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Los Angeles Times takes a look at small-town newspapers
9 reasons to switch from Drupal to WordPress
Here’s an aphorism for journalists embarking on Web projects: The CMS is the message.
- Poynter Institute
Will BostonGlobe.com give papers a blueprint to avoid Apple’s 30% cut?
Getting online readers to pay for news is a challenge, but the new BostonGlobe.com offers hope for newspapers who want to create an app-like experience but control their own distribution.
- Nieman Journalism Lab
The Electronic Nails in the Post Office’s Coffin
Startups such as Zumbox, Manilla, and Doxo add to the USPS’s woes by digitizing bills and statements
- Bloomberg Businessweek
Judge gives city pension fund discretion on what information to release
In the first legal test of a controversial new law, a state district judge in Austin has ruled that the City of Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund has sole discretion to determine what information it will release to the public regarding those drawing a public pension.The cut-and-dried ruling by Travis County District Judge Scott H. Jenkins overturned an attorney general's opinion.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Twitter Finally Discloses How Many Active Users It Has: 100M
Twitter has 100 million active monthly users, and 400 million monthly visitors to its Web site, said CEO Dick Costolo, in a press conversation at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters he called his “state of the union” on Thursday morning.
- AllThingsD.com
Huffington Post publishes its first e-book, with plans for more
The Huffington Post breaks into the e-book business today with “A People’s History of the Great Recession,” based on reporter Arthur Delaney’s blogging about economic hardship. With this, HuffPost joins a surge of news organizations that are tapping into their staff expertise and troves of published material for relatively quick and inexpensive e-books.
- Poynter Institute
Who Needs Newspapers?
A report of the status of newspapers in the U.S.
The Online Ad Industry Is Now Officially Regulating Itself
Today is the day that online advertisers formally implement a code of conduct. The industry hopes it will persuade Congress to leave them alone—and convince internet users there is nothing inherently creepy about their business. Will it work?
Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount
New York Times summarizes Postal Service's woes.
Rick Perry story boosts Texas journalism
Rick Perry’s entrance into the presidential race has done wonders for Texas journalism. For the first time ever, a Times journalist collaborated with a journalist from the Texas Tribune, the two-year-old nonprofit journalism outfit led by former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, in a nationally distributed story.
What Postal Service can’t win from labor unions it hopes to get from Congress
If it is successful, it would set a new stage in labor relations that would send shivers through labor organizations far removed from the post office.
Who Loves E-Readers? Your Mom
Yet again, research suggests that women love e-readers and men prefer tablets. A new study from Nielsen finds that 61 percent of e-reader owners are now female, compared to 46 percent in the third quarter of 2010. And, the company says, 30 percent of e-reader owners are over the age of 55.
- paidContent.org
Why Gannett is first to try the new, three-around compact newspaper format
It was three years in the making, but an innovative press configuration that produces a compact, sectioned paper finally got its first customer this week.
- Poynter Institute
Newspaper industry growing in India
Analyst: Patch costs AOL about $150,000 per site, $160 million a year
The Wall Street Journal:
AOL is spending heavily on content, the Journal reports, with its second-quarter results showing that its “cost of revenue increased 20% from a year earlier to $403.4 million.” Included in that cost is hiring for the network of Patch sites.
- Poynter Institute
Postal Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan
The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.
- The Washington Post
Americans and Their Cell Phones
Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating--83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone--and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives.
- Pew Internet
Small bookstores thrive amid change
Technology that has dramatically changed the way consumers buy, read and keep books has had an unexpected consequence.
The rise of online bookstores and digital-reading devices such as Kindles and iPads is indirectly fostering a resurgence of independent bookstores.
- The Arizona Republic
Newsroom leaders resigned yet determined, ASNE-API survey shows
"Editors around the country are frustrated by financial pressures, mandates beyond their control and constantly shifting goals. But they are determined to weather the storm, do good journalism and come out stronger on the other side, according to the results of a joint research survey released today by the American Press Institute and the American Society of News Editors."
- American Press Institute
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