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OC Register goes against all reason

How can a newspaper succeed that, according to the prevailing opinion in the industry, acts in contrary of all rules of rationality – and this just in the U.S.? The Orange County Register shows how.

Report: Thomson Reuters plans radical restructuring project

Thomson Reuters, the international press agency specialising in financial news and coverage, may soon implement a radical shake-up of its services, if reports from website The Baron prove to be accurate. Run by former Reuters journalists, this site claims to have seen documents mapping out proposals for two alternative five-year economic plans for the press company.

Business Insider gives sponsor limited content control; is it ethical?

Business Insider’s “The Future of Business” section gives underwriter SAP limited editorial control, raising ethical concerns. Though SAP can’t shoot down headlines or specific language, the company has ultimate veto power for all posts published on the blog it sponsors, Ad Age reported. This prevents BI from covering any of SAP’s competitors for “The Future of Business,” which mixes staff-written pieces with others by SAP.

Bernard Tapie becomes sole shareholder of La Provence after split with Hersant family

In the south of France, regional news titles La Provence and Nice-Matin are finding that things aren’t so quiet in the country. Yet the local news hitting the national papers has nothing to do with events reported by these two papers, and everything to do with the issues surrounding their ownership.

Axel Springer sells its regional papers to Funke Mediengruppe in 920 million euro deal

German publishing houses Axel Springer and Funke Mediengruppe said yesterday (25 July) they have reached an agreement whereby Funke will acquire Axel Springer’s regional newspapers, TV program guides and women’s magazines.

ABC emulates BBC with links to commercial news sites

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will pilot a new service designed to funnel its online audience to other news media sites. Managing director of the ABC Mark Scott will unveil the plans in a speech to the Australia American Chamber of Commerce in Sydney, reports The Australian, which managed to get an advanced copy of Scott’s announcement.

Print investment makes future seem bright at Orange County Register

This week marks the first anniversary of the introduction at the Orange County Register of a radical series of expansion and investment policies that bucked an industry-wide trend for cuts and closure. The Guardian reports that one year on the risk seems to be paying off.

Native advertising isn’t what you think it is

The media industry has been using the phrases “native advertising,” “sponsored content,” “advertorials,” “branded content” and “content marketing” interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between the terms. It might seem nitpicky to insist that proper definitions are established and followed, but unless the industry can agree on the lingo then it may never be on the same page in important discussions on the ethics of content marketing.

Olympique de Marseille falls foul of the French press

Executives at the French football club Olympique de Marseille (OM) have been accused of “making a mockery of the freedom of the press” by the Association of Sports Journalists in France (Union des journalistes de sport en France, UJSF) after publishing a 12-page document outlining new restrictions on press access to official team information.

Tribune Co. and News Corp: a tale of two very different splits

When the Tribune Company first announced its decision to split into two separate companies, one dedicated to broadcast and the other to publishing, comparisons were inevitably made with a similar move made by News Corporation in June. However, Ken Doctor’s analysis of the ‘newsonomics’ of the Tribune’s spin-off would seem to suggest that two cases may not be so similar after all.