Jeff Roberts reports on newspaper paywalls:
As newspapers lock content behind paywalls, marketers are opening that same content right back up again through campaigns that provide readers with temporary access for free. The idea seems a good one but newspapers are still experimenting with when and how to do it.
Skylar Browning reports on Lee Enterprises:
Yesterday news broke that Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck received a $500,000 bonus for “successfully” refinancing the company, while CFO Carl Schmidt got $250,000. Yesterday word also leaked that staffers were laid off at various Lee-owned Montana newspapers.
Michele McLellan reports on the American Press Institute:
The sad demise of the American Press Institute is a reminder of the newspaper industry’s lack of commitment to training and professional development – and why that’s one of its biggest mistakes as digital transforms the news landscape. But even without training budgets, newsrooms can implement training programs – here are some tips for doing that.
Eric Alterman reports on the U.S. newspaper industry:
If newspapers were a baseball team, they would be the Mets — without the hope for “next year.”
Roy Greenslade reports on Newsquest/Gannett:
More than 80% of the National Union of Journalists’ members who work for Newsquest/Gannett say they are prepared to take strike action if they are not given a pay rise this year.
Jim Romenesko reports on the Denver Post:
The Denver Post has laid off columnists Penny Parker and Mike Littwin, and “apparently, more is coming down today,” says Parker. She tells Michael Roberts she was surprised to get pink-slipped:
An update on the Los Angeles Times:
The first quarter of 2012 is almost over, and you know what that means: more layoffs at the Los Angeles Times. According to LAObserved, “as many as 20 people may be out” — but the business section is hiring a reporter to cover the food-and-agriculture beat.
An update from The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism:
The report found that five companies – Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo! – generated 68 percent of digital ad revenue in 2011.
Tim Worstall reports on Google:
These sorts of comparisons always do depend on what it is that you decide to compare: Google certainly doesn’t employ more people than the US newspaper industry and it’s certainly worth much more in terms of corporate value.
An update on the Chicago Tribune:
The Chicago Tribune has laid off about 15 people in its newsroom, part of ongoing cost-cutting that also included buyouts last month.