Mark on January 1st, 2010

The frenzy is growing over Apple’s likely late-January announcement of a tablet and I’ve lost track of the number of writers who see in the tablet — along with the success e-readers are starting to enjoy — the latest “saviour” for print. (Click any of the links in this Google search I did and you’ll […]

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Mark on December 30th, 2009

The chart at left has been on a lot of minds today and, rightfully so, showing as it does an Everest-like profile of what’s happened with newspaper industry jobs over the past half-century or so. (I’ve purposefully made the chart small: you really should go see the original at Silicon Alley Insider.) As someone who […]

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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 November 19th, 2009

My reaction to a spate of recent conferences on the future of media may have been a little uncharitable, a brusque thought aimed at media and newspapers in particular: Get over it and get on with it. As I said, uncharitable. Because these are tough times to be in the newsroom, with those vacant desks […]

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Mark on January 27th, 2009

I no longer have a kneejerk, no-government-money-for-media stance. It doesn’t make much sense when you consider how much support newspapers in particular have received over the years: special mailing rates, lucrative government advertising (mandated by legislation), shared job-training programs, etc. But I’m still agin ’em at the moment. All of them, including the $30 million […]

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Mark on January 11th, 2009

It’s always possible (although highly unlikely, I think) that online newspaper will be able to return to the walled garden and start charging for access to “their” information. It may even be possible that Google, Yahoo and the other aggregators and search folk will have to start ponying up something. Read the comments on any […]

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Mark on January 10th, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt ruffled some media feathers last week when he spoke about the unfortunate situation newspapers are in, but said he doesn’t know what Google can do to help. This brought out the Google-owes-newspapers crowd in force, of course, but it also brought out some thoughtful commentators who offered some real ideas that […]

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Mark on January 2nd, 2009

If I were smarter, I would have bought CanWest stock a couple of weeks back when it was 34 cents a share. It ended last year, and started this one, strong, closing today at 91 cents after briefly flirting with $1. The stock has been on a steady climb over the past 10 days or […]

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Mark on December 16th, 2008

It was definitely a day for the business of newspapers to dominate the industry news, whether it was layoffs or forced reinvention in Detroit. A bit of a wrap-up. In Canada, Sun Media announced it’s laying off 600 people, although according to the Financial Post the number could wind up higher than that. has […]

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Mark on December 3rd, 2008

Based on what I’ve so far learned about the stock market, the fact that CanWest’s stock closed the day down six cents based on trading volume that was almost equal to the average volume is much more significant (in terms of understanding how investors see CanWest) than yesterday, when the stock opened and closed at […]

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