Mar. 26, 2014

State of the News Media 2014

In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future of American journalism.

Mar. 26, 2014

Key Indicators in Media & News

Mar. 26, 2014

Audience Revenue

The second-biggest source of revenue for the industry comes from the paying public, accounting for 24% of total known news-related revenue, according to Pew Research estimates. This includes circulation revenue as well as license and retransmission fees, which also come out of consumers’ pockets in the form of cable bills, along with individual giving, typically […]

Mar. 26, 2014

Industry Breakdown: Newspapers Still Largest Revenue Segment

Platform convergence in journalism is beginning to make sector comparisons obsolete. Further, some companies are difficult to fit in a box: Is Atlantic Media Company a magazine, or a digital brand? Is Vice a web or television juggernaut? But it is still helpful to evaluate the revenue breakdown within media sectors because that is how […]

Mar. 26, 2014

The Growing Importance of Audience Revenue

After several years of hesitation, the newspaper industry in 2012 moved heavily into digital subscription plans, also known as paywalls. These paywalls helped the newspaper industry raise circulation revenue by 5% in 2012, the first gain in subscription revenue since 2003. As 2013 ended, around 500 dailies—and possibly more—had implemented or had plans to implement […]

Aug. 7, 2013

Historic Deals of Major U.S. Newspaper Companies

In addition to The Washington Post, several other major newspapers have recently been purchased, with the sales prices revealing a heavy devaluation of the product. Only days before The Post sale, , The New York Times accepted an offer for $70 million from the Boston Red Sox’s principal owner to buy The Boston Globe – […]

Aug. 7, 2013

What’s Behind The Washington Post Sale

The stunning sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos says something important about the economics of the Post itself, the continuing struggles of the newspaper industry and the market value of some of America’s great metro dailies. A Pew Research Center report provides the numbers that help put the $250 million deal into context.

Mar. 19, 2013

The State of the News Media 2013: Annual Report on American Journalism

In 2012, a continued erosion of news reporting resources converged with growing opportunities for those in politics, government agencies, companies and others to take their messages directly to the public.

Mar. 19, 2013

Newspapers: Stabilizing, but Still Threatened

If the newspaper industry had theme music in 2013, it might use “Been down so long it looks like up to me,” the much-recycled line from a 1920s blues song. For the first time since the deep recession that began in 2007, newspaper organizations have grounds for a modicum of optimism.

Mar. 19, 2013

African American News Sources: A Year of Turmoil and Opportunity

The story about how African American-oriented news media coped last year was a difficult one at best.