Are regional media looking like J.C. Penney?

J.C. Penney’s board has ousted CEO Ron Johnson. The move wasn’t a surprise: Dissatisfaction with Johnson and his attempts to reinvent the struggling retailer had been growing for months. What’s interesting are the similarities between Penney’s path and the trajectory of many regional media. Johnson arrived at Penney’s with the purest intentions, trailing the scent […]

Next reduction in newspaper frequency will be with a whimper, not a bang

When word leaked in May 2012 that Advance Communications planned to reduce home delivery frequency of several of its newspapers – including the New Orleans Times-Picayune – from seven to three days, it caused a large, ongoing explosion in the community and the media industry. Community leaders reacted passionately, following the stages of grief. They […]

Media: Are you an owner, streamer or a tweener?

At last week’s gathering of Knight News Challenge winners, an intense debate broke out over the future of media. Yes, it was in a bar. No, it was not about the future of news, or the sustainability of particular platforms. It wasn’t even about innovating new platforms – although this round’s winners, focused on mobile, […]