Schadenfreude is the word of the day, as the Wall Street Journal's editorial page points out that "the Schadenfreude is so thick you can't cut it with a chainsaw."
New News Corp strategy
We'd all be ready to shell out pay-per-view prices (those for boxing, not a simple movie) to peek in on the House of Commons' questioning of Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks Tuesday.
Guild's former international chair dies at the age of 68
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The myths of Murdoch: Real, unreal and surreal
Forget the tired "gate" applied to this scandal, as in the limp Phonegate. This News Corp scandal so far surpasses mere phone treachery that the name diminishes what's at stake.
Guild ratifies three-year contract with Thomson Reuters
Journalists, technicians and other news professionals represented by the Newspaper Guild have ratified a three-year contract with Thomson Reuters Corp. ending an often acrimonious two-and-a-half year contract dispute.
13 questions on the Murdoch scandal
Rupert Murdoch is all about control. After a near-decade of trying to control, and contain, the wiretapping scandal, it's now spreading like wildfire. The next question is how far it will spread. How big will the scandal grow, and what will it touch.
The Murdoch fall-out
What's an American to make of the astounding news that News Corp is closing Britain's top Sunday paper,
New editorial management team named for BANG newspapers
The Bay Area News Group announced Thursday that its newspapers will now operate under a single, common news management team under the direction of David J. Butler, editor of the San Jose Mercury News.
"When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter-ego is Clark Kent."
Flipboard's summer update goes live
Popular iPad magazine app Flipboardhas just released a new version featuring a handful of updates, including one which has the company rethinking a user's first-time experience with the application.
The Newsonomics of the British invasion
With the United Kingdom one of the countries suffering the economic doldrums more than the U.S., maybe it's no surprise that we're witnessing a British online invasion. In short order, the Guardian, Mail Online, and the BBC, among others, are targeting American eyeballs and wallets in the urgent search for growth.
Why newspapers have gone to hell
Eyewitnesses can't be expected to produce the best dispatches from a calamity. They're usually too bound in bandages and cross-stitched with sutures to understand anybody's pain but their own.
FT declares independence (from Apple) day
Just as Steve Jobs was wowing the Apple WWDC with next-gen iOS plans and Newsstand auto-updating of news subscriptions, the Financial Times was putting the finishing touches on its news release. In FT style, the release itself is understated and subtle.
Suzanne Arnaud retires after four decades service
Suzanne Arnaud, Administrative Director of the San Jose Newspaper Guild, will retire on July 1 after 43 years of dedicated service to members and their families. Simply put, over four decades, Suzanne has provided the heart and become the soul of the Newspaper Guild. A compassionate and tireless advocate for the rights and dignity of working people across the Bay Area, Suzanne has fought for fairness and justice on issues relating to wages and benefits, workers' rights, retirement planning and coping with layoffs and the decline of an industry undergoing seismic change.
Newsday bosses get raises after union members accept pay cuts
The president of the union representing Newsday journalists blasts the paper for giving "generous wage increases and bonuses" to managers.
Extra! Extra! Tribune Fees Top $150 Million
You won't find Tribune Co.'s bankruptcy lawyers looking in the want ads any time soon. Professional fees topped $150 million last month in the newspaper publisher and television station operator's Chapter 11 case.
The newsonomics of the missing link
Picture Pre-Tablet Man (or Woman). Let's go back to the time before Palm Pilots, at the dawn of consumer digital civilization itself, a time of AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve. Hunched heavily by the analog world on his shoulders, Pre-Tablet Man has slowly begun to raise his head, through successive innovations of laptops (!), pocket-sized cellphones, smartphones, smarter phones and early e-readers. Now, as we enter Year 2 of the iPad era, it seems like our digital man is almost standing up straight. The digital world has moved from geek chic to consumer commonplace. Our digital devices have become on/off appliances, no manual necessary.
Journalist Gregory Lewis dies at 57
Richard Gregory "Greg" Lewis, a former San Francisco Examiner reporter, died of cancer on Tuesday in Florida. He was 57.
Boston Globe in talks to print Herald
The Boston Globe is negotiating a contract to print and deliver its long-time rival the Boston Herald, according to executives from both companies.
New York Times' share of newspaper sites' traffic hits 12-month low
The paywall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
Survey finds Huffpo bloggers want to get paid, but...
The Huffington Post's hardest-working bloggers think they ought to be in line for some financial appreciation now that the site their contributions helped build has drawn a $315 million buyout from AOL. But most of them aren't prepared to walk away over it.
HuffPo responds to pressure, Activists must maintain the heat
It's been several months since Huffington Post announced its $315 merger with AOL. In that time, The Newspaper Guild has endorsed a writers' boycott in response to its failure to pay its many journalists.
The Newsonomics of the new ABCs of journalism
This week brought us the long-worked-on new counting metrics for American daily newspaper journalism.
Newspaper circulation reports for six months ending March 31
Next week's FAS-FAX circulation report will reflect new Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) rules and will look different than previous versions.
McClatchy reports $2 million net loss in first quarter
The owner of the Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star and other papers says its revenues in the latest quarter were $303.7 million, down 9.5 percent from the first quarter of 2010.
Newspaper owner Lee to refinance debt
Davenport-based newspaper owner Lee Enterprises announced plans Monday to refinance more than $1 billion of debt with two new classes of notes and by issuing nearly 9 million new shares of stock.
Associated Press reaches tentative agreement Guild
The new, 33-month contract would give Guild members three 1.5 percent raises and make changes to retirement benefits.
The Newsonomics of (California Watch's) single, investigative story
It's a week to celebrate great investigative work. ProPublica made some history with its Pulitzer for online-only work about the financial meltdown, and the Los Angeles Times crowned its success with the larger-than-life Bell corruption tale, winning its own top prize.
J school must end technology requirement trend
Don't make us buy iPads!
A School of Journalism faculty committee's exploration of potential new technology requirements for incoming Journalism students is cause for concern. Although no decisions have been made, some faculty members suggest the iPad could be the next required poison Apple in line for students.
Denver Magazine folds
Say goodbye to Denver Magazine. The publication that convincedFox31 anchors to turn into skankers on its cover a couple of years back is no more.
Gannett profit down 23%
Gannett's ability to reach and retain profitability over the past year rested on two main things: the growth of digital revenues and its dedication to holding down expenses.
Six lessons for news publishers
Seth Godin is the marketer's marketer, somewhere beyond guru. He's now poking the edges of publishing.
CU-Boulder journalism school to shut down
The University of Colorado's journalism school will close June 30, making it the first -- but perhaps not the last -- college to be shut down in the university's history.
Trump never 'saved' paper
Donald Trump didn't care much for theDaily News' cover on Monday that mocked his presidential aspirations as a circus act, complete with clown make-up
Chronicle building's transformation reflects changing economy
In December 2009, 10 employees from the technology company Square moved into an empty corner of the San Francisco Chronicle building at Fifth and Mission. The space had been stripped bare, but Square gave it touches of startup chic: rows of Apple computers, a sparkling-water dispenser, chandeliers designed by Jonathan Adler.
Nine questions on Gannett branding, Patch widgeting, Stewart becking, Bloomberg viewing and Sunday selling
As mid-April approaches and with it more year-over-year revenue declines, we'll need something to take our minds off the depressing numbers. Out of the chaos, here's nine questions on the state of the current art:
At Gannett, furloughs but nice paydays for brass
Just in case Gannett employees thought 2011 might bring better news after years of layoffs and furloughs, the year was just four days old when a note landed in the in-box of people who work for the community news division saying, once again, they were required to take an unpaid week off.
For vultures, slim pickings
Newspaper chain Lee Enterprises Inc. is on the verge of saving itself from bankruptcy--and many of its debt holders are livid. Lee, weighed down by about $1 billion of debt, has long been high on the list of potential bankruptcies.
Don't call them pageviews
Don't call them pageviews -- call them pages read. Don't call them unique visitors -- call them readers. Welcome to The Washington Post's new foray into understanding -- and acting on -- how readers actually consume digital news.
Inside the NYT Lincoln deal: It's about dollars
Let's start with the 100,000 readers. These weren't picked at random. They are non-print subscribers. They are heavy NYTimes.com users
Study of iPad users identifies obstacles for Murdoch's The Daily
The obstacles identified by iPad users include the perception among those with the greatest interest in news that The Daily's content is lacking.
Why should writers work for no pay?
Contributors to the Huffington Post have begun to chafe at the no-pay policy. They could take a lesson from stand-up comedians who faced a similar insult in the 1970s.
The Newsonomics of oblivion
So, how long do newspapers have? Two years ago, that question was on the lips of many as newspapers cut back deeply.
Colliding worlds of online news -- rack 'em up
Digital news business models are playing out on pool tables these days. Break the balls and you have no idea where they're going or how they'll impact each other.
Guild tells HuffPost writers: 'Don't work for free'
The Newspaper Guild is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Arts Source in response to the company's practice of using unpaid labor. In addition, we are asking that our members and all supporters of fair and equitable compensation for journalists join us in shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company.
Newspaper Guild calls on HuffPo's unpaid writers to withhold their work
A Guild release says: "In response to the Huffington Post's refusal to compensate its thousands of writers in the wake of its $315 million merger with AOL, the Newspaper Guild has requested a meeting with company officials to discuss ways the Huffington Post might demonstrate its commitment to quality journalism. Thus far, the request has been ignored."
The Newsonomics of the New York Times' pay fence
It's official -- and the world still turns. After 14 months of planning, The New York Times is finally launching its pay system, starting in the U.S. March 28.
Bay Citizen, Texas Tribune to split $975,000 Knight tech grant
Two of the most prominent and well-funded non-profit news startups will use nearly $1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build a free, open source publishing platform for other news organizations.
NYT's good timing on pay launch, amid news chaos
Here is the growing epiphany about these core readers: Not only do they pay you, they use lots more pages than the fly-by people, the non-core sent by Google, Facebook, Twitter and all manner of other referrals.
Paper erects pay wall -- and traffic goes up!
They (including me) said it couldn't be done, but the Augusta Chronicle put up a pay wall without losing traffic.