January 26, 1986 |
A revolution is rumbling through Fleet Street, where Britain's national newspapers have traditionally made their headquarters, and the changes that are about to take place will be felt throughout the industry. For decades, the printers have exercised nearly absolute power along Fleet Street. But now the barricades they erected to keep out computer technology, which has been accepted virtually everywhere else in the Western world, have begun to crumble.
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February 16, 2007 |
Edmund Arnold, an early consultant and educator in graphic arts design who brought cleaner displays of stories and pictures to hundreds of newspapers, died Feb. 2 of pneumonia at a hospital in Salem, Va. He was 93. Publishers of magazines, which have a longer shelf life on coffee tables and in waiting rooms than daily newspapers, have long appreciated the value of beautiful layouts with vivid typefaces and effective arrangement of pictures.
December 11, 2009 |
The ever-shrinking world of print journalism shrank a little more Thursday. Editor & Publisher, a magazine that for a century chronicled the rise and now decline of the U.S. newspaper industry, fell victim itself to the wrenching changes on the media landscape. Its owner announced Thursday that it would cease publishing at the end of this year. Founded at the turn of the 20th century when William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were bitter rivals in the competition to build big city newspapers, E&P began a struggle to survive at the turn of the 21st century as print advertising peaked and the Internet disrupted journalism's business model.
August 31, 2009 |
You think the economy is sending mixed signals? Just look at the newspaper industry. For every "green shoot" that appears, there's a tumbleweed or two rolling by next door. On the positive side, advertising sales firmed a bit in June at major chains such as Gannett Co. and New York Times Co., enabling those companies to post unexpectedly strong second-quarter profits. Newspaper stocks rallied sharply -- Gannett shares have rocketed 156% since the end of June -- as some investors bet that aggressive cost cutting has positioned the companies for higher profit once the economy rebounds.
August 22, 2009 |
As The Times' Dawn C. Chmielewski reported Friday, emissaries of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. recently approached the owners of this newspaper, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Hearst Corp. about joining a consortium that would charge for online news content. Murdoch's Wall Street Journal already does so, but the Australian-born media magnate understands that what's required for serious -- which is to say expensive-to-produce -- journalism to survive is that all the quality English-language papers and news sites agree to charge for Web access and then mercilessly sue anyone who makes more than fair use of their work without paying a fee. For such a scheme to work, the papers' owners need to agree on when to act and what to charge.
August 16, 2009 |
Dear California, I've been thinking about this for a very long time, and I've come to the conclusion that we should go our separate ways. I thought I loved you and it would last forever, but I was so very wrong. I know that our relationship has lasted 50 years and that we should fight to stay together, but you've changed so much that, frankly, I don't know who you are anymore! When we first met I was young and rather naive, and I loved you unconditionally. I spent years running with abandon across your sandy beaches in the bright sunshine, playing in your beautiful parks and attending your top-rated schools, which were a national model for the other states.