Tom Grubisich | Street Fight - Part 3

Nashville Publisher’s Goal From Facebook Journalism Project: More Revenue

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Nashville Publisher’s Goal From Facebook Journalism Project: More Revenue

After considerable agitation from news publishers, Facebook launched a Journalism Project earlier this year “to better support publishers’ needs.” A six-month update said the Journalism Project has met with 2,500 publishers around the world to get their stories (and, no doubt, grievances) first hand and offer help with an array of Facebook products.

Amid an Array of Metrics, Gannett Seeks to Know the ‘Why’ of User Choices

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Amid an Array of Metrics, Gannett Seeks to Know the ‘Why’ of User Choices

Gannett’s newspaper chain has 110 million unique digital visitors each month putting it in the exosphere of news and information sites. But these days Jason Jedlinski, VP of product management at the company, is more focused on quality than quantity — what those many millions of users want to read and why.

Why Zuckerberg Needs Local News Providers to ‘Bring the World Closer Together’

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Why Zuckerberg Needs Local News Providers to ‘Bring the World Closer Together’

For all their limitations, local news providers are now better positioned than Facebook’s moderators or artificial intelligence to help the people of their communities come closer together. If news providers join this mission, the community will respond by giving them the trust it so often withholds.

30A Takes Its Local Media Success Story 5,637 Miles to Moscow

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30A Takes Its Local Media Success Story 5,637 Miles to Moscow

Eight-year-old 30A is one of the top revenue producers among Internet news pure-plays – hitting $2.2 million last year and projected to reach $3 million in 2017. It attains numbers that elude some daily newspapers because its revenue streams include everything from a radio station to events to retail shops, as CEO Mike Ragsdale explains in this Q & A.

Borrell: Too Many Local Newspapers Remain Stuck in Their Newsroom ‘Church’

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Borrell: Too Many Local Newspapers Remain Stuck in Their Newsroom ‘Church’

Facebook collected $13.6 billion in local ad spending in the U.S. in 2016, according to the report — more than all local media put together — $12 billion. The report says Facebook, Google and other global pureplays will continue to dominate digital ad revenue that comes from merchants and other businesses at the community level.

Macaroni Kid Pushes Stroller Into Big and Site-Packed Local Parent Space

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Macaroni Kid Pushes Stroller Into Big and Site-Packed Local Parent Space

One of the earliest hyperlocal networks for parents is Macaroni Kid, which was founded by “recovering lawyer” Joyce Shulman and her husband, marketing entrepreneur Eric Cohen, in their community on Long Island in 2009. In this Q&A, Cohen talks about the company’s recent acquisition of also-well-established Stroller Traffic.

TownNews’s ‘iQ Engage’ Sorts Through Signals to Help Publishers Keep Users Reading

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TownNews’s ‘iQ Engage’ Sorts Through Signals to Help Publishers Keep Users Reading

TownNews.com has come up with a way for local publishers to cut their bounce rates — and the happy result is longer sessions and more click-throughs to advertising messages. That means more monetization for publishers and, ultimately, more users-turned-into-consumers buying products and services.