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Taking the Local Out of Local Newspapers

by Allen Weiner  |  August 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

Hollywood has long exaggerated the persona of a newspaper editor. Lou Grant, the grumbly guy with rolled-up shirtsleeves (Lou was a TV news producer, wasn’t he?); Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee, the erudite, “You don’t have it,” sort of guy who demands perfection; even the editor in “Absence of Malice’ (portrayed by Josef Sommer) who […]

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Newspapers on Tablets May Be Over-Hyped

by Allen Weiner  |  January 21, 2010  |  4 Comments

I must admit, as a former digital newspaper executive, I was caught up in the frenzy and promise that forthcoming tablet devices, from Apple, HP, etc.. would help print publishers and other “old media” sorts get off life support and into the black. While this is a topic we will examine in greater detail in […]


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Note to Newspapers: Never on Sunday

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2009  |  3 Comments

Back in the day, the Sunday newspaper was the proverbial hearth around which families spent their morning pulling the paper apart, section by section and enjoying the Sunday newspaper magazine, comics or oversized travel and entertainment sections. As the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report shows, newspaper circulation is down with Sunday—once a cash cow […]


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E-Readers, E-books, E-Newspapers…Egad!

by Allen Weiner  |  May 4, 2009  |  2 Comments

This is a story whose draft plot has all the makings of a thriller. Add up these story arcs and see what you come up with: *Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle 2 are gaining early signs of traction in the e-reader marketplace selling, by some estimates, around 300,000 units *The Kindle (a single function device) is […]


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The Kindle is Great, But…

by Allen Weiner  |  April 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

A few weeks into my ownership of a Kindle 2, I must report that the Amazon e-reader holds great promise as it delivers a very intuitive experience for those who want portability and a virtual library at their fingertips. Adding books (from both Amazon and other sources) to the Kindle 2 is straightforward with the […]

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Note to Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium: Think Social, Think Content

by Allen Weiner  |  March 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

Memo to Carol Bartz: It’s a nice achievement that Yahoo! now has 793 newspapers in its consortium, 120 of whom are using its APT advertising platform, but this effort is perhaps an exercise in futility unless the newspapers can figure out a way to cut costs and generate digital dollars in short order. And I […]

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Charlie Rose TV Series: The Future of Newspapers

by Allen Weiner  |  February 17, 2009  |  Comments Off

If you have 25 minutes to spare, check out the first in what could be a thought-provoking series from PBS’ Charlie Rose on The Future of Newspapers.

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Detroit Dashes Delivery

by Allen Weiner  |  December 16, 2008  |  1 Comment

For those who follow the newspaper industry, the announcement that the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News (it’s a JOA town) is scaling back on home delivery comes as no surprise. The Free Press will be delivered Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting in March, while The News will be delivered Thursdays and Fridays. Ownership of […]

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Newspapers and Election Day Coverage: A Preview

by Allen Weiner  |  November 3, 2008  |  2 Comments

After reading a story on the impressive plans being made by a number of UK newspapers to cover the U.S. Presidential Election, ranging from copious amounts of video to sending as many as 20 additional reporters across the Atlantic, I felt it was worth an informal look at what a handful of domestic newspapers are […]


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The Boundaries of Social Interaction

by Allen Weiner  |  October 13, 2008  |  1 Comment

One of the good things about living part time in Austin, Texas, is the number of Web 2.0 companies (not to mention Web 1.0) companies in the area and the entrepreneurial energy that permeates the tech community. I had the opportunity to visit one prominent Web 2.0 company, Pluck, last week. Pluck is a leader […]

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