Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Are We Ready For the End of the Newspaper?

Think back 10, 15 years. How did you get your news? Chances are you got it by either newspaper or magazine. The channels for obtaining information were relatively few, the Internet still in its infancy. Fast-forward to the present and the entire news landscape is different.

Weekly Herald succumbs to industry trends

The Weekly Herald publishes its final issue on Aug. 29.

For more than 50 years, the free weekly newspaper delivered to the doorsteps and coffee shops of south Snohomish County has provided a way to find out what's going on in town, learn about interesting locals, exchange opinions on politics and get the scoop on neighborhood businesses.

The Weekly Herald's voice wasn't the only one in the community, but it rang loud and clear.

And now that voice is lost.

Commercial Appeal Cuts at Least 17 Employees

The Commercial Appeal is planning another round of layoffs, according to reports on Mediaverse, a media-centric blog by Richard Thompson.

In an email to members Monday, Aug. 27, Memphis Newspaper Guild president Wayne Risher announced that The Commercial Appeal is eliminating 17 guild-covered jobs as part of a “planned reduction in force.”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Newspaper Executives: ‘We’re Still Relevant’

While the imminent demise of the newspaper industry seems obvious to media prognosticators and Internet users the world over, many newspaper executives still don't see the writing on the walls.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Times-Picayune Vets Reinvent Themselves After Layoffs

Two journalists fired by the New Orleans Times-Picayune have a plan to escape a struggling industry and the unemployment into which it is dumping them.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Buildings' fate tells the tale of newspaper industry decline

I worked at seven newspapers in my journalism career, from Alaska to Florida. And six of them were located in large, grand buildings that were recognizable downtown landmarks.

Everyone knew where the newspaper was; you had only to refer to “the Times” or “the Gazette” — no address necessary.

In the early days of my career, most newspapers had no security desk. Anyone who wanted to talk to a reporter about a story could walk right in the door and find their way to the newsroom. The newspapers had a vital physical presence that placed them at the heart of the city’s life.
Lately, though, a lot of newspapers have been leaving their landmark downtown buildings for smaller, cheaper quarters.

Will Higher Ed Fall Into Same Fate as Newspaper Industry?

What will happen to higher education as universities make courses more readily available online? Harvard and M.I.T. announced edX this past spring, which will offer free online courses with a certificate of completion and other edtech startups, like Coursera and Udacity, are also providing more access to educational material for students worldwide.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Analysis: The Daily Cuts a Third of Its Staff

The Daily, News Corp.'s NWSA +1.43% experiment with a tablet-only daily newspaper, laid off 50 people, or nearly a third of its staff, about 18 months after its launch.

When it launched in February 2011, the Daily was one of the industry's boldest attempts to not just make money from news in a digital world but focus solely on readers using mobile devices. The newspaper never had a print edition and readers must pay for a digital subscription.

50 Layoffs and the Beginning of The End at The Daily

The Daily, News Corp's big fancy well-funded "iPad newspaper" project, was never really a good idea from day one. A once-daily, hugely expensive, geographically nonspecific newspaper that is not available on the internet: just not a great business plan. Now, a year and a half after the launch, the reality appears to be crashing down.