Jan. 2, 2013

Start the new year with a resolution to attend NAA mediaXchange 2013

Scheduled for April 14-17 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, NAA mediaXchange 2013 brings together industry executives from throughout North America to define the future of newspapers. Why do newspapers matter? What's happening with paid content? Why invest in newspapers? How do we seize the market? Learn the answers to these questions and many more at NAA mediaXchange 2013.More

API announces 2013 Transformation Tour dates

The 2013 Transformation Tour opens in January in the nation's capital with a repeat of last fall's sold-out Transformative Business Models workshop, then travels to more than nine cities by June, including NAA mediaXchange 2013 in Orlando. Registration for all tour dates is open. The Transformation Tour is presented by the American Press Institute with The Poynter Institute. More

A look back at the Fall 2012 Tablet Symposium

Academics and newspaper leaders recently gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia for a day of sessions and discussions focused on tablets and other mobile news-delivery systems. NAA's recap provides key takeaways from the event. More

Worldwide ad spend grows steadily, bucking economic slowdowns
In the United States, the world's biggest ad market by far, spending is estimated to rise 4.9 percent this year to $166 billion. That level of growth will moderate over the next several years, eMarketer predicts, and 2016 spending levels will near $190 billion. More

Ford Focus expected to be No. 1 bestseller for 2012
The Detroit Bureau
Ford Motor Co. expects to sell 2.2 million Ford brand vehicles in the United States when sales numbers are totaled for 2012. It will make this the second straight year Ford has topped the 2 million mark. Ford is also the only automotive brand to top 2 million U.S. sales since 2007 — and the only auto brand expected to surpass that mark in America this year.More

Q3 online ad revenues rise to new record
E-Commerce Times
Advertisers appear to be shifting their spending from other media to online outlets, resulting in a record $9.26 billion quarter for the segment. "This uptick goes beyond a significant year-over-year increase at 18 percent," said David Silverman, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Clearly, digital advertising is continuing its positive trajectory with incredible momentum as it heads into seasonally strong Q4."More

Why is the No. 3 online US paper an English one?
Essentially, the online Daily Mail is a mixture of two things. Firstly, and obviously, the contents of that day's print newspaper. And it's not that (nor the often vitriolic comment sections either) that leads to the large online audience. For what the paper also adds is a great deal of what we might call "Googlebait."More

Postal Service may start selling magazine subscriptions
Columbia Journalism Review
What periodicals lack in volume, they make up for in influence. People want to receive periodicals, so they check their mail and read the spam. If magazines die, then people may not even bother to check their mailboxes. Internally, the Postal Service refers to periodicals as "the anchor in the mailbox." Clearly, the Postal Service has an interest in making sure that periodicals stay in business and continue to sell print subscriptions. More

New FCC rules expedite in-flight Internet
The inside of an airplane used to be the only refuge from e-mail and the Internet. Then came a few exceptions like Southwest and Air Tran. And now, the FCC aims to make Internet access onboard a common experience, adopting new rules that will help speed the deployment of online services on planes.More

The 10 most disruptive news apps of 2012
PBS MediaShift
On the footsteps of startups such as Flipboard, Pulse and Stitcher, PBS MediaShift has put together a list of some of the most innovative and refined mobile apps to come along within the past year, along with a couple of existing apps that went through a "rebirth" with a comprehensive redesign. More

Touch publishing platform reaching 10 million active users
Onswipe, a startup that helps publishers build websites optimized for iPads and other touch-screen devices, is closing out what sounds like a big year. Content published through the Onswipe platform reached 44 million unique visitors over the course of the year, the company says, and it's now reaching 10 million active users per month on iOS.More

Quarter of Americans now own tablets
TechWeek Europe
The success of the tablet form factor has been starkly illustrated in a new survey, which found that a quarter of Americans now own such a device. This comes as the number of e-book-reading devices also proliferates, and the population of e-book readers continues to grow. This is according to the findings of the Pew Research Center's latest Internet & American Life survey.More

How to fix the media ownership debate
Columbia Journalism Review
The debate over "who owns the media" is heating up again, and has already become stuck in a bit of a 1980s time warp. That's unfortunate. Smart media policy could actually help local news ecosystems during a critical time.More

More than 3.5 million page views for New York Times' 'Snow Fall' feature
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson tells her staff that the paper's "Snow Fall" interactive feature received around 2.9 million visits for more than 3.5 million page views. "At its peak, as many as 22,000 users visited Snow Fall at any given time," she writes. "Strikingly, a quarter to a third of them were new visitors to Rarely have we been able to create a compelling destination outside the home page that was so engaging in such a short period of time on the Web."More

iPad-specific magazine key to Republic Media's paid model
International News Media Association
The Arizona Republic, 12 News and are giving iPad users a new way to engage with local news. Like most legacy media outlets, Republic Media is striving to hold onto print readership while simultaneously building a profitable digital audience. To better serve that digital audience, Republic Media launched AZ, a news magazine created specifically for the iPad, with plans to add versions for Kindle and Android tablet devices.More

OC Register defies trend to shrink costs
The Associated Press via NetNewsCheck
It feels like a throwback to an earlier era at the Orange County Register, where a first-time newspaper owner is defying conventional wisdom by spending heavily to expand the printed edition and playing down digital formats. Aaron Kushner added about 75 journalists and, with 25 more coming, will have expanded the newsroom by half since his investment group bought the nation's 20th-largest newspaper by circulation in July.More