No one does journalism anymore

Robert G. Picard Friday, 08 August 2014 19:09
I opened my Yahoo home page today and read the news headline “Outgunned Kurds Beg US for Weapons to Battle ISIS” and its lead paragraph.  “Interesting,” I thought, so I clicked on the item, expecting an expanded story from a news agency. What I got was the Huffington Post. 
“OK, they are becoming a decent news source,” I rea...

Loss of a competitive market is afflicting U.S. single-copy magazine distribution

Robert G. Picard Monday, 04 August 2014 20:30
Single-copy magazine distribution is undergoing a remarkably unheralded transformation and it has enormous implications for both publishers and consumers.
Each year about 3 billion copies of magazines are distributed to 150,000 retail outlets within a large and complex distribution channel. This is extremely important to publishers because it...

Digital Consumption is Forcing Newsrooms to Rethink Staffing Patterns

Robert G. Picard Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:00
The increasing consumption of news on digital platforms is forcing news organizations to rethink their news production cycles and staffing patterns.
Most journalists, like other employees, prefer a normal pattern of life—going to work in the morning and leaving work in the afternoon—because it is conducive to social and familial life and enjoying th...

Glimpse of Tumblr is reminder new media business model isn't generating many jobs

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:30
There is still a lot we don’t know about the new media business model, so even a glimpse of the model’s inner workings can be valuable. A New York Times article about Tumblr offers such a glimpse, which shows the company is unlikely to generate a significant number of media jobs.   There is a great deal of fascination about companies like Tumb...