Young people really do use e-mail

As the father of two American girls, now ages 11 and 16, I get to watch the younger generation’s (digital) media habits up close, which is useful in my line of work as a media trend watcher. Something I noticed some time ago with my teen daughter is that e-mail is used in limited ways….

The positive side of the economic collapse for media

This morning I posted a few words to my Twitter account about PC Magazine’s decision to cease print publication… My Twitter posts also get fed automatically to my Facebook account, where Tom Regan, a smart and talented journalist and media thinker I know, posted what I thought was a profound comment: “I have a feeling…

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…

Can serious journalism save the day?

I liked media consultant Alan Mutter’s latest blog item, “It’s time to rip the lid off,” in which he urges newspapers to get serious about doing hard-hitting journalism in order to save themselves. His advice complements my thoughts as expressed in my most recent Editor & Publisher Online column. Publishers, now operating with severely lessened…

Newspaper delivery: Will it go away?

A reader of my latest Editor & Publisher Online column (about intelligently redesigning print editions to please older print loyalists and not go after younger people) asked: “As newspaper companies redefine their strategies, will home delivery be a thing of the past? Will it be a premium service or only available through online downloads? Can…

A 25-year-old’s perspective on micro-personal news

Sticking to the topic of “micro-personal news” (see previous blog item), John Paul Titlow wrote me the following note which responds to my September Editor & Publisher Online column, “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” He makes some good points worth sharing, so with his permission here it is: “I couldn’t…

Another chance for ‘micro-personal’ news?

Interesting. I’ve been getting a new round of e-mail comments about the Editor & Publisher Online column I did back in late September: “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” (My most current one is here.) Also, Paul Gillin over at NewspaperDeathWatch.com did a blog item about the column, “Your Friend Feed…

Staff responses belong in comment threads

Even though most news websites now allow user comments, it still bugs me to see so little editorial staff participation in comment threads. Having editors and reporters take part and respond to reader comments is a powerful way to keep the discussion more focused and civil. Of course, it’s no guarantee of preventing things from…

More print redesign advice: Remember e-mail

Jay Small, writing on his Small Initiatives blog, comments on my latest Editor & Publisher Online column about how to smartly redesign print editions of newspapers. One of the key points in my column is that newspapers need to provide MANY more refers and pointers to online and mobile content, in an effort to guide…

My prescription for saving the print edition

Here’s my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, posted today: “Don’t Redesign the Print Edition to Ensure Failure.” It’s an opinion piece about how the wave of print-edition redesigns by the newspaper industry is largely missing the boat. Publishers need to focus on their core older audience when it comes to the print edition, and…