Sonya Hubbard reports on the New York Times:
When the New York Times’ (NYT) and its president and former chief executive, Janet L. Robinson, announced a few months ago that Robinson would step down at the end of the year – even though no successor had been identified – the news caught many off guard.
Derek Thompson reports on print advertising:
Call it creative if you want, but this is what economic destruction looks like. Print newspaper ads have fallen by two-thirds from $60 billion in the late-1990s to $20 billion in 2011.
Jeff Bercovici reports on Sam Zell:
Sam Zell must miss being the most hated man in the newspaper industry.
Mathew Ingram reports on Twitter:
Is Twitter a publisher and distributor of information like a newspaper, or is it just a dumb pipe like a telephone network?
An update on PMN:
In a cost-cutting move, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com said it will reduce the number of newsroom positions by 37 — through buyouts, it hopes — by the end of March.
An update on The Kansas City Star:
The Kansas City Star on Monday announced employee furloughs and a small number of layoffs.
An update on the Arizona Republic:
Gannett Co. Inc. – the parent company of the Arizona Republic, USA Today and KPNX-TV Channel 12 in Phoenix — is offering buyouts to 665 newspaper veterans throughout the media company.
An update on Gannett – the largest newspaper company in the U.S.:
Today we are offering a voluntary Early Retirement Opportunity Program to 665 eligible U.S. Community Publishing employees who are age 56 with at least 20 years of service, as of March 31, 2012, and who are in certain departments and/or job categories.
Paul Gillin and Alan D. Mutter report on the use of digital tablets:
Tablet computers have been hailed as the salvation of the newspaper industry, but most publishers are squandering the opportunity, writes Newsosaur Alan Mutter in a searing sendup of newspaper tablet apps on Editor & Publisher.
Rem Rieder reports on the Washington Post:
There they go again.
A news organization is announcing that it is shrinking its staff. And once again we are reassured that this won’t damage the product. In fact, things will only get better!