The AP reports, “U.S. newspapers’ online audiences grew about 6 percent last year, an industry group reported Thursday, a rare bit of good news for an industry struggling to adapt as readers and advertising dollars continue to migrate online.”
The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Public interest in economic news soared last week amid continued stock market volatility and concerns about a possible recession. More than four-in-ten Americans (42%) followed news about the condition of the U.S. economy very closely and 20% listed this as the single news story they followed more closely than any other. That marks the highest level of public interest in economic news in five years. Interest was only somewhat greater during the recession of the early 1990s.”
The Press Gazette reports, “Rupert Murdoch has become bored with Britain and his now obsessed with his ‘new toy’ the Wall Street Journal. This was the view of Andrew Neil, former editor of the Sunday Times, who told peers this today to explain why the News International tycoon was no longer ringing the editor of The Sun every day to ask what she was publishing.”
A release announced, “Junior Achievement today announced the inductees into its 2008 U.S. Business Hall of Fame, one of the most prestigious honors awarded for success in the business world. Junior Achievement selects inductees for their business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and philanthropy.” Among the 2008 Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame laureates is Al Neuharth, the founder of USA TODAY; Founder and former Chairman, The Freedom Forum; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gannett Co., Inc.
An ABC release announced, “ABC News will broadcast President George Bush’s State of the Union address live on Monday, January 28. Coverage will begin at 9:00 p.m., ET and will also include the Democratic response. Charles Gibson will anchor ABC’s coverage from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by ‘This Week’ anchor George Stephanopoulos, Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz, and ABC News commentator George Will. Dan Bartlett, former Counselor to President Bush, will also contribute.”
Last Call reports, “In an episode of ‘Family Guy’ that references an infamous vice presidential hunting trip, Karl Rove, Antonin Scalia and Tucker Carlson are inadvertently killed.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “New research from MindShare concludes that the writers strike, which began in November, is beginning to take a serious toll on TV viewing behavior. Almost half of those surveyed in the poll said they were spending more time online as a result of the repeat programming they have encountered because of the strike. More than 60% of viewers said their favorite shows were now in repeat mode.”
Eat The Press reports, “Jon Stewart: ‘Oh, Bill Kristol, Are You Ever Right?'”
Slate’s Jack Shaferwrites, “No presidential campaign would be complete without self-flagellation by the press about its overreliance on ‘horse race’ coverage. Politico honchos John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei donned the hair shirts earlier this month to compose an apology on behalf of the political press corps for pushing so many horse-race inspired ‘bogus narratives’ on readers. Among the bogus narratives cited by VandeHarris were ‘McCain is dead’ from last summer; Huckabee has no chance in Iowa; Obama is a dudâ€”no, Obama is the bee’s knees!â€”and the Clinton machine will die in New Hampshire. While I appreciate the pair’s candor, self-reflection, and regret, you can no more divorce ‘horseracism’ (to pinch Brian Montopoli’s coinage) from campaign coverage than you can divorce horseracism from the coverage of horse races.”
A release announced, “Helium (www.Helium.com), the leader in online citizen journalism, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the leader in international nonprofit journalism, join forces to raise awareness on critical global issues. The partnership provides Helium members with a platform to write about issues raised by the Pulitzer Center, including international affairs that have been underreported, misreported or not reported on at all. … The partnership is the first of its kind online, and gives citizen journalists the opportunity to win an esteemed journalism award from the Pulitzer Center. Helium members can compete by writing to any of Pulitzer’s featured global crisis issues. The Center will then pick from the top-ranked articles in each category and award the winning writer with a Pulitzer Center Citizen Journalism Award.”
Reuters reports, “Popular video Web site YouTube.com is opening up its service to run on millions more phones which are capable of using high-speed wireless links, the company said on Thursday. YouTube, a unit of Google Inc, says it is extending its service from a handful of phones to a broader range of devices used by 100 million consumers worldwide that rely on high-speed links to stream videos to mobile screens.”
Dow Jones reports, “CSTV.com, a collegiate sports media division of CBS Sports, said Wednesday it entered a digital marketing partnership with USA Today, making several of CSTV’s assets available on USAToday.com.”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Wall Street Journal’s Web site, WSJ.com, will keep a significant portion of its content behind its paid-subscription wall, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Thursday. … Speculation that News Corp. would make WSJ.com a completely free site had been rife in recent months, since Mr. Murdoch had signaled he was contemplating lifting the subscription wall. Mr. Murdoch had indicated that lifting the pay wall could broaden the Journal’s online audience and boost its Web advertising revenue, offsetting any loss in subscription revenues.”
Check out the washingtonpost.com’s new “Buzz Map” feature. It graphically displays the most blogged about places in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas.
A NPR release announced, “NPR News will offer live, comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of President George W. Bush’s final State of the Union Address and the Democratic response on Monday, January 28m beginning 9:00PM (ET). The program will air on NPR member stations around the country, and can be heard online at www.NPR.org. Robert Siegel, Senior Host of the NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered, anchors the special coverage. He will be joined by NPR News correspondents, political analysts and members of Congress providing analysis of a number of key themes in the President’s address. January 29, the NPR newsmagazine Morning Edition will offer additional coverage, with post-address analysis and up-to-the-minute news from Capitol Hill.”