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Jeff Bezos: people pay for a package, not a story

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced last month that he was buying the Washington Post for $250 million. He’s been making the rounds at the paper talking to staff about his plans and vision. But this caught my eye: The Bezos plan for the news organization he has agreed to buy for $250 million centers on […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2013,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

In a surprise announcement, The Washington Post announces it is being purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. From the Washington Post: But for much of the past decade, The Post has been unable to escape the financial turmoil that has engulfed newspapers and other “legacy” media organizations. The rise of the Internet and the epochal […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 7 Comments

Times-Picayune to start printing daily

David Carr writes in The New York Times that a year after the Times-Picayune in New Orleans dropped to a thrice weekly paper, the paper will start printing a paper daily. But what it’s printing and who gets it is?. complicated. Here’s how David describes it: On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, a broadsheet called The […]

Posted on: May 13, 2013,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

I know of some cartoonists who qualify for $20,000

The Knight Foundation paid Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a Knight Foundation luncheon wherein he talked about his plagiarism and fabrications. From Poynter: At a talk this afternoon in Miami, Jonah Lehrer acknowledged his plagiarism and fabrications and described how he hopes to redeem his reputation. Lehrer read prepared remarks then answered questions from […]

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Washington Post considering putting up paywall

From the Washington Post: Long reluctant to charge for online content, the newspaper is close to a decision to introduce digital subscriptions and charge online readers once they surpass a certain number of articles or multimedia features a month, the person said. Access to the home page and section fronts would not be limited. The […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 9 Comments

Warren Buffett bullish on newspaper’s future

From the New York Times: Mr. Buffett went on a newspaper spending spree this year by buying more than 60 newspapers from Media General and a small stake in the newspaper company Lee Enterprises, a chain of mostly small dailies based in Iowa. At the time, he stressed that he had great confidence that newspapers […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters try to stave off drop to thrice weekly publication

Marketplace reporter Dan Bobkoff looks at a “preemptive strike” by Cleveland Plain Dealer journalists who have organized a petition drive and endorsements to win public support against the paper scaling back to a three days a week print run. “If you have half the reporters, they’re asking half the questions, they’re writing half the stories,” […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters try to stave off drop to thrice weekly publication

Syracuse NY, Harrisburg PA papers drop to three day print schedule

The Syracuse Post-Standard (NY) and Harrisburg’s The Patriot-News (PA) have announced they are dropping to a three-days-a-week printing schedule in January. Both papers are part of the Advance Publications Inc family. According to a couple of news reports editors cited the economic model for newspapers no longer works and the need to reinvent themselves as […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 6 Comments

The Daily lays off 29% of staff

From All Things D: The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily?s plans. The move comes 18 months after the tablet newspaper?s high-profile launch, and a little more than a month after News Corp. announced plans to split itself […]

Posted on: Aug 1, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: 6 Comments

RJ Matson laid off from St. Louis Post Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced it has laid off 23 staffers from their newsroom citing weak economic conditions. Riverfront Times reports Post-Dispatch editorial cartoonist R.J. Matson was among those let go. The Post-Dispatch announcement: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has laid off 23 staffers from the newsroom, advertising and production, the company announced today. The […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 30 Comments

Three Alabama newspapers going to 3 week printing schedule

The Birmingham News, the Press-Register in Mobile, and The Huntsville Times are moving to a three-day-a-week-in-print schedule. The Press-Register is home to editorial cartoonist J.D. Crowe. J.D. writes on his blog: Through this blog, Facebook and Twitter, we’re practically mutual online stalkers already. If I’m part of the new configuration, I guarantee you, we’ll be […]

Posted on: Jun 1, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 8 Comments

Sun-Times: We are no longer a newspaper

The Chicago Sun-Times announced changes to its leadership and reorganizing of its newsroom recently. This quote caught my eye: “We are no longer a newspaper company,” Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC Editor-in-chief Jim Kirk said in a memo to staff. “We are a technology company that happens to publish a newspaper. We deliver content. And we […]

Posted on: May 31, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 9 Comments

Times-Picayune to drop to 3x weekly newspaper

The New Orleans Times-Picayune will soon cease to be a daily newspaper. The paper announced yesterday that it was moving to a three-times weekly schedule with greater emphasis on delivering the news at greater frequency through it’s website. From their website, With a reduced printing schedule starting in the fall, Amoss said, plans call […]

Posted on: May 25, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

NYT: The sports cartoon is dying

Excellent article in the New York Times about the decline of the sports cartoon in newspapers. They blended the skills of a caricaturist and the mind-set of a columnist. They were entertainers and ink-stained jokesters. They were newsroom denizens and deadline artists who churned out five or six cartoons a week that received prominent display. […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Papers lose $7 in print ad revenue for every $1 digital gain

The Pew Research Center has issued a report that isn’t so surprising, but offers more concrete numbers to throw around the bar when complaining about the demise of the industry. The report states that on average for every $1 gained in digital advertising revenue, they lose $7 in print ad revenue. In general, the shift […]

Posted on: Mar 7, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments