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March 31, 2010

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Breakouts at mediaXchange address three areas of interest
Monday afternoon breakouts at mediaXchange focus on subjects of particular interest: digital media, revenue and paid content/e-readers. Attendees can learn about new ideas, products and services from five suppliers per category. These fact-filled, closely timed "elevator pitches" offer great opportunities to hear from leading suppliers and to narrow in on "must-visit" booths on the show floor. Register now to join us April 11-14 in Orlando!


Foundation program targets future digital media professionals
The application deadline for the NAA Foundation's News Challenge, an innovative training session for upper-level college students interested in digital media, has been extended to April 15. The weeklong program takes place in early June at the University of Nevada, Reno. Program objectives are to give students a sense of the digital and multimedia opportunities at newspapers and to interest them in working for the industry.


Retail Roundup
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Best Buy Co. Inc. looks to grow its mobile business over the next nine to 12 months by adding 50 stand-alone Best Buy Mobile stores to the 75 the company already operates in enclosed shopping malls. … US Airways Inc. is beefing up its boarding passes with weather and other travel-related information plus ads for retailers such as Starbucks Corp., and REI. … Samsung Electronics Co. is among the companies hoping to capitalize on the 3-D craze reignited by the film "Avatar," with a line of 3-D televisions and possibly even 3-D content for home viewing produced in collaboration with DreamWorks and other studios. … Home Depot Inc.'s goal for a projected $350 million technology update is better inventory control, in part courtesy of wireless hand-helds designed to track, order and locate stock. … OFM Inc. is finding that product videos available on and/or retail sites are cutting down on returns of the office furniture it distributes to online retailers and other merchants.

Publishers decry latest push for lower pricing
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Print publishers are up in arms over extra discounts they say media agency conglomerate GroupM has been demanding in exchange for business from its clients, a blue-chip roster of names that includes Macy's, Church & Dwight and ConAgra. Volume discounts are standard practice in ad buying. But the publishing executives — all of whom requested anonymity so as not to jeopardize their chances of getting business from the holding company giant — said the agency’s demands were unusual if not unprecedented. More

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Why the American department store is the new social experience
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In a world consumed with technology, where Twitter and Facebook are the new "hot spot" for social interactions, where — or rather how — does the department store fit in? More

Free-spending teens return to malls
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The most coveted shopper these days isn't a Beverly Hills housewife toting a Chanel handbag. It's more likely her daughter. By most accounts, teenagers are ideal consumers: Typically unhampered by debt, bills and mortgages, they spend freely and impulsively. Unlike their time-strapped parents, they hit the malls frequently and stay longer. More

Shoppers signal sales revival
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Companies from Saks Inc. to Best Buy Co. are growing more confident that the recent revival of consumer spending is more than just a blip. New York-based Saks is "moving from defense to offense," selectively rebuilding inventory and increasing investment as consumers "come out of their shell," said Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of the luxury retailer. More


'iAd' mobile platform unveils as Apple-Google war heats up
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Apple is planning to launch a new mobile ad platform in April, and Apple chief Steve Jobs is calling the platform Apple's "next big thing." News such as this has been expected since Apple purchased mobile ad developer Quattro in January. Apple will unveil the new iAd platform to agencies April 7, reports MediaPost. More

There is money to be made on mobile
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Jim Brady, president of digital strategies at Allbritton Communications, urged the news industry to move past the debate over online paywalls. "The best thing news organizations can do is surrender the fact that they are ever going to make a ton of non-ad revenue on the Web, and go straight to mobile," Brady said at "Transforming Journalism: The State of News Media 2010." More


Web's big boost to magazines? Selling print subscriptions
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The magazine business is getting lots of attention for its push to build digital editions for the iPad and other shiny electronic devices. But magazines' biggest digital success right now may lie in a very different arena: selling print subscriptions through the Web. More

MTV looks beyond standard ratings with TRA pact
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In another sign that the TV industry is looking beyond traditional age and sex ratings to buy and sell TV time, MTV Networks has signed with TRA, which offers a research service that links TV ratings to product purchase behavior. The agreement covers TRA data for all MTVN channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, Spike and Nickelodeon. More

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Watching TV away from home popular with younger demos
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Young TV viewers already watch a lot of video on their computers and other digital devices. Now, it seems, they also watch a lot of TV outside the home overall. A recent analysis by The Nielsen Company of a Council on Research Excellence study (CRE is group of Nielsen media clients) found that 18-34 viewers are 26 percent more likely to be exposed to live out-of-home viewing than 35-54s a year ago. And their viewing is 13 percent higher than those who are 55-plus. More

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Wall Street Journal to charge $17.99 a month on iPad
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The Wall Street Journal plans to charge $17.99 a month for a subscription to the newspaper on Apple's upcoming iPad, it reported. The News Corp.-owned WSJ is one of a number of U.S. media outlets which have developed applications for the iPad tablet computer, which is to go on sale in stores in the United States on April 3. More

Chicago Tribune turning old photos into new revenue stream
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The Chicago Tribune is kicking off an effort to turn its dusty archived photographs into a shiny new revenue opportunity. "The overall goal is to figure out how the company can monetize its resources that are currently archival in nature — photos, old newspapers," said Randall Weissman, the Tribune's news administration editor. "We need to get them digitized and figure out how to market them." To that end, the publisher is undertaking the task of digitizing and licensing its assets for search and sale. More

Murdoch finalizes paywall for two British papers
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News International, the British arm of News Corp., said that two of its publications, The Times and The Sunday Times of London, would begin charging readers using its Web sites in June. News International said in a statement that both titles would introduce new Web sites in early May, separating their online offerings for the first time and replacing the combined site, Times Online. More

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