Showing posts with label WSJ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WSJ. Show all posts

Sunday, May 2, 2010

In Times Square near-bombing, it's advantage: NYT

The Wall Street Journal missed the big local story in print because it doesn't publish on Sundays. In the rising battle over New York City news, that gave The New York Times an advantage. Still, it kept the play modest, limiting it on the front page to the traditional far-right column lede position (bigger view):

The two papers are now duking it out online, of course. Screenshots, taken moments ago; click on images for bigger view:

[Image: front page, Newseum]

Monday, April 26, 2010

As battle heats up, WSJ continues circ gains on NYT

The Wall Street Journal eked out a small circulation gain during the six months ended March 31 from a year ago, an industry group report says today, as the daily racheted up its competition with The New York Times with a new section devoted to New York City.

The Journal topped this morning's Audit Bureau of Circulations list of the nation’s largest-circulation daily newspapers, trade journal Editor & Publisher is reporting. The WSJ was the only daily among the 10 largest to gain circulation in the latest six-month period, E&P says.

The third national daily, USA Today, continued to see its circulation drop, although losses moderated from the the previous six-month period.

Top three dailies
remained No. 2 among the 10 largest, E&P says:

The Wall Street Journal
  • March 31, 2010: 2,092,523
  • March 31, 2009: 2,082,189
  • Change: +0.5%
USA Today
  • 1,826,622
  • 2,113,725
  • -13.58%
The New York Times
  • 951,063
  • 1,039,032
  • -8.47%
Related: The industry got some good news today -- well, sort of.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

AdAge says NYT's new online biz page is the latest gambit to grab readers, advertisers from rival WSJ

The online section front has been rebuilt, starting today, to more closely resemble a home page, trade publication Advertising Age says, "complete with the top-left and top-right 'rabbit ear' ad units traditionally limited to the paper's standard home page; an automated "latest news" box on the top-right with stories from the Times and other sources such as Reuters and the Associated Press; a frequently updated river of news down the left column; a center column highlighting analysis; and Times blog posts wherever they may fit in the news or insight columns."

Related: NYT Co.'s press release on the makeover

Monday, April 12, 2010

NYT wins three Pulitzer Prizes; rival WSJ is shut out

The New York Times today won three Pulitzer Prizes, in a 2010 competition that saw a new generation of online journalists elbowing their way into the industry's highest honor.

Notably, the Times' surging competitor -- The Wall Street Journal -- failed to win a single prize.

The NYT won for explanatory reporting and for national reporting. Plus, the Times's Sunday magazine tied for the award in investigative reporting with with the Philadelphia Daily News. The magazine's work was in collaboration with ProPublica -- a new, non-profit website devoted to investigative journalism. (So, in fact, maybe the NYT won just 2.5 Pulitzers.)

In a new post, the New York Observer says: The WSJ, which was once a Pulitzer-hoarder under former top editor Paul Steiger, "once again goes home empty-handed." The paper has not won an award since April 2007, and this brings the Journal's Pulitzer count in the Rupert Murdoch era to a grand total of zero, the Observer says.

Related: the complete list of 2010 winners. Plus: the NYT's account of the awards

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In NYC rivalry, WSJ has 'uphill battle' against NYT

[News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, NYT Co.'s Arthur Sulzberger Jr.]

That's according to New York Magazine, which compares The Wall Street Journal's roster of reporters in its about-to-launch New York City Bureau to the established team at The New York Times. "Even accounting for slight differences in assignment (the Journal city room will cover only New York, whereas Times city reporters must also do national reporting on their beat), the staff numbers say Murdoch has an uphill battle,'' the magazine says today. It lists reporters known to be devoted to each team. "As you can see," the magazine says, "in nearly every beat, the Times already has two reporters in place for each one of the Journal's."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

In early iPad reviews, good to 'game changer'

Among those published today for Apple's new tablet -- being released Saturday -- most influential-of-all technology reviewers Walter Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal raved: "I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop."

The iPad is priced from $499 to $829, depending on features including whether it's equipped for Wi-Fi only, or fully mobile connections via AT&T's network. Here's a roundup, plus videos, with emphasis on the iPad's potential for helping publishers.

He writes: I was able to try a pre-release version of The Wall Street Journal's new iPad app (which I had nothing to do with designing), and found it gorgeous and highly functional -- by far the best implementation of the newspaper I have ever seen on a screen. Unlike the Journal's Web site, or its smart-phone apps, the iPad version blends much more of the look and feel of the print paper into the electronic environment. Other newspapers and magazines have announced plans for their own, dramatically more realistic iPhone apps.

David Pogue, The New York Times
He writes: There’s an e-book reader app, but it’s not going to rescue the newspaper and book industries (sorry, media pundits). The selection is puny (60,000 titles for now). You can’t read well in direct sunlight. At 1.5 pounds, the iPad gets heavy in your hand after awhile (the Kindle is 10 ounces). And you can’t read books from the Apple bookstore on any other machine — not even a Mac or iPhone.

Edward Baig, USA Today
He writes: You can change pages on the iPad by tapping the screen: The page turns naturally, like a book. On Kindle, you have to press physical buttons and wait an instant while the page refreshes. Rotate the iPad, and you'll see two pages side by side. Newspaper and magazine layouts look vastly superior on the iPad compared with Kindle. The iPad is backlit, so you can read in the dark. You have to supply a reading light with Kindle.

Related: iPad reviews in the news

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Among rivals, WSJ slow-mos RNC erotic club story

[Picture worth 1,000 words: Voyeur's homepage tells the story]

I watched The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today as the Republican National Committee mini-scandal unfolded yesterday over a nearly $2,000 night at faux bondage club Voyeur in Los Angeles. The WSJ appeared to be the last one to post a story, and their coverage seems anemic -- especially alongside the Post's Dan Eggen. That slow-mo coverage adds fuel to the perception that the Journal's Washington Bureau is now tinged with partisan politics.

But the biggest winner's got to be the club itself: Talk about free publicity!

Related: USA Today's story, and the NYT's

Monday, March 29, 2010

USA Today circulation reveals NYC battleground

[Top 10 USAT "print markets" -- not cities -- for paper sales]

As it wields a new trade campaign in the growing rivalry among the three national dailies, USA Today's marketing kit offers a glimpse at the stakes -- especially in the New York City area. That's where The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are battling for local supremacy, with some observers fearing Journal owner Rupert Murdoch aims to put the NYT out of business.

USA Today's fight is over national advertising and readers, rather than the New York metro alone. Nonetheless, circulation figures show the paper has plenty of readers to peel away there.

USAT's publicly available data doesn't reveal the exact number of New York City area readers. Still, the paper's New York print market -- which extends well north in the state -- is the single-biggest among 25 such regions in copy sales: Nearly 152,000, Monday through Thursday, or about 8% of the total 1.8 million sold nationwide those days. (See, graphic, above.)

USA Today is using trade publications such as Advertising Age to get more advertising buyers to consider the paper. In New York City, the WSJ is aiming for some of the NYT's bread-and-butter: Big display advertisers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales. The Journal is set to open a New York City bureau next month, staffed with about 36 reporters, editors and other journalists. The paper also is beefing up its sports coverage of New York area professional teams.

How much are USAT ad rates?
Cost of a full-page ad, Monday through Thursday: $119,600 (black and white); $189,400 (color); Friday (when circulation is higher): $146,000 and $231,000.

Total readers, including pass-along: 3.7 million

  • Male/female: 70%/30%

  • Median age: 49

  • College graduate+: 38%

  • Professional/managerial: 25%

  • Median household income: $74,949
How is USA Today's audience different than yours? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.

[Image: today's paper, Newseum]

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Murdoch confirms April launch of new WSJ section; in speech, he promises NYC edition 'will be feisty'

In remarks that refer to "a certain other New York daily'' -- The New York Times -- CEO Rupert Murdoch for the first time previewed The Wall Street Journal's nascent New York City edition, in a speech today before the Real Estate Board of New York, according to a transcript on Romenesko. He confirmed that it will launch next month, saying:

"I can't tell you all the details. I can tell you that the new section will be full color -- and it will be feisty. It will cover everything that makes New York great: state politics, local politics, business, culture, and sports. Oh yes -- and real estate. Why are we expanding where others are pulling back? Because we take a different view of technology and value. Too many newspaper editors and owners are afraid that technology is harming the value of our product. The truth is just the opposite: technology is putting a premium on content."

Related: Here's the WSJ's story

Monday, March 1, 2010

Animus vs. arrogance, Part 2: Murdoch's envy

We knew that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch wants to compete hard against The New York Times with his prized Wall Street Journal.

But I didn't realize how fully it stems from a status-driven hatred for the paper and its owners. That battle is presented as the downmarket Australian press baron vs. the imperious, white shoe Sulzberger clan, according to today's New York magazine cover story about Murdoch. The graph that sealed it for me:

"Building the Journal into a general-interest newspaper to take on the Times is a crusade. Arthur Sulzberger himself is, for Murdoch, a symbol of the Times hypocrisy, its smugness, and its shortcomings. Murdoch’s hatred of the Times is a product of his long-standing class antagonisms rooted in his early days as an Australian building an empire in London. But on a more fundamental level, he believes Sulzberger is a poor businessman who has mismanaged his company’s fortunes and deserves to lose."

What's the over/under on whether the Sulzbergers will still control the Times Co. a year from now? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.

Animus vs. arrogance? Murdoch and Sulzberger

[Murdoch, Sulzberger]

From today's much-anticipated New York magazine cover story about CEO Rupert Murdoch:

1. When author Gabriel Sherman asked Arthur Sulzberger about surging competition with The Wall Street Journal, the Times Co. chairman dismissed his question out of hand: "Whatever," he said.

2. After Murdoch read an unflattering June 10, 2007, editorial about his plans to buy the Journal, he sent a note to Sulzberger that concluded "Let the battle begin!"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

NYT | Bloomingdale's said in new NYC section

Bergdorf Goodman, too, according to a new Advertising Age story that says the two retailers' plans for The Wall Street Journal's new New York City section illustrate the threat that metro expansion poses for The New York Times' hometown advertising base.

"Both traditionally spend far more in the Times than in the Journal,'' the trade publication says. "Bloomingdale's, for example, spent $17.9 million in the Times last year while devoting less than $1 million to the Journal, according to estimates from Kantar Media."

Ad Age notes that the NYT "has a solid base and probably a great many loyalists that won't be easy for the Journal to poach. But it also means the Times has something to lose, while the Journal is looking at tremendous opportunity."

[Image: Bloomie's iconic brown shopping bag]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Family member nominated to a shrinking board; therapist said expert on family-controlled firms

The board of directors said today it has nominated Ochs-Sulzberger family member Carolyn Dryfoos Greenspon, a psychotherapist, to replace another family member on the board, Daniel Cohen, who disclosed in January that he would not stand for re-election.

Also today, the board revealed in its statement that Scott Galloway, a one-time activist director since 2008, also would not seek re-election. The board chose to not fill his seat, so the governing body will shrink to 13 members.

Galloway joined the board after leading a dissident shareholder campaign to force changes at the company; his departure appears to be victory for Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

Soothing family dramas
The Ochs-Sulzberger family has controlled the Times Co. for more than 100 years. Greenspon (left) and Chairman Sulzberger are second cousins; Cohen and Sulzberger are first cousins. (See this family tree.)

Greenspon, 41, is a social worker and therapist in private practice at Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates in the Boston suburb of Wellesley. Notably, today's board statement says, she offers expertise in a speciality of current importance to her own family: She is a consultant working with "multigenerational family businesses and families who share substantial assets."

Consultants such as Greenspon are increasingly in demand at family-controlled firms, where intergenerational squabbles can spur the breakup of dynastic businesses. That was the fate of Dow Jones & Co. in 2007, when the long-time controlling Bancroft family sold the media giant and its marquee title, The Wall Street Journal, to News Corp.

Murdoch's looming threat
The Ochs-Sulzbergers have led the Times Co. since 1896, when Adolph S. Ochs bought controlling ownership for $75,000.

But in recent years, observers have questioned how long the family can maintain control amid growing competition online -- and from News Corp. Under News CEO Rupert Murdoch (left), the Journal increasingly is encroaching on The New York Times' franchise; the WSJ reportedly is about to launch a 36-person New York City Bureau, for example.

The Times Co. board elections are to be held at the annual shareholders meeting, set for April 27.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NYT | Is the WSJ gunning for a Pulitzer -- in sports?

Here's fresh evidence that The Wall Street Journal under owner Rupert Murdoch (left) is aiming to be a more general-interest national newspaper, elbowing past The New York Times and USA Today.

Check out its full-bore hard-news coverage of the decisions leading to the death of a luge athlete last week. The paper has just broadcast an alert to the following story, now on its website:

Years before a young luge racer from the Republic of Georgia flew to his death at the Olympics last week, officials made a series of decisions designed to make the icy track a commercial success after the Games but that left it faster, and ultimately more dangerous, than any competitive track before.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

In Avatar blockbuster, Murdoch's anti-NYT nuke

As The Wall Street Journal readies its nascent New York City news bureau to battle The New York Times, controlling shareholder Rupert Murdoch has another weapon at his disposal: Huge profits from Avatar, which is being distributed by the media mogul's Twentieth Century Fox division. In a new post today, blogger Ken Doctor smartly notes that News Corp. -- holding company for the WSJ, Fox and other media properties -- stands to earn $1.5 billion or more from sci-fi epic Avatar alone.

"That compares to the Times Co.'s total revenue of less than $2.5 billion in 2009," Doctor says, "and probably a small operating loss (the company reports its full 2009 on Feb. 10.)" He continues: "If you're Rupert Murdoch though, you just have to say, 'Take some of that blue people money and invest it in the Journal. Remember I said I wanted to kill the Times.' Maybe send them flying into the infinity of the flux vortex."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Report: WSJ's N.Y. city bureau to be even bigger

Expected to launch on April 12, The Wall Street Journal's New York City bureau will employ roughly three dozen staffers, three times more than the dozen or so the paper had planned for just three months ago, according to the New York Observer, adding that it represents Rupert Murdoch's most direct assault on The New York Times: "As we’ve reported, Mr. Murdoch has set aside a budget of $15 million for the project. There are plans for a daily stand-alone New York section, an Albany bureau, a City Hall bureau, a crime beat, a sports section and a culture section—in other words, a new, full-fledged New York paper, and one, incidentally, that is looking increasingly like the now defunct New York Sun."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti | How they're playing the story online

Home pages from about 11 p.m. ET at the three national dailies; which one has the greatest sense of urgency?

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Monday, January 11, 2010

NYT | Whistling past graveyard over WSJ move?

New York Times reporters say there's not a lot of talk in their newsroom about The Wall Street Journal's soon-to-launch New York City bureau, according to New York magazine. "The Times already has the apparatus to dominate city coverage," one staffer told the weekly. "That takes years to build, and the Journal doesn't have any of that."

The NYT was first to break the news about the Journal's move onto its backyard. New York says: "While originally reported to launch in April, it looks like the bureau will begin reporting its own stories by February. Its goal is to compete with the Times on its own turf: the news, politics, and culture of New York City (and State!). Starting with a reported staff of 12 and a budget of $15 million, obviously that's a tall order."

The magazine is wondering whether Sewell Chan's recently announced transfer to the NYT's Washington beat from the successful City Room Blog is good news for the Journal's nascent bureau.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Protecting local flank, NYT expands City Room Blog

As The Wall Street Journal moves deeper onto its local turf, The New York Times said today that it's beefing up its two-year-old City Room Blog, with more features and a new top editor. "In the coming weeks,'' the NYT says in a statement, "City Room will roll out a series of new features, including daily columns that will delve deeply into the workings of major New York City institutions like the police department, the schools and the courts, and an ambitiously expanded daily look at what the city's blogosphere is talking about."

Sewell Chan (left), the founding bureau chief, will be moving to a new assignment within the Times. His replacement will be Andy Newman, a veteran Times reporter, "who has excelled in both the print newspaper and its online enhancements,'' the paper says.

The Times' move follows the WSJ's reported decision last fall to open a New York City bureau, staffed with about a dozen reporters.

City Room mixes original reporting with reader conversations. Among the website's most active blogs, it posted 3,314 items and received 82,535 comments last year. Since inception, it has consistently ranked among the paper's top five most popular blogs.

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[Photo: NYT Co.]

Monday, January 4, 2010

How you may be reading newspapers by March

[iTablet? One of many mock-ups of Apple's rumored new device]

From a just-posted Wall Street Journal story: Apple plans to unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but doesn't plan on shipping the product until March, people briefed by the company told the paper. Among many possible uses: reading newspapers. Price: around $1,000, the WSJ says, adding: "The tablet is expected to be a multimedia device that will let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Internet and read electronic books and newspapers."

Related: New York Times media columnist David Carr calls it a savior in the form of a tablet

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