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Report: News Limited to launch new paywall service NewsPlus

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News Limited is reportedly launching a brand new news service or hub called “NewsPlus”. Plans on the new venture are scarce, but the service will feature a paywall to access some content – similar to the Herald Sun and The Australian. According to media publication Influencing, News Limited has already bought the domain name “newsplus.com.au” (via its pseudonym ‘News Domain Administrator’) and has registered two trademarks – “NEWSPLUS” and “NEWS+“. […]

Should Fairfax Media stop printing papers and go digital?

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Fairfax Media is in turmoil – its struggling to find revenue, the company’s share price is tanking and the board faces pressure from Gina Rinehart to have two seats at the board. But, now it is the time for the company to look at itself, and possibly take a risk – stop printing and move towards a digital-only strategy. Stop the Presses It’s a risky move – stop printing titles […]

Herald Sun to bring up paywall in March

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Image: Luc De Leeuw/Flickr (Creative Commons) I guess it was bound to happen. The Melbourne tabloid owed my News Corp, the Herald Sun, is about to bring out new digital offerings next month and will, as long speculated by the media, bring up a paywall if you want to access all of its content. The change follows similar moves in the United Kingdom on The Times newspaper, and with The […]

THE FUTURE OF NEWS – Making Money in a Digital World

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The age of news for free online is over – well, for the paper mastheads at least. While they struggle with dropping subscribers and higher costs, the print media are trying to find ways in monetising their content in new ways. But how are they doing it? And have they been successful in achieving this? Background The main issue is that there is simply not enough revenue from advertising to […]

The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]

Murdoch might delay newspaper paywall

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News Corporation’s chief executive Rupert Murdoch has said that it might miss the target of next June to introduce “pay walls” on its newspaper content around the world, which includes The Australian in Australia, the New York Post in America, and the Sun and the Times in the United Kingdom. Despite posting an 11 percent rise in profits, mainly thanks to its film studio Twentieth Century Fox and its box […]

Wall Street Journal to start “micropayments” model

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The Wall Street Journal, one of News Corporation’s titular newspapers, is expected to announce a new way for non-subscribers to access individual articles without spending over US$100 to access WSJ.com, according to a report in The Financial Times on Sunday. The “sophisticated micro-payments service”, according to Robert Thomson, editor in chief of Dow Jones and the managing editor of the WSJ, told the site. This will allow the paper to […]

Seattle newspaper to switch to digital distribution

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The Hearst Corporation has announced that one of its paper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, will be ending its print edition, after 146 years, on Tuesday and will be switching to a web-only publication; ceasing delivery to more than 117,600 subscribers. According to Hearst CEO Frank Bennack Jr., the company’s goal is “now is to turn seattlepi.com into the leading and information portal in the region.” Despite putting it up for sale […]

Newspaper publisher to launch Amazon Kindle competitor this year

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Hearst Corporation, known for publishing magazines like Esquire and Cosmopolitan, and newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle, is getting set to go into the e-reader business, after industry insiders claim that it is set to launch something that hopes to do the same thing that the Amazon Kindle has done for books. Industry sources, being quoted by Fortune Magazine, say that the new Kindle-competitor is suited to the reading ad […]

CSM to stop daily edition, moves to online print

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The Christian Science Monitor has announced that it will axing its daily print edition in favour of a continuously-updated online website, starting in April 2009. However, it is not leaving the print medium, with a weekly edition being printed instead. This is part of a new multi-platform strategy for CSM to cut costs because of a decline of circulation. While it is owned by a religious organisation, according to Wikipedia, […]

They ‘got it wrong’…

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This story comes from Media Report Fairfax Media, owners of The Age and AFR, is set to relaunch the afr.com after a few months from it’s first relaunch; with more content becoming free, after a few critics complaints. This is in response to Rupert Murdoch was considering to make ‘The Wall Street Journal’ website a free service. “We are going to make afr.com more accessible for users – but let’s […]