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.
For whatever reason, E&P split the list online. Here is the story containing the top 3 newspapers, and here’s the story containing newspapers 4 through 10. The newspapers:
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]
By Kathy Holmes July 31, 2008 - 5:38 pm
Hi Danny – how are you?
I had to check out the job search site on the Las Vegas Review Journal after reading your blog post, but I have to say the online design of RJ needs some work – it is not very welcoming. And the funniest thing about LV is that when you search for a ‘writer’ job, you get Keno Writer, Sports Book Writer, etc. LOL.
I always find Las Vegas statistics to be interesting… and not quite what I see on a daily basis. Yes, it has a high foreclosure market for many reasons, but everywhere you go, there’s building, building, building. This place still has amazing growth, with a huge number of projects coming up.