Mark on December 3rd, 2009

My first reaction to news that some Dallas Morning News editors will now be reporting to sales-oriented GMs, was positively Munch-ian (or positively Caulkin-ian, for younger readers; either way, you get the idea). If you haven’t heard about it yet, you can find some details here. Briefly, the News has decided that editors of sports, […]

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Mark on September 30th, 2008

There are some interesting numbers near the back of “The Scoop on Daily Newspaper in Canada,” a by-and-large promotional piece for dailies put out by the Canadian Newspaper Association. The numbers are in a table about advertising revenue for a range of Canadian media for the years 2001-2006, which were not, by and large, weak […]

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Mark on August 5th, 2008

I somehow doubt that those who fought to entrench the right to free expression in various charters and declarations of rights and independence envisioned a major media company claiming that right is violated when drug companies can’t advertise directly to consumers in Canada. (Fourth graf in linked story.) What message is sent when this becomes […]

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Mark on July 3rd, 2008

There’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing on local and what it means for journalism over the last month or so (some links below) but the real relevance of local is probably captured in Kirk LaPointe’s musings about Locative Journalism today. His last sentence clearly points to why local is a big part of […]

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Mark on June 19th, 2008

I started reading the Globe & Mail story Death knell sounds for CDs because I’m keenly interested in music and because it confirms what has been more-or-less evident about music for at least a couple of years. From the story: The compact disc has less than three years left in its reign atop the music […]

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Mark on March 17th, 2008

Also from The State of the Media report: Altogether, the top-10 sites received 99% of all gross [online advertising] dollars and 70% of all net dollars.

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