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Just two months after it launched, Trinity Mirror is shutting down New Day

Launched just two months ago, Trinity Mirror’s New Day was an experiment: a print newspaper without a website, with articles published directly to Facebook. Now, Trinity Mirror is shutting the newspaper down, with the last issue coming out on Friday. Trinity Mirror was aiming for paid daily sales of 200,000, but only sold about 30,000 […]

The Tampa Bay Times bought and folded the Tampa Tribune, making Tampa a one-newspaper city

You might have heard: The Tampa Tribune was sold by Media General in 2012 to a Los Angeles-based private equity investment group for $9.5 million (Tampa Bay Times) But did you know: The Tampa Bay Times bought the Tampa Tribune on Tuesday for an undisclosed price and folded the Tribune, ending a 29-year competition between the […]

The problem with story quotas: ‘Providing a lot of stories is not the same as providing a service to readers’

When newsroom leaders implement story quotas, John Robinson says they’re measuring the wrong thing: Simply providing a lot of stories isn’t the same thing as providing value and service to readers. Robinson writes: “It is true that every marketing survey of news content I’ve seen says that readers want ‘more.’ But it’s not more ‘stuff.’ […]

With a bid more than 60 percent higher than Tribune’s trading value, Gannett will likely succeed in acquiring Tribune Publishing

You might have heard: Gannett offered $815 million in cash to buy Tribune Publishing, and Gannett CEO Robert Dickey says, “Given the substantial value represented by our offer … we are confident that Tribune’s non-management stockholders will support our proposal” (CNN Money) But did you know: Though Tribune management was surprised by Gannett’s takeover bid, […]

The best things in journalism were never made to reach the most people, but the right people

“The truth is that the best and most important things the media (let’s say specifically the news media) has ever made were not made to reach the most people  —  they were made to reach the right people,” The Verge’s Josh Topolsky writes. “Because human beings exist, and we are not content consumption machines. What […]

For some publishers, Twitter is a better platform for video revenue than Facebook

On the surface, Facebook appears to be a better platform for video publishers than Twitter, simply because of its larger audience numbers. But some publishers are finding that Twitter is a better platform to make money off of video because of its options for revenue sharing, including pre-roll video ads. “We’re making so little from […]

With the rise of platforms, publishers will now need to justify having a website at all

The online advertising and publishing landscape is shifting toward platforms, Paul Bradshaw writes, forcing publishers to justify why they need to have a website at all going forward. Bradshaw writes: “The Facebook/Google/Medium takeover is not the end of the open web, but rather the beginning of journalism which is genuinely of the internet and not […]

Digital-only organizations are searching for successful revenue models, just like legacy organizations

Digital-only organizations are facing some of the same problems as legacy organizations, Ken Doctor writes. Digital-only publications are still trying to find sustainable business models, but it’s not really a “cratering” of the digital news business. Doctor writes: “[What we’re seeing is] a significant recalibration. If people expect these companies to have figured out how […]

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