The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



May 18th, 2008

Is the Internet Really Destroying Newspapers?

The Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) is a superb research organization funded by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. Its website is a rich treasure trove of research, analysis and commentary tackling the challenge of “understanding news in the digital age.” PEJ’s flagship report is its annual State of the News Media. The…

April 6th, 2008

Out of Print

The ever-reliable New Yorker checked in late last month with a long analysis on the fate of the newspaper industry. Entitled “Out of Print: The death and life of the American newspaper,” author Eric Alterman sounds no more cheerful than the rest of us as to where newspapers are headed. Early in the article he…

March 24th, 2008

Pity the Newspaper

Of all media industries assaulted by changes wrought by the Internet, it’s a toss-up as to which is considered the more beleaguered, newspapers or music. Not an enviable prize for which to compete. Certainly both receive plenty of coverage of their varying woes — their problems are not well-kept secrets. But I’ve not seen such…

November 18th, 2007

Newspapers at a Crossroad

The New York Times announced recently that it would shift away from its partially subscriber-based model to solely an ad-based model. Here is one of the most valuable media properties in publishing changing its tune, and perhaps signaling a new tune for all newpapers. As reported in InformationToday, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”…

April 7th, 2007

Not All Newspapers Are Suffering

The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) self-refers as the “Gold Standard in Media Audits” and is the place to go if you want to find out current U.S. newspaper circulation figures. Unfortunately, you have to be a member — they’re not giving this sensitive information away — and so it’s difficult to get up-to-the-minute data….