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July 1, 2011

Times boasts more than 100,000 digital subscribers

There are now more than 100,000 digital subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times one year after it introduced its paywall, owners News International claimed, according to Press Gazette. Some details: [ Link ] At the end of June The Times and The Sunday Times had 101,036 monthly digital subscribers– a 28 per cent increase from 79,000 in February 2011. The figures include subscribers to all digital channels such as the websites, iPad and the Kindle. The Times is now downloaded onto an... MORE
April 6, 2011

Libya drives the news in US as American concerns grow

The two big international stories that have recently dominated the headlines remained at the top of the US news agenda last week. But there were signs that media attention to both of them was beginning to plateau as the US economy re-emerged as a bigger story. Unrest in the Middle East, driven by the volatile Libyan civil war, accounted for 38 per cent of the newshole during the week of March 28-April 3, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Even with... MORE
April 6, 2011

Zulu newspapers thrive in South Africa

Five newspapers line a vendor's makeshift table built from cardboard and sticks but most customers go straight for Isolezwe, one of South Africa's growing Zulu-language dailies, says an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. "I guess people feel comfortable reading in their language," says Blessings Kupe from his stand at a busy Johannesburg taxi rank where he offers the country's most-read papers, all English titles like Daily Sun and The Star. Even Kupe, a Zimbabwean who speaks Shona, has started... MORE
March 22, 2011

UK: ABC merges print and online operations

The Audit Bureau of Circulations in the UK is reorganising its ABC print and ABCe digital elements into a single organisational strand to better reflect the changing shape of the publishing industry, the Press Gazette has reported. The change won't affect the way figures are presented. The national press will continue to have separate auditing of print and online audience figures for instance. Excerpts: [ Link ] However, in a separate move - from August magazine publishers will be able to have... MORE
March 15, 2011

Study highlights profitability concerns for digital media in Latin America

Over the last decade, digital media has grown worldwide, and Latin America is no exception. Unfortunately,despite the presence of many creative and innovate projects, the global tendency towards reduced revenue for media companies continues to affect digital outlets, says a study organized by the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI), written by Colombian Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. The report, “Survey of trends in digital journalism ventures in Latin America,” shows... MORE
March 15, 2011

Good news for print media ... in Latin America

The newspaper business, drained of readers and revenue and hounded by new online media in much of North America and Europe, is thriving in Latin America, a global trade group said on Thursday, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) "Forget these prophets who say that all newspapers are doomed," said Christoph Riess, the head of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which is holding a regional conference in Bogotá. Overall circulation has increased 5,1%, from 13-... MORE
March 15, 2011

Google, Facebook are future of news delivery

Move over CNN, ABC and New York Times, Google and Facebook could be calling more of the shots in news delivery if a new study is any indication. The fundamental challenge to journalism may be that it is no longer in charge of its own destiny in a digital world that has introduced a new layer of complexity and new players on whom traditional media have become dependent. That is according to a copy of an overview for the annual Project for Excellence In Journalism State of the News Media Report,... MORE
March 15, 2011

Network, cable news in US see audience declines in 2010

The audience for network evening newscasts continued their 30-year decline in 2010, and cable news, while it has become the fourth most popular platform for news, shows signs of having peaked. That is according to a copy of the annual Project for Excellence In Journalism State of the News Media Report, which was released Monday morning. The audience for most network news programs continued to slide, mostly by single digits, but revenues at all three news divisions grew by about 6% thanks to the... MORE
February 20, 2011

New study shows that traffic to local news sites is not so local

Unique visitors to local news websites are less unique and less local than one would assume. A new study from research and consulting firm Borrell Associates challenges many of core ways that online audiences are characterized and counted by local news outlets. On average, a third of the visitors to a local news site live outside the market, and a quarter of the visitors are “fly-bys.” The Borrell report counts three basic types of website visitors: “core loyalists,” people who visit 18-20... MORE
December 30, 2010

2010's best US newspaper Facebook fan pages

The Washington Post uses Facecbook to the hilt, according to prominent Internet communications firm Bivings Group that tracked how newspapers use the social networking site to best connect with audience. Ranking No. 1 and 2, respectively were The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune . The Post was cited not just for its very high fan-to-circulation ratio, design features and use of Twitter app Hootsuite to post to its wall, but its effective forms of audience engagement, which yielded an... MORE