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February 4, 2013
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  • Washington Post explores sale of iconic building
    The Washington Post is considering taking advantage of high real estate prices and putting its headquarters up for sale, company officials said last week. The news comes on the heels of several other major papers vacating high-profile office space. The downtown Washington building, where the Post has been since 1950, became famous after the Watergate scandal of the 1970s and its appearance in the film version of the book "All the President's Men," which was written by the Post reporters who broke the story. The Wall Street Journal (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Toronto Star adds mobile website
    The Toronto Star has added a mobile-optimized site to extend its mobile presence, using the MediaEverywhere technology from Polar Mobile. The site also caters to advertisers by tying in with the Star's analytics and content infrastructure. Mobile Marketer (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chattanooga paper asking subscribers to pay more as ad revenues drop
    Subscribers will be asked to bear the cost at The Times Free Press of Chattanooga, Tenn., as advertising revenues are no longer sustaining the paper, Publisher Walter Hussman Jr. said in a letter to readers. Hussman said, however, that the paper plans to continue daily publication, although he did not reveal how much subscription prices will increase. (Tenn.) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Straus News acquires Manhattan Newspaper Group
    Straus News, a publisher of local weekly newspapers in and around New York City, has acquired Manhattan Newspaper Group, whose publications include the West Side Spirit, and Our Town. "We know that Straus is committed to making the Manhattan Newspaper Group a continuing vital part of the New York landscape and it was a key reason for us to sell the paper to them," said Richard Burns, general partner of private equity firm Isis Venture Partners, which owns the parent Manhattan Media. The Wall Street Journal (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Yorker adding business, science/tech online verticals
    Business and technology will be the topics for The New Yorker's two newest online initiatives, and BuzzFeed tech editor Matt Buchanan will be helping to run the tech vertical. "We’re looking at this as a continuation of the expansion that started with our Culture Desk blog, then Page Turner blog, Books hub, and Humor channel," which launched in 2012, said editor Nick Thompson. Adweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Customer Intelligence 
  • How mobile is changing the way e-tailers look at shopping carts
    The rise of mobile platforms is changing the way that people shop, and leading many people to browse on one device before making a final purchase on another, according to an eMarketer report. That means that abandoned shopping carts don't necessarily reflect lost purchases, the report argues. "Retailers should reimagine shopping carts, combining the functions of a shopping list with those of a shopping basket," it adds. eMarketer (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Industry News 
  • Leadership team at News Corp.'s new publishing arm takes shape
    The leadership lineup at News Corp.'s proposed separate publishing arm is coming together. The chief strategy officer will be Anoushka Healy, the group managing editor of News Corp.'s London newspapers. Among other appointments, William Lewis, a London-based executive member of News Corp.’s management and standards committee, has been tapped as chief creative officer for the tentatively named New News Corporation. Adweek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How the news can do more to serve democracy
    Political journalism that is too driven by news pegs tends to exclude reporting on issues that afflict U.S. democracy at large, such as gerrymandering, voter suppression and complications with filibuster rules in Senates, writes sociologist Herbert J. Gans. Rather only reporting on events as they happen, journalists should dig into the cause of such ills or even look for answers to these problems. "Journalists alone cannot make America more democratic. But they can turn democracy itself into a newsworthy topic," he writes. Nieman Journalism Lab (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  API News and Events 
  • Gilbert outlines six principles for media innovation in API workshops
    U.S. newspapers derive an average of 17 percent of their revenue from digital. The Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media average 45 percent, a little more than three years after Clark Gilbert took over as president and CEO. During recent workshops in API’s Transformation Tour, he has shared the principles behind his strategic model for media business innovation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't miss the chance to reshape your digital content business
    Join API and The Poynter Institute Feb. 28-March 1 in Washington, D.C., for Transformative Content Strategies. Led by Clark Gilbert, president/CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media, this workshop details how news media innovators are mapping a path to the future with new tactics for growing and engaging audiences with digital content. A program highlight is the Content Model Dashboard, a tool for decision-makers to score their digital operations and determine the right areas to strengthen. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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