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What’s the future of the press release?

April 24th, 2014

If a press release were to fall in the forest, would anyone hear it? That’s a question I’ve asked publicly for many years, and I’ve long believed social media would be a significantly disruptive force to public relations and press releases.

Innovative ad solutions in Canadian newspapers

April 24th, 2014

With its use of re-designed formats, partnerships, Augmented Reality, video initiatives, and more, the Canadian media industry is leading the charge toward transformation.

Patricia Graham named the Irving’s ombudswoman

April 23rd, 2014

Patricia Graham, former editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun and vice-president of digital at Pacific Newspaper Group, is the new ombudswoman of Irving-owned Brunswick News.

Paying less to digital devalues Star’s journalism

April 23rd, 2014

Last week the Toronto Star announced a couple of things. First, they laid off 11 full-time page editors. Second, they announced the creation of a new department, torstar.ca and its intention to hire 17 new digital staff including video editors, digital producers and social media assistants.

Newspapers hire ex-Clark aide to oppose her recycling scheme

April 23rd, 2014

Look who’s lobbying for the struggling newspaper industry. British Columbia biggest daily and weekly publishers have hired a key member of the BC Liberals’ 2013 re-election campaign in a last-ditch effort to change Environment Minister Mary Polak’s mind about the imposition of a hidden tax on newsprint.

Chronicle Herald launches new Cape Breton paper

April 22nd, 2014

Mark Lever gets it. The Chronicle Herald also gets it. The 43-year old businessman is leading the charge to introduce a new newspaper to Cape Brenton, a free weekly, in Nova Scotia starting May 1, according to a Globe and Mail article last week. It is a bold stroke in a time when many community newspapers are closing. Many would say it does not make sense. The newspaper industry is shrinking and the local economy in Cape Brenton is struggling.

U.S. court case could shape future of TV

April 22nd, 2014

The cast of characters fighting Aereo gives you a hint of how important the case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET is to the future of broadcasting.

New York Times obeys Israeli gag order over journalist’s arrest

April 22nd, 2014

The New York Times did not report that a young Palestinian journalist had been arrested in Israel because it obeyed a gagging order issued by an Israeli court. The paper’s delayed publication of the story about the detention of Majd Kayyal (see below) was revealed by its public editor, Margaret Sullivan.

U.S. newspaper revenue decline smallest since 2006

April 21st, 2014

The newspaper industry narrowed its total revenue loss in 2013 to 2.6 percent, the best performance since 2006, according to figures released today by the Newspaper Association of America.

Anatomy of a newspaper purchase

April 21st, 2014

Let’s start with the history. You tried to buy the Star Tribune before. Was the first time four years ago, or more?