Newspapers

The London Weekly: I Print Therefore I Am

The new London freesheet The London Weekly distributed its first copy today – in the wake of much skepticism over whether it really existed…

A Song For Gavin O’Reilly

Mr O’Reilly, I really want to help. We know the denial phase. Hold my virtual hand and let’s move to the next stage. Let me start by offerin…

News Bosses Tell MPs: Free Us To Fight Google

Newspaper publishers, in their latest plea for regulatory reform, want to be allowed to collectively lobby Google (NSDQ: GOOG) for story pay…

Ten Things Local Newspapers Need To Do

Forget the swirling debates over building paywalls or shaking down Google (NSDQ: GOOG), MediaShift’s Mark Glaser has some different suggesti…

The Death of Newspaper…Analysts

An interesting story by Robert MacMillan on the slow death of, well, newspaper industry stock analysts, amidst the doom and gloom scenario o…

Financial Chronicle Launches E-Paper

So what all do you have to do to read a Financial Chronicle news report online? First, go to www.mydigitalfc.com, click on the story in the…

Business Standard Launches Hindi News Portal

Business Standard, the financial daily which has recently launched Hindi and Gujarati editions, has now launched its Hindi website: www.bshi…

eBay Open Classifieds Site Kijiji in U.S.

eBay has quietly launched in international classified site Kijiji in U.S., in an attempt to compete against Craigslist and others, reports W…

This News & Paper Race

Robert Kuttner has written a detailed and rambling story in the latest issue of CJR, on the future of newspapers in U.S. Hard to summarize i…

The Minty Way, Even If Slightly Unclear

After waiting for about an hour and a half at the offices of the new business paper ‘Mint’ from Hindustan Times (HT), I wasn’t hoping for a…

Deccan Herald’s Jobs Portal Is Live

Deccan Herald’s jobs portal DHAvenues is live, but still under development. I spoke to D.B. Dutta, VP Marketing and Circulation, Deccan Hera…

Updated: HT Launches Business Paper – Mint

Hindustan Times has announced the launch of it’s business newspaper, called Mint. The word doing the rounds is that ‘Mint’ stands for Money,…

Business Line To Launch E-Paper From Sunday

The Hindu Business Line will be one of the last major newspapers in India to launch an epaper. The digital paper will be launched on Sunday,…

Narisetti on Coming Back To India

Raju Narisetti, the editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe who is now heading back to India to head HT’s new business paper, spoke at the…

Journal Sentinel Acquires MilwaukeeMoms.com

The Journal Sentinel, publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has bought out local parenting resource site MilwaukeeMoms.com. Terms of…

Bennett, Coleman Acquires Karnataka Papers

The Economic Times: This is one of the major acquisition deals in the Indian newspaper industry. Bennett, Coleman & Company (The Times of In…

Dainik Bhaskar Group Valued At $466 Million

Business Standard: Bhaskar Group, a regional media company in India, is valued at Rs 2100 crore ($467 million). It’s a leading regional medi…

Pioneer In Talks With Jagran For A Sell-out

Business Standard: It’s a sign of the growing maturity of Indian newspaper business. Indian newspaper moguls are not averse to mergers and a…

Pod, Vod and God: Newspaper’s Next Hopes

An excellent if slightly loosely structured story on the state of the newspaper industry in U.S., the innovations and attempts going on onli…

AP and Topix In Local News Attribution Deal

Online news search and aggregation site Topix.net and AP’s digital arm are teaming up in an attempt to send more visitors to newspaper sites…

Platform Proactive, Not Agnostic

(reg. req.) A good rant from always reliable Simon Dumenco…”I swear to God, if I see one more sorrowful death-of-newspapers story I’m seri…

Newspapers: If, But, When, How, Why

You’ll get all the answers in the world if you read these three stories (if I had time, I would summarize these long stories, but I have oth…

Coverage From WAN Conference in Paris

(via Vin) World Association of Newspapers’ Advertising Conference is going on in Paris and they are blogging it on the official conference b…

Newspapers To Advertisers: We Exist

Yep, and we’ll spend $50 million to prove it to you. More than the $40 million those sucka’ magazine people can come up with.
So says (well,…

Journal Register Buys Jobs Site JobsInTheUS

Newspaper company Journal Register has bought out JobsInTheUS, a technology company that owns several online job sites.
Journal Register did…

Readers Up 11% at US Newspaper Sites: Study

Newspaper sites in U.S. are attracting users at a faster pace than the internet overall with visitor numbers up 11 per cent annually, accord…

API’s $2 Million Newspaper Thinktank

The American Press Institute has launched a $2 million year-long research project trying to find new business models for newspapers…The “N…

Tribune Taking MetroMix Brand National

Tribune is taking its “Metromix” brand of “edgy” entertainment sites national…it is a well-known Chicago site, but now its going “national…

Trinity Mirror Revamps Four Sites

In UK, Trinity Mirror has relaunched its four remaining national newspaper sites as part of an ongoing strategy to boost online ad revenue a…

Health of the Newspaper Industry

If you were sleeping at the wheel, this story would give you an aha moment: “The basic newspaper, when you take out the Internet and all the…

Craigslist: The Kryptonite Rolls On

SmartMoney.com has a good story on the effects of Craigslist on newspaper companies: It competes with newspapers essentially by not competin…

Online Newspaper Ad Spending Climbs

According to the Newspaper Association of America estimates, total newspaper ad revenues – both print and online – are projected to reach $1…

Scripps Plans With Shopzilla

Scripps, which bought out shopping comparison site Shozilla for $525 million, has some grand plans with it. The ultimate goal: Turn Shopzill…

Trinity Mirror Swoops For Net Jobs Firm

A mini-trend going on in the UK market, where newspaper companies are finally waking up to the potential of online classifieds and buying ou…

Media General Advergaming Buys

A good overview of why a media/newspaper company like Media General is making acquisitions in the advergaming space. It bought out Dallas-ba…

Trinity Mirror Buys Jobs Website

In UK, Trinity Mirror has bought Financial Jobs Online, owner of financial recruitment website Gaapweb.com, as the newspaper publisher conti…

Slate’s Purchase Price: About $17 Million

I made some basic calculations based on Washington Post’s two recent 10-Q filings, and the acquisition cost for Slate, which was acquired in…

Detroit News, Free Press Change Owners

Would be interesting to see the effect on online operations of these newspapers involved..who would you say is more online savvy: Gannett or…

Topix.net’s Progress Report

A detailed interview with Topix.net founders CEO Rich Skrenta and Chris Tolles, VP of sales and marketing, on the progress since the investm…

Topix.net Got About $50 Million

If this math is correct, this will certainly send some valuations into a tizzy. Topix.net, the news aggregation play which got majority boug…

E-Paper and Newspapers

A good overview story on the various electronic paper developments, inlcuding E Ink, Treeless Systems, Philips, and others.

Atop the Content H-eAP

A story on AP’s eAP initiative: to digitaize its distribution process. Mainly a backend change…

AP To Launch Online Video Network

This is in concurrent to the announcement below, but merits separate mention: AP will be launching an ad-supported online video news service…

Media General Buys Gaming Company Blockdot

Media General, the Richmond, Va.-based media publishing company (owner of Tampa Tribune), has made a strange acquisition: it has bought out…

Trinity Mirror Buys New Housing Portal

In UK, newspaper chain Trinity Mirror has expanded into the online property services market, buying Smart Media Services, the owner of house…

Fairfax Buys Dating Site

Australian media/newspaper company Fairfax (which also has the biggest network of online news sites) has acquired local online dating servic…

Newspapers: Dead Yet?

Back in 2001, there was a blog tracking whether Dick Cheney was dead yet, based on his bad health in those days. Was a hilariously funny blo…

Scotsman.com Goes Premium

On the heels of TimesSelect, as of June 20 Scotsman.com will leave most of the site open but a chunk of “unique and distinctive” content goe…

Supreme Court Denies Media Ownership Review

B&C was first in my mail box with news that the U.S. Supreme Court will not review media ownership rules. More to come.Bloomberg: “The rejec…

Barron's Crafts Newspaper Obit, Sort Of

Barron’s’ Andrew Bary sifts through the numbers and determines that Wall Street is “starting to write an obituary for the newspaper industry…

LAtimes’s Redesign Online

As we reported yesterday, LATimes.com has redesigned, and its Calendarlive section is back to being free to access…(the editor’s note is h…

ContentBiz2005: How to Frame the Conference?

Dorian Benkoil.
Rafat and I talked before this conference about how we might approach it, and came up with a legitimate question: In today’s…

More Reg Woes For NY Post

The NY Daily News reports that rival NY Post reversed efforts to collect “a mother lode of highly personal information, including name, age,…

Lost in the (NY) Post

Poor NY Post..it was having some major trouble launching its online registration efforts (which started today), and everyone who hates them…

AP or P2P: The Debate Continues

Often, stories that I think will bring a surge in comments in that particular forum don’t even net one reponse. This one is different. I thi…

Newspaper Circ Down 1.9 Percent

It may not sound like much in the grand scheme of things but this 1.9 percent decrease includes some even more significant numbers. Accordin…

AJC.com Meets Modest Goals For Paid Blogs

I played a very small part in the Atlanta newspapers’ earliest efforts to make money by delivering news via computer (the 1980s’ CompuServe…

News Sites Boost Paid Search Use

The online arms of The New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio and several other top media outlets are running search campaig…

Ifra Beyond the Printed Word 2004 Moblog

Well, the newspapers are catching up…at least in Europe. Ifra’s “Beyond the Printed Word” Conference, (which I attended last year in Amste…

Sun Online Says Guardian Story Wrong

This is the rebuttal of a story which caused some controversy last month…Sun Online editor Pete Picton has criticised the Observer and the…

Better Search at Tribune Sites

Search as a news tool: Tribune Interactive is making some real progress with recent upgrades on its various sites, writes Steve Yelvington.…

Open Season For News Sites

Mark Glaser round up some of the recent developments in online media industry: sites such as the BBC and News.com are linking more outside t…

Individualization of Content For Newspapers

Vin Crosbie’s speech at the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference, earlier last week…
A quote: “A major difference between p…

Info As a Flow, Not Stock

(via Vin) A great speech by Command-Post.org founder Alan Nelson, to newspaper editoris: “Information in general, and news in particular, is…

Why Web Publishers Fear a Little Sharing

Well, the story got Matt Haughey’s spelling wrong, for starters…and then it raises the bogey of bogus newspaper website registrations…
D…

Metro Newspaper Launches Music Service in UK

UK’s free tabloid Metro has launched an online music service called Metrotunes, aimed at what it calls “urbanites”.
The service has been de…

Arizona Republic Redesigns Site

The online home of The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, launched a major site-wide redesign this week. It is the first design overhaul for a…

SpokesmanReview Newspaper Goes Paid

The Spokesman-Review’s website has gone subscription for some parts…the charge for the premium online service will be $7 per month…

Cutbacks at LA.com

(via LAObserved): The much-hyped LA.com is not working: Los Angeles Newspaper Group has laid off its top managers, including manager Lynda K…

AP’s Local Blogging Plans

Associated Press, one of the oldest and biggest news organizations in the country, is looking into using blogging on local community level..…

The State of Online Journalism

That was the event held yesterday by ONA…
Among other things: CNET News.com is currently working on restructuring its inner story pages be…

Effects Of Sun Cutting Down Web Content

UK’s tabloid Sun is planning to cut down on its website, as it says that big cannibalization is happening with its print readers..
That was…

Why Bloggers Are Good For Profit

(reg. req.): Why aren’t more online news sites becoming more blogger/link friendly? “[Complimentary] content for bloggers and their visitors…

Registration? For What?

John Dvorak hates everything in this world, so what’s the point…but I’ll agree with this point: “When you peruse the Web sites of newspape…

Globe Goes Premium

Canadian newspaper site Globeandmail.com, has launched a premium section for subscribers… If you want to read their columnists or editoria…

Sun To Launch Mobile Java Edition

In UK, the tabloid behemoth The Sun is planning to launch a downloadable mobile Java version of the newspaper, reports NMA.
The publisher b…

Newspapers Pursue E-Commerce

(sub. req.): Online newspapers are begining to embrace e-commerce through their sites, but their entrance onto the commerce stage is off to…

The Unasked Question

The eternal Craigmania-induced question: Why can’t/haven’t/don’t newspapers create and offer their OWN self-published, community focused lis…

Electronic AP: Big LeAP Forward?

By year’s end, The Associated Press plans to roll out Electronic AP (eAP), a content management and distribution initiative that aims to pro…

Shrewd Dot-Com Investing

Newspaper executives who oversee digital-media investments are taking a more calculated approach this time…Their strategies more closely r…

PDF Editions: Still A Hot Button Issue

Using PDFs as a content presentation and delivery vehicle is still a hot button issue, and has cropped up in a few different threads online:…

Bugmenot’s Back

The army of volunteers at Mozilla forum helped sort it out for Bugmenot…the hosting guy got it mixed up…see here.
See my earlier post: “…

Bugmenot Gone?

(via Umair Haque) Seems like the bug in the side of newspaper and other news sites is gone, or at least down for some time. Bugmenot, the c…

The Secrets of Lawrence

Lawrence Journal-World’s secrets, revealed. Revenues — reportedly $900,000 last year for online sales. In-line ads and sponsorship made $17…

Why Trust Registration Data?

‘Cause why should I trust your view, Adam?
Related: Why trust Adam Penenberg?
Also read: “Registration Still Required”

The Personalized Cookie For News Sites

I would think a combination of what MSNBC.com Newsbot does, along with a more active clipping service like IHT.com, would do the trick….

Alt-Weekly Portal Launches

(via Media Drop) As pointed in a previous story on OJR, the alt-weeklies are beginning to wake up from their Net slumber: Association of Alt…

What, Me Register?

Another knee-jerk and populist reaction to online registration…more research is needed into a something like not, not flag-bearing populis…

News Sites, Where the Men Are

While the gender ratio of people who read print newspapers is about 1-to-1, 60 percent to 70 percent of the people who read the websites of…

Profits Up For Local Web

Local online advertising moved from high-growth status to “boom” in the first half of 2004, according to consulting firm Borrell. Daily news…

News Web Sites Court Campaign Ads

(reg. req.): Missed this one last week: a detailed story on online news sites trying to court political ad budgets during this election seas…

Steal this Login

An interview on NPR with Wired News reporter Rachel Metz, about BugMeNot, the small site which is at a center of controversy among online ne…

AP Looks Into Enhanced Online Search Tool

AP’s looking to get into the local search and content game… The goal is to offer a search engine with more participating news organization…

Open Arms for Open-Source News

A California newspaper is turning over the news to the people: If you think it’s news, it probably is to somebody, so write it up…

Google-envy and the Quest for Local Search

Local newspapers might be in a better position to tap into the local search and classifieds space than we give them credit for. “Local onlin…

Newspaper Blogs and Ad Revenues

An interesting little tidbit from, who else, E-Media Tidbits…the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington, is having some success…

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Login

And you thought the controversy had died? It is back again, at least on the discussion boards of the technorati…
The story revolves around…

New Plans For CS Monitor

Includes a subscription service for “heavy users of the Monitor website”..what does that mean?

Publishers Urged to Try Paid Search

Newspapers companies should reconsider paid search, and “jump on…the bandwagon”…
The next time a consulting firm tells me to jump on the…

Quality News: Who Will Pay The Tab?

Can the mass media make money from digital publications that tap advertisers’ desire for targeted ads? And, if the ad revenue from digitaliz…

Mobile Offers A Renaissance For Newspapers

An interesting new report from the World Association of Newspapers’ “Future of the Newspaper” project, on how newspapers need to develop mob…

LA.com’s Insider Approach

Hoping to take advantage of the L.A. Times’ decision to restrict access to its city guide, LA.com’s small team is building a media brand fro…

LAT’s CalenderLive Leading To Defections?

That’s what this story speculates: LA Times’ CalenderLive site went subscription last year, and maybe the LAT entertainment writers are not…

Telegraph Reconsiders Online Operations

The Telegraph Group in UK is to weigh up the future of its fashion/gossip site Handbag.com–a joint venture with Boots–following the Barcla…

Smaller Newspapers’ Life On The Web

The problems facing a small newspaper website…among them, newspapers’ Web efforts don’t appear to be helping their print circulations.

Website Analytics Still Hit or Miss

(via Cyberjournalist): The online version of the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and WFLA-TV, called TBO.com, uses no less than six different methods -…

WaPo Online Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

Washingtonpost.com has become the first non-broadcast media organization to win a
prestigious Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Televisi…

Newspapers Bite; No Fun

(via Editor’s Weblog): “With television offering headlines — and Internet blogs offering inspired commentary — why do people want to get t…

User Registration Need Not Be Inevitable

Steve Outing has written a great article on trying to capture user data more carefully, ways around asking users to register and yet be able…

First Zulu Language News Site

The Zulu language has burst onto the Internet with the launch of Isolezwe.co.za – the world’s first Zulu news site, or so it claims. The web…

2004 Mid-Year Newspaper Media Review Webcast

This Tuesday and Wednesday, you might want to check out the live webcasts of the Mid-Year Media Review…
A mid-year progress report from ne…

UK Newspapers To Get Into Digital Music Fray

Hell, why not? Guardian Unlimited will be the first to launch a download service around this year’s Glastonbury festival after striking a de…

Online News Registration May Not Deliver

This is a rather unfair story, but play along. The basic argument is that there’s bad data, and then privacy issues…
The Philadelphia Inqu…

NewsStand Launches Browser-Based Reader

They’ve finally figured it out, haven’t they? That’s the least these digital version software companies can do…NewsStand has unveiled a br…

The Woes of the Christian Science Monitor

What should they do? They’ve been thinking of charging for online content…a story in the paper lays out the troubled state of the paper op…

Why Can’t A Newspaper Be More Like A Blog

Two sharp pieces by Barry Parr, on how online newspapers need to evolve:
— RSS: “Publishers don’t understand that the home page is no longe…

Roger Ebert’s Movie Reviews on Cells

Smart move by Chicago Sun Times…”Ebert Mobile Movie Reviews” will be available exclusively to U.S. Cellular subscribers.
Ebert’s Mobile…

Seybold Bulletin Goes Open

Seybold Bulletin, the companion weekly electronic newsletter on publishing technology from the eponymous Seybold Report, has been redesigned…

Can the Tribe Make It Work?

An interview with Mark Pincus, the founder of Tribe.net, a social software startup, backed by, among others, Knight-Ridder. Again, a simple…

The Compact Revolution

Reports from the World Editors Forum, being held in Istanbul, Turkey…these reports focus on how tabloid-sized newspapers are the wave of t…

Integrating Newspapers With Mobile Video

While we here in US are still stuck with trying integrate SMS with news services, Ico, a Korean mobile content provider is integrating newsp…

Was I Having a Bad Day?

I stirred a small hornet’s nest last week when I mentioned that maybe online newspapers are shying away from innovation on busienss models,…

Report Alert: What Local Web Sites Earn

60% discount for paidContent.org readers: A report by Borrell Associates…Unique results and rich analysis based on revenue reports from mo…

Honey, They Shrunk the Newspaper, Part 2

Jack Shafer digs deeper into the electronic/digital versions of newspapers: last time he looked at New York Times, the Washington Post, and…

AP Chief Touts Customized News

The AP wants to help its members reach consumers who are increasingly demanding immediate news on their personal electronic devices, such as…

Tribune’s Interactive Revenues

Interactive revenues for Tribune, in Q1 2004, were $29 million, up 38 percent, due to strength in classified and banner/sponsorship adverti…

The Newspaper of Tommorow

A story on the electronic paper technologies being developed…”Those looking beyond the initial launch of electronic newspapers advise indu…

San Jose Mercury News Begins Registration

Knight Ridder’s San Jose Mercury News will begin requiring registration of its online visitors beginning April 14…
More details here….

2004 EPpy Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2004 EPpy Awards, which honor the best new media work by media/newspaper companies, were announced today by Editor & P…

UK’s ANM Eyes Newspaper Mobile Services

UK’s newspaper group Associated Newspapers is ramping up the use of mobile interactivity across its titles, considering such next generation…

Tech Takes On News Plagiarism

(sub. req.): Can technology stop plagiarized articles before they hit the newsstand? Despite some recent high-profile incidents and new soft…

Online Daily to Challenge S.F. Chronicle

(reg. req.): Beyondchron.org, an alternative online daily launching in San Francisco, promising to tweak the city’s establishment newspaper…

Topix.net Finds Niche With Local News

Whatever it is, Topix.net, the news search engine launched recently, is getting a lot of press…
Topix is entering an area that’s long been…

Swiss Company Launches MMS News Service

(the link is a Google translation of the German page from the company’s website) BEX Media, a mobile content provider in Switzerland, has la…

Local Internet Revenues For Media Companies

Borrell Associates is releasing a report that examines local Internet revenue and makes projections for 2004 in 210 U.S. markets, from New Y…

Registration coming to Ohio.com

“Beginning Wednesday, we will ask you to register online to read articles from our newspaper partner, the Akron Beacon Journal.”

Star-Telegram To Require Registration

The Star-Telegram’s Web site, Star-Telegram.com, on Wednesday will go behind a registration wall…
Knight Ridder, which owns the Star-Teleg…

Olive Software Gets $6 Million Funding

Olive Software, the electronic publishing (digital editions) technology/software company based in Denver, CO, has received $6 million in fun…

LA Times Crossword On Mobiles

It’s slow, but newspapers are getting into the wireless game (pun intended!)…
Related: NYTimes.com To Launch Crossword, Word Game on Mobil…

Newspaper Web Readers Younger, More Educated

A new study by NAA shows no surprises: online newspapers readers are younger…”Power Users 2004: Newspapers’ Online Audience in a Broadband…

Trends in Online Newspapers

A great overview on what’s happening in the online newspaper market in U.S.: online registration, targeted advertising, targeted content, pr…

Tony Ridder on Online Newspapers

“For me, a decade of experience with Knight Ridder Digital engenders real excitement about the increasingly important role of interactive me…

Profile of Boston.com

A profile of Boston Globe’s online efforts in Boston.com..its efforts in online video, an open-source CMS system, generating user feedback e…

From Web to Print

In a smart move, the online newspaper TV2 Nettavisen in Norway published 20,000 copies of a print version of the website on Friday…downloa…

Users Rebel Against Data Gathering

(sub. req.): A disturbing yet obvious trend…More and more Web publishers are requesting personal details in an effort to serve up targeted…

‘Classic’ L.A. Comes to the Net

MediaNews Group and its California Newspaper Partnership, along with Gannett and Stephens Media, is set today to unveil LA.com, run by presi…

Free Swiss Daily Shuts Down Digital Edition

The free Swiss daily 20 Minuten has shut down its digital edition. The reason? The Swiss news agency Schweizer Depenschenagentur (SDA) usual…

The Future of News and Newspapers

An excellent series of stories by OJR (mainly Vin Crosbie) on the future of news and newspapers, online. Crosbie outlines the probems and so…

Knight Ridder Web Sites to Charge?

That’s what Vin Crosbie is hearing, from KRD execs…once Knight Ridder Digital has finished implementing consumer registration at their Web…

New Head For Tribune Interactive

Tribune has got the writing on the wall: classifieds and online have merged, irreparably, and so it has combined both those units, and has n…

UK’s Times Online Unveils First Ad Campaign

The Times Online in UK is to launch its first brand marketing campaign online featuring the strapline ‘Where it’s @ Times Online’.
The campa…

MediaNews, Stephens Launch LA.com

MediaNews Group’s California Newspapers Partnership, which includes Gannett and Stephens Media Group, is taking a direct stab at online city…

A Register of Newspaper Readers

A Wired News story on how a lot of newspapers have started asking for registrations fro users online….”While most newspaper websites haven…

Timesofindia.com is No 5 in US

I have to say, there’s something really fishy about this: Hitwise has released a list of top 10 most-visited print news and media sites..som…

The Scotsman to Require Registration

The Scotsman’s website has become the latest online newspaper website to ask for registration, in an attempt to get more in-depth data for a…

Google and Newspapers

Co-founder Sergey Brin on the evolution of search and his company’s partnerships with publishers.

News Sites Seek Readers Via Search Ads

Some news organizations have started advertising on search engines, luring readers on stories ranging from Michael Jackson’s trial to Comcas…

WPNI Chief Eyes Growth Opportunities

An interview with Caroline Little, CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, in wake of WaPo’s decision to ask for more regi…

YellowBrix and FluentMedia Announce Merger

Content licensing rivals YellowBrix and Fluent Media (part of Tribune Media) have announced a merger. The newly merged organization will ope…

WaPo Online To Require User Registration

WashingtonPost.com, after resisting the “registration-gate” for its website for years, has given in..it will now require all readers to regi…

Crosswords Killer On UK’s Telegraph Site

Crosswords pay, in more ways than one, online: Crosswords dating back to 1925 will be published every Saturday for the next 18 months on tel…

Wireless News: Idle Mode For Now

Well, for newspapers, that is…most smaller newspapers have not seen enough returns or revenues form their wireless/mobile efforts..
But th…

Daily Mail UK To Launch Premium Website

The Daily Mail UK is about to revamp its website with rolling news and paid-for content. Sometime this quarter the newspaper site owned by A…

WaPo’s Online Revenues Increase 34 Percent

Washington Post Online’s revenues for Q4, 2003 increased 34 percent to $14.2 million, from $10.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. Loc…

What’s in a Name? Nothing, If Its eAP

Call me when you’re done snoozing through this…I am pretty sick of the eAP thing…isn’t it just IT infrastructure upgrade, which should h…

Newspapers: The Connecting People Business

(via E-Media Tidbits): Norbert Specker has written a provocative article on why newspaper have failed in the most basic of human needs: conn…

NAA Digital Edge Winners Announced

The Newspaper Association of America presented its Digital Edge Awards to the best online newspaper projects on Monday at the Connections 20…

NewspaperDirect Launches Library Service

NewspaperDirect, a digital delivery service for daily online editions of newspapers, has luanched its library service.
Libraries will have t…

WaPo Online Names New CEO

Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online arm of Washington Post Company, has named a new CEO: Caroline Little will be the new CEO and…

Tribune-Owned BlackVoices.com Faces Shutdown

BlackVoices.com, an 8-year-old Web site owned by Tribune, is slated to be closed or sold in coming weeks. The site, which has failed to turn…

Web Newsrooms Needn’t Be Loss Leaders

Separation of church and state is a basic tenet of journalism, but that doesn’t mean online newsrooms have to be loss leaders, suggests Pete…

News Web Sites: A Future Waiting to Happen

Dave Morgan of Tacoda Systems: “One aspect of that discipline is to stop pigeonholing readers as either offline subscribers, newsstand buyer…

NewspaperDirect To Launch Online Version

(via J D Lasica): NewspaperDirect, the print-on-demand newspaper service, is launching on online version of its service, much like say Newss…

Why WaPo Can’t…

Some more WaPo bashing: not sure why Don Graham even gave the statement…the paper can’t add the online circulation even if it wants to, fo…

WaPo Not Combining Print and Online Circ

Regular readers of this site know I am not exactly a fan of WaPo online…most of it has to do with my avowed aversion to beltway politics (…

Tying Referrals to Content

This is how Knight Ridder plans to make money from its recent invetment in social software company Tribe.net: it is exploring a business mod…

Publishers Bet on Friendster-Like Service

Publishers Knight Ridder and The Washington Post Co. are banking on social networking to be the future of online classifieds, having investe…

Aftonbladet Introduces More Premium Services

Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest newspaper site, has introduced an array of new premium services called “Aftonbladet Plus.” The Plus-package f…

Scripps Plans Web Site Registration

The newspapers of E.W. Scripps chain will soon roll out registration at its Web sites…the first paper to launch will be the Ventura County…

From Free to Fee in 10 Easy Steps

ABQjournal’s Donn Friedman lays it all out for us..and please don’t miss the tenth step! A must read..

Denver Papers Sell Video Ads

The Denver Newspaper Agency recently launched streaming video advertisements on the Web sites for the two papers in the city’s joint operati…

Details on CanWest’s Tiered Approach

Mark Glaser gives us details of Canwest’s recent announcement to offer the most content online to print newspaper subscribers, with plans fo…

CanWest Outlines New Online Strategy

CanWest, which owns Canada’s biggest newspaper chain and the canada.com website, has provided more details of its previously-announced plan…

Online Outlets Link Papers, Profits

William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group: “Bad content doesn’t get better just because it is on the screen,” he said. “It is time to a…

Building a Better Print Newspaper

Steve Outing does some big-picture thinking of what newspapers of the future should be doing…must-read for musty-heads…

KansasCity.com Launches User Registration

This is the first test-case for Knight Ridder chain… it plans to introduce a similar registration model at Charlotte.com at the end of nex…

SFGate.com’s Vlae Kershner

“We’re against the subscriber-only model. Our goal is to attract a large audience that advertisers want to reach. Newspapers need to charge…

Newsday Launches Premium Membership

Newsday becomes the second major newspaper in the Tribune chain to launch premium services…here’s the message Raymond Jansen, Newsday’s pu…

Sunday Times’ CD Shows Promise

The Sunday Times in UK has launched its monthly CD-ROM, “The Month”, as part of its Culture supplement. Does it add to the paper – or is it…

Growing Online Subscriptions In The Desert

Albuquerque Journal doesn’t look back two years after charging online…”ABQjournal.com has had 3,782 customers pay for access to the site i…

The Irish Times’ Story of the Transition

Again, a detailed look at Irish Times’ Ireland.com making the transition to a subscription site…The Irish Times was the first newspaper in…

The Jerusalem Post Looks For A Middle Road

An in-depth look at Jerusalem Post’s JPost.com transition to a subscription site, straight from the horse’s mouth. Despite being able to tur…

Pondering Paid Entertainment Guides

Rich Gordon analyzes the online paid entertainment guides, in wake of LATimes.com’s CalendarLive announcing that it will turn into a premium…

LAT’s CalendarLive Goes Paid

As expected, The Tribune Company has started rolling out premium services for its newspapers: first up, its biggest property Los Angeles Tim…

Advance Papers Require Web Registration

Advance Publications has become the latest newspaper chain to implement user registration on its websites. Users at Cleveland.com, nola.com,…

Newspaper Websites Cannibalizing Print Side?

Seems so, according to a new survey by Belden Associates’ Spring 2003 survey of newspaper website users. Although Belden’s earlier quarterly…

Searching for Online Gold

“Registration is the drumbeat of 2003, rather than firewalls,” he says. Both Benz and Yelvington dismiss the subscription tactic. Morris exp…

Est. Value of Premium Content Types

An interesting slide from Peter Krasilovsky, VP and senior partner at Borrell Associates, who gave a presentation earlier this week at UC Be…

Bill Gates Touts Digital Newspapers

“At the annual convention of the Newspaper Association of America, Gates said newspapers will deliver information and services like video me…

Independent Launches Pay Service

The Independent, the “independent” newspaper in UK, is launching a subscription/micropayments service, dubbed Independent Portfolio, which w…

Hamilton Spectator Goes Subscription

The 157-year old Canadian regional newspaper Hamilton Spectator is turning its website into a premium site, starting April 22. “Spectator [p…

Nando Time to Close

Nando Times, one of the pioneering news websites, will cease to exist within about 90 days, said Christian A. Hendricks, VP of Interactive M…

E-Newspapers With Built-in Video Coming

(via MarketingFix): Canadian media company CanWest Global Communications plans to roll out electronic versions of its newspapers with embedd…

Why Register

The Sun Herald has started asking users top register before accessing the content. The letter outlines why the move was necessary, though it…

Daily Telegraph to Launch a Digital Edition

The Daily Telegraph will launch a digital (PDF) version of its newspaper, in the next couple of months. Of course, newspapers in US have bee…

Can Online Publishing Attract the

Can Online Publishing Attract the E-Generation?: “Web sites and newspapers are designed to be read in different ways, in different situation…

Swiss Paper Allows Content Payment

Swiss Paper Allows Content Payment Through Mobiles: Swiss newspaper Le Temps is to allow its online readers to pay for archived articles usi…

Boston Herald To Launch a

Boston Herald To Launch a Subscription Scheme for Its Popular Columnists: This has been bit of a holy grail for big newspapers: the ability…

Want The News Now? Then

Want The News Now? Then Pay Up: A newspaper in Singapore has done what pundits here in US have only been debating for months and perhaps yea…

An Electronic Newspaper for On the Go

An interview with Roger Fidler, Director of the Institute for CyberInformation at Kent State University, and an electronic content distribut…

Online Newspapers Show Little Interest

Online Newspapers Show Little Interest in Innovative Payment Systems (Europe): A detailed story (and a report) the the European content paym…

Tribune May Start Charging Soon

“Later this year, the Tribune Company may become the first major chain to dramatically expand its pay-for-content services.

Gannett’s Online Revenues Increase 27

Gannett’s Online Revenues Increase 27 Percent: Gannett, the publisher of USAToday.com, among 100 other newspaper websites, has generated app…

South African Newspaper Site Rethinks

South African Newspaper Site Rethinks its Paid Content Strategy: “M&G Online [the online version of the South African paper Mail&Guardian]…

Web Profits Are Talk of

Web Profits Are Talk of NAA Meeting: “[O]nline news might develop into a model similar to cable television, where users pay for premium cont…

What Keeps Newspaper.com Execs Awake

What Keeps Newspaper.com Execs Awake at Night?: Answers: paid content, of course, among others! A short report from Newspaper Association of…

Newspaper Digital Units in the

Newspaper Digital Units in the Black: A roundup on the revenues for online units of major newspaper chains.

Newspapers and New Media: Dan

Newspapers and New Media: Dan Gillmor reports from the Newspaper Association of America’s Connections conference in Orlando, and is a bit di…

More Publishers Try All-Paid Web

More Publishers Try All-Paid Web Model: While no U.S. newspaper is yet making a fortune by charging for access to its website, more publishe…

Canadian Newspaper The Record Goes

Canadian Newspaper The Record Goes Subscription, With a Twist: Candian newspaper The Record, out of Kitchener, Ontario, is going subscriptio…

Washington Post’s Everett Herald Launches

Washington Post’s Everett Herald Launches Subscription Archives: The Everett [Wash.] Herald has deployed the Clickshare’s transaction platfo…

Newspaper Outsiders Offer Tips for Websites

The story offers advice to thwe newspaper industry, from newspaper outsiders like CBS MarketWatch, AOL, Internet Broadcasting Systems, and,…

Web Publishers Describe the Year’s

Web Publishers Describe the Year’s Top Achievements: A good round-up of acheivements of (mainly) newspaper web publishers, including The Adv…

AOL News Director’s Tips For

AOL News Director’s Tips For Newspapers: America Online’s news operations head Gary Kebbel, a former newspaper man, speaks with E&P Online a…

Buy the Print Copy to

Buy the Print Copy to Read the Online Newspaper: The Spanish newspaper on economics, Expansión Directo has a unique code number on its prin…

Paid Subscription Hasn’t Decreased Visits

Paid Subscription Hasn’t Decreased Visits to ElPais.es: One week after the debut of its charging venture, Spanish newspaper ElPais.es keeps…

Spanish Paper El Pais Puts

Spanish Paper El Pais Puts Entire Content Behind Subscription Wall: This is perhaps the first and the biggest general-interest paper in Euro…

Smaller U.S. Newspapers May be

Smaller U.S. Newspapers May be Late in the Online Game, But Are Keen to Experiment: Small U.S. dailies and community weeklies have embraced…

Spanish newspaper Gets 1000 Subscribers

Spanish newspaper Gets 1000 Subscribers in 20 Days: The Spanish newspaper El Mundo has gained 1,000 people to pay for some of its online con…

Akron Beacon Journal Launches Digital

Akron Beacon Journal Launches Digital Edition: The Akron Beacon Journal has launched a digital edition of its newspaper, using Adobe Acrobat…

British Wine Site to Charge

British Wine Site to Charge for Advice: Superplonk.com, the website set up by The Guardian’s wine expert, Malcolm Gluck, is to launch a subs…

Israeli Business Newspaper Launches Ad-Free,

Israeli Business Newspaper Launches Ad-Free, Subscription Version: Israeli business newspaper Globes has launched an ad-free, subscription v…

Le Monde’s Unsolicited Subscription Offer:

Le Monde’s Unsolicited Subscription Offer: Olivier Travers writes about the unsolicited subscription offer he got from Le Monde, France’s bi…

Irish Times’ Website has

Irish Times’ Website has 6,000 Subscribers: Ireland.com, the online division of the Irish Times newspaper, has reportedly signed up 6,000 f…

College Newspapers to Push Subscriptions?:

College Newspapers to Push Subscriptions?: In a story in NYT about college newspapers online, College Publisher, which provides publishing t…

WashingtonPost.com Doesn’t Plan to Charge

WashingtonPost.com Doesn’t Plan to Charge for Content: IWantMedia.com features an interview with Christopher Schroeder, CEO and publisher of…

Copley News Service Launches Syndicated

Copley News Service Launches Syndicated Download Site: Copley News Service is launching a new download website, which will offer about 80 co…

Swiss Newspaper to Charge for

Swiss Newspaper to Charge for Online Content–Pay-Per-Day?: Swiss media group Tamedia will introduce charges for those who wish to read thei…

Best Vertical Newspaper Site: Milwaukee

Best Vertical Newspaper Site: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has won the “Best Vertical Site” in the Digital Edge Awards by the Newspaper Associ…

Local Papers Launch Differential Pricing

Local Papers Launch Differential Pricing Subscription Versions: In an interesting experiment, three local newspapers–the Telegram & Gazette…

Dutch Newspaper’s Per Hour Access

Dutch Newspaper’s Per Hour Access Fee: This takes the prize of the most innovative (or weird, maybe?) subscription model– The Dutch newspa…

Canada’s History Since 1844, Now

Canada’s History Since 1844, Now in a Subscription Package: The Globe and Mail, Canada’s biggest daily newspaper, has released “Canada’s Her…

Weblogs For Newspapers?: Steve Outing

Weblogs For Newspapers?: Steve Outing exhorts newspapers to take up weblogging to connect with readers. “It could even be a paid subscriptio…