Yes, Google is a Media Company

Can an organization be a clothing company without making its own threads? Much brouhaha has been written lately about whether or not Google is a media company. It’s the type of ontological question that tends to fascinate theologians during the medieval era or media pundits now. Most say that Google isn’t a media company because it does no original reporting. Or because it has no presses or broadcast transmitters. Although I’m sure that the self-appointed clerics of the Fourth Estate have taken great comfort in making such profound pronouncements, I’d like to add a few words from reality: Those pundits […]

Two Million :CueCat Scanners. Cheap!

Are you one of the publishers who thought that millions of people would use :CueCat scanners while reading printed newspapers? If so, A-Z Computer Liquidators of Anaheim, California, has a deal for you. Millions of :CueCat scanners for just US $0.30 apiece (minimum order of 500,000). Just three dimes. Far more valuable than the :CueCat online publishing plan ever turned out to be.

See Any Endgame for Newspapers?

Cocktails during Cinco de Mayo at the offices of Critical Mention above New York City’s 57th Street canyon I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been traveling most of the past few months — half that time to develop the video news search business for my main client Critical Mention, work that I’m immensely enjoying, and half that time on speaking engagements about the newspaper business. Four hundred years into its business cycle, that industry has entered its endgame phase. The three attributes upon which it was built — newsprint, journalism, and a business model that aggregates revenues from newsprint […]

The Lost Cities for Daily Newspapers

Connecticut is the third smallest of the United States. One hundred miles wide, 50 miles high, and home to 3.3 million people, its largest cities are Bridgeport (population 138,000) and Hartford (pop. 133,000). A Connecticut city of 22,931 people was lost last year. Lost, that is, for the daily newspaper industry. That’s the number of weekday newspaper circulations lost between April 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005 in Connecticut. Twenty-three thousand people might not seem like a large number in other states, but it’s a big number in Connecticut. The people of that state would be very alarmed if the […]

Majority of UK Internet Users Now on Broadband

Netimperative yesterday reported that there are now more broadband Internet users than dial-up Internet users in the United Kingdom. It reported that new figures released by BT Group show that, there are now more than 7.4 million broadband customers (including those of BT’s competitors) in the UK and that broadband connections are now accessible to 99.6% of the UK population. The UK joins South Korea as redominately broadband nations. Meanwhile, the European Commission has launched an initiative, i2010: European Information Society 2010, that hopes to foster growth and jobs in Europe’s information society and media industries. The Commission is in […]

Does Online Publishing Cannibalized Same Day Newsstand Sales?

[A subscriber to the Poynter Institute‘s Online News discussion list this week asked for any research or experience about whether putting a story on a newspaper’s Web site the day before print publication has an affect on newsstand sales on the day of publication. Here’s my quick reply.] Belden Associates has annually surveyed thousands of online newspaper users about that question. You should ask Greg Harmon there for the latest data. During 2003, Belden’s survey of nearly 8,000 users among 14 U.S. newspaper sites showed minor cannibalization (8 percent bought newsstand copies more often, but another 12 percent bought less […]