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Lionel Barber is successfully navigating his paper online despite pressure on all sides. World Economic Forum

The Financial Times deserves high praise for its digital plans

One of the most irritating things about digital journalism evangelists is their lack of respect for editorial leaders who have to take old institutions into the new age. Yes, of course the future is digital…
Who’s pulling the strings - the public or the media moguls? AP Photo/Helen Allman

Defining public interest – why Gloria De Piero’s privacy matters

A few days ago Paul McMullan, former deputy features editor on the News of the World, popped up on a Sunday morning debate programme with his oft-repeated lament that, in the wake of the “chilling effect…
There may not be good news for the future of newspapers, but the future of journalism can be bright. AAP/Alan Porritt

Newspapers are dying, but long live the news

Former editorial director of News Corp in Queensland David Fagan expressed both optimism and realism about the future of journalism in Australia when he addressed an audience of academics at Queensland…
More newspapers are turning to paywalls, and while the number of readers falls, revenues often grow. Anne Petersen

Get out your wallets, paywalls are in

The Guardian’s Australian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner did what many media commentators fail to do, last week, and disentangled the crisis facing print newspapers from the state of journalism. Too often…
Is this the moment of truth for the British press? Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Time for government to stand firm on press regulation

On Monday evening, the BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed that a sub-committee of the privy council had rejected the Royal Charter on press self-regulation put forward by the Press Standards Board of Finance…
Rachel Buchanan’s Stop Press is the latest addition to the growing list of publications about the death of newspapers and the transition to digital journalism. AAP/Dean Lewins

Stop Press: we need to save journalism, not newspapers

Rachel Buchanan’s new book Stop Press: The Last Days of Newspapers is part of what independent publishing house Scribe calls the “Media Chronicles”: A series of first-person accounts about the dramatic…
Online news is great, but you can’t chew it on the train. Arjen Stilklik

New measures of success extend newsprint’s shelf life

Figures published recently suggest that more than 90% of newspaper reading still happens in print. This might come as a surprise given the gloomy assessments often made of the state of print media in the…
The internet sent newspapers back to the drawing board. Achifaifa

Washington Post sale points to a quality future for newspapers

Perhaps the proverbial tipping point in US print journalism has been reached. With the US$250m acquisition this week of The Washington Post by Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos, the US newspaper…
Learn from the master to take over the world. fugutabetai shyashin

Five things the Washington Post can learn from Amazon

The Washington Post’s purchase by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos is the latest example of a new generation of internet moguls spending big on pet projects. It was also revealed this week that Google…
Washington Post: yours for a mere $250m. Daniel X O Neil

Why would anyone buy a newspaper?

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, has bought iconic newspaper The Washington Post for US$250m. Cash. The first question to ask, then, in age where newspaper readership and sales are plummeting…
Media giant Fairfax has been plagued by board troubles and company indecision, according to a new book. AAP/Julian Smith

Billions lost, boards to blame: Colleen Ryan on the rise and fall of Fairfax

In the same week that Colleen Ryan’s tell-all book Fairfax: The Rise and Fall hits bookstores, Fairfax’s two biggest metropolitan newspapers will place their content behind a metered digital paywall. If…
News Limited CEO Kim Williams has been forced to change tack on the online newspaper paywall model for the company’s metro mastheads. AAP/Joe Castro

The News Limited paywall dilemma: how to avoid competing against yourself

You could almost feel sorry for newspaper owners. The internet is smashing their hard copy advertising revenue and they have yet to work out how to make money out of their online editions. It is just over…
Amid the battlefield in the boardroom, Kerry Stokes won the power battle and gained control of the Seven Network. But will Gina Rinehart have the same sway over board members at Fairfax Media? AAP

Beware the boardroom blitz: can good corporate governance rescue Fairfax?

There is a lot going on in the media industry at present. It is not a surprise that newspapers (the paper kind) are struggling to survive in the age of the internet. It is more of a surprise, therefore…
Peter Fray will walk away from Fairfax. AAP/Paul Miller

Fairfax appoints new editors to lead restructure

Andrew Holden, editor of Christchurch’s The Press, will move to Melbourne to take the reins as editor-in-chief of The Age…
The ABC has nothing to fear from an Abbott government, Malcolm Turnbull says. AAP

Turnbull says trust in ABC ‘crucial’ as newspapers fall

Shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull says the ABC will take on a crucial role as a source of well-funded, independent…
“There will be retrenchments”: News Ltd CEO Kim Williams. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

News Ltd to ‘centralise’ media business, axe jobs

News Limited has announced it will shrink its divisions in eastern Australia from 19 to five as part of a restructure that…

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