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The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

In case you haven’t heard, The New York Times launched its paywall system on March 28, 2011. Their paywall is an attempt to monetize the content generated by the news professionals at the Times, and “save the newspaper industry.” Speaking as a Web enthusiast, I’m going to predict that this will be a bumpy road… Continue Reading The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

The publisher of two Colorado newspapers says the papers are ceasing publication. Former Vail Daily owner Jim Pavelich says the Vail Mountaineer and the Denver Daily News are victims of the recession. Pavelich and Associate Publisher Erinn Hoban-Chavez began publishing the Mountaineer in June 2008. The newspaper was published six days a week, Tuesday through… Continue Reading Vail Mountaineer, Denver Daily News closing

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The Boulder County Business Report and the Northern Colorado Business Report of Fort Collins have been acquired by BizWest Media LLC, a new company led by the bi-weekly newspapers’ publishers, Christopher Wood and Jeff Nuttall, the Denver Business Journal reports. BizWest also has acquired the Wyoming Business Report, based in Cheyenne and Casper, Wyo., and… Continue Reading Northern Colo. business publishers merge to buy newspapers

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How much might The Gazette fetch?

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With The Gazette in all probability on the sales block, the natural question that follows is, what’s it worth? The old gray lady of Prospect Street ain’t what she used to be. Here is a breakdown of the factors any buyer would consider, based on hard numbers reviewed by the Business Journal: Buildings and equipment… Continue Reading How much might The Gazette fetch?

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Tribune CEO plans to resign

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The head of Tribune Co. plans to resign by the end of the week, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday, after assertions that he helped foster a sexist, “frat house” corporate culture since joining the company in 2007. Citing unidentified sources familiar with the situation, the newspaper reported that CEO Randy Michaels and the company’s board… Continue Reading Tribune CEO plans to resign

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“Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already heading.” — Bradley Rotter We had finally reached the engine room floor of the Jeremiah O’Brien, after descending three steep metal companionways, and inching our way along spidery catwalks surrounded by steam lines, ventilators and machinery. The boilers were making steam, and… Continue Reading On Liberty Ships, U.S. currency and other fading icons

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You get what you pay for, meaning, of course, that it usually takes spending a few extra dollars to get something of value. As a business news outlet, we feel pretty good about the quality of our work. We’re pretty sure you do, too. In fact, in our surveys of readers, you’ve made it clear… Continue Reading Coming soon: A paywall to rid you of your guilt

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Zogby Interactive regularly fills my e-mail inbox with the latest information gleaned from polls that it has conducted. Most of the e-mails receive a cursory glance before being deleted, but one that was released earlier this week caught my attention. The poll’s results show that the Internet blows away all other information sources when people… Continue Reading More not-so-good news for the newspaper industry

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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