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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Belo inks ad deal with Yahoo!
Belo Corp. has reached an agreement with Yahoo! to deliver advertising across Yahoo! sites in Belo's 15 local television markets in the U.S.
- Broadcasting & Cable
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J-Ph.D. candidate: I'm open to stretching the definition of journalism, but Patch has me confused.
A conversation with a Patch.com VP
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Newspaper websites reach nearly two-thirds of all Internet users in first quarter
Newspaper publishers drove tremendous traffic to their websites in this year’s first quarter, attracting an average monthly audience of 108.3 million unique visitors - - nearly two-thirds (63.9 percent) of all adult Internet users.
- Newspaper Association of America
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Competitor to print Chicago Sun-Times
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Newspaper group regrets win against browser
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Old Dominion U. professor is trying to save Internet history
Little of today's information is adequately archived. What does that mean for Legal Notice Advertising?
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Rural newspapers doing better than their city counterparts
"Rural journalism is surviving, even thriving, in the rural West and across the United States, in an era of precipitous decline for major metropolitan newspapers." - Stanford University
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NPR launches an effort to report on how actions by state governments affect their residents
"As their financial outlooks have soured, many traditional news organizations have cut back sharply on their coverage of state government.
NPR has launched its effort to help reverse the trend." - American Journalism Review
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Try a local take on the federal debt-ceiling story
As the federal debt impasse continues in Washington and with a deadline is about 10 days away, the issue is garnering more airtime and probably an increasing curiosity among audiences who generally would tune out at phrases like “debt-ceiling level.”
For journalists, that means it might be a good idea to find a local, personal finance or consumer angle to round out wire stories and national TV coverage.
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Murdoch facing Parliament's ire in hacking case
Britain’s Parliament collectively turned on Rupert Murdoch, the head of the News Corporation, and the tabloid culture he represents, using a debate about a widening phone hacking scandal to denounce reporting tactics by newspapers once seen as too politically influential to challenge.
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Victoria Advocate launches daily deals site: ZoinkyDeals.com
"At a time when daily deals are growing faster than other forms of revenue on the Internet, the Victoria Advocate Publishing Company has decided to follow the money with the June launch of its own daily deals site: ZoinkyDeals.com." - By Adriana Acosta, Special to The Inlander
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Research Brief: Two-Thirds of Local Merchants Advertise on Social Network; 1/5 Use Facebook
According to MerchantCircle, new local ad offerings from Facebook are making inroads with local merchants and may put increasing pressure on Google and pure-play deals companies such as Groupon for share of local marketing budgets.
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The latest media survey regarding confidence levels in newspaper and television.
Americans' confidence in newspapers and television news has rebounded a bit from a record low during the past four years.
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Twitter finds its media home with Twitter for Newsrooms
Twitter itself has given us even better guidance for using the service and its features in order to help more stories reach more people.
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Postal Service Nears Collapse
Cover Story May 26 Bloomberg Business Week
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