Morning Media Newsfeed: 03.19.13
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Washington Post to Charge Frequent Users of its Website (The Washington Post)
This summer, The Washington Post will start charging frequent users of its website, asking those who look at more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month to pay a fee, although the company has not decided how much it will charge. FishbowlNY Much like the New York Times' model, the Post will allow people to read 20 articles per month (aside from its home page and classifieds, which won't have a limit attached) but after that, they'll have to pay up. Also -- just like the Times -- the Post won't count visits via social media links. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Home delivery subscribers will have unlimited access, as will students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel. paidContent This type of porous paywall, which aspire to nudge readers to subscribe without driving them away, is now commonplace. The New York Times, a pioneer of paywall strategies, made its paid website easily accessible at first but has since reduced the number of free articles and cut off popular workarounds. Forbes / Mixed Media Still, the Post's decision resolves a longstanding if unspoken tension between the paper's controlling family, the Grahams, and its biggest outside shareholder, Warren Buffett. Buffett has repeatedly made it clear that he believes newspapers ought to charge for their digital content, a belief he's increasingly been in a position to put into practice. CJR / The Audit This is something of a landmark for the newspaper industry. The Post has been the most prominent of the anti-paywall US papers, and the last without one, excepting USA Today (all eyes now are on The Guardian). Its resistance spurred unhelpful commentary like Mathew Ingram's July 2012: "Why The Washington Post will never have a paywall" piece. "Never," in this case, turned out to be eight months.
New York Post Cuts Nine Jobs in Sales Redo (Capital New York)
In one of his first moves as publisher of the New York Post, Jesse Angelo has announced a business-side restructuring in which the paper's "sales marketing and digital ad operations are being moved directly into the sales department to create a more integrated team," according to a memo obtained by Capital. Nine positions have been eliminated as a result. FishbowlNY The changes, according to a memo from Angelo, are designed to "modernize" the paper's organization. As for those let go? Angelo wrote that "We are very appreciative of their efforts on behalf of the Post and in order to assist them with their transition, we have provided each of them with severance packages reflective of their years of service."
The Steubenville Victim's Name Aired on all Three Cable News Networks (The Atlantic Wire)
You can blame CNN all you want for its reporters feeling sorry for the now convicted rapists in the ongoing case in Steubenville, Ohio, but MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN all just outed a 16-year-old rape victim to millions. TVNewser In all the cases it was clearly accidental, as the outlets have a policy of not revealing the names of victims. Jezebel What's so distressing, though, about the way major news outlets like CNN or ABC wring the sympathy out of the Steubenville story is that they're tapping into America's collective yearning for its worshipped athletes to be pure, to be somehow incapable of committing a crime like rape. That's obviously not true, but there always seems to be a reluctance (or flat-out unwillingness) for some people to believe that athletes could sully the sports we venerate. xoJane / Issues As a blogger who first reported on the Twitter messages surrounding the alcohol-fueled party -- many messages later deleted -- it is sometimes surreal to look back and revisit the events of the past eight months.
UK Press Regulation: Papers Seek Legal Advice (BBC News)
A number of United Kingdom newspapers are taking "high-level legal advice" about whether to co-operate with a new press watchdog established by royal charter and backed by legislation. The publishers of the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Star and the Daily Express said they would wait to make a decision.
Anna Wintour Addresses Condé Nast Editors (WWD / Memo Pad)
Top Condé Nast editors who were looking for a clear answer on what exactly Anna Wintour's expanded job entails did not get it Friday morning after their first audience with the new supreme pontiff. FishbowlNY One person who was at the meeting was excited, claiming that "She's a good person to have in our corner." Another, perhaps more accurately, said Wintour's artistic director title means "She'll do what she always does, which is what she wants to do."
Reddit Debuts Original Web Mini-Series (THR)
Online community Reddit is experimenting with original Web programming and debuted three episodes of a new Web series on Monday. The Web series is called Explain Like I'm Five and is based on the subreddit on the website where queries to political or social issues are answered or discussed by the site's users.
The Washington Times in Discussion for More Layoffs (FishbowlDC)
Washington Times CEO Larry Beasley and the gang of suits over off New York Avenue are contemplating another deep round of layoffs at the troubled newspaper. Sources say the next ax to fall may not be far off. The reason: A TWT insider tells FishbowlDC that the publication is bleeding money.
Washington Post's Cory Haik on TruthTeller and Prototyping in the Newsroom (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Cory Haik doesn't care for the phrase "snackable content." It's not that Haik, the Washington Post's executive producer for digital news, doesn't agree with the idea of developing new formats for news -- she told me the Post's mobile traffic almost surpasses desktop during certain parts of the day. But Haik said it's important to think in terms broader than "the commuter waiting for the train" or "the person reading on their phone while waiting in line."
BBC Worldwide Criticized for Sale of Lonely Planet at 'Significant Loss' (The Guardian)
BBC Worldwide has been criticized by the corporation's governing body for incurring a "significant financial loss" after selling Lonely Planet to US billionaire Brad Kelley for almost $110 million less than it paid for the travel guides business.
Chain Bookstores Lost 13 Percent Share of Book Purchases (GalleyCat)
According to a new report from Bowker Market Research, U.S. chain bookstores lost 13 percent of their share of book purchases in 2012.
ABC Works on an app for Live Streaming Shows to Mobile Devices (NYT)
The Walt Disney Company, while sorting out the future of the online video website Hulu, has an app in the works that may render Hulu passé for some people.
How David Carr Became the Daddy of HBO's Girls (Gawker)
Three years ago, New York Times media reporter David Carr was taking a tour through South by Southwest and asked the festival's film person what movie he should see. She tipped him off to a movie called Tiny Furniture and he fell in love. He gave the movie and its creator/star, a 23-year-old woman named Lena Dunham, 1,000 words in the Times.
CNN en Español Host Ismael Cala Logs Second Block of LA Tapings (FishbowlLA)
Born in Cuba and educated in Canada, Ismael Cala considers Larry King to be a model of broadcasting excellence. So it was extra special for the host of Cala, a one-hour talk show airing weekdays at 9 p.m. on CNN en Español and Channel 63's new nightly SoCal block CNN Latino, to have King as his first guest during last week's LA visit.
Amazon Publishing Promises Authors Faster Royalty Payments (paidContent)
Amazon Publishing said in a letter to literary agents Monday that it will start paying its authors royalties on a monthly basis, up from every three months. "In this digital age, we don't see why authors should have to wait six months to be paid," Amazon's vice president of publishing Jeff Belle wrote in the letter.
The Trouble with Aaron's Law (CJR / Cloud Control)
On Friday, the American Library Association honored Aaron Swartz, the young Internet activist who committed suicide in January, with its James Madison Award for his work on open access to information. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, won the award last year. She was slated to present the new one, the first the organization has awarded posthumously, to Swartz's family.