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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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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.
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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.
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January 16, 2014
Financial documents being shown to potential buyers raise questions about its future growth. Has Forbes peaked? And can it justify the high price it’s seeking?
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January 10, 2014
Fueled by Rupert Murdoch’s ambitions and significant investments, The Wall Street Journal seemed to have all the momentum in its newspaper war against The New York Times. That’s changed. Why?
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December 19, 2013
These are the nine big themes that will further separate the winners from the losers when we look back a year from now.
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December 12, 2013
How can public radio prepare for a life beyond radio? In California, one local powerhouse is betting on a tablet app that tries to bring together all that public media can do.
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December 5, 2013
Paywalls aren’t just for newspapers any more. As a Cincinnati station gets ready to start charging online, there’s a big potential opportunity for stations to move into the void left by shrinking newspapers.
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November 27, 2013
Everybody’s making moves this month. Together, they tell us about what news will look like in 2014.
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November 21, 2013
The Times set the agenda for the newspaper industry with its metered paywall. Will its new round of paid digital products — coming next year — do the same?
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November 14, 2013
The dead-tree business has seen better days, sure. But for some publishers, print is an increasingly powerful part of their revenue strategies.
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November 6, 2013
The largest paywall provider in the United States is up for sale. What does the future hold as paywalls grow beyond being all-the-content firehoses?
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October 31, 2013
Set aside all the talk of doom and gloom for a minute: Here are 8 real reasons to feel optimistic about the future of newspapers.
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October 24, 2013
Is the economic power of star journalists growing or shrinking? Depends on the news organization.
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October 17, 2013
The world’s top newspaper companies are realizing they need to invest heavily in data analysis to maximize their business opportunities.
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October 10, 2013
This year’s been a struggle, and there are plenty of trend lines still headed in the wrong direction. Here are the ideas and developments to watch as the news industry moves into 2014.