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February 22, 2013
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  • Syracuse, N.Y., paper may now be ahead of the game with digital plan
    Advance Publications' Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard may have done the right thing by reducing print publication to three days a week and emphasizing digital, say observers at the local S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Although digital readership is no greater than it was two years ago, digital ad sales increased by 25%. "I'm optimistic for the Post-Standard and what they are doing because they can now leap ahead of the change and no longer be part of a business model that started to erode five years ago," said Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Chair in Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • shows how community sites can thrive
    A reliable group of community residents who provide "citizen journalism" is one of the keys for the much beloved community news site The site is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, with 2,500 registered users for an online destination that serves a town of 12,000. The site provides an average of six new stories a day, seven days per week, and has drawn about 100,000 comments from readers since its inception. Street Fight (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Journal Register lays off all staff in Mich., in hopes new owner rehires
    Journal Register Co. is laying off all its 844 employees at dailies and weeklies across Michigan, as it plans to sell most of its assets and operations to 21st CMH Acquisition Co., which is an affiliate of Alden Global Capital's managed funds. "We have asked the buyer to operate the business using substantially all of our current employees. We have expressed to the buyer that a competent and competitive employee population is critical to the company's ongoing success ... the buyer will decide which employees of Journal Register Company it will hire after the purchase," wrote Journal Register Co.'s Robert Monteleone. (Michigan) (free registration) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Watchup automates nightly newscasts for iPads
    News consumers can now get an automatically generated roundup of news vidoes for iPads from Watchup. Previously, users were required to assemble their own video content playlists, but the new option does so on its own, making selections based on users' past preferences. TechCrunch (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Social data has staying power, marketers say
    Social media is seen as a top source of customer data by only about 12% of marketers, far behind the 49% who name website analytics as a top data-source, according to a recent study. That could change: 78% of marketers plan to use social data of some sort this year, and a full quarter say that social media will become a top data source for them in the mid- to long-term. eMarketer (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How the U.S. Supreme Court hobbled student journalism
    The 1988 Supreme Court ruling in the high-school journalism case of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier proved devastating to student journalism at colleges and high schools across the country and its effects are still felt today, according to Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte and others. The decision "declared students do shed some of their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate," writes Daniel Reimold. Moving forward, student journalists appear to have little recourse to challenge official censorship of their publications, this article notes. Education blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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