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Larry Kramer

Welcome to the 51st episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week we take a deeper look at the changes at various local newspapers in North America, lowering their print frequency from daily down to a few times per week. Is this an alarming trend or a natural evolution of newspapers as they move toward a digital-first future? We convene an esteemed panel to discuss the future of print papers, including new USA Today president and publisher Larry Kramer and NYU journalism professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen. Would Kramer consider lowering USA Today’s print frequency? “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” he said.

We also talked with one of the more prominent programmer-journalists, Brian Boyer, who is leaving the Chicago Tribune news apps team to go to NPR to lead their new news app team. What made him make the move to radio, and how will his job differ? We talk to Boyer about his plans to bring more data know-how to public radio.

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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

Jay Rosen

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:


0:30: Rafat moving to Queens

1:10: Mark: Print newspapers are like a sick uncle with cancer; you never know if it’s terminal

3:40: Rundown of stories on podcast

Future for print newspapers?

5:10: Special guests Larry Kramer and Jay Rosen

7:10: Rosen: What’s disturbing is the failure to come up with new sources of revenues

9:20: Kramer: Some job cuts are production-oriented, even though they are editorial

13:00: Kramer: USA Today is unique, considered the hometown newspaper for people on the road

16:30: Rosen: Print, broadcast production routines were crutch that aren’t there any more

19:30: Kramer wants mobile apps at USA Today to be more native to mobile platforms

23:40: Kramer: People are overwhelmed with information; print media can be curators

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Brian Boyer

Brian Boyer moves to NPR

27:00: Special guest Brian Boyer

28:30: Boyer: Radio is a better fit for my rushed, chaotic online lifestyle

30:30: NPR will have a news app team providing data journalism with context

32:45: Boyer: We hope to work closely with NPR reporters on storytelling

More Reading

A Doomed Romance With a New Orleans Newspaper at NY Times

Could New York Be Wronger About New Orleans? at Huffington Post

What Print Cuts at Times-Picayune Mean for Papers at Ad Age

Canada’s Postmedia cuts copy editing jobs, stops some print editions at Poynter

Why We Killed Our College Daily Paper for a More Digital Future at MediaShift

Larry Kramer named USA TODAY president, publisher at USA Today

Most major newspaper groups are now experimenting with paywalls at Poynter

NPR snags Brian Boyer to launch a news apps team at Nieman Lab

NPR creates news applications team as part of strategy for multimedia audio at Poynter

Weekly Poll

Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about how often you want to read your local newspaper in print:

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+