PRESSTIME Update
May 18, 2011

Gas prices, weather challenge retailers
UPI
A U.S. retail group said that high gasoline prices and wet weather are expected to challenge retailers in the short term.More

Post-recession, the rich are different
SmartMoney
Bentleys and Hermès bags are selling again. Yet the wealthiest Americans are emerging from the financial downturn as different consumers than they were.More

'Mobile is the glue that connects these pieces and parts'
News & Tech
U.S. newspaper and magazine publishers eager to understand the role digital and mobile services will play in their operations need only take a look at what their European counterparts are doing to mine the value of these emerging distribution channels.More

Publications experiment with bundling
Adweek
Increasingly, publishers are charging premium prices for digital content and throwing in the print product at little or no additional cost.More

Lessons on paid content from smaller papers
Nieman Journalism Lab
Small- and medium-size market newspapers are increasingly turning to online subscription models. More

When it comes to inbox advertising, less is still more
The New York Times
Google's text ads are the modern equivalent of tiny text ads that daily newspapers in the 19th century carried on their front pages. James D. Norris, an emeritus professor of history at Northern Illinois University, described those ads as saying "nothing more than 'we have such-and-such goods in stock.' "More

AOL expands local news network
Reuters
Patch sites are rolling out in communities in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina — key states that play an early role in the U.S. presidential election. AOL plans to hire approximately 50 employees to staff up the new hyperlocal sites as part of a broad expansion of its editorial operations.More

Broadcast makes its case
Broadcasting & Cable
While pundits and analysts expect to see cable grow faster than old-fashioned broadcast, the broadcasters are champing at the bit. The CEOs of the network owners have been predicting a big upfront. Well, they do every year, but this year everyone believes them.More

Build an app on any budget
Editor & Publisher
With newspapers of all sizes scrambling to find new revenue sources, many are considering apps to help bump up the bottom line. The good news is that there are a variety of pricing options from developers, depending on what the news publisher is looking for. More

A free newspaper that's just for kids
Editor & Publisher
When an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan March 11, Vicki Whiting knew children would be confused and need someone to explain the tragedy to them - in their terms. So as the editor and founder of Kid Scoop, a weekly syndicated newspaper feature for children ages 7 to 12, she went into breaking-news mode. More