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Sun - 22.10.2017


March 2011

Among trends in the media industry, one of the most promising is the increasing readiness of consumers to pay for content, says Marcel Fenez, a Global Entertainment and Media Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a presentation of many of those trends.

Mr Fenez made his presentation at WAN-IFRA's Publish Asia 2011, being held in Bangkok from 27 to 29 April.

"They are giving us hints about what they want to pay for," he says.

"They're telling us three things - I will pay for convenience, I will obviously pay for quality, because one of the things we know about free content is that very often the quality is not very high, and they're also telling us they'll pay for a higher quality experience," Mr Fenez says.

Regarding the last point, Mr Fenez used the example of someone paying a high price to go to a concert yet illegally downloading music from the internet. "Why will people pay $150 to go to a gig but not pay for music? What they tell us is, it's the enriched experience. Content alone is not enough, it has to be more than that.

"Though content is king, we have to rely on more than just content," he says. "We have to provide convenience, we have to provide quality, and we have to provide the experience."

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-31 16:57

Guardian News & Media is ending the project it launched in 2010 to try and figure out the future of local journalism.

"Unfortunately, while the blogs have found engaged local readerships and had good editorial impact, the project is not sustainable in its present form," writes the publisher's digital engagement head Meg Pickard.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-31 16:42

While newspaper circulation in much of the world declines, it continues to grow in India. And the prospect for future growth is excellent, says Ravi Dhariwal, CEO of Bennet, Coleman & Co., the publisher of The Times of India.

Mr Dhariwal delivered the keynote address at WAN-IFRA's Publish Asia 2011, being held in Bangkok from 27 to 29 April.
India's population continues to grow, as does its literacy rate, so future readership is also likely to increase, he says. Advertising growth also has great potential.

For the Times of India, it's all about brand, he says. The 173-year old paper "tries to capture our country on a particular day and the people's aspirations," he says. We don't consider the Prime Minister or the President as the leaders of India, we treat the reader as the CEO."

In a wide-ranging keynote address that presented a case study of the Times' success, Mr Dhariwal pointed to the following elements that characterizes the Times of India brand:

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-31 09:46

by Gary Randazzo

Virtually all newspapers have websites that look good and have great functionality. So why aren't they all producing acceptable amounts of profit? The question probably should be asked differently, "What do consumers and advertisers expect from newspapers?" Then ask, "What do they expect from the Internet?"

Continue reading on Editor & Publisher

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-31 09:29

Mobile advertising is growing fast, but mobile banner ads generally annoy users--which means they don't serve advertisers well and so are doubly bad news for news orgs. But the Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wa.) has built its own system for creating mobile-friendly ads augmented with useful information for people on the go.

Ryan Pitts, senior editor of digital media for the paper, says these ads are selling better than expected...

Continue reading on Knight Digital Media Center

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-30 08:59

Las Vegas Sun reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards were given two years to achieve one goal: "Find out what's right, and wrong, about our local health care delivery system."

The 2.9 million public documents that they examined and hundreds of interviews that they conducted exposed thousands of preventable medical mistakes in Las Vegas hospitals. The Nevada legislature responded with six pieces of legislation that are still up for debate and, this week the Pulitzer Prize Board named Allen, Richards and The Sun a finalist in local reporting.

Continue reading on Poynter

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-30 08:49

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, local newspapers in the quake-hit Tohoku region suffered massive power outages, forcing them to suspend operations of the servers for their websites and bringing down local Internet connections. As access to their news sites was blocked, newspaper publishers turned to Twitter to continue to send out disaster-related information - especially detailed reports of damage and information closely related to people's daily lives.

Continue reading on NSK News Bulletin Online

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-28 18:07

by Matt DeRienzo

We're adding a full-time curator position at The Register Citizen.

Jenny Golfin, whose duties have included morning shift web updating, social media management and reporting, will be devoted full-time to this new role. Her mission will be to provide our audience with links to breaking and comprehensive news and information relevant to their community and interests.

Continue reading on NewspaperTurnaround.Com

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-28 18:01

We've seen a flood of innovations over the past few years in journalism on the web: from technology and the delivery of news to new forms of storytelling and reporting. But making those innovations happen has been neither fast nor easy. How do you manage meaningful change that sticks? That question drives our research.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-28 13:34

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN) -- Garum Tesfaye is one of Addis Ababa's "newspaper landlords," a group of entrepreneurs in the Ethiopian capital who rent out papers to people too poor to buy them.

Surrounded by worn-out copies of old newspapers, stacks of gossip magazines and the crisp print of the latest news, Tesfaye sits attentively, checking his watch every now and then.

Continue reading on CNN

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-28 13:26

News International, it seems, has been working up some sort of idea for a printed title; a new newspaper in short. A project team - believed to be headed by former Sun deputy editor Fergus Shanahan - has been busy over at the Murdoch company's Wapping skyscraper. And enough about their work has leaked out on to Fleet Street for rivals to believe that News Int is working on some sort of competitor to Alexander Lebedev's more successful than expected i.

Continue reading on the Organ Grinder Blog on guardian.co.uk

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-25 09:42

by John Reinan

The future of newspapers in the Twin Cities could hinge on events in Southern California. Sound crazy? Let me explain.

One of California's largest newspapers, the Orange County Register, is for sale. Industry analysts expect a couple of companies to bid aggressively for it: Tribune and MediaNews Group.

Continue reading on MinnPost.com

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-25 09:24

Mail Online, Associated Newspapers' online network, has overtaken the Huffington Post to become the second most popular news website in the world in March, according to new figures from metrics firm comScore.

Arianna Huffington's groundbreaking news and opinion website, which was bought by AOL for $315m (£193m) in February, was leapfrogged by Mail Online, which is now second only to the New York Times in ComScore's "newspapers" category.

Continue reading on MediaGuardian

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-24 09:40

by David Carr

In 2008, when I last saw Michael Klingensmith, he was sitting in a corner office on the 34th floor of the Time Warner building, one of three powerful executives who controlled Time Inc., the biggest magazine publisher in the world.

It was the only company that Mr. Klingensmith, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, had ever worked for. After three decades, including stops at Sports Illustrated and Time, he was on the short list to become the next chief executive.

Continue reading in the New York Times

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-24 09:31

The earthquake of magnitude 9.0 that hit at 14:46 on March 11 caused major difficulties for publishing newspapers the following morning of March 12. Tohoku, in northeastern Japan, bore the brunt of the recent devastating earthquake, the following tsunami and large-scale blackout after that.

Newspapers in Tohoku region were hard pressed to publish.

Continue reading on NSK News Bulletin Online

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-23 09:22

The Independent News & Media chief executive, Gavin O'Reilly, on Tuesday warned that advertising revenues will remain flat this year, as the publisher announced plans for a major expansion of its Irish internet business.

INM reported increased operating profits for the year ending December 2010, during which it sold its loss-making UK papers the Independent and Independent on Sunday to Alexander Lebedev.

Continue reading on Media Guardian

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-23 09:02

The Times had an average daily sale of 445,962 in February. The equivalent figure for The Daily Telegraph was 628,338. Not all that much difference, you might say. And yet the financial fortunes of the two papers are very unalike.

Continue reading in The Independent

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-22 17:30

You may have come across the chart-making work of blogger Michael DeGusta last month, when he recrunched some numbers on the music business that illustrated that industry's financial decline. And now he's cast his axis-loving eyes upon the newspaper business and, in particular, the Newspaper Association of America's release last week of 2010 advertising revenue numbers.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-22 17:19

Today, The New York Times announced the start dates and detailed plans for its new digital subscriptions packages, which began in Canada today, and will start in the United States and rest of the world on 28 March. Visitors will be allowed access to 20 articles each calendar month at no charge. Three digital subscriptions packages beginning at US $ 3.75 a week are available. All subscriptions will be billed every four weeks in US dollars and can be paid by credit card.

Continue reading at The New York Times

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-17 16:45

U.S. newspapers chalked up $25.8 billion in ad revenues in 2010, down 6.3 percent from what they posted in 2009, according to figures released today by the Newspaper Association of America. Of the total, online ads attracted just over $3 billion in revenue, up 11 percent from 2009, but still only 12 percent of the industry's total ad revenues.

Read more on News & Tech

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-17 16:41

by Mike Masnick

A few weeks ago, when the NYTimes' Bill Keller bizarrely compared Arianna Huffington to a Somali pirate, we noted that journalism is a form of aggregation as well. After all, you're taking content from the people who actually make news, and aggregating it into a publication. It appears that others are catching on to this as well. A bunch of folks have passed along this blog post from the Zunguzungu blog, which notes that journalists are aggregating too.

Continue reading on Techdirt

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-15 14:20

If you haven't yet launched an app, do it quickly, just to see if your audience really wants them, says Renate Nyborg, Head of Business Development for A&N Mobile & TV in the United Kingdom.

Speaking at WAN-IFRA Digital Media Europe, being held in London from 11-13 April, Ms Nyborg says that's what A&N did with its Metro title - and the result from the simple exercise was a new apps business, tailored for the profile of Metro readers.

That first app was a simple PDF of the daily paper. "The key was doing something very quickly to get an idea of the appetite of our mobile readers for a mobile app," says Ms Nyborg. The result was 350,000 downloads.

Once the company learned its audience wanted apps, it started to develop more sophisticated offerings, ultimately leading to the creation of Metro Apps, a new business dedicated to lifestyle apps and games that appeal to the Metro audience and benefit from the brand.

"The key thing is to play to your strengths and build your strategy on insight," Ms Nyborg says. "It's not really about just jumping on the bandwagon like people did a few years ago on social media. It's about defining your audience, how they use content, and then building something that fits in to their behaviour."

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-15 14:10

A year ago, co-authoring the "State of the News Media" chapter on newspapers, I thought 2010 would be a year of rebound -- and a test of whether newspapers would reinvest in "developing new lines of business and rebuilding skimpy news reports."

Little of that happened. Advertising revenues declined for the year, 6.4 percent by my estimate. Profits on net earnings hovered around 5 percent. Newsroom cuts continued, though not so severe as those of 2008 and 2009.

Continue reading on Poynter.

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-14 17:40

Reflecting on the last 10 years of innovation in the media industry, few other breakthroughs were as fundamental to growth as the advent of Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising, first through Overture and then made ubiquitous via Google's Adwords platform.

Continue reading on Editor and Publisher

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-14 17:33


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