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May 27, 2015

 




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How the Texas Tribune's Business Model Evolves
The Texas Tribune began adopting business strategies over five years ago that helped the organization thrive. Now, its business model has media insiders wondering how they have managed to remain sustainable.
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NAA Roundup: New York Times, Financial Times Unveil Program for Hotels
A program from The New York Times and Financial Times is taking off. The new program enables U.S. hotels to offer guests free, unlimited access to NYTimes.com and FT.com on devices connected to the hotels' networks. Hotels can buy their own branded Web portals to provide the service.
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How CharlotteFive Attracts Millennial Readers
The Charlotte Observer is finding success with its CharlotteFive (C5), a digital product geared toward millennials. The C5 website and email newsletter share the city's top five news and entertainment stories each weekday morning.
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The PATENT Act: Why Patent Trolls Are a Problem for Newspapers
The Senate Judiciary Committee introduced The Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act) to make necessary reforms to stop abusive patent litigation and prevent bad actors from undermining the innovative intentions of the U.S patent system. NAA, as part of the coalition United for Patent Reform, supports the provisions of the PATENT Act that create risks for bad actors, curbs abusive demand letters, and increases transparency.
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8 Promotions That Are Driving Actionable Results for Local Advertisers
Second Street
Papers are delivering quantifiable and actionable results for their clients, such as email database growth, and increases in sales, foot traffic, and leads by running contests, sweepstakes, and ballots that are designed to meet the needs of the client.
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Five Answers with Greg Barber, The Coral Project
The Coral Project creates open-source software to facilitate the moderation of contributions to news sites. NAA dived into details with Greg Barber, the project's lead on strategy and partnerships.
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What Mobile and Social Media Trends Mean for Newspapers
Mobile and social media trends make journalism and technology strange bedfellows. But news organizations can figure out how to define their relationships with social media platforms. They can look to the liminal (in-between) press for insights.
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Business Models


This $1 Billion Swedish Payment Company Thinks it Can Save Newspapers
Business Insider
The newspaper industry is in a tough spot, with circulation and advertising falling and no clear sign of how to crack digital. In the U.S., New York Daily News is struggling to sell itself for $1 at the moment and while that's one of the worst horror stories from the industry, it's a sign that things are not looking good. But one Swedish online payment company thinks it has built a tool that can help ease papers' transition to digital — and could ultimately save the industry.
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The Declining Value of U.S. Newspapers
Pew Research Center
Over the past two decades, major newspapers across the country have seen a recurring cycle of ownership changes and steep declines in value. The San Diego Union-Tribune was the latest example of this, as it officially changed ownership hands Thursday for the third time in six years. This most recent purchase came from Tribune Publishing Co. for the amount of $85 million (including nine community papers).
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How Metadata Could Be the Next Big Boost for Publishing
Journalism.co.uk
Metadata can provide publishers with valuable insight into how audiences consume their content, as well as help them identify strong connections between stories. In the latest round of funding from the Knight Foundation's Prototype fund, two projects focusing on metadata received $35,000 and professional mentorship to help reach their objectives.
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Editor-in-Chief: USA Today Could End Daily Print Edition in '5 or 6 Years'
Advertising Age
USA Today could stop publishing a daily print newspaper as soon as in the next "five or six years," the paper's editor-in-chief, David Callaway, said in response to a question during an Internet Week New York panel. To be sure, a print product of some kind will likely continue for "the rest our careers," he added. And despite his prediction, Mr. Callaway also said the daily print newspaper remains a lucrative product for USA Today.
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Cost-Cutting Newsquest/Gannett Goes on the Acquisition Trail
The Guardian
Newsquest, the U.S.-owned regional newspaper group with more than 200 titles in the U.K., has acquired 29 more by buying the Romanes Media group. Romanes publishes one daily newspaper, plus 19 paid-for weeklies and nine weekly frees. Its portfolio includes several papers in Scotland, one major weekly in Northern Ireland and a clutch of weeklies in Berkshire.
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New Research: Changed Reporting Practices and Stronger Laws Required to Protect Sources in the Digital Age
WAN-IFRA
For many journalists, going 
back to pre-digital basics is the new norm when dealing with confidential sources in the post-Snowden era. As traditional source protection frameworks are eroded in the digital age, the attention of investigative journalists and their editors is necessarily turning to risk-assessment, self-protection and source education.
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Publishers Beware: Ad Blocking Has Gone Mobile
Digiday
Publishers are already having a difficult time making money off mobile readers, but ad blocking could make it that much harder. While ad blocking has long been a menace on desktop, it's still largely a nonentity on mobile phones, thanks to a combination of offensive moves by Google and the difficulty of installing mobile ad blocking software. That's quickly changing.
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Competitors


Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard
re/code
Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion. Those discussions, which have been pushed by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, have been taking place since the beginning of the year, said sources.
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Gigaom to Relaunch in August
Poynter
Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based startup, has acquired the pathbreaking tech news site Gigaom and plans to relaunch it this summer, according to a release from the company. The deal, which was cut for an undisclosed sum, was for Gigaom's website and part of its asset library. Knowingly Corp declined to disclose Gigaom's purchase price.
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Digital


Slow Load Times are Killing Publishers in Mobile
Digiday
Publishers are more at home tweaking headlines and ledes than the backend performance of their webpages. But the rise of mobile is forcing them to shuffle their priorities. As mobile continues to overtake desktop reading for publishers, publishers have hustled both to design and to optimize their pages for mobile screens. The problem is that they're not very good at it, at least if you believe Facebook.
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Publishers are Treating Email Newsletters as a Platform of its Own
Digiday
Publishers are scrambling to figure out their platform-publishing strategies, eyeing opportunities on Facebook, Snapchat and beyond. But many are already treating email newsletters, often used a way to lure people back to publishing sites, as platform-like publications themselves, designed to be read entirely in email without readers having to click through to the host's site.
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Using Video to Capture the Elusive Millennial Man
Advertising Age
Marketers have amassed an impressive amount of data on millennial men — where they live, how much disposable income they have, which social channels they frequent, where they eat. Of all the stats out there on this audience, one in particular is worth noting: Millennial males spend 2 hours and 15 minutes a week watching Web videos, according to Nielsen — more than any other demographic.
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How Digital Publishers Measure Their Influence
Digiday
In the old days, press mentions and scoops were the currency of publishers. But with the instant, fragmented and compulsively measurable nature of digital media, you might not think old yardsticks would be relevant today. Still, digital natives aren't necessarily abandoning traditional metrics. Here's how a handful told us they think about and measure influence.
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