Charting the Online Revolution
In the ninth and last of our summer roundtable discussions on the future of the news media, bloggers and analysts discuss how the Internet is transforming the gathering and delivery of information and also offer their ideas on what traditional news organizations must do to keep pace and remain relevant.
The Verdict on Couric
Now that the hype and the waiting is finally over, how did Katie Couric do on her historic opening night at the CBS anchor desk? Not so great, according to dozens of TV critics and commentators who offered up mostly mixed or negative reviews of her inaugural broadcast and snide remarks about her wardrobe.
Alternative Weekly Readership by Age Group
The audience of America's so-called alternative press is younger than that of daily newspapers, but these are hardly youth publications. Not only are more than four in ten readers 45 or older, but 18 to 24 year olds are the smallest reader group, 14%. The median age is of alternative weekly readers is 41.
Online Ad Revenue
Online advertising revenues hit $3.9 billion for the first quarter of 2006–a new record. This number was a 38% increase over revenue recorded for the first quarter of 2005. That robust increase is on pace to match or exceed the growth rate in recent years.
Online News Audience
After a significant increase in regular online news consumption in 2005, survey data from July 2006 suggests the total audience for online news may be levelling off or even declining. Overall, just under 30 percent of adults report using the Internet to get news on a daily basis.
YouTube Web Traffic
From January to June 2006, the unique audience for YouTube, a popular video sharing site, grew 297%.
The number of web users who connect to the Internet through a broadband connection has grown 15% over a year ago. The number of users who rely on broadband connections at home now stands at 72%–up from 57% at the same time in 2005.
2006 News Magazine Ad Pages by Title
After starting off the year close, Time has begun to separate itself from Newsweek in ad pages. U.S. News and World Report remains third.
Alternative Weeklies in Transistion
In the eighth of our roundtable discussions on the future of the news media, representatives of the alternative newsweekly industry survey the changes facing these once comfortably niched papers.
Growth of Alternative Weekly Readers Who Have Children
The percentage of alternative-weekly-reading households with "children at home" is growing in real terms and in relation to the number of other market households that have children.