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NYT 2020 Report Tells Us Industry's Transformation Is Far From Over

On Tuesday The New York Times published a report that outlines its newsroom strategy and ambitions from now until 2020. The report, “Journalism That Stands Apart: The Report of the 2020 Group,” builds on the work initiated in The Times’ 2014 Innovation Report. It reveals the publisher’s continued efforts to divorce itself from print-centric practices and adapt…

Publishers Buying Marketing Agencies Is Just One Sign of the Times

Editor's Note: Yesterday, AdAge ran a piece titled, "Publishers Snapped Up Marketing Agencies at Unprecedented Rate in 2016." PubExec blogger BoSacks shares his take on why this trend should come as no surprise. Some time ago Bob Garfield, one of my favorite provocative columnists and also the co-host of On the Media, said, "We are…

Publishers Need a Better Way to Measure Ad Viewability

When you take Statistics 101, one of the first things you learn is that some variables are “categorical,” some are “ordinal,” and some are “interval.” Categorical variables are the ones that don’t have any inherent arithmetic dimension to them (e.g. male/female, Democrat/Republican). Ordinal variables are those that do have a more/less arithmetic dimension, but where…

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Content & Digital Media

On Tuesday The New York Times published a report that outlines its newsroom strategy and ambitions from now until 2020. The report, “Journalism That Stands Apart: The Report of the 2020 Group,” builds on the work initiated in The Times’ 2014 Innovation Report. It reveals the publisher’s continued efforts to divorce itself from print-centric practices and adapt…

Google is serious about improving the mobile web browsing experience. You’re probably already familiar with their AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) initiative to promote fast-loading web pages on mobile devices. And now, as of January 10, Google is penalizing sites that show “intrusive interstitials” to users of mobile devices. This change impacts all publishers that use…

I have this feeling we’re on the verge of an upswing in media. I say this every January, but this time I really mean it. Really. I do believe that there’s been a gradual shift in thinking by media owners and the general public, and we’re balanced on a tipping point. It’s become clear, in…

Data & Audience

Editor's Note: Yesterday, AdAge ran a piece titled, "Publishers Snapped Up Marketing Agencies at Unprecedented Rate in 2016." PubExec blogger BoSacks shares his take on why this trend should come as no surprise. Some time ago Bob Garfield, one of my favorite provocative columnists and also the co-host of On the Media, said, "We are…

More than seven years after it began rolling out, the billion-dollar system that was supposed to revolutionize how publications and other flat mail are handled is still making the U.S. Postal Service less, not more, efficient. In fact, the Flats Sequencing System’s performance, already well below plan, declined even further last year, according to a…

Journalism’s had a rough season. The New York Times’ print business is down 19%; Gannett print’s down 15%; Postmedia’s down 21%; and McClatchy’s down 17%, according to recent earnings reports. Then there are the layoffs at the Wall Street Journal and the bloodletting at Reuters. A model that rests entirely on subscriptions is no safer…

Sales & Advertising

When you take Statistics 101, one of the first things you learn is that some variables are “categorical,” some are “ordinal,” and some are “interval.” Categorical variables are the ones that don’t have any inherent arithmetic dimension to them (e.g. male/female, Democrat/Republican). Ordinal variables are those that do have a more/less arithmetic dimension, but where…

The U.S. magazine industry is exhausted from all of the tribute issues and memorial bookazines we’ve published this year about the rock stars we’ve lost. Let’s put 2016 to an early end before another icon joins that Great Far-Out Woodstock in the Sky. But, first, the Dead Tree Edition Research Institute and Binge-Watching Society has…

I promise you that the following three seemingly disconnected observations are related to each other and relevant to publishing. Bear with me, please: Donald Trump’s campaign provides a valuable lesson in 21st Century marketing. And the lesson is not, as some of the pundits claim, that marketing no longer works. After rapid declines early in…

Business Management

For a professional who has worked at many a large publishing house, and as a person who has had many a large expense account, I suggest that the Time Inc. approach described in this article is absurd, stupid, and a real morale buster on every level. The New York Post reported recently that Time Inc. placed…

I was at the Folio: show this week in New York City. I spoke at the conference and was spoken to by many a strong, free-thinking, radical member of a still evolving, re-energized publishing community. It was, as usual, a thought provoking event, and I was delighted to attend. Before I continue I want to…

I’m not a recruiter; I’ve never been a recruiter. I’ve hired a lot of people over the years and when I look back I can honestly say that I’m not great at it and I’m the first to admit it. I’ve completed courses and read books, often with contradicting advice. I’ve followed the steps and…

Printing & Production

Email is an increasingly important channel for publishers, and for many it is a major driver of website traffic and revenue. But email takes time and resources that can put a strain on publishers already stretched budgets. Technology startup StoryPorts hopes to alleviate that strain with its automated email creation platform and workflow management tools.…

Emboldened by recent tightness in supply, several suppliers announced last week the first round of price increases on magazine-quality paper in more than a year. But what should really concern publishers is not so much the ebbs and flows of the paper markets but rather the possible gyrations of the currency markets. With demand for…

Unless Congress stuns the world by doing something about the U.S. Postal Service other than naming more post offices, publishers on average will experience slightly lower postal rates in 2017 than this year. In fact, for all of the “Three Ps” of print magazine publishing — Postage, Printing, and Paper — publishers should be more…

News

I go to a dozen or more media conferences each year. Many I speak at and others I report on as a media analyst and journalist. I always hope to learn something new or hear different perspectives. I have seen the best and the not so great. Having attended the good and the bad, it…

BoSacks interviews Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp about his new role as the chair of the American Magazine Media Conference, which the MPA will host in Manhattan on February 1st and 2nd. Ripp discusses why events like the AMMC are important for the health of the magazine industry and previews some of the conference sessions…

My friend Samir Husni has penned a short essay and complaint about "numbers" used in our industry for purposes of industry review and analysis (Click here). He bemoans the way some media reporters publish stats on the number of new titles in each quarter, and he wishes that they reached out to him for his extensive collected number of new launches. I suggest that his collection of data is very large, unique, and probably the most definitive.