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Global circulation falls as readers become 'promiscuous'

Worldwide daily newspaper circulation fell by nine million in 2010, according to the World Press Trends report released at the World Editors' Forum in Vienna. Last year the report recorded its first ever decrease in global newspaper circulation, which declined by 0.8% in 2009. However, the report added, "what has been lost to print has been more than made up by digital newspaper readers."

Engagement: The new digital metric

In a misguided effort to apply the historically successful print business model to the digital media, publishers have spent nearly two decades trying to assemble the biggest audiences they can on their websites and, of late, their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. But large and undifferentiated audiences don’t matter in the digital realm as much as ones that are homogeneous, engaged and readily targetable for advertisers.

Occupy Wall Street forces journalists to redefine when, why protests are newsworthy

There’s an element of modern protest rallies that’s almost as ubiquitous as the chanting crowds and hand-painted signs -- complaints about media coverage. In its early days, when Occupy Wall Street first took hold in Manhattan, protesters and their supporters criticized what they saw as media ambivalence. Now some supporters have accused the press of missing the point of the protests, while opponents grumble that the stories are too numerous and too laudatory.

UN human rights chief calls for journalists to get protection

Journalism is now regarded as one of the world's most dangerous professions. According to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the situation has become so bad that a strategy is required to protect journalists.
The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, last year recorded 44 deaths worldwide. So far this year, the total stands at 35.

Like WSJ Europe, some US papers rely on deeply-discounted circulation

I don’t know of any U.S. title that, like the Journal’s European edition, has promised, by contract, news coverage as part of a deal with a business partner. Nor have I known of a paper that maintains more than 80% of its circulation total with freebies, as the Wall Street Europe has been doing. But not all the paid circulation that newspapers count is actually purchased by end-users who subscribe or buy a single copy.

Labor Rights, Under Republican Attack

Imagine if Boeing had deliberately located a new plant in an area with a predominantly white labor force and then publicly stated that it did so because it was tired of listening to discrimination complaints made by African-American employees at its home plant. If the general counsel’s allegations are true, Boeing did something legally indistinguishable — unless labor rights no longer count as “real” rights.

News Corp. Hits a Bump as Investors Prepare to Meet

The European edition of The Wall Street Journal accounts for less than 1 percent of total business at its parent company, the News Corporation. But the controversy this week over an unorthodox circulation deal that resulted in the resignation of the newspaper’s publisher could carry outsize influence among investors already concerned about ethical practices at the company, analysts said Thursday.

Hermes calls on shareholders to protest at News Corp AGM

Hermes Equity Ownership Services is the latest shareholder advisory service to advise its clients not to support all the members of the News Corp board at the annual meeting on 21 October in Los Angeles. Hermes EOS's decision said it will withhold support from five directors because "News Corp has not reacted with sufficient urgency to investor concerns about its board composition and corporate culture. The time is right for the company to appoint an independent chairman."