An inside peek at Silicon Valley for media leaders

In recent years, I have conducted media-and-technology study tours in New York, London and Silicon Valley for high-level publishing executives. This year, the sponsor of the tours is allowing me for the first time to invite Newsosaur readers to join an intensive, five-day tour of the leading digital media and technology companies in Silicon Valley.   The Silicon Valley Study Tour, which will

An inside peek at Silicon Valley for media leaders

In recent years, I have conducted media-and-technology study tours in New York, London and Silicon Valley for high-level publishing executives. This year, the sponsor of the tours is allowing me for the first time to invite Newsosaur readers to join an intensive, five-day tour of the leading digital media and technology companies in Silicon Valley.   The Silicon Valley Study Tour, which will

So long again, Chicago Daily News

On March 4, 1978, the presses fell silent for the last time at the Chicago Daily News, an iconic and crusading newspaper that was unable to adapt to changing times. The following article, which originally appeared here in 2005, is reprinted as a reminder of what happens when a paper runs out of readers, revenues and ideas. "It's fun being the publisher when things are going well," squeaked the

How publishers can fight ad blocking

Publishers and advertisers have only themselves to blame for the revenue erosion caused by the rise of ad-blocking software. Now, it is up to them to solve the problem.  That’s the bracing conclusion of a new white paper from the International News Media Association that is being released today.  The paper was written by Johnny Ryan of Page Fair, an Irish company that advises publishers on how

Tear down those paywalls!

The newspaper publishers who put paywalls on their websites in the last few years should declare victory and tear them down before the barriers become more trouble than they are worth.  It’s true that paywalls slightly ameliorated the 40% dive in the industry’s aggregate revenues in the last decade. But the continued use of pay systems is bound to limit audience growth at a time when fully 79%