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April 23, 2012
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  • Newspapers are finally on right path with digital subscriptions
    After nearly two decades of providing news online at no charge, newspapers are finally bringing readers around to the idea that they must pay, Roben Farzad writes. The New York Times' model is instructive, with 472,000 digital subscribers contributing to $227 million in circulation sales in the first quarter, even as ad revenue edged down. "Any hint of good news is welcome in the post-apocalyptic business of journalism in 2012," Farzad notes. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York Times Co.'s digital results are weak in New England: While an increase of almost 13% in circulation revenue in the first quarter significantly offset a drop in print-ad revenue at The New York Times, digital payment at the parent company's New England newspapers failed to take off. Columbia Journalism Review online/The Audit blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patch could stitch together ad solution for local business
    AOL's Patch has struggled to sell ads, but the company could find a way forward by providing local businesses more than an additional spot in an expanding field of advertising venues, writes Kirk Caraway. Patch could offer a service that helps bewildered businesses reach customers across promotional vehicles, such as social networks, blogs and search engines, with a unified ad message. "The advantage local news publishers would have with a system like this is the ability to combine their clients' communications with advertising and content, and present them to a local audience," Caraway writes. Street Fight (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gawker will try again with comment system
    Gawker Media's revamped commenting system was a "terrible mistake" and will be discarded, said founder Nick Denton. Incentives offered were "patronizing," and the wrong kind of people gamed the system, Denton said. Taking its place will be a system in which everyone, including sources in stories, has an individual platform, with the aim of generating useful conversation. GigaOm (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Investigative reporting remains important amid industry struggles
    Enterprise reporting, which is vital to democracy, was discussed at the Reva and David Logan Investigative Reporting Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley. Coverage of drug clashes in Mexico is a reminder of the reason it is important for news organizations to work out a viable economic way forward in the age of digital media, writes "Newsonomics" author Ken Doctor. Nieman Journalism Lab (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Customer Intelligence 
  • Spending on mobile search ads soared 221% in Q1
    Rapid adoption of tablets fueled a 221% spending surge in mobile search advertising in the first quarter, with two-thirds of ad budgets spent on tablet campaigns, according to IgnitionOne. The travel sector led, with spending up 59% compared with Q1 of 2011, topping the retail sector. eMarketer (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Industry News 
  • Management move might indicate INM will sell APN stake
    Gavin O'Reilly's departure from top positions at Independent News & Media and APN News & Media might signal a stake sale, analysts said. INM owns 29.5% of APN. "Any potential sell down is likely to be a positive catalyst in that it should give the APN stock a boost in liquidity and ease investor concerns surrounding corporate governance and INM involvement," Macquarie Group analysts wrote in a note to clients. The Wall Street Journal/Deal Journal Australia blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pulitzers for digital platforms raise bigger questions
    Pulitzer Prizes for The Huffington Post and Politico this year indicate a shift in what the news industry regards as a newspaper and an openness to the online world, writes Columbia University professor and Pulitzer juror Emily Bell. But there's a bigger question at play, involving "the essence of a news service that recreates elements of what your daily or weekly newspaper had -- communities of interest, rapid transfer of information, commentary and context ... complicated by parallel discussions around the continuing lack of funding to support the emerging new structures," Bell writes. The Guardian (London) (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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