What we now know about news and news revenue in the digital world

Robert G. Picard Monday, 03 December 2012 10:00
There has now been enough experience and research to draw conclusions about how news is transitioning to the digital world and what it means for news companies. If one objectively views the developments, one sees that the current developments are is neither as bleak as some journalists portray them nor as rosy as some digerati frame them. Instead,...

Many journalists can't provide the value-added journalism that is needed today

Robert G. Picard Sunday, 11 November 2012 08:30
Journalists pretend they spend their time investigating the intricacies of international affairs, covering the inner workings of the economic system, and exposing abuses of political and economic power. Although many aspire to do so (and occasionally do with great effect), the reality is far from the imagined sense of self.
Most journalists spend...

Changing frequency of newspaper publication is not a sign of the apocalypse

Robert G. Picard Monday, 01 October 2012 15:00
The number of newspapers that have reduced their publication frequency in response to market changes and economic conditions continues to rise.
This year the Times-Herald in Newnan, Georgia shifted from 7 days a week to 5 days per week. The New Orleans Times-Picayune moved to 3-day per week schedule, as has The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.,...

Canadian Media Merger Creates High Market Power and Runs Against Concentration Trends Elsewhere

Robert G. Picard Thursday, 30 August 2012 20:30
The proposed merger between Bell Canada Enterprises and Astal Media will shortly be considered by the Canadian Radio and Television Council (CTRC). The $3.4 billion merged company will own 70 television and cable channels, more than 100 radio stations, and some of the country’s most popular websites.
The combined company will serve nearly one-third...