Editor & Publisher has published its 2008 ’10 That Do it Right,’ a list of newspapers that have shown innovation in specific areas, such as growing classified revenue or launching successful niche products. This is definitely worth a read.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for maintaining a 10-person investigative team.
The Carlsbad (N.M.) Current-Argus for overhauling its distribution and bill-collection practices.
The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch for localizing national and international issues successfully via reader forums.
USA Today for its ambitious experiments with social media.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal for launching a series of highly niche job recruitment sites.
The Huntsville (Ala.) Times for its use of online video.
The Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald for launching the profitable seasonal publication, The Daily Beachcomber.
The Chicago Journal for cementing itself in Chicago’s suburbs.
The Times, Ottawa, Ill. for launching a successful subscriber rewards program that also grows ad revenue.
The Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent by springing from its alt-weekly roots and pouncing on the News-Press’ woes to become the leading paper in the area.
More details on the newspapers’ ideas at Editor & Publisher.
[Hat tip to the The Editors Weblog]