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Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.

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Fri, January 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.

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Wed, December 30 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

From Fagstein (“No more paywall at the Journal de Montréal“): “Autre nouvelle importante”, it starts, burying the lead a bit: The Journal de Montréal announced on Wednesday that all content on its website will now be free. Ditto for the Journal de Québec. No more paywall on either site.

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Thu, December 17 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

Giant Chinese e-commerce firm buys influential Hong Kong paper

From CBCNews.ca (“Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post“): Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group has bought Hong Kong’s most influential English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, and its other media assets.

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Fri, December 11 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Giant Chinese e-commerce firm buys influential Hong Kong paper

Now this is a tabloid news cover

The New York Daily News pulled no punches with its Dec. 3 cover the day after 14 people died in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.: Daily News editor-in-chief Jim Rich talked about the cover, and reaction to it, with the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple (“New York Daily News editor defends provocative cover: ‘We […]

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Thu, December 3 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Now this is a tabloid news cover

Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]

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Sat, November 7 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Postmedia is dropping its plans to roll out magazine-style tablet editions at its main newspaper properties, ones designed to serve an evening audience, and substituting a cheaper, simpler product that will provide day-long updates.

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Wed, October 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline.

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Thu, July 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Betting on tablets in the newspaper business

Media analyst Ken Doctor takes a look at the tablet play by La Presse in Montreal and the looming one by the Toronto Star in postings at the Nieman Lab website.

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Tue, June 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Betting on tablets in the newspaper business