New Chiefs at Yahoo! News and FT.com

Although The Daily Telegraph is missing two online pioneers (see below), two other pioneers of online publishing have new jobs: Yahoo! has hired Wall Street Journal Online founder Neil Budde as executive producer of Yahoo! News. And, promoting within, the Financial Times has appointed Nigel Pocklington to the newly created role of director of online publishing. He will also be responsible for overseeing the FT

The Telegraph at Year Ten, Minus Two Pioneers

The Daily Telegraph of London is celebrating its tenth year of online publication, but without two of the pioneers who put it there. Hugo Drayton started in 1994 as marketing director the Electronic Telegraph and, largely on that success online, rose to become managing director (equivalent in America to publisher and CEO) of the newspaper itself and a member of the Telegraph’s board of directors. But he was let go last month when the Barclay brothers purchased the newspaper from Hollinger International. I interviewed him earlier this year for Online Journalism Review. Danny Meadows-Klue, trained in traditional media at United […]

True Mobility: GPRS, WiFi, and Bluetooth all in Hand

When I emphasize how important mobile devices will soon become to online publishers , I speak from the experience of a user. I’m on the road about 14 days each month, and I can now leave my laptop at home. In August 2002, I began replacing my Sony Viao laptop with a Pocket PC Phone manufactured by HTC of Taiwan and sold by T-Mobile. This dual-band GSM phone featured a 110MHZ Intel processor, 32-megabytes of RAM, and a 4,096 color, 240 x 320 pixel touchscreen. It was pre-installed with the Pocket PC versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Reader, and […]

Garcia Predicts Conversion of American Broadsheets to Tabloid

More than a year ago, we wrote about Mario Garcia, a world renown expert on newspaper design, predicting that the majority of the world’s newspapers would became tabloid-sized within his lifetime. Garcia a few years earlier had predicted that a large number of American papers would switch to the smaller format by 2020. This weekend, Garcia updated and accelerated his predictions. “Based on the happenings of the last two years alone, and primarily the last year, I would say it will happen quicker than that. By 2010 we will have many American papers converting,” he

Reuters Retreats Two Years on NewsML

This past weekend, most of the stories about the online news industry focused on Associated Press President & CEO Tom Curley‘s keynote speech at the annual conference of the Online News Association. Though it was good to hear that the AP has finally realized that there’s a seismic environmental change underway in media, Curley’s speech was about AP intentions, not AP accomplishments. The American wire service has accomplished little with new media during the past ten years. A story that was under-reported weekend was Reuters‘ postponed deployment of NewsML. The British wire service (disclaimer: where I worked during most of […]

Regret at Not Attending ONA Conference

I regret that I won’t be attending this year’s Online News Association annual conference, to be held Friday and Saturday in Hollywood. Instead, at the request of Ifra, I’ll be in New York on Friday afternoon lecturing, on the subjects of e-mail publishing and about publishing to wireless platforms, to a group of European and Asian newspaper executives who are studying U.S. newspaper new-media efforts. I hope that this year’s ONA conference will be as good as was last year’s.

Mobile and Digital Edition Ideas from 'Beyond the Printed Word'

The annual IFRA/WAN/FIPP Beyond the Printed Word online publishing conference was held in Prague yesterday and today. A summary of the presentations is available from WAN and there is an interesting conference moblog. Here from the conference (my thanks to the IFRA and WAN summaries) are some interesting ideas about mobile and digital editions:

BBC News Popup Translations to Learners of Welsh

You don’t you read Welsh? If not, how will you know the Diweddaraf Newyddion o’r Cymru (Latest News from Wales)? It’s hard to use y we (the Web) if you don’t understand the language. The BBC understands, so its New Media Department in Wales has created Vocab, an open source website tool that offers English-language popup translations of Welsh words. Try it yourself on the BBC’s Welsh-language news page. I may not let you fluently read Welsh (for that, you’ll need the BBC’s Learn Welsh pages), but at least you won’t be uninformed while strolling through Cardiff. BBC New Media […]

Bloggers Blew It: Much Posting, Little Impact

Let’s gore a sacred cow. Or lets let Frank Barnako of CBS MarketWatch’s eponymous Frank Barnako’s Internet Daily do it. The headline above tops the commentary leading his report on Wednesday. “No one reads blogs,” Barnako writes. Yes, Technorati is tracking 4 million blogs, RSS is no longer “a geek secret and now it’s a bolt-on to My Yahoo!”, and Blogads claims to be delivering 100 million banner ad impression per month. “All that may be true. It’s just that after the presidential election, it appears to me that the only readers of blogs … are bloggers! They are a […]

More Thoughts on U.S. Circulation Declines

I’ve more thoughts about the accelerating declines in circulations of major U.S. newspaper: Many newspaper executives are blaming the new Do-Not-Call anti-telemarketing lists for a large portion of their newspapers’ recent circulation declines. That is disingenous. In reality, the blame should be placed on those executives’ and their products. Major daily newspapers in the U.S. have huge churn rates. The Newspaper Association of America has long reported that large dailies (those with more than 400,000 weekday circulation) generally have 50 to 60 percent subscriber churn rates each year. That is why those newspapers have had to feverishly telemarket for new […]

Free Fall for U.S. Newspapers' Circulations

There is more and more evidence that U.S. newspaper circulation has begun a possibly fatal free fall. Beginning around 1964, daily newspapers’ print circulations in the U.S. began steadily to decline at a compound rate of approximately half a percent per year. Every year, most of the newspapers’ publishers reacted as if each year’s decline was a temporary aberration, a short-term trend that would soon reverse. But by 1999 the rate of circulation declines began to accelerate. Daily newspapers began to suffer annual circulation declines of one to two percent. Circulation directors were quick to blame the free online publishing […]