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February 27, 2009

Newspapers: Online Growth, but Print Losses are Bigger

Filed under: newspapers,pew centers,statistics,study,survey — Lynne @ 4:01 pm

The trend is unmistakable: Fewer Americans are reading print newspapers as more turn to the internet for their news. And while the percentage of people who read newspapers online is growing rapidly, especially among younger generations, that growth has not offset the decline in print readership.

More from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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Final Edition

Filed under: newspapers,video — Lynne @ 12:30 pm

Rocky Mountain News video speaks for itself.

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February 2, 2009

Monday ORB Roundup

January 30, 2009

Los Angeles Times stops California section

Filed under: newspapers — Lynne @ 11:40 am

Publisher Eddy Hartenstein has ordered the California section killed, leaving the L.A. Times without a separate local news front for the first time since the paper’s early decades. The publisher decided to fold local news inside the front section — which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite what an official of the paper confirmed for me was the unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors. More from LA Observed.

September 10, 2008

Google News Archive Search, Stage 2

Filed under: aggregator,archives,digitization,Google,newspapers — Lynne @ 12:22 pm

Earlier this week, Google officially announced the expansion of their digital newspaper archive. When Google News Archive Search was first launched in 2006, the focus was on major media. The search engine giant is now indexing and digitizing papers from around the country, including smaller local papers.

You can find material by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. (If you haven’t checked out the timeline feature yet, its pretty cool.) News Archive search results include both free and for-a-fee results. The advanced search options allows you to specify your preference.

This announcement is not without controversy. Many newspapers see their archives as a revenue source, while others find the Google program attractive.

July 25, 2008

Pew Center

Recently released from the various Pew Centers:

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued. Full Report

2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes

Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008. (Full Report: PDF)

Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective

As the United States seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles and to lessen its dependence on imported oil, biofuels are gaining increasing attention as one possible solution. This paper offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG emissions, and associated policy issues.
(Full Report: PDF)

Likely Rise in Voter Turnout Bodes Well for Democrats

The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns. First, turnout is likely to be higher this fall – perhaps much higher than in previous elections – as voter interest continues at record levels. Second, as has been the case since the start of the campaign, Democrats enjoy a substantial engagement advantage over Republicans that may significantly alter the composition of the November electorate.

Third, while there has been considerable debate about whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters will rally behind Barack Obama in the fall, it is clear that both candidates face formidable challenges in consolidating their bases. (Full Report: PDF)

July 21, 2008

Web 2.0 is all about you, but is that TMI?

Future doctors sharing too much?
A University of Florida study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that many medical students act more like students then future doctors.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Would it bother you to know that your physician smokes cigars and likes to do “keg stands”? That your gynecologist was a member of a group called “I Hate Medical School”? That your urologist is a fan of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”?

That is exactly the sort of information many people share on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. According to a new University of Florida study, many medical students are sharing far too much.

“College has traditionally been a time in life when non-normative behaviors are considered OK,” said Dr. Lindsay Acheson Thompson, an assistant professor of general pediatrics at UF’s College of Medicine. “I’m not sure I would want to have a permanent, public record of everything I did 10 years ago, but many of our students are creating just such a record, and they need to understand the problems this may cause.”
Read more on the University of Florida News site.


Gawker thinks newspapers should ban comments.

Let’s begin with some truisms: a newspaper is not a blog—not even its online version. Conversely, a blog is not a newspaper. However, newspapers have been in the toilet lately, partly due to the proliferation of blogs. One easy pseudo-solution some newspapers have settled on is to act more and more like blogs. After all, this 2.0 world is all about “You,” the user, which in practice means it’s all about a false sense of democracy through publication of comments and user-generated content—just like a common blog. After the jump: why newspapers should stop slumming as blogs and disallow comments. Full post.

Mark Friesen points out that the stock photo they use is of a copy of the Newport News-Times. Looks like it is a 2004 edition.

June 6, 2008

Tribune Cuts

Filed under: journalism,newspapers — Lynne @ 5:42 pm

From today’s Wall Street Journal

Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell detailed planned changes to the company’s struggling newspaper division, including a reduction in the number of pages and staffers at its daily papers.

Mr. Zell also disclosed that Tribune has collected data on the productivity of every journalist at its papers and plans to use that data to “right-size” the staff size to correspond with smaller newspapers. The company didn’t detail the planned size or timing of staff reductions but said decisions would be left up to publishers of the individual papers. “You can eliminate a fair number of people while eliminating not very much content,” Mr. Michaels said. FULL ARTICLE

Former LA Times editor criticizes the Tribune’s plan.

January 4, 2008

Filed under: newspapers — Lynne @ 8:20 pm

Industry News

‘Star-Ledger’ Publisher Details Paper’s Money-Losing Problems — and Cost-Cutting Future — in Holiday Staff Letter

Romensko has more.

December 12, 2007

Filed under: census,film industry,newspapers — Lynne @ 6:53 pm

Foreign Films Translate Into Growing Revenue Stream, Newspapers Do Not

The U.S. Census released the 2006 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services, a series of economic tables that are part of a larger package. The Information Sector includes newspaper publishers, books and periodicals; the film industry; broadcast companies; telecommunications companies; and Internet service providers.

Details from the survey:

  • Foreign film admissions revenue increased 18.7 percent to $216 million in 2006, thanks in large part to Pan’s Labyrinth and The Lives of Others.
  • Revenue from admission to domestic films remains flat.
  • Broadcast television and cable television are up. So are music publishers and radio networks.
  • Newspaper publishers and greeting cards are down in revenue. Newspaper publishers showed a 1.7 percent decline, falling to $48.9 billion. Greeting card publishers are down 9.4%.
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