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Pittsburgh has 31 local and community news outlets, counting, print, digital and broadcast and two daily newspapers. But digital publishing pioneer Jim Brady decided the market wasn’t too crowded for his mobile-first, millennially-focused The Incline, which launched in mid-September. Like many of Pittsburgh’s existing news outlets, The Incline presents stories built around fam ...
GateHouse Media is a sprawling giant among local and community news publications. It owns 125 daily newspapers and 316 weeklies with a combined 3.3 million subscribers in over 415 markets nationwide and its 530 websites reach 35 million people. But it is determined to keep growing as the centerpiece of its holding company, the expansion-minded New Media Investment Group, in a ...
In 2008, suburban New Jerseyans Mike and Lauryn Shapiro saw their 1-year-old son come through risky open-heart surgery successfully. Filled with gratitude, Mike scrapped his career as a litigation attorney in Manhattan and he and and wife decided to instead pursue a future built around social good.
McClatchy publishes 29 daily newspapers in 28 metro markets that straddle the two coasts, with a good sprinkling in-between. Only one of the markets — Miami — is a major metro, but many of them are vibrant and fast-growing, like Charlotte and Raleigh, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Boise, and Sacramento.
There is a “new class” of entrepreneurial local news startups as well as aggressive new digital investment at “heritage” newspapers, according to longtime news publishing executive Jim Friedlich. The startups mark their boundaries not by neighborhood but metro area. They also emphasize, in product design, content selection and presentation, mobile-first user-friendliness.
Calendar and event sites in surburban towns have a “massive pain point” for consumers, according to hyperlocal entrepreneurs Dennis and Julie Roche of Pelham, N.Y. Consumers are often stuck sifting through irrelevant listings in local publications to find what they need, and they don’t have a means to directly integrate the events they do want to know about into their personal calendars.
Is the merger between two independent news operations in metro Nashville just possibly a template for how community news plays now in a digital world where even big chains of local newspapers seem dwarfed — and perhaps threatened — by search, distribution and social-media giants like Google and Facebook? In this boundary-less competitive climate, there are no certain long-term winners among new.
No one should be surprised that SMBs are pouring more and more advertising dollars into social media. The most recent numbers, from Borrell Associates’ 2016 Advertising Survey of 7,564 regional, local and neighborhood businesses, are here and here, indicating that more than 62% of SMBs have now bought Facebook ads, and 90% have a social media presence.
In December 2005, West Seattle Blog was just what the name suggested — a new blog, a “personal project,” in the words of co-founder Tracy Record, with no news or advertising. A major windstorm that struck West Seattle and King County in December 2006 changed all that, and in the nearly 10 years since, WSB has become a highly regarded inspiration for independent digital community sites.
Facebook keeps growing like Jack’s Beanstalk, so the number meter in my head doesn’t always ring that loudly when the social media platform registers a new first. But then I read the recent story in the Washington Post headlined “98 Personal Data Points That Facebook Uses to Target Ads to You.” My meter made a loud sound with that number.
After fits and starts going back to the previous decade, are local and community news sites ready to get serious about collaboration to meet the demands of increasingly picky readers? There have been several partnerships going back to the previous decade, like the seven-year-old, still-healthy alliance between the nonprofit Charlottesville Tomorrow and the older print-digital The Daily Progres.
Local newspapers are smacked regularly for what critics call a self-inflicted death spiral. But then out of the blue there was this amazing tribute to them last week by an improbable source — John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver does submit Tribune Publishing to a slow spit roasting for changing its name to “Tronc” in its pursuit of “content optimization,” and doc ...
In the early years of the decade, The Dallas Morning News was like every other daily newspaper — trying to figure out how to cross the Texas-sized divide from print to digital. To succeed, the A. H. Belo Corp.-owned DMN decided to “super-serve” businesses throughout North Texas (current advertisers and non-advertisers alike ) with an array of gradually introduced, “solutions-o ...
We know about the power and popularity of geolocation in commercial hyperlocal platforms like Foursquare and Waze. Now it’s coming to community news, and it promises to make the consumption of news much more engaging. Geolocation technology not only offers publishers opportunities to guide walking users to the places where news has happened, or is still happening, but also to ...
Community news sites face increasingly tougher sales with potential advertisers. Businesses, right down to the local pizzeria or dry cleaner, have many more digital choices than they used to when it comes to reaching customers. Some of the most formidable competition comes from Facebook Ads, which allow businesses to see, in great detail, how their messages are doing — impress ...
I was slammed by five words in the recent “Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016”: “Local journalism continues to decline.” But then, in a later section of the report, I discovered that both men and women in the U.S. and internationally rank local as their number one category of news. So which is it — should the publishers of community news despair or at least see the pro ...
Is the outlook for local digital news as gloomy as a spate of recent reports indicates? Or are the forecasters looking in the rear-view mirror? I took this issue recently to Rusty Coats, who is executive director of the digitally focused Local Media Consortium. The LMC’s 75 local media companies include newspapers, broadcasters and “pureplays.
Two years ago, the convulsive changes at Patch and Aol’s sale of its long-troubled community-news network to Hale Global prompted a number of Patch editors and reporters who were let go to found their own independent local-local operations. One of them was Michael Dinan, who had held major Patch posts in suburban Connecticut.
The outlook for community news is grim – if your view is from the equivalent of 30,000 feet. Take this chart on newspaper ad revenue going to the year 2020. It shows, accurately, that newspapers have a long way to go to close the revenue gap from the continuing decline on their print side. Newspapers’ digital revenue is rising, but not living up to early expectations.
According to the new Reuters Institute Digital News Report, women and men have their own favorite categories of news. Women, for example, rank health and education very high and politics further down. For men, it’s the reverse in those categories, the report says. But the two sexes agree on their number one favorite – local news. It was the same story in a 2015 Pew Report.