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

Tom Grubisich

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.

How DMN’s Speakeasy Became a Major Revenue Driver in the Digital Transition

Tom Grubisich

How DMN’s Speakeasy Became a Major Revenue Driver in the Digital Transition

The newspaper’s in-house digital agency has grown to 70 client businesses that provide a significant share of the estimated $40 million of annual revenue that doesn’t originate within the walls of the DMN. The division has become the centerpiece of the company’s work to to re-establish a revenue growth model.

Missing from ‘Spotlight’ Movie: How News Sites Pay for Top-Quality Investigative Journalism

Tom Grubisich

Missing from ‘Spotlight’ Movie: How News Sites Pay for Top-Quality Investigative Journalism

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team uncovered the pedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church, but for all the acclaim the reporting won, it didn’t save the paper from a catastrophic financial decline that nearly put the Globe out of business. To understand how such journalistic success could be followed by such financial failure, Street Fight spoke with Dan Kennedy, associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, who has written extensively about the subject.

How Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Uses Quality Journalism to Pay the Bills

Tom Grubisich

How Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Uses Quality Journalism to Pay the Bills

Like other dailies, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has taken big hits in advertising and distribution revenue on the print side, but it’s still profitable. To find out how the Journal Sentinel uses quality journalism to stay in the black, Street Fight spoke with editor and senior vice president George Stanley.

How Gannett’s Cost-Cutting and Breakthrough Video Ads Helped Land Journal Media Group

Tom Grubisich

How Gannett’s Cost-Cutting and Breakthrough Video Ads Helped Land Journal Media Group

In less than six months, the newly constituted Journal Media Group did a 180-degree about-face, shifting from a strategy focused on acquisitions to being acquired by Gannett. The USA Today publisher brought two things that JMG couldn’t match: The proven ability to consistently wring substantial cost savings out of expansion and a digital ad strategy that holds the promise of making everybody — advertisers, audiences, and stockholders — happy.

Street Fight Daily: BuzzFeed Raises $50M, Senator Warns of Wearables

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: BuzzFeed Raises $50M, Senator Warns of Wearables

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists (New York Times)… Senator Warns Fitbit Is A ‘Privacy Nightmare’ And Could Be ‘Tracking’ Your Movements (Business Insider)… Apple iPhone Privacy Changes Lead to Layoffs at Retail Tracking Startup Nomi (Recode)…

Street Fight Daily: Nokia’s New Chief, New York’s ‘Smart’ Bar Crawl

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Nokia’s New Chief, New York’s ‘Smart’ Bar Crawl

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Nokia Announces New Strategy and Chief Executive (New York Times)… New York City Bars to Use Apple’s iBeacons for App-Driven ‘Pub Crawl’ Promotion (AppleInsider)… The Decline of Newspapers Hits a Stunning Milestone (Slate)…

Is Newspapers’ Falling Knife Finally Starting to Rise?

Jason E. Klein

Is Newspapers’ Falling Knife Finally Starting to Rise?

Wall Street thinks the long-term decline of newspaper revenues may be near bottom as print losses are close to being outweighed by consumer and digital revenue increases. With Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos buying into the industry as a long-term play, the broader financial markets are following suit. The newspaper industry is getting some of its most positive signs in years…

Why the Commoditization of Local Information Is an Opportunity for Journalism

Matt Sokoloff

Why the Commoditization of Local Information Is an Opportunity for Journalism

Some have seen the shift of local information — from something that was unique to newspapers to a commodity that is available from a variety of sources — as the end to local news. But I actually think it presents a great opportunity for journalists to do what they do best: put information into context and tell us why it matters…

Can Local Publishers Successfully Charge for Online?

Patrick Duprey

Can Local Publishers Successfully Charge for Online?

The key for small-to-medium-sized legacy publishers online is keeping it local. The New York Times has unmatched quality, The Wall Street Journal has unmatched business insight and analysis, and the Concord Monitors and The Tulsa Worlds of the industry must have unmatched local content. If so, newspaper paywalls, at least in the short term, might be more than just a “Band-Aid on a bullet wound.”