Should newspapers raise cover prices?

Several regional British newspapers are tweaking their cover prices in an attempt to combat plummeting advertising profts. As news organisations shift focus from reach to revenue, is it in newspapers’ best interest to raise prices?

Con: Raising prices will shrink reader base

Jordanian online press freedom is threatened as 254 unlicensed news sites are blocked

On Tuesday 2 July the Jordanian government announced it had blocked 254 news websites that had failed to obtain a government license. This move follows a controversial change to the Press and Publication Law in 2012 dictating that online news sites must register with the government, a policy that independent watchdog organisation Freedom House fear will “risk curbing their independent reporting and analysis.” Among the blocked sites are those for Al-Jazeera, Time Out magazine and AmmanNet.

News Corp turns to mobile in an attempt to make its news titles profitable

Robert Thomson, chief executive of the newly created News Corp, has been unveiling the company’s mobile-first strategy in the hope of convincing investors that there is a future beyond print for the now independent branch of Murdoch-owned news titles and publishers.

Newspapers’ TV purchases may backfire comeback plans

Tribune Co., owner of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun, announced its intended purchase of Local TV LLC’s 19 television stations on Monday. The $2.7-billion deal, which will make the company the country’s largest commercial TV station owner, trails Gannett Co.’s $2.2-billion purchase of Belo Corp.’s 20 TV stations in early June.

Struggling French weekly ‘Marianne’ makes a comeback ‘Le Nouveau Marianne’

Jean-François Kahn, founder of the current affairs magazine Marianne is looking to revolutionise the notion of the weekly news magazine. The journalist, who has just celebrated his 75th birthday, took the decision to transform the struggling weekly publication Marianne into the new and improved Le Nouveau Marianne, which debuted in kiosks on Saturday 29 June at a price of 3 euros. Kahn is hoping that Le Nouveau Marianne will follow in the footsteps of Le Nouvel Observateur, the highly successful news weekly which came into existence as a result of the relaunch of the floundering publication, France Observateur in 1964.

Hailed as the ‘fastest growing news site ever’ Upworthy looks to develop advertising strategy

Upworthy, the news aggregator that seeks to make viral hits out of serious issues, is about to capitalise on its status as the “fastest growing news site ever.” According to Forbes, Upworthy is ready to start working with advertisers through a sponsored content programme that will enable marketers to promote their messages alongside the site’s curated collection of what it deems to be the most important political, social and cultural important images and videos on the web.

Brazil: More turn to independent media after newsroom layoffs

Developments in the Brazilian news industry have given weight to the Pew Research Center’s theory that cutting journalism investments will kill readership. Following mass media layoffs, it appears citizens are increasingly turning to independent news sources for coverage of the soccer riots.

Page 3 politics and the representation of women in the media

June 2013 has proven to be an interesting time for the portrayal of women in the news media. In the same week that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was feted by Forbes as the world’s most powerful woman and second most powerful person, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard found herself ridiculed for an Australian Women’s Weekly shoot that shows her knitting with a dog at her feet. The day after the article was published, Gillard was ousted as the leader of the Labor party.

Sponsored content weasels into print

The latest “life-saving” proposition for newspapers: sponsored content in print, as suggested by Scott Karp, founder and CEO of Publish2.

Tension between Google and German publishers continues

Following the controversial ‘Google tax’ law passed by the German parliament in March which intends to make search engines pay royalties to publishers for showing extracts of their articles in search results, Google has hit back with a blog post asking the German news businesses to sign “declarations” that renounce their intellectual rights and hence agree to continue having their articles shown on Google News free of charge.