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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

New York Times reconsiders compensation to cartoonists

Two weeks ago the New York Times announced it was going to begin publishing cartoons each Sunday in their Week in Review section, but their process for selecting (‘everyone send in finished work and we’ll pick the one we like’) and compensating the cartoonists ($250 a week) created a strong negative response from individual cartoonists […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Prediction: Newspapers will be gone in 5 years

The Center for the Digital Future (part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism) has released a study about the impact of the internet on Americans. They study touches on issues of privacy, social media, PC vs tablet computing among other issues. One prediction made is that most US newspapers will be gone […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2011,  Section: news, Newspaper industry, Comments: 27 Comments

Tablet users not paying more for news than others

As the rise of the iPhone Apps and other smart phones came on the market, there was a general feeling that if people weren’t willing pay for stuff they can get for free online, maybe they’d be willing to pay for it if it came packaged as an app. That seems to be true according […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Apple’s Newsstand causes surge in newspaper app downloads

Poynter reports that the release of the latest operating system (iOS 5) for Apple’s iPad and iPhone has caused a surge downloads for newspapers. The new OS comes with a new app called Newsstand where users can subscribe to magazines and newspapers. One of the examples cited was the NYTimes app which saw 189,000 new […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

The Daily struggles to gain subscribers

Bloomberg is reporting that Ruport Murdock’s much heralded The Daily is struggling to get enough subscribers to break even. The Daily’s daily usage is about 120,000 – much less than the 500,000 it needs to break even. News Corp.’s digital publication isn’t compelling enough to change people’s reading habits and its marketing push, including an […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Newspapers giving tablets away, Amazon introduces Kindle Fire

Yesterday Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire tablet. The device is being hailed as the first serious tablet to compete against Apple’s iPad. It sells at $199 and has a whole bunch of features that you can see on their site. Here’s Bloomberg’s report about the Kindle Fire. In somewhat related news, at least two […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: 7 Comments