Nexus Media News 2013
Patch.com was launched in 2007 when Tim Armstrong, the man who turned Google into an advertising company, noticed his very wealthy Connecticut bedroom community lacked a local paper with an events calendar. When Armstrong became head of AOL in 2009 with the mission of transforming the company from a fading dial-up service to a media brand, he sold Patch to his new employers. There are 850 Patch sites... Full Story6 Digital Strategies to Implement Right Now
Before you get overwhelmed by the thought of a company-wide digital overhaul, consider these smaller steps you can take today to help secure your paper’s digital presence tomorrow. Here are six strategies you can implement right now, with some advice from those who have already paved the way. Full Story
Latest Murdoch Newspaper
LONDON — Rupert Murdoch's newest newspaper has launched with a familiar mix of
celebrity news, scantily clad women and defiant political rhetoric.
The Sun's Sunday edition hit the stands two weeks after five employees of the tabloid were arrested in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and defense officials.
The new Sunday tabloid replaces The News of the World, which closed in July after revelations that the paper had routinely hacked into the phones of those in the public eye, including a missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
NY Times CEO exiting, without explanation
Janet Robinson will step down as chief executive of the New York Times Co at the end of the month, as the company continues to struggle with advertising declines and a years-long slump in its share price.
The problems plaguing newspaper companies are well known. Readers have ditched print for digital, causing circulation and advertising revenue to plummet. Newspaper company Lee Enterprises last week succumbed to industry changes and filed for bankruptcy protection. Full Story
New York Times Plans Staff Reductions
In the midst of a deteriorating advertising climate, The New York Times plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units, the company said Thursday.
News Team Experiences Changes
Miami Herald parent sells land for $236 million
Malaysian casino and resort operator bets big on downtown Miami. Full Story
Newspaper to Publish Only Once a Week Now
Wellington, Kan - Since its beginning in 1901, The Wellington Daily News has been ahead of the curve when it comes to covering news, sports and community events. Now the paper is making big changes on how it produces news to translate that same spirit into something readers will benefit from. Full Story
Step Into The Past - Weekly Economies of the Past
This is some interesting reading for those who are too young to remember the past of newspaper publishing realities in the 1930's. Link to free online book
Editors and Writers - Lost your Job?
In a matter of days, you can begin building your own local newspaper publishing business. You don't need to buy into a franchise or any other kind of publishing service. Why should you put your career, not to mention your community's future, in the hands of people far away? This does not mean that you will never use columns, articles or other features produced by writers from other places. Nor does it mean that you must buy a printing press of some kind and run the whole operation out of your garage. Newspaper publishing can be a lot simpler than all that. Full Article
Editor's Note: This is a basic list of what it takes to publish a small newspaper or local magazine. I would imagine anyone in the publishing business who has lost their job may wish to bring their experience to bear on their own paper.
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Newspapers Switching to the Internet
The struggle for large daily metropolitan newspapers to stay profitable and survive is based on the race between the drop in their print advertising and the improvement of their online sales. Newspaper industry costs are rising along with fuel and commodities prices. Most large dailies have resorted to lay-offs. Even The New York Times and Washington Post are cutting staff, including reporters and editors.
Newsday's Paid Content Project Hits Major Glitch
In the future, news junkies may be willing to pay a subscription fee to get their fix, but judging by what’s happening over at Long Island’s Newsday newspaper, that time has not come. According to The New York Observer, after three months, only 35 people had signed up to have full access to newsday.com for $260 a year. This depressing result may say more about Newsday’s website than about the idea of putting content behind a pay wall. Full Story
Can the Apple iPad save newspapers?
The Apple iPad – that tablet computer everyone was speculating about – is out, and publishers are hoping that Apple will can offer the same magic for the print world that it did for the music industry with iTunes. So is digital journalism suddenly saleable? Full Story
Long Island Press Names New Editor-in-Chief
Michael Patrick Nelson joined the Long Island Press at its inception in 2003 and has been a writer, columnist and senior editor at the Syosset, N.Y.-based alternative newsweekly. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, his alma mater. Prior to coming aboard the Long Island Press, Nelson was the senior music writer and managing editor of The Island Ear, a bi-monthly entertainment newspaper. Full Story
Newspaper Publisher Files for Bankruptcy -(CBS/AP)
The owner of the Orange County Register in California and dozens of other newspapers has become the latest publisher driven into bankruptcy court by a jarring drop in advertising revenue.Full Story
BusinessWeek Said to Be Up for Sale by McGraw-Hill - July 13 (Bloomberg)