Proposed privacy bill has digital implications
U.S. Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., publicly released a "discussion draft" on May 4 of a long-awaited consumer privacy bill. The sponsors believe that "baseline" federal privacy rules will encourage broadband adoption, e-commerce and cloud computing. The bill includes notice and consent requirements for entities that collect and use information about individuals for a multitude of purposes. While the bill applies to both online and offline collection of consumer data, it was drafted largely in response to privacy concerns raised about behavioral or targeted advertising techniques used on the Internet. NAA has been actively involved in this issue, having repeatedly communicated to members of Congress and their staffs that newspapers not only respect reader privacy, but they also are working hard to find creative ways to monetize online content and that targeted advertising is one promising area of experimentation. NAA will provide a more detailed analysis of the discussion draft in a future issue of PRESSTIME Update.
Friday's Virtual Young Reader Conference features four webinar sessions
The NAA Foundation's Virtual Young Reader Conference this Friday, May 7, includes four webinars on the following topics: upcoming changes in ABC regulations and implications for NIE programs; winning projects from the 2010 Young Reader Awards contest; trends in U.S. educational policy; and the Foundation's latest research on the state of NIE and youth editorial programs. Check out the schedule and sign up now for this free one-day event.
Webinar addresses art and science of Google news optimization
In NAA's May 25 webinar, learn how Google News determines rankings. Josh Cohen, senior business manager at Google News, provides an overview of the process and offers tips on optimizing newspaper content. Sign up here for this free session.
Save the date for the 2010 Media Law Conference
Mark your calendar for Sept. 29-Oct. 1, when NAA, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Media Law Resource Center host the 2010 Media Law Conference at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va. "The New Decade: Challenges to the Legacy Paradigm" focuses on defamation, privacy, related editorial tort, newsgathering and intellectual property issues. MORE
Moms to be showered with more spending this Mother's Day
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Good news for moms: Your Mother's Day bouquet and other gifts might be bigger and better this year. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, consumers plan to continue the recent trend of spending more on holidays by shelling out some extra bucks for mom. The study found people will spend an average of $126.90 on the holiday, which falls on May 9 this year, compared with an average of $123.89 in 2009. More
Target launches digital-coupon program nationwide
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The age of digital coupons is about to explode with Target's announcement that it's launching a mobile-device coupon program at all of its stores. Shoppers can get digital coupons on their cellphones and redeem them at any Target store in the U.S. by having the cashier scan in the bar code from the phone screen. Register at the Target website, or download the free Target iPhone app. More
How do you measure offline marketing spend?
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There's an old saying in marketing that those in the business know only too well — half of your advertising spend is wasted, but the trick is to figure out which half. And while television and radio stations bend over backwards to help their clients prove return on investment for the marketing dollars they spend, it's not always that easy to determine. More
Spending climbs for 6th straight month
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Personal spending rose for the sixth month in a row during March, while income also increased, according to government data. The Commerce Department said individual spending rose 0.6 percent, or $36 billion, last month after an upwardly revised 0.5 percent increase in February. More
Success of paywalls at smaller papers is good sign for print
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If you want to know what paid content on the web can do for newspapers' paid circulation, keep your eye on places such as Lima, Ohio and Bend, Ore. If paywalls can't make it in these environments, they probably can't make it anywhere else. More
Is it worth $1 million in media to be a first adopter with Apple's IAd?
To be first on the new iAd platform, marketers may have to shell out as much as $1 million in media spending, according to figures first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Ad Age. They'll pay not only a $10 cost-per-thousand, but also a $2 fee every time a person interacts with the ad. And they'll have to give up creative autonomy. Like all those early adopters every time Apple drops a device, marketers are asking, is it worth it? More
More publishers trying outsourced journalism
More major media companies are looking for ways to find cheap content. Thomson Reuters, Cox Newspapers and Hachette Filipacchi have run articles supplied by Associated Content, one of several companies, such as Demand Media and AOL's SEED, that mines reporting from masses of freelancers for as little as $5 a story. More
Los Angeles Times dabbles in e-commerce
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Seeking new revenue streams to buttress its flagging bottom line, the Los Angeles Times unveiled plans for e-commerce deals that will place links to companies like Amazon and TicketNetwork in the text of certain articles and blog posts. The new e-commerce program is the latest in a series of unconventional moves by the newspaper as it struggles to stabilize its finances. More
AOL seeks to fill need for local news with online news site Patch
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AOL Inc. is apparently gearing up to launch dozens of community news sites in the Washington-Baltimore area, part of an aggressive push to fill the void left by newspaper cutbacks and to tap the region's local online ad spending. More
Magazine ad rebound improving in first half
After a disappointing first quarter and brutal recession, magazine ad pages finally seem to be heading into positive territory. Industry advertising pages fell 9.4 percent in the first quarter, per Publishers Information Bureau, in contrast to many publishers’ statements that the ad climate was improving. Moving into the second quarter, however, pages are trending up, according to a survey of major publishing houses. More