Pulitzer Prizes, an occasion to consider links between newspaper quality and economic success

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Monday, 14 April 2014 19:30
The Pulitzer Prizes announced today offer a chance to consider three studies of the links between journalistic quality and economic success. The Pulitzers, newspaper journalism’s most prestigious awards for excellence, go to a small number of newspapers and websites each year.   Brian Logan and Daniel Sutter found newspapers that had won Pul...
 

Cortez the Killer (Neil Young interpreted by Warren Haynes/Dave Matthews Band)

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Friday, 11 April 2014 23:00
The power of virtuosi in live performance. Nothing to discuss, just a nice example of what the Internet is for....
 

Late night TV replacement hosts were selected to avoid declines in audience ratings

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Friday, 11 April 2014 22:30
Creating a network television schedule is similar to assembling a portfolio of financial investments, according to a useful paper by the late Barry R. Litman and Seema Shrikhande and Hoekyun Ann. Like investors who try to balance financial returns from different investments, network programmers try to balance the audience size for...
 

Coordination costs can make it difficult to create synergies at media firms

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Sunday, 06 April 2014 20:00
Media firms have for years tried to reduce their costs by centralizing the production and marketing of a variety of content. But the cost of coordinating centralized activities can be considerable, large enough in some cases to offset the savings that firms hope to realize.   For example, firms that own multiple newspapers have for decades tried ...