Mediatwits #51: Kramer, Rosen on Future of Print Papers; Brian Boyer Moves to NPR

    by Mark Glaser
    June 1, 2012
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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.

    When you do something every day, the need to change that routine and do it differently is very difficult. But it has to happen; it's the future of the place." -Larry Kramer

    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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    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+

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