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Links 1 through 10 of 72 by Dave Earley tagged newspapers

Praise be if we can move away from pageview slavery.

"media [...] shouldn’t be worried about getting website to hit 20 or 30 million uniques — if ad rates continue to fall, even websites of that size may not be economically viable. Instead, media companies should be doing everything they can can to improve the economic value of their work (which may not mean more pageviews).

Falling online ad rates, at least, in theory, have an upside: all of this could mean that traffic for traffic’s sake isn’t a particularly good way to build a successful online media company." Amen.

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"Kooaba’s had launched partnerships with newspapers around the world, allowing users of its Paperboy app take a photo of an article and then share the online version with friends directly from the app, or archive it for later reading. Publishers can also offer additional online content related to a printed article, such as videos or image galleries, accessible through the app."
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“It’s automatically available for all newspapers that are connected with NewsPaperDirect, and our direct clients. Automatically every day, every page, every article.

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The Thrill of the Hunt

What I’m proposing to build isn’t going to solve all presentation problems for all types of news. I am interested in tackling the most exciting part of journalism: the Big Breaking News. If you’ve ever been a journalist, you know the exact feeling of a big news hunt. This is the Moby Dick of news, the big game that turns you into Ahab. The Moby Dick Project*

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re ASNE 'best practices' for social media list:
"this week, newspaper editors set their understanding of social media back several more -- issuing a set of best practices that, in most cases, are neither best nor should be practiced. "

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guest post from Nicholas White, the CEO of The Daily Dot, a new startup in community journalism. White leaves a long lineage of newspaper men and women in his family to join digital media and explains why.
Six months ago, I quit my family's 179-year-old newspaper company. I left not because newspapers are crumbling -- though they are -- but because the very thing that has made the old industry so fragile offers hope for the future of journalism.
I quit to start an entirely new newspaper: an experiment in media called The Daily Dot.

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Even if the subscription plan hits its goal of 300,000 subscribers, it will only generate about $60 million in revenue, which is barely enough to move the needle for a company of the NYT’s size — and that’s not including the cost of implementing the wall in the first place.
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There are those in the media industry who appear to have made the transition from traditional media to new media, or are closer to it than the Times: the Journal-Register Co., under CEO John Paton, has revamped the entire company with a “digital first” approach, and recently paid staff bonuses based on its profitability. Unfortunately for the NYT, the chain of small dailies and weeklies couldn’t accomplish this without effectively going bankrupt first

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"It shows a traditional media outlet again thinking beyond the boundaries of the print edition and even of their website. The opportunities to monetize a locally-relevant LBS (location-based service) are profound. It’s a chance for local advertisers to serve relevant messages to a hip and trendy audience in an emerging platform, but one that is custom to their community."

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"The Register Citizen has six times the readership online that it has in print, and its new building is designed to mirror the open, collaborative culture of the Web. The business plan is based on making The Register Citizen’s Web site a magnet for all things local and thus an attractive place for advertisers, sponsors and others who can replace declining newspaper subscribers and advertisers."

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