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“To be a Times reporter is to be in some ways a raconteur, right? A lot of the journalists here are great, great storytellers at a bar…I think The Daily taps into that great oral tradition of journalists, enthusiastically talking about a story in a way they’re excited about, and it gets people excited about it.”
Will more than 2 percent of digital readers ever pay for news? “There is a whole universe living between ads and subscriptions.”
His new startup Scroll aims to target readers who are engaged but not willing to sign up for a dozen digital subscriptions across their favorite sites. “Publishers have to make more money from this than they would have from advertising. Which, thankfully, is increasingly easy to do.”
Is Tronc’s acquisition of the New York tab a linchpin to a national strategy, or just another declining property to add to its portfolio?
Can it attract a new editor of national stature with digital savvy? Or will continued chaos within Tronc scare talent off?
“The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ProPublica, among others, have risen to the national occasion. But they can’t be expected to grapple with the real, transcendent issues state by state, community by community.”
A step back to look at the news lessons of this summer.
Consider this a roadside guide to accidents of history as evidenced by the collisions between newspapers and Google and Facebook.
Because it’s privately held, Hearst isn’t as big a part of industry conversations around the future of newspapers as its publicly traded peers. But it’s charting a path forward and ready to open its checkbook to expand.
“For the first time in the history of the company, and arguably for one of the first times in the history of legacy media, we have the beginnings of a fundamentally integrated approach.”