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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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As single-minded, profit-driven management drives down the local news business, where is its moral center — the one that long rested, if sometimes uncomfortably, alongside the demands of running a successful business?
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After a few expensive misfires, the Times is building new products on a smaller, more targeted scale.
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The numbers don’t add up to growth. Sprinkling some some nonprofit pixie dust won’t save the newspaper industry; only new ideas can do that.
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The news business hopes it won’t end up one sandwich short of a picnic as the new year’s big trends unfold.
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Sheldon Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggests we’re moving into a new, political phase of newspaper acquisition.
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“We have to communicate to the public that we are essential. We have to do that through our work, not just through writing columns saying, ‘Boy, you know, you’re going to miss us if we’re not around.'”
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The Boston Globe is doing just that, and it seems to be working. It might be the foundation of a sustainable revenue model for local newspapers.
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From newspapers for sale to a new wave of paid content; from ad blockers to Watson; from article particles to cutting back on print.