Is it "data is" or "data are"? Views from WSJ, Economist, NY Times and Guardian.
"Let me stand up for the journalists here: Most people read The Economist because it’s a great magazine and the single best place to keep up on what’s going on in the world. They don’t read it because it’s been cleverly marketed to them."
"A standout among its less successful peers in the shrinking world of weekly news magazines, the true genius of The Economist, in fact, may have as much to do with its marketing as with its authoritative and often sardonic tone on exotic subjects"
"The Economist newspaper plans to acquire 500,000 fans on Facebook and 750,000 followers on Twitter within six months ... Readers of The Economist’s website will soon be able to log in and make comments using their Facebook identity, through Facebook Connect. ... The Economist’s discussion forums will remain free. “People aren’t accustomed to being charged for conversation,” [Economist publisher Ben Edwards] said."
Great summary of the state of the paywall debate among UK national newspapers by Ian Burrell. Emily Bell of the Guardian: "This is not about newspaper publishing, this is about news, content and analysis on the internet and as long as you keep making the category error that says newspaper publishers are different you won’t make any progress."
"The Economist has launched a single copy subscription service that allows readers to order just one copy of the magazine for home delivery the next day. .. online or via text message ... The magazine eventually aims to make the service available via Facebook and Twitter."
"The Economist prides itself on cleverly distilling the world into a reasonably compact survey. Another word for this is blogging, or at least what blogging might be after it matures—meaning, after it transcends its current status as a free-fire zone and settles into a more comprehensive system of gathering and presenting information. As a result, although its self-marketing subtly sells a kind of sleek, mid-last-century Concorde-flying sangfroid, The Economist has reached its current level of influence and importance because it is, in every sense of the word, a true global digest for an age when the amount of undigested, undigestible information online continues to metastasize. And that’s a very good place to be in 2009. ... Tellingly, the very lo-fi digest The Week, which has copped The Economist’s attitude without any real reporting or analysis at all, is thriving as well."
"A prototype of the redesign that will be launched in early May is a cleaner take on the old, with more white space and bolder photographs. The launch will coincide with a relaunch of Newsweek.com that will replace wire copy with links to the best sources of online news, even if published by rivals. ... Newsweek intends to court a high-end audience seeking in-depth commentary and reporting."
Mario Garcia: "We have often mentioned in this blog that we believe the printed newspaper of the future will be published less often than daily ... We have also heralded the rapid growth of free newspapers worldwide ... Of course, a strong online edition is a vital requirement. The newspaper of the future—elite or free—is simply a companion to a robust and newsy online edition."
Nicolas Kayser-Bril had developed some interesting cartograms that visualise a content analysis of global news coverage patterns at various newspapers, including the Daily Mail, Guardian and Economist - and the blogosphere.
"As newspaper readership stagnates in the US and Europe, India's newspapers are enjoying the kind of golden age the US saw at the end of the 19th century. These prospects are luring in international groups."
"Ever since the NYTimes.com swept away the last remaining boulders of its subscription pay wall ... in mid-September, its traffic has been going through the roof. According to comScore, it gained 7.5 million readers worldwide ..."
"The Economist Group is using the power of the blogosphere to build 'buzz' for its political stories before they are published."
The Economist's audio edition "is revolutionary because of the way it undermines radio. ... What "iPod News Radio" in this form does is make radio into a something that feels like a newspaper."