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Circulation and Readership

Circulation of the Independent's 20p spin-off i hit an average of more than 170,000 a day last week, according to the first sales figures revealed by the publisher. Alexander Lebedev's cut-price weekday daily launched on 26 October and experienced a tough time, thanks in no small part to the shocking weather, with daily paid-for sales plummeting to about 60,000 before Christmas. Senior executives at the publisher had aimed for the i to deliver well over 200,000 sales.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-02 16:33

A Texas newspaper organization offers free online content, including breaking news and obituaries, and requires paid subscriptions for access to more in depth work. Four months in, editor Carlos Sanchez says it's too soon to pinpoint trends but so far the company has seen a drop in Web traffic and an increase in print subscriptions. Public reaction has been evenly mixed between approving and critical, Sanchez says.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-19 18:04

While newspapers around the world are anxiously asking themselves what would happen if they started charging readers to view articles online, a few answers have started to emerge.

Steven Brill's Journalism Online experiment, which developed a system that allows newspapers to charge their most regular online visitors, has analyzed its preliminary data and found on average that advertising revenue and overall traffic did not decline significantly despite predictions otherwise.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-18 16:42

Many news publishing related trends built up speed and began taking hold in 2010, and are worth watching and considering further in 2011.

In no particular order, those trends are:

Coupons and daily deals

Leading the pack in 2010 was Chicago-based Internet coupon service Groupon Inc., which turned down a US$6 billion buyout offer from Google in early December and secured $500 million (of $950 million) at the end of the month.

Publishers around the globe are trying out Groupon-like daily deals as a way to engage readers, and are beginning to see success.

Social networking

If 2009 was the year your mom joined Facebook, then 2010 was the year everyone else did, from your grandfather to your 12-year-old niece.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-31 22:07

Radio audience measurement firm Rajar has found that in the United Kingdom, 8.1 million people - 16 percent of all adults - have downloaded podcasts, MediaGuardian reported today.

The survey also shows that 6.6 million people have listed to the radio on their smartphones, and 44 percent said they listen to a podcast at least once a week. Those who have downloaded a radio app have reached 2.2 million, a 57 percent increase in less than six months. In June, 1.4 million smartphone users said they had downloaded a radio app, Beehivecity noted.

"Listening to radio via smartphones has grown rapidly over the past year or so and this is reflected in the number of people who claim to have downloaded a radio app, which now stands at just over a quarter of smartphone owners," said Christel Swift, research manager for RAJAR, according to Radiotoday.co.uk.

Comedy and music are the most popular types of podcasts to download; however, just 24 percent of those who said they use podcasts have time to listen to everything downloaded each week, according to Beehivecity.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-15 22:26

Community newspapers in the United States have a strong readership base, with 73 percent of people saying they read a local newspaper at least once a week, according to the fifth readership survey by the National Newspaper Association, the Arizona City Independent reported.

Seventy-eight percent said they read all more most of their newspaper, and of those who said they get news online, 55 percent said they access their local newspaper's website.

On average, readers share their newspaper with 3.34 people and spend 37.5 minutes reading local newspapers, according to the survey, completed in partnership with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Unsurprisingly, readers of community newspapers' websites tend to view news about crime, car accidents, fires, and pretty much anything that has to do with "any kind of arrest," according to an unrelated report by GateHouse News Service.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-15 19:00

"Twitter has analyzed the 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 and published the list of top overall trends in the year behind us," Mashable reported, "as well as the top 10 trending topics in eight categories: news events, people, movies, television, technology, World Cup, sports and hashtags."

The 10 overall top trends are: Gulf Oil Spill, FIFA World Cup, Inception, Haiti Earthquake, Vuvuzela, Apple iPad, Google Android, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Pulpo Paul. Vuvuzela, the plastic horn used during the football match in South Africa, and Paul the Octopus, used to predict the winner of matches, refer both to the FIFA World Cup.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-15 17:30

Newspapers are still looking for the right model for their online paywalls.

News of The World, the latest News International papers to go behind a paywall (the others two being the Times and the Sunday Times, which became paid-only websites in July) has seen a 59 per cent decrease in unique users to its website in November, after the first full month behind a paywall, the Beehive reported, citing comScore data.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-14 17:47

Editor & Publisher has taken down its paywall, the U.S. newspaper trade journal announced Friday.

"We have not been big believers in paywalls," Duncan McIntosh, president of Duncan McIntosh Company, Inc., which publishes E&P, stated in the announcement. "Paywalls in name alone connote a psychological negative, which is one reason we have never been big believers. Nielsen had been using one for a number of years, but nothing during the past year has changed our opinion about them. We have removed it to build more traffic and make more of our original content available to our visitors."

The site also announced its new technology director, Adam Tessin, will overhaul its website in the first quarter next year.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-13 22:14

The Wall Street Journal announced this week that it will be available on Jan. 1 as the "preferred newspaper" for the guests of the Choice Hotels chain, which has more than 3,700 properties through out the United States, PRNewser.com revealed.

The announcement intensified the war between Rupert Murdoch's paper and USA Today, which was traditionally considered the most widely distributed newspaper in American hotels.

Although the hotel chain gives its guests the possibility to choose the newspaper they want to receive, a USA Today spokeswoman said the daily "remains a preferred vendor for Choice Hotels in 2011," Reuters quoted.

The WSJ has been intensifying its competition against Gannet's USA Today since 2008, when Murdoch bought the newspaper. Last year, the WSJ became the largest-circulation daily in the country after USA Today circulation declined to 1.9 million copies.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-13 17:01

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