Editor’s media picks – 3/5

Kristen Doucet joins Charter TV3 as anchor/reporter
Gatehouse News Service

WESTBOROUGH — Kristen Doucet has recently joined Charter Communications’ Charter TV3 as a ‘Worcester News Tonight’ general assignment reporter.
Doucet, a native of Waltham, Mass., has served as news director at WMCT-TV, Marlborough, MA for more than five years…more via WickedLocal.com

Numbers show that newspapers are indeed doing more with less
By Steve Myers

A chart making the rounds this week showed that annual newspaper advertising revenue has fallen from a high of more than $60 billion around 2000 to about $20 billion in 2011. Stunning, yes.

Put that chart against ASNE’s annual survey of newspapers’ newsroom employment and you see see something else: Newspapers employ about the same number of journalists as in the late 1970s, and they’re paying for them with roughly the same amount of advertising revenue as in the 1950s…more via Poynter

One for the books: ABC 7’s epic winning streak defies odds
By Robert Feder

Twenty-five years ago today, the headline across the top of my column in the Sun-Times read: “Morning, noon and night, Channel 7 sweeps Chicago.” To anyone who followed the ups and downs of local television, it was an achievement that would have been inconceivable a few years earlier.

For a station that had long been derided for its “happy talk” news and for what one critic called a “disgraceful disregard for public service and journalistic ethics,” WLS-Channel 7’s turnaround from worst to first was nothing less than stunning…more via TimeOutChicago.com

Papers put faith in paywalls
By Russell Adams

As more newspapers close the door on free access to their websites, some publishers are still waiting for paying customers to pour in.

The numbers of readers signing up so far suggest that at many papers, “paywalls” aren’t about to reverse publishers’ deteriorating finances. Yet the results aren’t discouraging industry executives, who say their efforts are succeeding in shoring up the core print business after years of declines…more via WSJ.com

Time Inc.’s Health Pinterest presence ramps up
By Stefanie Botelho

At first glance, online pinboard Pinterest appears to be an incredibly simple social network. Users post pictures in a public forum, “repin” others’ images and comment away. However (or perhaps as a result of), Time Inc.’s Health is finding this simple concept is amounting to increased traffic numbers, more engaged users and new readers.

Health debuted its first round of editor-curated boards in October 2011. According to Time Inc. research, Pinterest is now the magazine’s number two social media referral site… more via Folio.com

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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