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McClatchy Papers Go Digital

bee.jpgFive McClatchy Co. newspapers, The Sacramento Bee in California, North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., are now available on the Kindle.

The media company made announcement about the digital distribution of their papers on Friday via Facebook, using social media to introduce their new formats to the world. Although these new versions are available for free for a two-week trial period, they will then cost $6.99 for a monthly subscription and be delivered daily to Kindles every morning.

The Daily News and the Bee introduced digital versions in October, while the other papers debuted in mid-November.

More McClatchy papers, like The Kansas City Star and The Miami Herald will be available on the Kindle soon, the company said.

The Kindle version allows readers to gain portable access to these local papers nationwide, so it is possible it will increase readership. But the nagging media question remains: why pay for digital content you can get it online for free?

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Sports Illustrated Sr. Editor Joe Posnanski Talks About The Future Of Newspapers

posnanski.bmpToday, there is a Q&A on mediabistro.com with Joe Posnanski, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, columnist at The Kansas City Star, author and blogger. In addition to all his other jobs, Posnanski launched a blog called The Future of Newspapers, on which he obsesses about the future of the newspaper industry and where its all going.

While we were interested in Posnanski’s juggling of his many different roles, we were more intrigued by what he had to say about the future of the industry where he’s worked for years:

“I love newspapers, and even as I’ve gone on to work at Sports Illustrated, I still write for the Star because of the great people there and because I would like to be part of the fight. I don’t like when people get all pompous about journalism and when they start talking about how without [newspapers] there’s no democracy or anything like that. That sort of thing really bugs me. But, that said, I think newspapers have been such a part of communities for so long, and I don’t really see anything else that can do that or is willing to do that. I was hoping that we could create a conversation of what the newspaper can look like in the future.

‘Newspaper’ as a word could very well become as outdated as ‘album’ is when we talk about music. It doesn’t have to be paper to be a newspaper in my mind. When I think of newspaper, I think of something that gives you local news, local sports, the weather, all of these things that matter to us in our daily lives. It’s something that can give it to you in a one-stop shopping sort of way. I believe that people want that. I don’t think that the demand for that has gone down at all. I know that newspaper people in general like to beat themselves up about not keeping up with the times, and there’s no doubt some of that is true, but the big problem has been on the advertising side and on the circulation side of newspapers. The technology has changed, and because of that, the business model of newspapers is broken.

Just from the sports perspective, people in Kansas City don’t want to read any less about the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, their local high schools, and Kansas-Missouri or Kansas State. They want to read more. They want more now than ever before. The demand is so high, why can’t we make this work? I think that we can, and I think we will. It’s just going to take a few breakthroughs in technology to figure out how to do it.”

Read more of Posnanski’s interview here

McClatchy Dailies Join AP’s Mobile News Network

mcclatchy.jpgNewspaper publisher McClatchy Co. announced today that all 30 of its daily newspapers have joined the Associated Press‘s mobile news network.

“Mobile is a key component of McClatchy’s overall digital strategy,” said Christian Hendricks, McClatchy’s vice president, interactive media in the announcement today. “Adding all our websites to AP Mobile makes it easier for consumers to access our local news and helps expand overall readership in our newspapers’ markets.”

Two McClatchy papers, The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee, joined AP Mobile last year. The company’s Miami-based Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Herald, is also already a member of the network, becoming the first Spanish-language paper to be featured on the U.S.-Spanish section of AP Mobile.

Now, McClatchy’s other daily papers, including The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star and The Anchorage Daily News, will be joining as well.

“The addition of McClatchy’s full network of newspapers further enriches AP Mobile’s wealth of local news coverage,” said AP’s senior VP of global product development Jane Seagrave. “No other mobile news services combines so many original sources of credible, breaking news in a single, easy-to-navigate application.”

Hopefully, the deal will help fortify McClatchy, which has been struggling with debt restructuring and layoffs this year. It certainly can’t hurt, especially as the AP works to develop new ways to protect its content online.

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