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5 Things You Need to Know This Week (In Which Fox News Rips Us Off)

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U.K. Publishers Test Market for Online News

The News Corp.-owned Times of London made headlines in media circles this week with its announcement of the results from moving its content behind a paywall. Along with that came much speculation about whether the decision has been a financial winner for News Corp., or whether other media outlets such as The New York Times should be reconsidering their plans for erecting paywalls.

By one analysis, News Corp. might actually be trumping some of the skepticism about charging for online news. Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch did some calculations and determined that News Corp. may have lost relatively little in online advertising and handily made it up in subscription charges. “Depending on the actual CPM, financially they are doing at least two to four times better than they were before,” Schonfeld writes. “And that is with only about 1.5 percent of their former readers becoming paying subscribers. You don’t need that many subscribers to make up for lost advertising revenues online.” Read more

Keith Kelly Is NOT Leaving The NYP

In case you were wondering.

The Guardian’s Edward Helmore wrote about HuffPo vs. The Daily Beast today. And Business Insider noticed something odd about Helmore’s article. Helmore wrote:

“This week, Brown hired the veteran Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz while Huffington hired Newsweek’s chief political reporter Howard Fineman and media columnist Keith Kelly from Rupert Murdoch‘s New York Post.”

Really?
No, not really. Kelly e-mailed Business Insider to say, “News to me.”

You know who is leaving the New York Post, though? Richard Johnson, Page Six editor, is heading to LA to head up a new digital venture for News Corp. But that doesn’t really explain how Kelly got involved.

Ousted; WSJ Reporter Gets the Boot Shortly After Arguing With Steve Jobs

Journalists are supposed to be critics, right? They question assumptions and ask for clarification. It’s part of the job title, but apparently you better watch your words at the Wall Street Journal, particularly when talking to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Valleywag reports that Gordon McLeod, a four-year veteran at the paper, is leaving, and it’s not by coincidence that his departure comes three months after he argued with Jobs at a News Corp. retreat.

Here’s the rundown of what happened from Valleywag’s Ryan Tate:

“In a Q&A session with the assembled executives and managers, including Journal editors, Jobs railed against the apps newspapers like the Journal have created for his iPad. Their interfaces are terrible, he said, and their content is all too often limited . That the Journal’s archrival the New York Times was among those singled out for criticism — Jobs hates the limited NYT Editors’ Choice app — must have helped take the sting off. And Jobs did praise the WSJ’s iPad app as very attractive. But the CEO also said the app was too slow, essentially calling it a clunky reading experience.

“It was on this point that McLeod, who wouldn’t comment for this post, is said to have engaged with Jobs. As president of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, McLeod was at least a player on the paper’s iPad strategy as well as a spokesman for it. It’s not clear whether the Time Inc veteran got into it with Jobs during the more public Q&A or in a more private meeting afterward, but there was definitely a back and forth between the two men in front of other News Corp. hands: Word of McLeod’s purportedly impertinent comments challenging Jobs ricocheted around the company almost instantly.”

Tate reports that the argument led, in part, to McLeod’s departure because News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch has quite the admiration for Jobs. But staffers also admitted that McLeod wasn’t the best fit for WSJ. Wow, Jobs really is changing the face of journalism.

WSJ Moves Into Sports Coverage

The Wall Street Journal plans to assign reporters to cover sports teams, the New York Observer reports.

The paper has had a sports section for two years, but no game reports. It started when Rupert Murdoch told the paper to add sports scores. That eventually morphed into a daily sports section with “writing around the edges of a sport.”

But now, the WSJ has hired five people to cover the Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, and Knicks. These people will actually go to games.

They include: Jim Baumbach from Newsday, Mike Sielski of the Calkins Media newspaper chain, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Scott Cacciola, and Sophia Hollander.

The Observer added: “There are no—how do you say—instantly familiar, boldface names in that group.”

Ouch.

But with sports coverage being very expensive and a target for cost-cutting, any outfit that’s hiring is a positive, whatever the naysayers say.

Related: Fire The Sportswriters? Not If The Teams Have Anything To Say About It

AP Is Not Going To Indulge Taking Anymore

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Say it with me folks, “We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more.” Sound familiar? Like a quote from an Academy Award winning movie about the demise of news? Yeah, well Associated Press chairman Dean Singleton is spouting the same sentiments (actually, the exact same sentiments, this is a direct quote from his fire-and-brimstone speech for the AP‘s annual meeting this year) regarding blogs scraping their site for content. This is an issue that is going to affect most bloggers, who draw from professional news sites to inform their own topics of discussions (i.e. pay attention bloggers, this action is aimed at you).

Today’s speech lays out plans to “go after” sites pilfering AP content. Here are some vague details from the AP‘s press release:

On Saturday, the AP Board of Directors unanimously decided to take all actions necessary to protect the content of the Associated Press and the AP Digital Cooperative from misappropriation on the Internet.

The board also unanimously agreed to work with portals and other partners who legally license our content and who reward the cooperative for its vast newsgathering efforts &#151 and to seek legal and legislative remedies against those who don’t.

MediaMemo received an update from Jim Kennedy VP/director of strategic planning for the AP, offering more concrete plans of attacking this repurposing problem. Some of the details include renegotiating with Google&#151whose content deal with the AP expires at the end this year&#151to start covering some of the ways that Google is currently using AP content that weren’t expressly granted to Google under their first contract. The AP will also be expecting compensation from Google for some of the various uses that they feel have cost the wire service money.

This is only the beginning though. Find out how they will be coming after you after the jump!

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