the site, highlight both its look and content, based on their favourite team.

APTop25.com also enables user discussion and comments. Fans can sign up for team-specific e-mail newsletters, as well as in-game alerts delivered via SMS, E&P reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-23 23:12

A Peneira, a biweekly newspaper published in the Spanish region of Galicia, has shut down its website due to financial problems, Periodistadigital.com reported Tuesday. This is the third Galician-language website to close in less than a month.

The newspaper's owner, Guillermo Rodriguez, said the regional government was responsible for the economic distress of the company, which has not paid its workers in six months and might see its print edition at risk, Prnoticia.com revealed.

The Galician administration recently reduced the subventions given to media published entirely in Galician from €71,000 to €64,000.

However, in an article published in its editorial blog, A Peneira explained that its revenue has been decreasing since 2009, when the publication only gained €84,000, down from €180,000 collected in 2008.

The publication also noted that the regional government had not bought advertising in the paper for the first four months of 2010, while other official ads had declined by 50 percent.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-08-19 15:46

American consumers are more satisfied with the The New York Times and USA Today websites than with Facebook, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today, The Washington Post reported.

In the ACSI, which is conducted annually by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and is based on interviews with 70,000 customers, Facebook scored a 64 out of 100 while The New York Times received a 76 and USA Today a 77, PC Magazine revealed.

Photo: Associated Press via MSNBC.com

In the news sites category, Fox News is the leader, with a customer satisfaction of 82. It is followed by The New York Times and USA Today, and then by ABCNews.com (75), MSNBC.com (74) and CNN.com (73).

Fox News' score is the highest "any news site has ever received in nine years of measurement," the researchers stated in a press release. The ACSI attributes the good results to Fox's loyal consumers and the successful integration of its on-air talent into the news site, PC Magazine explained.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-20 23:51

A newspaper subscription website, newspaper-subscription.co.uk, has been launched in the United Kingdom by ThreePM, which also runs a magazine subscription website, InternetRetailing.net reported today.

The website offers discounts for both UK and international newspapers, as well as news magazines. Titles available through the site include The Times and Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Weekly World Edition of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and The Economist.
"Although the online 'range retailer' is still significant, for many consumers it's more convenient to be able to look at titles in just the specific subject areas of interest to them. We now give consumers the choice of how they find what they want," Don Brown, ThreePM's business director, told InternetRetailing.net.

The company's magazine subscription site, subscription.co.uk, offers one and two-year subscriptions, with delivery available to the United Kingdom, Europe, or United States or the rest of the world, with varying prices due to delivery charges. Users can also give gift subscriptions through the site, and browse magazines by category.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-29 23:15

McLean, VA.-based media publisher Gannett Co., Inc is continuing to build on its local community offerings, but this time is diverging its focus to the broadcasting side of its operations.

The company's broadcasting arm plans to launch local community websites in 10 different markets served by Gannett's TV stations, in collaboration with DataSphere Technologies, a provider of hyperlocal Web technology and sales solutions for media companies, paidContent reported yesterday. These community websites will be integrated with the company's broadcasting sites serving those local markets, and will feature user-generated content along with the hyperlocal news content created by its own staff, according to the press release posted on MarketWatch.com. This initiative is aimed at benefiting local businesses by providing them with a platform to target potential customers.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-16 22:23

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