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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.
love-money
April 10, 2014
For decades, newspapers moved from local ownership to nationwide chains. Now, the shift is in the other direction — with the help of your friendly neighborhood billionaire.
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April 2, 2014
Project Thunderdome is dead and DFM will soon put its newspapers on the auction block. Are the new rounds of investors who bought into newspapers over the past half-decade getting antsy?
nyt now
March 27, 2014
The product is compelling and a big step forward for The New York Times in a number of ways. But can a $2-a-week iPhone app compete with the free and open web?
cars-com-screenshot
March 20, 2014
Newspaper companies made a smart move in the 1990s investing in online auto classifieds. Is selling it off a short-term gain for long-term pain?
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March 13, 2014
Want a model for news innovation? Look to Scandinavia, where Schibsted is having more success building digital businesses than just about any of its peers. Next on its list: building a web-native TV experience.
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March 4, 2014
The newsweekly thinks it can be reborn in print as a premium product. But at $150 a year, can it provide enough value to bring back readers — no matter how nice the paper stock is?
los-angeles-times-building
February 27, 2014
Media companies are racing to spin off their declining print businesses. Unfortunately, the way they’re doing so could drag them down further.
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February 24, 2014
From a business perspective, the deal — much criticized by net-neutrality advocates — is all about two companies understanding their recent past and preparing for the near future.
times-of-london-spotify
February 20, 2014
The Internet is supposed to be all about unbundling. But in the new digital economy, is there room for new, smarter rebundling?
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February 14, 2014
Comcast’s prepping a move past consolidation and into growth — and battling for the same digital dollars as media companies.
impact-crater
February 13, 2014
Can you raise more money for the news by harnessing the power of social sharing — and making the impact of journalism a little more clear?
guardian-open-ken-doctor
February 6, 2014
The Guardian has been a journalism leader. Can it build a business strategy that can match its growing global reach?
portland-oregon-cc
January 30, 2014
Two-year-old startup GoLocal24 is expanding from its New England base across the continent. Will business-driven for-profits like it fill the void of local news in ways nonprofit outlets can’t?
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January 29, 2014
Even though much of the digital advertising market is dire for news operations, a confluence of factors are making it easier than ever to build something new online.
orange-county-register-long-beach-ap
January 23, 2014
Aaron Kushner has been a brash newspaper industry contrarian, investing in content. But over 70 layoffs last week has some wondering whether his frequent waves of change are threatening his credibility.