Archive for December 9th, 2009

Publishers introduce ‘digital newsstand’

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

A full-color, touch-screen digital magazine being developed by five major publishers is expected to “grab not just readers but also advertisers, allowing publishers to charge higher rates for digital ads, which now are much cheaper than print ads,” The New York Times says.

Time Inc., Conde Nast, the Hearst Corporation, Meredith and the News Corporation unveiled plans for a “digital newsstand” Tuesday after weeks of speculation. It is to be “an industry-standard platform to present their work on the Web, phones and e-readers” that is “more advanced than anything now on the market, [along with] e-readers far more sophisticated than today’s mostly static, black-and-white devices,” The Times says.

A video from Time shows how it might work.

“The five partners own the venture – they have not disclosed how big an investment they are making in the project – but they hope to recruit other publishers to use the software they develop,” according to The Times.

L.A. journalists doubt newspaper will survive

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

More than half of the former L.A. Times journalists surveyed by, well, themselves, say they expect their former employer to fold “and nearly as many think newspapers in general have been mortally wounded.”

The survey was conducted by The Journalism Shop, a Web site run entirely by former Los Angeles Times staff members. It calls itself “an easy-to-navigate site for finding highly skilled newspaper veterans interested in taking on freelance assignments.”

“Even if newspapers survive, several expected a much lower quality product,” the survey report says. “’Most papers will evolve into local rags with a heavy emphasis on entertainment and other “news you can use” and time-wasting blogs to keep people entertained,’ wrote a former male staffer, whose job was cut.”

“The poll was conducted among former Los Angeles Times staffers who are members of a support message group,” the site says. “Seventy-five out of 124 members responded.” Nearly two thirds said they’d like to remain in the news business.