Get ready for the battle of the superphones

August 15, 2008

fencing1.jpgNow this should be one good duel.

The New York Times is reporting that T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google’s Android software. And it will go on sale… soon!

Newhouse shuts door on wire service

July 29, 2008

The Newhouse News Service, which serves news from the nation’s capital to newspapers in the Newhouse chain, will close down after the U.S. presidential election in November, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Why? Its member papers can’t afford to pay for it anymore.

Sam Zell: You’re fired! Now let’s move on…

July 23, 2008

Tribune Co is making good on its promise to use its own reporters to break news about Tribune. It’s not the company’s fault if that news is depressing.

Darkness on the edge of town: Newspapers 2008

July 21, 2008

new-york-times.jpgThe Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism just published a 36-page study called “The Changing Newsroom: What is Being Gained and What is Being Lost in America’s Daily Newspapers?” The upshot? This little number and this one would make good visual analogs.

Reader sues newspaper over layoffs

July 10, 2008

Here’s a hot one we found on the Romenesko journalism business blog: A reader is suing The News & Observer, McClatchy’s paper in Raleigh, North Carolina, for cutting staff and the size of the paper.

Buy The Boston Globe? That’s so 2006

July 3, 2008

jack-welch.jpgOne of the top parlor games among undertakers reporters covering the newspaper business is figuring out who would buy The Boston Globe if The New York Times Co ever decided to sell it.

More newspaper cuts… anyone surprised?

June 26, 2008

tribune-tower.jpgSo Tribune Co is cutting jobs at The Sun in Baltimore and Hartford Courant.

Not to sound callous, but by this point should anyone be surprised by news that a publisher is getting rid of jobs? After all, this is shaping up to be one of the worst years in memory for the newspaper business.

Newspaper Association, now with 14% less advertising!

June 13, 2008

First the Newspaper Association of America canceled its annual conference for U.S. newspaper publishers to tell Wall Street about how great their businesses are. No surprise; business isn’t great.

Bloomberg, a stake of one’s own

June 13, 2008

When we heard that Merrill Lynch wasn’t ruling out a sale of its stake in newswire and financial information service Bloomberg LP, we had to wonder who would want it. Morebloomberg.jpg to the point, we had to wonder who wouldn’t. As our story explained, Bloomberg probably (though we can’t say for sure) is a lucrative enterprise that any investor would want to profit from.

More Tribune layoffs coming? Not yet.

June 5, 2008

When we saw a memo hit the blogs this week saying that more Tribune layoffs could be coming, we put the reporting machinery into motion — only to find out that apparently it’s not true.