State of the News Media 2015
As the U.S. news industry faces a new mobile reality, how is it faring? From broadcast to print to ethnic media and more, this year’s annual report takes stock.
Market is still hot for buying up local TV stations
The rush to acquire local TV stations by media companies’ continued in 2014 and resulted in strong financial pay offs for them.
As digital ad sales grow, news outlets get a smaller share
While the digital ad pie is growing, the numbers show that news organizations are competing for an increasingly smaller share of those dollars.
News revenue declines despite growth from new sources
The sources of the estimated $63-$65 billion dollars supporting print, online and broadcast news has shifted, with advertising dollars declining and audience payments, in the form of subscriptions, for example, comprising a bigger share.
Like rest of the news industry, campus papers reach for new strategies
Many of the nation’s estimated 1,600 college newspapers are now experimenting with editorial and business innovations in the face of some of the same economic hardships that have hit the rest of the newspaper industry.
Local TV stations post mixed results as some feel loss of political ads
The rush to acquire local television stations produced revenue growth for some media companies in the year’s third quarter, while others suffered losses tied to a plunge in political ad dollars.
Time Warner vs. CBS: The high stakes of their fight over fees
The weeks-long battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS that is keeping the network’s programming from being shown in major markets comes down to the all-important question of retransmission fees.
Newspapers Invest in Local TV Stations Despite Warning Signs
The economic ills of newspapers are fueling a spate of recent local TV acquisitions by newspaper companies, but the data suggest the local TV news market may not be immune to its own set of problems.
News magazines hit by big drop in ad pages
In a difficult advertising environment for the magazine industry overall, newly-released numbers from the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) show the nation’s news magazines being hit particularly hard.
Nonprofit Journalism: Growing but Fragile
Nonprofit news outlets represent a growing new source of information – but one facing substantial challenges to its long-term financial sustainability.