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Articles by Ken Doctor

Ken Doctor is a news industry analyst and the author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get (St. Martin’s Press). He also runs the book’s companion website, newsonomics.com. He is an analyst for the research firm Outsell and a regular consultant and speaker. He spent 21 years with Knight Ridder in a variety of roles, including as managing editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as a vice president of Knight Ridder Digital.
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“We have so valued the fact that we are still standing. ‘Look we’re still standing!’ But standing is not enough…you gotta run.”
Journalists and publishers need to breathe new life into the social contract with readers: The audience holds the media accountable, the media holds the powerful accountable.
Readers have finally understood that their payments for the news will actually make a difference in what they and their community know. That model needs to be extended down to states and cities.
Fake news percentages, numbers of working journalists, declining print ad revenue: 2016 in numbers.
Are we entering a new age of digital robber barons?
The branded content business, meanwhile, isn’t growing as strongly as projected.
Canada’s press woes are bad enough unto themselves, but they also serve as a sign of earlier winter for the U.S. press.
“Where does news come from? What is true? What isn’t? What’s the agenda, if there is one, of the publisher?”
“Monday’s moves make an interesting first step, but these companies must first embrace their responsibilities — better using both people and machines — in delivering news to vast parts of the U.S. and global democracies.”