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Top reads: Ken Doctor on paywalls and pricing ... and more

Top reads: Ken Doctor on paywalls and pricing ... and more

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The newsonomics of Pricing 201,

News industry analyst Ken Doctor offers several lessons learned about what is working best for news publishers using digital subscription models. “Now, waist-deep into the digital circulation revenue revolution, we’re adding fact to hunch, data to intuition,” he writes. Among the lessons he sites: Digital can be used to reinforce print — for now; Content counts more than ever; and Setting the meter ever lower is key to creating member value — and revenue.

In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable, Pew Research Center

Television is increasingly vulnerable to the impact of the Internet in the US, the latest Pew Research Center’s biennial news consumption survey reports, although TV continues to be the public’s top daily news source. Print newspaper readership is also falling, but by this point this isn’t big news. Unsurprisingly, mobile and social are also becoming more significant access points for news, the in-depth study reveals.

Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East,

“The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly,” begins Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, in a compelling commentary on French weekly Charlie Hebdo’s provocative cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed, and Newsweek’s ‘Muslim Rage’ issue. Pintak declares himself a staunch defender of press freedom, but also stresses that “journalism is not supposed to be a firebomb.” You don’t have to publish something just because you can, he says.

School reporting, PANPA

Large-scale datajournalism projects offer great possibilities for both community engagement and crowd sourcing. Fairfax Media’s project, called School Report, “investigates the first year of national education standards” and includes data from more than 1,000 schools that parents can access online and compare.

For more industry news, please see WAN-IFRA's Executive News Service.


Emma Goodman


2012-09-28 16:39

Shaping the Future of the News Publishing

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