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Joe Wikert is Publishing President at Our Sunday Visitor (www.osv.com). Before joining OSV Joe was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Olive Software. Prior to Olive Software he was General Manager, Publisher, & Chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he managed each of the editorial groups at O’Reilly as well as the Microsoft Press team and the retail sales organization. Before joining O’Reilly Joe was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in their P/T division.

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…

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…

Digital media has brought a lot of challenges to the publisher’s door. One of the biggest is the challenge to reader loyalty. In the good old days, most readers had limited choice; sometimes if they didn’t read your newspaper or magazine, they didn’t read. In cities or subject areas where there was a choice, 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…

By now, most of us have gotten wind of The New York Times’ recent acquisition of The Wirecutter. The online consumer guide is recognized for publishing in-depth product reviews and serving up independent editorial picks for consumer purchase, thereby earning affiliate commissions. The acquisition affirms the continued emergence of native commerce – the method of…

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