Chart of the Day: Death of News, Not Newspapers

The dirty work on the NAA study, via AEI:

Total print advertising in U.S. newspapers dropped to $4.36 billion from January to March, which was 8.2% below the same period last year, and fell to the lowest level of advertising revenue since the third quarter of 1982.

To which I respond with good news: we have more news than we’ve ever had before.


The Mitt Romney Traffic Drain, According to Buzz Feed

A great read on BuzzFeed about the problem of trying to drive traffic through Mitt Romney coverage. Spoiler: He’s no Sarah Palin.


The Day the Globe Didn’t Show

Print. So reliable. Except when it doesn’t show up, which unfortunately happened to a few Globe subscribers around the city this morning. Trying to track the updates over on this Storify, but it looks like those Globes will be delivered come this afternoon.


Psychology and Positive Nature of Comments

Ze Frank, not surprisingly, nails it:


Interesting-Dot-Boston

Via Universal Hub, Dan Rowinski notices something fascinating buried in the ICANN TLD requests:

Adam at UH talks a bit more about the business model:

And like Fenway bricks, the Globe will seek to sell personalized domains to Bostonians, who, being proud of their city, will rush to buy them. But non-locals need not fret – the Globe says it’ll sell a .boston address to anybody who wants one, such as people who want the world to know they’re moving to Boston or just enjoy the city.

Journalism be saved!


The Cord Isn’t Cut…Yet

Some good stats are coming out out in the world of multi-platform broadcast. ComScore developed and released a study to gauge how viewers look to digital to complement or replace their broadcast viewing habits. Among other points, it looks like we aren’t anywhere close to digital only audiences taking over:

While even the 11 % is noteworthy, where it should get interesting is how the middle group – of combined viewers – grow. Other parts of the study showed that the highest group for network loyalty was the multi-channel viewer. How do you capitalize and how do you mobilize these groups to make sure they don’t become part of that 11 %?


Believe It Or Not: Today In Why I Love the Internet

The Red Sox aren’t playing the best right now (or haven’t since, well, August), but I still go to games because I’ll never grow tired of watching baseball at Fenway. Since it’s 2012, I have a smart phone and I tend to talk about just about anything that I think is fun on Twitter. So when Fenway organist Josh Kantor played the theme to Greatest American Hero in a mid-inning break yesterday, I had to share my joy – after all, the song is actually my phone ring these days.

What I wasn’t expecting was Kantor to hop on Twitter the next afternoon and make a quick search to see how the selection was received by the Fenway Faithful. I definitely appreciated the tweet back from him and of course the discovery of the other dozen or so people who loved it as much as I did.

Internet, please don’t change.


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