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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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For the first time, I see a newspaper-created product that seems utterly comfortable with the digital medium.
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“The graphics desk can publish something on its own and then, the next day, point it out to the national editor and have the value of that piece be apparent.”
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