The Atlantic Sees its Highest Circulation Ever
The Atlantic’s paid readership jumped by more than 280,000 in the last 12 months, according to the latest circulation statement filed with the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), the magazine reports. On that statement, which covers the first half this year, The Atlantic is reporting a total circulation of 833,410. This represents print and digital subscribers and newsstand sales, and is by far the highest circulation that The Atlantic has seen in its 164-year history.
Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and CEO Nicholas Thompson wrote a note to The Atlantic’s staff detailing the AAM report.
Some NYT Newsletters Available Only to Subscribers
The New York Times is making a number of its newsletters available only to subscribers, the paper reported. The Times has about 50 newsletters, which are read by 15 million people weekly, says the paper. Eleven of those will become subscriber-only, along with seven new newsletters, said Alex Hardiman, NYT’s chief product officer. “We have to make sure that we’re adding much more distinctive value to what it means to feel like you are a subscriber,” she said in an interview. “So a lot of the work now is about making sure that every single time you experience The Times as a subscriber, you know it and you feel it.”
New Paper on the Horizon in Washington State
David Syre is funding a new local paper and digital news site for Whatcom County (Washington), writes Brier Dudley, Seattle Times editor. https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/new-local-newspaper-emerges-in-bellingham/
The paper, which is not yet named, will start in January with a weekly print edition and online material daily, writes Dudley. Syre has brought on Ron Judd as executive editor. “Both Judd and Syre said they respect The Bellingham Herald, the local daily, and want it to succeed. But that paper, now part of a hedge-fund-owned chain, has downsized, dropped Saturday editions and covers less local news,” writes Dudley. Syre has worked as a lawyer, entrepreneur, developer and now an artist, says Dudley. His family runs a lumber business.
Devils Lake Daily Journal Moving Print
The Gannett-owned Devils Lake Daily Journal (North Dakota) is moving its printing, the paper reported Aug. 9. Starting in mid-September, the Devils Lake Daily Journal will be printed at facilities in Bismarck.
The final edition to come off the Devils Lake Daily Journal press operations will be for Sept. 10. https://www.devilslakejournal.com/story/news/2021/08/09/devils-lake-daily-journal-begin-printing-bismarck/5506035001/
Seven pressroom employees will be affected by the move, said the paper. Most are part-time workers. The consolidation of production has been a recent trend in the industry, the paper points out.
Newsday Launches Online Archive
Newsday has launched its online archives, a collection of past issues of its publication from the very first issue on Sept. 3, 1940, through 2009. When done, the fully digitized and searchable online archives will include all issues through present day on a 30-day delay. Created in cooperation with Newspapers.com, the archive is available on Newsday’s website at newsday.newspapers.com for a monthly fee.
“Newsday has covered this region for over 80 years. These pages contain historic Long Island stories, including the building of the lunar module by the Island’s own Grumman Aerospace Corp. which landed men on the moon in 1969 and the protests that erupted over the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant,” said Debby Krenek, Newsday publisher.
O’Rourke Media, Modulist Work Together
O’Rourke Media Group and Modulist, a media services company that specializes in processing user-generated content, have entered into a strategic partnership that involves multiple publications in multiple states, the companies announced. O’Rourke Media CEO Jim O’Rourke and Modulist President Devlyn Brooks say Modulist will be handling the processing of obits and milestones for O’Rourke Media’s various digital and print publications. O’Rourke Media’s publications will enlist Modulist’s software and customer service team to provide an online portal for consumers, funeral homes and other businesses to complete listings for O’Rourke Media’s community digital and print publications.
O’Rourke Media Group launched in 2018 and now publishes 22 papers in Vermont, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico and Arizona.
Salesforce Launches Streaming Service
Salesforce has launched Salesforce+, a streaming service with live and on-demand content for “every role, industry and line of business, all in one place,” says the company. Salesforce+ includes live experiences, original series, podcasts, and other programming. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve had to reimagine how to succeed in the new digital-first world. We reimagined our events, shifting them to all-digital brand experiences and introduced new, relevant, original content,” said Sarah Franklin, president and chief marketing officer, Salesforce. “We’re not going back, we’re creating the future now. Just as brands like Disney, Netflix and Peloton have done with streaming services for consumers, Salesforce+ is providing an always-on, business media platform that builds trusted relationships with customers and a sense of belonging for the business community.”
EDG Lands Newspaper Jobs
Electronic Design Group has landed a number of newspaper upgrade projects in recent weeks, the company tells News & Tech. Among them is work at Bay Area News Group, upgrading controls on a Ferag UTR conveyor with PLC, AC drives, HMI and gripper tracking. The work also involved replacing controls on three stacker infeed assemblies. EDG is based in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, and specializes in automation, drives and custom hardware design.
- Torstar is investing in and partnering with Curiocity, a Calgary-based lifestyle and entertainment digital publisher. Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star, has taken an equity stake in the company. Curiocity is a digital publisher with a focus on social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook. https://www.thestar.com/business/2021/08/10/torstar-announces-partnership-with-digital-publisher-curiocity.html
- Digital advertising revenues have surpassed magazine revenue for the first time in Meredith’s history, the company reports. Digital advertising grew 31 percent. Additionally, Meredith’s licensing and digital and other consumer driven revenues grew 27 percent and 25 percent, respectively. https://meredith.mediaroom.com/2021-08-12-Meredith-Reports-Fiscal-2021-Fourth-Quarter-And-Full-Year-Results
- Subscriptions to Bloomberg Media grew by 34% in the first half of 2021, reaching more than 325,000, according to an internal memo gotten by Axios. https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-media-trends-547f8409-ff39-4ed8-aea2-79f533401090.html?chunk=2&utm_term=twsocialshare#story2
- Bonnier News Local and Gota Media have bought Skanska Dagbladet (Malmo, Sweden), says Global Legal Chronicle. Consolidation is a current trend in the Swedish local newspaper sector, says the legal publication. https://www.globallegalchronicle.com/bonnier-and-gota-medias-acquisition-of-skanska-dagbladet/
- Forbes has launched Forbes Ecuador, in partnership with HT Media. The edition is published in association with Praisemark Cia and Carlos Mantilla, who’s serving as editor-in-chief. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbespr/2021/07/02/forbes-announces-launch-of-forbes-ecuador/?sh=1b7b0eee9052
- Things are happening with Maryland hotel mogul Stewart Bainum Jr.’s plan for a nonprofit news launch in Baltimore, says Poynter. Postings on the Jooble site are in search of executives to plan a news startup for Baltimore. https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2021/stewart-bainum-jr-is-advertising-for-help-to-launch-a-high-profile-well-funded-news-startup-in-baltimore/
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