Frédéric Filloux examines what would happen if the New York Times went all digital:
Could the New York Times be viable as a digital-only operation? What a ridiculous question: With almost a million copies sold every day, why would this preeminent newspaper even consider such a drastic withdrawal from the physical world?
Frank Blethen will be appearing in “Fit to Print”:
The American Society of News Editors will honor Frank A. Blethen, publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times, as the recipient of the ASNE Award for News Leadership. Blethen is the first non-editor to receive the award, which will be presented at ASNE’s annual convention in San Diego, April 6-9.
An update on the largest newspaper chain in the U.S.:
Nashville Tennessean Publisher Carol Hudler, who also is president of the regional South Group of newspapers, told employees the following in an early-afternoon e-mail, according to two of my readers:
“Many of you have been wondering if we will be asked to take another furlough in the 2nd Quarter. Most of our employees will not. Our top executives and a few others in higher paid positions will be asked to take a furlough. Those staffers will be notified by their department heads by the end of the day today.”
An examination of newspaper trends in Canada:
Almost 8 out of 10 adults living in markets where daily newspapers are available read either a printed edition or visited a newspaper website each week. Migration to newspaper websites continues, but the printed edition remains the most popular way to read a newspaper. Across all markets 73% read a printed edition of a daily newspaper each week and 71% of readers read only the printed edition.
Federica Cherubini examines journalism studies in France:
Four main journalism research centres and labs in France have decided to form a unique centre, the GIS Journalisme (Groupe d’intérêt scientifique).
They believed that academic research in the media and journalism fields in France was too dispersive and fragmented within different disciplines, from sociology to political science to communication and IT domains.
Jeff Bercovici reports on The Daily:
How many subscriptions to The Daily, News Corp.’s iPad-only multimedia newspaper, have been sold since the expiration of the free trial period last week? I have no idea. That’s why there’s an asterisk in this headline.
An update on FCIR:
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the first bilingual investigative nonprofit in the Sunshine State, has received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS ruling allows FCIR to act as a public charity and receive contributions that are tax-deductible.
James Mackintosh reports on Conrad Black:
It would be prudent to pause before taking advice from a man who was gaoled and his business empire broken up.
Still, (Lord) Conrad Black, former owner of the Hollinger International media group, which owned London’s Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post, among other papers, has plenty of advice to offer to other newspaper proprietors. He was in garrulous form on Tuesday, pausing from his assault on the way in which US papers have been run only to attack the journalists who write them.
Alan Mutter reports on the annual convention last weekend of the Newspaper Association of America:
“The newspaper model is broken and can’t be fixed, unless you have the same definition of winning as Charlie Sheen,” said Publisher No. 1. “Newspapers will disappear in 10 years unless the model is changed now.”
The high cost of creating original editorial content for newspapers “is not sustainable,” said Publisher No. 2. “I don’t know if it will blow up the industry this year or next year…but if you don’t have the cost of content dramatically lower, then you can’t compete” with the digital media.
paidcontent.org rates the most successful digital media companies in the U.S.: