Editor’s media picks – 4/3

Gene Policinski: Amid troubling signs for newspapers, good journalism thrives
By Gene Policinski

The nation’s editors are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the annual convention of the American Society of News Editors — and the good news is the April 2-4 convention once again is being held in hotel meeting rooms, not on the ledges.

Yes, there are continuing signs of economic trouble for the business of newsgathering and distribution — in particular for newspapers, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism… More via Tennessean.com

Many magazines racing to capitalize on Pinterest
By Rupal Parekh

Last month, digital executives from Hearst’s 20 or so titles were summoned for an important meeting at the company’s Manhattan headquarters.

The pressing subject was Pinterest, how all Hearst’s magazines are using it, and how they could leverage the platform. Attendees also spent a fair bit of time examining competitors’ “pinning” strategies.

“It’s a really big initiative for us within the digital department at Hearst,” said Keith Pollock, editorial director of Elle.com… More via Ad Age

More than 300 websites now use Press+ metered model to charge for online news
By Julie Moos

Remember back in 2009 when Press+ (then Journalism Online) launched and didn’t reveal the names of any clients? In fact, news organizations including McClatchy and Tribune disclosed to the L.A. Times that they were not clients… More via Poynter

Philly papers sold at 10% of 2006 value
By Alan Mutter

After changing hands three times in six troubled years, Philadelphia’s legendary newspapers were sold Monday for a tenth of the half-billion dollar price they fetched as recently as 2006.

The stunning plunge in the value of the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister properties reflects not only the continuing contraction of the publishing business but also provides a rare glimpse into how badly newspapers have fallen out of favor among investors… More via Reflections of a Newsosaur

Tablet computers called newspapers’ future

The tablet computer — the most popular of which is Apple Inc.’s iPod — represents the future of the newspaper business, members of the American Society of News Editors were told on Monday. “This is the primary revenue generator in the digital generation,” said Roger Fidler, whose credentials include writing about the possibility of a newspaper tablet three decades ago, in 1981.

Fidler presented the results of a telephone survey of 1,015 randomly selected participants taken between Jan. 17 and March 25. It showed that 28 percent overall said they were considering purchasing a mobile media device. Of those, 44 percent were likely to purchase a large media tablet… More via the Maynard Institute

Katrina M Mendolera

Katrina Mendolera took the helm of inVocus as editor in chief in 2009, and has been running the site ever since. She initially joined Vocus as a senior media researcher for newspaper content in 2007. Prior to that, Katrina worked in daily and weekly newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also an editor with Booktrope Publishing and the author of Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga). Email: krandall(at)vocus.com.

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