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December 20, 2012
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  • Digital paywall announced for Raleigh, N.C.'s News & Observer
    Raleigh, N.C.'s News & Observer is launching a paid subscription model that offers digital access on all mobile devices and PCs as well as a local deals program. "We are joining more than 300 newspapers across the country in adopting this business model, which acknowledges the increasing use of digital media and its benefits to readers, advertisers and journalists," Publisher Orage Quarles writes. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U-T San Diego invests heavily in video, adding cable channel
    The U-T San Diego newspaper is investing almost $3 million in TV equipment and personnel in preparing to launch a 24-hour cable channel and online video site. The move adds 60 people to 160 already working in the newsroom and will expand on the current 12 hours of daily video content. "We certainly jumped in feet first," said Mike Hodges, president and chief operating officer of U-T San Diego. NetNewsCheck.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Intelligence 
  • Report: 84% of adults go online daily
    About 84% of Americans now use the Web daily, a six percentage-point increase from last year's figure, according to a Forrester Research report. The increase was driven in part by a boom in mobile technologies, as tablet adoption has increased to 19% in the past year, and half of U.S. adults now use Web-capable smartphones. TechCrunch (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook nixes planned mobile ad network
    Facebook has pulled the plug on its planned third-party mobile ad network, which had been in beta testing. "Our focus is on scaling ads in mobile news feed before ads off of Facebook. We have learned a lot from this test that will be useful in the future," a company spokesman said. Adweek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Industry News 
  • Mark Miller leaving Newsweek after end of print edition
    Newsweek Editorial Director Mark Miller is leaving voluntarily in January, shortly after the print edition of the magazine disappears. Miller was associated with the magazine between 1985 and 2010 and then returned to the magazine late last year under Tina Brown. "I have enormous admiration for Tina and for what she has created and am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with one of the great editors of our time," Miller said. New York magazine/Daily Intelligencer (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Case Studies 
  • Wikipedia a fine example of how breaking news can be crowdsourced
    When news breaks, articles on the subject often appear on Wikipedia almost immediately and then a swarm of crowdsourced editors emerge to tweak and improve it, according to a study by Brian Keegan, a post-doctoral research fellow at Northeastern University. This seems to work well under the current model of how news is reported, writes Mathew Ingram. Traditional media organizations maybe be able to look at Wikipedia as an example to improve their breaking-news pages, he suggests. GigaOm (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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