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70 daily newspapers were sold in 2015 for a total of $827 million

You might have heard: 2015 saw Tribune Publishing’s acquisition of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Gannett’s purchase of Journal Media Group and its 15 newspapers, and some predicted that ownership changes would continue into 2016 But did you know: The latest strategy to stay alive in the newspaper business is newspapers eating other newspapers, Gerry […]

Three alternatives to ‘clickbait’: A paid-for model, nonprofit journalism, and separating ‘clickbait’ from the rest of the newsroom

Publishers’ obsession with “clickbait” and getting as many pageviews as possible is devouring journalism, Frédéric Filloux writes. Filloux says publishers have at least three viable alternatives to get out of the “clickbait” business: A paid model (such as a paywall or membership), nonprofit, philanthropy-supported journalism (such as ProPublica or the Center for Public Integrity), and […]

Johnston Press will sell, close or drastically cut costs at 59 local newspapers

Johnston Press announced this week that it will sell, close or cut costs at 59 of its local newspapers. The company said in a statement that it had “identified a number of newsbrands that are now considered non-core and such will be either divested or run with less costs.” In 2015, Johnston Press closed a […]

Shifting the industry from paywall to membership models will require a cultural shift

The next step in newspapers’ attempts to get readers to pay for news will be membership models, Matt DeRienzo writes. But changing the thinking industry from “paywall” to “membership” will require a cultural shift to something a bit more altruistic. DeRienzo suggests that newspapers look to membership models such as NPR’s, where a base of […]

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