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Industry stories in October

Open old book and Artificial autumn maple leafsAs October rolls to an end and the fourth quarter moves along, here’s a look at a number of interesting stories from the month that show progress within the industry, or follow-up on stories that have yet to end.

  • After the New York Times fired Jill Abramson in May, she finally has announced her newest plan for the future. According to MediaBistro.com, Abramson is joining forces with Steve Brill, founder of CourtTV, American Lawyer magazine and Journalism Online, to launch a startup news site that will do one big story a year.
  • It shows the evolution of media that the entrance of Ebola into the United States spurred journalists to create a website dedicated solely to news related to the disease. Ebola Deeply launched earlier this month in response to the ebola crisis. According to Nieman Journalism Lab, this is the second site in the Deeply series, following the launch of Syria Deeply in 2012. The goal of the sites are to temporarily address an issue or crisis going on at the moment and streamline news dedicated to that topic. The sites then cease to exist when the topic is no longer relevant.
  • Two years ago, much to the dismay of New Orleans, the Times-Picayune dropped its daily print edition down to three days a week. In most recent news, the paper returned to a seven-day-a-week schedule with partial home delivery. Then last week, the paper announced it was expanding home delivery, mainly because it is football season and the New Orleans Saints football team appeals to a broad interest. Subscribers will get the papers delivered on Saturdays and Mondays through the end of the season, with a bonus of home-delivery on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s quite the turnaround for the paper, which disregarded its community’s wishes a mere two years ago when readers fought to keep the print paper intact.
  • The downward spiral of the Orange County Register continues its sad descent. The Los Angeles Times, which delivered the OC Register and the now-defunct Los Angeles Register, decided to end its delivery services due to reported millions in unpaid bills owed by Freedom Communications, which owns the Register. OCWeekly.com reported that a subscriber who’d went several day without receiving her paper, found a bundle of papers outside the gates of her community and ended up delivering them herself.
  • The Federal Communications Commission knocked down the sports blackout rule that had existed for almost 40 years, reported NYTimes.com. According to the article, the NFL was against the decision, which in the past had been able to blackout games locally when tickets didn’t sell out.

 

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