PRESSTIME Update
May. 20, 2015

How the Texas Tribune's Business Model Evolves
NAA
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.More

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.More

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.More

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.More

NAA Roundup: Facebook Launches Instant Articles with 9 Publishers

Facebook unveiled Instant Articles, which enables publishers to create articles on the site. The new tool aims to make the reading experience on Facebook faster and richer.More

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. More

Razor-Thin Profits are Cutting Into Newspapers' Chances at Innovation
Nieman Lab
If you want to talk about profits at the U.S.'s top newspaper companies, you don't need big numbers any more. Tribune Publishing could count a bare $2.5 million in net income for the first three months of the year. That's the combined net of eight metro papers, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant and four other good-sized dailies. More

Facebook Publishing for Local News Outlets Could Arrive 'in the Coming Months'
CJR
When Facebook unveiled its new Instant Articles feature that allows news organizations to publish directly to the social media platform — and, in the process, set off an avalanche of commentary and speculation about the future of digital news — its "launch partners" were a who's who of major online publishers on both sides of the Atlantic: The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel, Bild, and, well, The Atlantic. More

The Great Devaluation of the American Daily Newspaper
Capital New York
James Dolan surprised many casual observers of the flailing newspaper trade when he suggested he might bid on the for-sale New York Daily News — and offer a dollar. But the dollar is a good proxy for the familiar question mark, as in who the hell knows what a newspaper property is worth these days. More

New Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson on Changing The Face of Newspapers
KERA News
For the first time in 35 years, The Dallas Morning News has an editor who didn't come up through the ranks at the paper. The previous editor, Bob Mong, retires Friday. His replacement is Mike Wilson, whose last job was at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. Wilson is no a stranger to the newspaper business, though. More

Financial Times Is Now Selling 'Long-Form' Digital Display Ads
Advertising Age
Financial Times is a staid publication for the people in the front part of airplanes, but the London-based newspaper is embracing a radical way of selling digital advertising: by time spent, not the decades-old model of impressions. With this new approach, called cost-per-hour, or CPH, Financial Times seeks to charge some advertisers by the number of hours their ads appear in front of certain segments of readers. More

Snapchat: A New Mobile Challenge for Storytelling
The New York Times
In early 2015, The New York Times started quietly experimenting on Snapchat, a mobile app that has been getting a whole lot of attention lately (and not just from teenagers). In late 2013, Snapchat began allowing users to create "stories," a collection of videos and photos, complete with filters and the ability to add text and drawing to your creations. More

Digital Drives Culture Change at Condé Nast
Digiday
Changes are afoot at Condé Nast. While still a magazine company through and through, it's now pushing further into digital and making a big bet on video. President Bob Sauerberg is hastening the change. Over the last year, he has shaken up senior management, reshuffled the Condé Nast Entertainment Group and hired new publishers at Wired, GQ and Vanity Fair.More

All Together Now: News Partnerships Increase in Digital Age
AJR
At any gathering of newspaper veterans of a certain age — and many of them are at funerals nowadays — you'll hear simultaneous laments for the "golden age" of newspapers and self-congratulations for having been lucky enough to have been a part of it. But maybe we should be looking forward instead. More

How Journalism Schools Are Adjusting to the Digital Age
CJR
David Remnick, the longtime editor of The New Yorker, recently recounted a meeting during the early days of online publishing when the veteran sports essayist Roger Angell said he would always "want to be able to describe, in English, how the hand fits over the baseball to throw a screwball." It’s a worthy commitment, Remnick explained during an appearance at Columbia's journalism school, but one that shouldn't stunt useful innovation on digital platforms. More

Why Las Vegas Review-Journal Brought Comments Back
Journalism.co.uk
"Internet comment boards are often nasty, vitriolic places, and ours are no exception." So begins a Medium post by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which earlier this year took the controversial step of removing comments from its website altogether, albeit temporarily. "We were getting tens of thousands of comments daily," Graydon Johns, online director for the Journal, told Journalism.co.uk. More