RJI links 8/13/19

News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.


Victoria Advocate to move by year end 8/6/19

With the signing of a 10-year lease agreement for the top floor of One O’Connor Plaza, the Victoria Advocate is returning home.

The 173-year-old newspaper first began business in a small, one-story frame building on the northeast corner of One O’Connor Plaza. The Advocate plans to move to its new home by the end of the year.

Read more from the Victoria Advocate.


Why The New York Times is covering newspaper closures as a national story (and how local outlets can collaborate) 8/6/19

The crisis of local newspapers, in The New York Times' eyes, is now a national story.

Choked out by Facebook, Google and other digital giants for advertising dollars, consolidated by profit-seeking corporations, and ultimately closing up shop as the community watchdogs and drivers of civic engagement, the struggles of local media – especially legacy newspapers – are not unfamiliar to Nieman Lab readers. (Heck, many of you have probably lived through them.) But showing the impact of these closures to the broader public is, the Times believes, a team effort. Since May, when the Baton Rouge Advocate bought the 182-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Times has been chronicling the demise of longtime local print outlets, with a dash of solutions first featured online Thursday, and it doesn't plan to stop.

Read more from NiemanLab.


Daily Press unveils new cellphone apps 7/28/19

The Daily Press (Victorville, Calif.) has announced the rollout of its new cellphone apps for use on both Apple and Android phones.

These apps carry all the latest great content from the Daily Press, including photo galleries, videos and podcasts.

Read more from the Daily Press.


GateHouse cracks the code to boosting single-copy sales 7/28/19

GateHouse Media launched a nationwide single-copy promotion earlier this year in an effort to boost readership and sales. Starting in May, the publisher ran its "Crack the Code" promo for eight weeks, giving away weekly prizes totaling $150,000.

"As of late June, we'd already received more than 341,000 entries," Rick Dumas, senior director of single-copy sales for GateHouse, told News & Tech.

Read more from News & Tech.


Q&A with Jamie Hancock, editor and internship coordinator at The Dallas Morning News 7/23/19

Jamie Hancock is assistant politics editor at The Dallas Morning News. She also serves as the coordinator for the newspaper's internship program. In this interview, Hancock discusses DMN's approach to covering politics and what it looks for in interns.

Read more from The Editor's Desk.


Newsonomics: It's looking like Gannett will be acquired by GateHouse 7/19/19

The deal isn't yet finished. But Ken Doctor says he has been told by multiple sources that there are no major stumbling blocks left to negotiate in a megamerger between the United States' two largest daily newspaper chains – Gannett and GateHouse. It's increasingly likely to happen, with an announcement by summer's end. That's despite absolute public silence from the companies involved.

Read more from his article in NiemanLab.


Franklin County town, newspaper at odds over cost of records request 7/16/19

A Franklin County town and the local newspaper that covers it are at odds over a public records request.

Town officials estimated The Wake Weekly, a Restoration Newsmedia newspaper, would have to pay a fee of about $70,000 before the town could comply with a public records request the paper made this month.

Legal experts called the fee "insane" and "shocking."

Town officials have since reduced that charge to about $15,000, a price the newspaper says is still too high.

Read more from The Courier-Times.


Nearly 7,000 people threatened to cancel their newspaper subscriptions. Here's what got them to stay. 7/16/19

You're a print newspaper subscriber, and one morning your paper doesn't show up. You call customer service (how brave of you!) and threaten to cancel. The apologetic customer service rep offers you a discount for the remainder of your subscription, which you accept. But what will you do when that subscription comes up for renewal?

According to a new study from Notre Dame and Emory, newspaper subscribers who receive a short-term price adjustment to quell the disappointment of a delivery failure are actually less likely to renew their subscription when the time comes – suggesting that newspapers might want to adjust their tactics for addressing customer complaints. Among the things they can try instead: Renewal discounts, extending or upgrading the subscriber's existing subscription, and regularly taking the opportunity to remind customers of what the "full" subscription price is.

Read more from NiemanLab.


Newspapers find creative and imaginative pathways to discover new revenue 7/9/19

In May, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet spoke before the INMA World Congress of News Media audience and shared his dismal prediction concerning the future of journalism-that most local newspapers were going to die in the next five years.

"The greatest crisis in American journalism is the death of local news," he said. "Their economic model is gone."

It's true that the traditional economic model may be gone, but many local and national newspapers are using their ambition and creativity to explore new and exciting business models with hopes that it will create sustainable revenue for many years to come.

E&P spoke with several of these newsrooms to discuss their clever ideas.

Read more from Editor & Publisher.