Quickie poll: What will happen to papers in Denver, Detroit?

What an exciting (and yes, depressing) week it’s been in the newspaper business. The cities to watch right now are Denver and Detroit. Denver: E.W. Scripps has put the Rocky Mountain News up for sale through mid January. No buyer: The Denver Post becomes Denver’s sole daily paper. Buyer: Who knows? Detroit: We’ll know more…

Beware, I might poke you in the eye!

In a mostly complimentary review of my last E&P Online column, “My ‘Crisis’ Advice to Newspaper Company CEOs: 11 Points to Ponder,” the North Carolina Press Association Idea Bank blog (post written by “The Seeker”) referred to me this way: “From the times I’ve read Outing’s columns, he doesn’t seem to be the type of…

Showtime: Don’t show them the money

My teen daughter got seriously hooked on the Showtime TV series Dexter, which is about a “noble” serial killer who works as a police forensics expert. A few months ago a friend at her boarding school loaned her the season 1 DVD and it quickly became her favorite show. She told me how great the…

Let’s hear from the newspaper CEOs

I’ve been writing columns and articles and doing research about the Internet and news media for a long time. A few columns over the years have been particularly well received; some landed with a dull thud; some attracted their share of criticism. Like many of my fellow industry pundits who opine about digital media trends,…

My ‘crisis’ advice for newspaper CEOs

Since the 50 newspaper company CEOs who attended the “Crisis Summit” hosted by the American Press Institute recently did not appear to have come out of that one-day session with The Answer to the industry’s woes, I took it upon myself to offer them some advice in my latest Editor & Publisher Online column: “My…

Umm, never mind…

The latest from the API Crisis Summit of 50 newspaper company CEOs: not much. As Fitz and Jen at Editor & Publisher report: a conference call about the summit’s outcome was scheduled for today, but was canceled at the last minute. Jen quoted an e-mail from Mark Mulholland, associate director at API: “Because no reportable…

Newspaper CEOs: Meeting again in less than 6 months

OK, we have a little clarification about last Thursday’s behind-closed-doors American Press Institute Crisis Summit of 50 newspaper company CEOs. You’ll recall the brouhaha over an API staff summary of the 7-hour event, which concluded with, “Participants agreed to reconvene in six months, and to explore additional collaboration.” That got a bunch of people upset…

Do newspapers have 6 more months?

After 50 newspaper company CEOs met behind closed doors at the American Press Institute on Thursday for their “Crisis Summit,” I was tempted to comment, but wanted to wait to see what would come out of the meeting. Would some participants write what transpired that day? The API staff did publish this summary, but it’s…

What a change-sensitive company looks like

Here’s another gem sent to me by my new e-mail buddy, retired management consultant Frank Pecarich. (Here’s my earlier blog item featuring his graphical representation of change-resistant industries like U.S. automakers and newspapers.) So below is what it would look like if newspaper companies actually adapted to changes in the media landscape and watched (and…

Rosenblum: Blow up the legacy business

In case you haven’t seen it, video guru and media consultant Michael Rosenblum gave a fiery speech to newspaper editors a the Society of Editors conference in Bristol, England. A 10-minute video of his speech is here. A shorter version of his message can be absorbed in this 3-1/2-minute video interview: His message — that…

Why newspapers are likely to die as we know them

The headline of this item was also the subject line of an e-mail I received today from Frank Pecarich, a retired management consultant who has been watching the newspaper industry lately with incredulity. In advance of this Thursday’s private summit of 50 newspaper company CEOs at the American Press Institute, I share Pecarich’s observation as…