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 […]

Working in the intersections

Last week was an atypical one for me – no travel. My personal blogging and social media contributions have not been as substantial as my contributions to my Delta SkyMiles account (Platinum in July, thanks). But last week gave me enough time to take a bit of a balcony view of our work at C2C. […]

As traditional media revenues decline, digital dollars grow

The first quarter reports are slogging in, and for media companies, the numbers continue to paint a picture of ongoing decline. Today, McClatchy Co. posted that first-quarter revenue fell 10 percent, which included an 11 percent decline in newspaper advertising revenue and a 5 percent decline in circulation revenue. But digital-only revenue – not tied […]

One year after leaving corporate media: Focusing on fundamentals

Today marks one year since I left the E.W. Scripps company, resigning my post as Vice President of Content and Marketing. In my announcement – leaked in several places but most reliably here – I said my reasons for leaving were professional and personal: On the professional side, after more than 20 years with newspapers […]

News from Tomorrowland

How Disney World’s Tomorrowland envisions the future of the newspaper business: On-demand single copy racks that talk. Really.

Touting audience or revenue

Comes now the latest report from the Newspaper Association of America, touting the supremacy of online newspapers in reaching the biggest and most affluent online audience. This is great news but, data-wise, a bit of Groundhog Day. The NAA has been saying this since 2002, when I did the Power Users study for them. I […]