Mark on March 6th, 2013

I can understand the reasons for it, but I think cutting newsroom copy editors is a bad idea. Yes, newspapers need to cut costs to keep going – or, more properly, to keep profits at levels that make investors and owners happy. Yes, they need to preserve reporters, because they need to fill the newspaper, […]

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Mark on August 17th, 2011

Most of what follows is pretty close to conventional wisdom, at least among the folks I talk to and read. I don’t have any particular claim to expertise: this is the result of closely following a decade or more worth of news about the news, thinking as deeply as I can, and absorbing what I […]

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Mark on September 24th, 2010

On the newspaper front, it seems there has been more cause for fiscal optimism over the last little while. The mantra that “you need to support us because we are good for you” (which tends to put reading newspapers on par with, say, eating broccoli), has slowly given ground to cautious and understated optimism about […]

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Mark on May 13th, 2010

I saw this in a Toronto Star article yesterday: John Paton is apparently one of those advising the new owners of chain. Paton is the recently named head of the Journal-Register newspaper group, and when I saw him speak at last month’s International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, he drew a big round […]

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Mark on December 18th, 2009

1. Journalism is not dying. Changing, yes. 2. Newspapers, as an industry, are not going away. Changing, yes. 3. Ink on paper will eventually die. Hand-illuminated manuscripts on parchment did, too. 4. It has never been about bloggers vs. journalists. 5. Not all of the smart people are in newsrooms. 6. Both the critics and […]

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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 22nd, 2009

It’s no secret that newspaper circulation is in long-term decline. It’s also no secret, at least within the business, that newspaper auditing organizations have made a number of moves over the years to: (a) more accurately reflect how many people are buying newspapers (their version); or (b) cover the fact that the decline is continuing […]

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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 November 7th, 2009

(See bottom of post for updates.) As I watch the lusciously designed, mainly Western European newspapers roll out at Juan Antonio Giner’s What’s Next: Innovations in Newspapers, I keep wondering what effect something like i would have on urban newspaper sales in North American cities. i, according to Giner, is something newish: a daily newsmagazine. […]

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Mark on September 24th, 2009

(Update: It occurred to me this afternoon, while going over some of the data from the NADBank study with my students, that there’s a serious weakness in the polling, which results in an under-reporting of daily newspaper readership in some Canadian cities. None of their figures, as far as I can determine, include ethnic media. […]

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