In a recent piece for The Media Briefing in the UK, I ask the question about which newspapers will survive. It is doubtless that newspapers are under pressure right now, but after nearly two years managing a group of small newspapers for Gannett, I realised that there are actually some newspapers that have a real fighting chance to survive. What things do they have in common?
City University London journalism professor George Brock has criticised Trinity-Mirror’s Newsroom 3.1 plan saying that their focus on metrics has been discredited. Metrics aren’t bad in and of themselves, but George is right to point out that volume metrics alone – clicks and unique users – aren’t enough.
Local print journalism is challenge right now for fairly obvious reasons. Print is declining, and while digital audiences are rising for many local outlets, a local audience does not reach the scale of the internet giants or digital news start-ups. We have to develop business models that don’t rely on scale.
I decided to go back to newspapers because I am passionate about community journalism and reinventing for the 21st Century is one of the most important and biggest challenges. Before I made this career pivot, I thought that one part of this reinvention would be to create a community platform, and now, I’ve been able to test this in a real world situation. We are off to a great start.
A lot of people look in envy at the success of the Financial Times, and they focus on their paid content strategy. Paid content strategies are so much more than simply getting readers to pay, they are also about delivering better services by knowing your audiences better through data. Read on to find out how the FT found that out and is leveraging data for enhanced services for their readers.
My job search is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be returning to a newsroom, a couple in fact, as a regional executive editor overseeing two Gannett-owned newspapers in the US.
John Robinson, a former editor in the US, has challenged newspaper to break out of their paradigms and choose a niche. His call to action in many ways reminds me of 2007 report called the Frontiers of Innovation that challenged newspapers to do a better job of “translating the lived experience of their community”. The challenge in 2013 is a lot harder for most community newspapers. How do they broaden their agendas when their staff has shrunk? It is going to take newsroom leaders who can set out a strategic vision and prioritise their remaining resources. We can’t be everything to everyone anymore so it is better to be something to some.
Last week, WAN-IFRA said what many of us in digital journalism have known for a while, that we’re losing the battle for attention. They said that digital news audiences lack the same “intensity” of print audiences. Put simply, digital audiences are less loyal and spend less time with each digital news source. WAN-IFRA CEO Christoph Riess has put the problem… Read more →
It’s not often when in the flood of social media about journalism a new theme comes out so clearly, but today, the theme I’m hearing is about people. Steve Yelvington, of Morris Publishing in the US, flagged up this post by his colleague, Derek May, an executive vide president at the group. Like John Paton‘s Journal Register Company, Morris is… Read more →
There was an interesting discussion about linking and journalism amongst a number of journalists in North America. Mathew Ingram of GigaOm and Alex Byers, a web producer for Politico in Washington, both collected the conversation using Storify. It covers a lot of well worn territory in this debate, and I’m not going to rehash it. However, one issue in this debate focused… Read more →