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For-profit media model has collapsed, expert says

first_imgQ: Why was the press hit so hard by the COVID crisis?A: “In many countries with free press, newspapers have historically relied on a for-profit model. In the US it relied not on people paying for the news, but on advertisers.Now, the for-profit model has collapsed, and newspapers have not been able to craft a digital response. Even in the smallest markets, Facebook and Google siphon three quarters of the digital revenue. That leaves all other legacy media fighting for the digital scraps. They’re not enough to build strong journalism.COVID-19 has further decimated this advertising model. In the second quarter, usually the second best in the year, advertising was off 40-50 percent compared to last year. That occurred at the same time that people were logging massively into news sites. Q: Are we losing news outlets?A: “We lost a quarter of the newspapers we had in 2004. Most of the ones who disappeared were small dailies or weeklies. They did not close overnight though. They were often cut back to weekly, and that didn’t work. So they cut back to digital only, and then went away. On the other hand, over half of the newspapers journalists we had in 2008 have been laid off. We have 150 major regional dailies in the US and they all have the same problem: they’ve lost their main source of revenue. Even though there was a hope in the beginning of the digital transition, they have not been capable of attracting revenue, in ad or subscriptions. And there’s a tremendous shift in who owns the newspapers. Most of the largest chains were publicly traded. (…) The new owners are private equity and hedge funds. Their primary goal is about shareholders’ return. They could basically come in and cut costs, rather aggressively.What concerns me most in the United States is that we tend to have lost newspapers in communities that are struggling economically, not only with low incomes, but which have poverty rates twice the average. They are the communities that most need information in order to have a better future.When you lose print newspapers, you often lose your only source of local information. You lose the person who goes to cover the city council, school meetings, local sports teams. Your access to news becomes local television. In 2016, in 20 percent of the market there was no local news reported in seven days.If it is a digital future, what do we do about the digital divide in our country?” Q: Which models could survive?A: “If you’re a national paper, like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or USA Today, there is a strategy for reaching scale with some subscribers and charging them.But you cannot get 5.5 million subscribers for even the larger regional papers. For-profit, non-profit and hybrid structures will work in some places. There are good chances for a creative and disciplined owner, wanting to invest on the long term, located in a market that has average economic growth prospects.Print will survive in some form. Ten years ago there were predictions that we would all be reading ebooks. And they peaked about five years ago. With very few exceptions, the era of the print daily newspaper will be remembered fondly. There is a future for weekly and monthly magazines.” Topics :center_img We’re in a prolonged economic depression. News organizations were hanging on with slender margins, COVID has accelerated what was already occurring.” The for-profit media model has collapsed, and newspapers have not been able to craft a digital response, says Penelope Abernathy, former vice-president of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and a University of North Carolina professor for media economics.She published a report in 2020 about news called “Will local news survive?”last_img read more

Amtrak tries DMUs

first_imgPENNSYLVANIA’s Department of Transportation has been authorised to buy a fleet of diesel multiple-units for the 176 km ’Keystone Corridor’ from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. Governor Tom Ridge has approved a package combining $18·7m of federal and $4·7m of state funding.Costed at $1·5m per vehicle, the two or four car sets will be owned by PennDOT and operated by Amtrak. They must be able to accelerate rapidly, and run at 177 km/h. Ridge hopes to see a contract awarded before the end of the summer. The winning bidder will be asked to supply interim DMUs for a sample service within six months, in March 1998, and have the trains ready by autumn 1999.Amtrak is to demonstrate its two leased Adtranz IC3 Flexliners in revenue service between St Louis and Kansas City from April 8 to May 1. Two daily trains each way supported by Missouri DoT have made this corridor one of Amtrak’s fastest growing routes. The IC3s will operate a daily round trip on six days a week. olast_img read more

Slice of hinterland history served up to property market

first_imgThe owners have lived and worked there for 20 years.“I’ve had calls from Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay.“Quite a few wedding venues have called me too (because) there’s room to put a wedding chapel in.”The owners, who are in their 70s, have listed the property so they could retire on the Sunshine Coast.There have been several attempts to sell it over the past three years.Property records show it was relisted late last month in a renewed push to sell through Alex Phillis Real Estate, Christies Prestige and Taylors Property. It was built in the 1930s as a house before it was changed to a post office then the cafe and restaurant that stands today.“The house was built in about 1935,” he said.“It was originally a house and the house was (converted into) the local post office and telephone exchange.”It has also operated as a small petrol station and nursery, and had a renovation in the early 1990s.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoWhile it operates primarily as a cafe and restaurant today, the owners live in rooms that were added as part of an extension to the building. It also has a loft.Mr Caraco said it could easily be converted back into a family home or short-term holiday rental with plenty of space for more cottages to be built on the land.He said it could also continue to be run as a dining destination as the owners were happy to relinquish the cafe and restaurant’s name.“It’s wedged between two national parks so there’s lots of tourists that go past,” he said.“The last time I went there I had to wait six hours to see the owners, it’s very popular. MORE NEWS: Sellers lose out as buyers bag bargains MORE NEWS: House deposit could buy you this whole property The cafe and restaurant has a rustic look on the outside. It has a loft upstairs that could be used as a bedroom. The 1.5ha property at 3175 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge, includes a cafe and cottage.A POPULAR hinterland cafe and cottage is offering house hunters looking for a tree change or investors keen to tap into the tourism market a chance to own a piece of history.The 1.5ha Natural Bridge property, which is in the mountains above Numinbah Valley on the outskirts of the Gold Coast, has hit the market with a $995,000 asking price.It is home to the popular Natural Arch Cafe Restaurant, also known as the Two Pines Cafe, which is one of the oldest in the area.Marketing agent Alex Caraco said the Nerang Murwillumbah Rd property held a lot of history. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFive things to consider when buying into a regional area01:35last_img read more

DNV GL to Class Sailing Vessel Sea Cloud Spirit

first_imgClassification society DNV GL has signed a classification contract for the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, being built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travellers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.“Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. It will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020,” Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, said.Featuring a length of 138 meters, Sea Cloud Spirit is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.last_img read more

Alice Dye

first_imgUnless you are a true golf fan, the passing of Alice Dye of Indianapolis at the age of 91 will not get your attention.  If we tell you she was married to Pete Dye, that should ring a bell!  Between the two of them, they designed more than 130 golf courses around the United States and the World.The closest course is probably Crooked Stick in Carmel.  The most famous is probably Whistling Straights near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A lot of their courses are in Florida and California, but they have done some as far away as Italy.Alice Dye was quite a golfer in her own right.  She has 11 city golf titles in Indianapolis.  I would like to thank the Indianapolis Star for much of this information.last_img

Kagawa: I can get better

first_imgManchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has vowed to improve after admitting he was unhappy with his performance in his maiden Premier League season. Press Association He added: “Despite that, it was great we won the league, I just don’t feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn’t a good season.” Kagawa arrived at Old Trafford last summer with an impressive reputation but United never really saw the sort of form he regularly displayed in Germany. Having been brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson the 24-year-old now has to impress new manager David Moyes. “I always think that I must play well,” he told premierleague.com. “And I always have an image in my mind of how I want to play, wherever the position. “Whenever there is a tough time, whenever it gets difficult for me, I just train and look ahead to the future.” center_img Despite picking up a league winners’ medal as United secured their 20th title the Japan international was not satisfied from a personal point of view. “It was a tough time for me with a lot going on in my head,” said Kagawa of his first season after his move from Borussia Dortmund. “I am not happy with my performance for the team at all. I didn’t score that much and I also had my (knee) injury.” last_img read more

West Indies stumble to second consecutive defeat

first_imgCAPETOWN, South Africa – Defending champions Australia came from behind to beat West Indies by three wickets in a tense match at the Bishops Diocesan Ground in Rondebosch in the Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020.West Indies were sent in and stumbled to a below-par 168 all out from only 42.1 of their allocated 45 overs, but bounced back nicely to control the second half of the game, only to give it away in the penultimate over and lose with 5 balls to spare.Narine Bidhesi, in his first game of the tournament looked set for a big score but missed a full delivery and was one of the six lbw victims in the innings. The diminutive right-hander stroked 37 from 62 balls with six sweetly timed boundaries that held the middle order together after the West Indies top order again folded meekly.Openers Rajendra Sadeo (3) and Ishwar Maraj (17) we both back in the pavilion with just 30 on the board, as Australia new-ball bowlers extracted bounce and pace on the cloudy and windy morning.West Indies then lost their most established batsman Sudesh Dhaniramn (13) and another debutant Howard Jodhan (0) off consecutive deliveries with the score on 36 in the 12th over and were on the verge of humiliation.However, Bidhesi consolidated and got some small but significant partnerships to add respectability to the score. With Azad Mohammed (12), Bidhesi added 28 for the fifth wicket, 24 with captain Amin Zamin (11) and 41 with Fareed Hosein for the 7th wicket before he was trapped in front in the 34th over.Hosein tried his level best to shepherd the lower order but the defending champions were determined. With a heavy dose of pace-bowling the Aussies wrapped up the West Indies innings quickly with Hosein running out of partners, to end on 37 not out from 55 balls (1×4). Number 11 Kenny Girdharry (14) also showed some fight.Seamers Nick Bole-Brown (3-22), Tony Clark (3-25), Phillip Melville (2-15) and Darren Smith (1-35) shared 9 wickets while left-arm spinner Gary Eisernmenger (1-36) accounted for the other wicket.The West Indies opted for a different approach and mesmerised the Australians with spin on a two-paced track.Dhaniram and Amin shared the new ball and after the first power play (15 overs), Australia scored 30-3 then 81-5 after the second.At that stage the champions were still looking for 88 more from their final 15 overs and partnerships while Joe Santostefano was still there.The compact right-hander faced 66 balls scoring 37 (3×4) in difficult circumstances but just when he was threatening, Amin won a lbw decision and sent him back at 87-6 in the 32nd leaving left-hander Todd O’Keefe to get 82 with the last four batsmen.Eventual Player-of-the-Match, O’Keefe was up for the challenge despite the circumstances. He put on 52 runs for the seventh wicket with Darren Smith 28 (36 balls; 3×4) before Amin struck again this time from the outfield. O’Keefe played the ball to mid-wicket and set off for two with Amin chasing.The West Indies captain picked up with one hand and threw from about 40 yards hitting the stumps direct to spark wild celebration for his team and drooped faces on the opposition. It was 139-7 with 30 needed from 22.O’Keefe who ended on 39 not out from 57 balls (3×4) then became a spectator as Bill Blair (16 not out) smashed 2 fours and one six to end the game with 5 balls to spare.Amin ended with 3-21 while Bidhesi (1-26), Mohammed 1-39) and Fareed Hosein (1-44) supported but could not give West Indies their first win.The defending champions remain unbeaten and will take on Sri Lanka today in round three when the action resumes. West Indies will play Canada and New Zealand take on Zimbabwe to round out Group A matches.In Group B, India take on hosts South Africa; Pakistan come up against Wales and Namibia match skills with England. West Indies Itinerary at Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020Wednesday, March 11, lost to New Zealand by 36 runsFriday, March 13, lost to Australia by 3 wicketsSunday, March 15 vs CanadaMonday, March 16 vs ZimbabweWednesday, March 18 vs Sri LankaFriday, March 20 Semi-finalTuesday, March 24 Finallast_img read more

Plans for new health center at a standstill

first_imgIn 2006, USC approved plans to replace the outdated University Park Health Center, which has just half the space of health centers at comparable schools, according to executive directory Dr. Lawrence Neinstein.But despite the major problems with the current UPHC, the plans for the new health center have been halted and the timeline for construction remains indefinite.Long wait · The current health center’s inadequate space causes long wait times, and it may be a while before the new health center appears. – Constance Shao | Daily Trojan“This particular project was put on hold in the pre-construction process,” said Robert Cooper, vice provost for planning and budget. “USC had a hiring and salary freeze along with a construction freeze for many projects. We couldn’t delay the campus center and other things that were already in progress, but this got put on hold.”Neinstein said there has been debate about creating a new health center for almost 15 years. The current health center, he said, is lacking compared to other schools.“The average standards are two or three exam rooms per clinician, and we don’t even have one per clinician,” Neinstein said.The number of visits to the health center has increased from 31,000 visits in 1995 to 81,000 visits last year, Neinstein said. He said the health center is undersized for the number of students it serves, and that affects the flow of traffic and wait times.“We want to offer what we should be having in a health center,” Neinstein said. “For students, it’s going to offer shorter waiting times, more privacy and a more state-of-the-art outpatient center.”Though this new health center has been in the works for a while, the struggling economy stopped the plan in its tracks — it has not gone beyond the pre-construction phases.“We’re going through the architectural design and site placement and everything that would get us to what the building would cost to construct,” Cooper said.Cooper said the stall is a safeguard against an uncertain economy.“It was more preemptive, not really knowing where the economy was going to go,” Cooper said. “This was not the only project that was put on hold. It doesn’t mean we’re not doing them, but they’re on hold until we get a better idea of where the investment markets are going.”Cooper could not give an estimate as to how much the construction will cost, as size and design have not yet been finalized.Neinstein said the health center will likely be built in USC’s signature style — with a red brick exterior. It will likely be located in the parking lot directly behind the Lyon Center, he said.Despite the temporary stop, those involved in the project hope construction will get underway soon.“We’re hoping that this will move forward in the next four to six months,” Neinstein said. “Once you get the green light, construction would probably begin in about nine to 12 months and take another two years to finish.”Some students said USC should do everything in its power to expedite the process.“I’ve been to the health center before and it wasn’t the facilities that were that bad, it was the service was really slow,” said Addison Lee, a senior majoring in economics. “It felt really cramped, and I was bumping into people when I was on my crutches, which was not safe.”Other students, however, say constructing a new health center is not an urgent matter.“I think it’s a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ thing. ‘Yes’ being in that helps cut down on the red tape that sometimes occurs at numerous college health centers,” Kazi Nafis, a senior majoring in neuroscience, said. “‘No,’ in that the campus already has a pretty decent health center on campus, so there is no need to create more buildings when there is a building already functioning properly.”last_img read more

Badgers struggle offensively, Golden Eagles dominate boards

first_imgIn a game where both teams struggled to make a bucket, Marquette benefited from shooting 10 more times than the Badgers. The Marquette inside presence was felt all night, as the Golden Eagles (7-0) outrebounded the Badgers (6-2) 44-32. Even on the rebounds Wisconsin did bring in, Marquette was at its back going hard at the glass.Vander Blue led the Golden Eagles in rebounds with eight, and forward Davante Gardner pulled down seven. Ryan Evans led the Badgers with eight, while Jared Berggren chipped in six. Against a Bo Ryan squad where time of possession is critical for victory, the rebounds helped keep possession on Marquette’s side of the floor.Perhaps the most important stat of the game was Marquette’s offensive rebounds total, as the Golden Eagles grabbed 17 over the Badgers’ nine. Marquette scored 17 second-chance points off of their offensive rebounds, a total larger than the Badgers’ margin of defeat.“We didn’t let [Wisconsin] get second-chance points,” Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom said. “They had nine offensive rebounds, and I’m sure that’s less than their average. Last year, they just whooped our tails on the offensive glass. Tonight, we had 17 ourselves. I think when you get stops and don’t give up second chance points or rebounds, then you control the game, pretty much. If you take your time to get those stops, then you can control transition and whatever they want to do, the ball is in your hands and you just have to play smart.”In a game where Marquette scored 32 points in the paint compared to Wisconsin’s 16, the Golden Eagles’ persistent push and second chance rebounds helped keep the Badgers off balance.“Having 17 offensive rebounds is critical,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “It’s so hard to score on [Wisconsin] on your first shot opportunity because they’re so big and they’re so fundamentally sound within how they play defensively. You have to have some guys running at it to negate all of that on second and third-chance opportunities.”Iron unkind to Wisconsin For the second game in a row, the Wisconsin offense struggled to make a shot, especially from beyond the arc. The Badgers were 16-50 from the field, good for only 32 percent from the floor. The second half was actually an improvement for the Badgers, as the team shot 10 of 27 from the floor for 37 percent.“I think we had some pretty good looks,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We know our misses, we know our flaws. We know where they are and we always said we have to hit shots especially from the perimeter in order to free up some stuff going to the basket. We got some points in the paint, but it wasn’t from second-chance opportunities. That’s where [Marquette] got us, on second-chance opportunities.”While Wisconsin has started off this season blazing the nets from three, the Badgers couldn’t find a consistent stroke from downtown, shooting just 5 for 19 from beyond the arc. Once again, the second half proved kinder to the Badgers. Wisconsin made just one of its seven 3-point attempts in the first half, compared to 4 of 12 in the second. The rough shooting kept the Badgers from regaining control of the game, although the team hit a few key scores in the second half to put pressure on Marquette.“It was kind of like the game there last year,” Ryan said. “We had the lead, we had the lead, they made a push towards the end kind of like we made that push. When you’re digging that long, I always tell our guys stop digging, pull yourself out of the hole, and we didn’t quite do that.”The loss against Marquette marks the second straight game that Wisconsin has struggled offensively. Against North Carolina Wednesday, Wisconsin shot close to 36 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point land.“I think we definitely need to shoot better than that to have a chance,” Ryan said. “That’s two pretty good teams this week. We shoot a little higher percentage and have two or three more shots go down, it’s a different story. This is how these two games went and we’ll see how next game goes. We’re not going to change anything we’re doing. We got some guys that are streaky offensively; I think everybody’s seen that.”last_img read more

Zverev Survives as Dimitrov Crashes Out

first_imgA lexander Zverev survived another five-set battle to reach the French Open fourth round at the expense of Damir Dzumhur.The second seed fought back to beat Dusan Lajovic on Wednesday, and Zverev broke Dzumhur when the 26th seed was serving for the match in the fourth set, before going on to win 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 after almost four hours on court.Up next for Zverev, who has never progressed beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam, is the victor of Lucas Pouille’s match with Karen Khachanov.Zverev breezed through the opening set in 25 minutes, breaking the Bosnian twice without offering his opponent a sniff on serve.The German even moved a break up in the second, but Dzumhur stunned to win five games in a row to level up the match.The pair then traded breaks in the third set, and after Dzumhur stole ahead, he served out the set – but only after he saved two more break points in the 10th game.A tense fourth set followed, but Dzumhur crumbled when serving for the match as Zverev broke to love to force the tie-break, which he then dominated to take it to a decider.As the clock ticked towards the fourth hour, both players struggled on serve, but after two breaks apiece, Zverev dug deep to save match point and level the fifth set at 5-5.The 21-year-old broke Dzumhur in the 11th game and then served out the match to secure his first Grand Slam win against a top-50 opponent at the eighth time of trying. Meanwhile, fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov fell 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4 to the experienced Fernando Verdasco, with the Bulgarian exiting at the third-round stage for a third time on what is undoubtedly his weakest surface.After breaking one another in the opening two games, it was Dimitrov who missed four set-point opportunities in the 12th game on Verdasco’s serve.The Spaniard finally held serve after six deuces, and though he trailed the tie-break 3-1, he won six of the next seven points to take a one-set lead.Dimitrov looked to bounce back, but after squandering two break points, Verdasco reeled off four games in a row to take the second set 6-2.Verdasco was twice a break up in the third set, only to see Dimitrov fight back on both occasions, but eventually broke again in the 10th game, converting his first match point to set up a fourth-round match with Novak Djokovic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more