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January 17, 2013
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  • While Harrisburg, Pa., paper scales back, a competitor expands
    The reduced print publication schedule of the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News may be benefiting the nearby Carlisle, Pa., Sentinel, which has seen a surge in subscribers. Editor George Spohr says the Sentinel is ready to compete by "expanding our coverage to cater to displaced readers," including taking on an arts critics laid off by the Patriot-News. Poynter.org/MediaWire blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Revenue 
  • No rescue in sight for Philadelphia papers as deadline nears
    It appears unlikely at this point that a public-spirited patron will step forward to purchase Philadelphia's troubled newspapers from Interstate General Media, writes Joel Mathis. Many observers discount the owners' threat to totally liquidate the papers if employees don't agree to their demands to cut $8 million in spending by tomorrow, and union officials are no more likely to grant concessions to the current owners than they were for past owners. "It might be easier to extract concessions from the union if Interstate General Media could show journalists its plan for the future—how it plans to regain health, and what the business will look like when it does," he writes. PhillyMag.com (Philadelphia)/The Philly Post blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation 
  • Washington Post revises, clarifies corrections rules
    The Washington Post says stories that contain errors should nonetheless never be "unpublished" from the Web and the seriousness of an error should determine how prominently a correction is displayed. The paper does say, however, that it will fix the errant information in the story, along with publishing a correction. The rules are part of a newly clarified corrections policy issued to staffers. Poynter.org/Regret the Error blog (1/16), JimRomenesko.com (1/16)
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  • Mobile commerce was a hit over holidays with major gains
    Mobile commerce became much more prevalent during the 2012 holidays, with a 171% year-on-year increase in mobile purchases, according to data drawn from 84 mobile websites by Branding Brand. In all, mobile accounted for one-third of all holiday e-commerce, with 21% of all e-commerce coming from smartphones and 12% coming from tablets. New York and California were the states that saw the largest percentage of revenue come in from smartphones, the study notes. TechCrunch (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook's delay of Graph for mobile raises eyebrows
    Despite its talk of "mobile first," Facebook's implementation of Graph Search indicates that the Web is still No. 1 in the company's hierarchy, writes Matt Kapko. Some observers say the more mobile offerings are likely in the works. "I expect we will see mobile products announced. And I also wouldn't be at all surprised to find more mobile specific aspects of Graph Search as this rolls out," says Altimeter Group analyst Rebecca Lieb. ClickZ (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Case Studies 
  • Canada's Torstar plunges into local business sites
    Looking to capitalize on paying subscribers' appetite for business news, Canada's Torstar has rolled out one hyperlocal business site for Mississauga and will introduce another for Hamilton this month. The experience of Halifax-based business site AllNovaScotia.com appears to be instructive, having achieved quick success in spite of its $20-a-month paid subscription from its debut. "Business news has been more sort of leading edge because I think the information is more valuable to the audience," said Bruce Leslie, publisher and editor of YourMississaugaBiz.com. PBS/MediaShift (1/16)
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