Monthly print paper defies trends, poised to launch in Toronto

Slow print, small run, mighty and true - that's the opening text on the website for the soon-to-be published West End Phoenix, a not for profit real-live print newspaper being launched in Toronto next month. It's been cooked up by Dave Bidini, a name some will remember as main man in Canadian … [Read more...]

Good news in media world; Washington Post profitable, traditional reporting valued

It's not all fake news and buy-outs. Traditional reporting skills still matter. There is some good news in the media world today. Take the thriving Washington Post. Bought by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in October 2013, speculation swirled on what lay ahead for the then-stuggling paper. At the … [Read more...]

“Trump bump” at the New York Times; readers embrace The Times in a post-truth era

Daily subscriptions to The New York Times have leapt up more than ten times since last month's election of Donald Trump. Some days as many as 10,000 new subscribers hit the buy button. This number was previously more like 600 a day. What's that all about? I have a few theories - listed … [Read more...]

HBO’s John Oliver rants about future of newspapers; his solution off-base

A memorable tirade about the future of newspapers and the dire state of journalism by HBO host and comedian John Oliver is worth 19 minutes if you can swing it. I like much of what Oliver said and especially loved his little vignette at the end on how things may go - riffing off the movie … [Read more...]

The future is now in Montreal daily scene; La Presse surges forward into digital format

To the surprise of many - including apparently the printer - Montreal's daily La Presse announced last week that it will move to a digital-only format every day but Saturday on January 1. As one wag remarked in the comments section of the Globe's coverage, sales of hand soap are sure to drop … [Read more...]