Scores of local newspapers are trading hands in a wave of consolidation across the country, often leaving longtime family owners for bigger corporate bosses. The worry: They may not share share the same connection and commitment to the communities.
The Guardian Media Group is still struggling to right its financial ship. But its new strategy of "paid memberships" appears to be working, albeit gradually. That leaves the exact rate of recovery to be determined.
If anyone can be called an editorial prodigy, the prolific editorial writer for 'The Wall Street Journal' was it. By the time of his untimely death last week at 34, Rago had written an astonishing 1,353 pieces for the newspaper - about one every two days.
That's the strategy being pursued by health and fitness publisher Rodale Inc., which hopes to sell some of its corporate real estate to help secure an existing line of credit to $35 million.
'The Washington Post' announced a new partnership with Nextdoor, which allows users to create private, local social networks for their neighborhoods, making it the first big news provider to official team with Nextdoor in the Northeast. Also, Facebook announced it is allowing publishers (as well as brands) to create Groups linked to their Facebook pages.
It's no secret that publishers have a "love-hate" relationship with Facebook, recently leaning more toward the latter. However, Facebook is hoping to make amends, or at least throw them a bone, with a new service that will allow users to buy online subscriptions to news publishers.
On Tuesday, 'The Boston Globe' unexpectedly lost its CEO after less than a year on the job, suggesting it isn't immune to the executive turmoil (and turnover) associated with the industry's financial woes. Even if it is owned by a billionaire.
As in a number of similar deals in recent years, the investment group, which includes several labor unions, also agreed to assume an unspecified amount of debt.
The Thumbs Down Award is a stinging indictment, as it's only presented to organizations or individuals the NABJ judges believe have done something injurious to the African-American community or journalists.
To paraphrase Shakespeare: "What's in a name? Will rebranding reverse the long-term decline in print ad revenue or boost digital ad sales?" The idea of the country's largest magazine publisher changing its iconic name is enough to cause a bit of controversy - at least in the insular world of legacy media.