What’s gained and lost as The NYT ends many blogs

You might have heard: ‘Almost half’ of The New York Times’ blogs will close or merge (Poynter)

But did you know: The Times already has ended or merged about half of the 60 or so blogs that it had at the high point two years ago, and there may be another 10 to go, although nothing is on the chopping block at this moment. Margaret Sullivan writes, “For dedicated readers of individual blogs, there is no doubt a loss in this move … [however] reducing the number of blogs from that height of 60 to a much more manageable number makes a lot of sense, especially if editors and writers can … take the best of what’s been learned and integrate that into its overall offerings.”

+ Noted: As mobile ad revenue continues to soar, newspapers still struggle to catch the wave, writes Rick Edmonds (Poynter); Executives of Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers say that changes to a joint operating agreement between The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News aren’t intended to put the Tribune out of business (Associated Press); Facebook acquires LiveRail, one of the biggest video ad sellers (The Drum); The Inland Press Association’s revamped benchmarking tool allows executives to compare their operations to other papers by region, expenses, business model and other categories (Reynolds Journalism Institute)