WEDNESDAY’S LINKS: ‘NYT’ Reconsiders Discovery Channel Deal

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By: E&P Staff

‘NYT’ Reassessing Its Relationship With Discovery Channel
The New York Times is considering pulling up stakes in its great venture into television. Later this month, The Times will reach a window in its three-year-old deal with Discovery: It will have an option to sell back its stake, for which The Times paid $100 million. If The Times chooses, the company may exercise that option to sell, or negotiate for a future opt-out window.

Sun Setting for Paid Papers?
As newspapers struggle to woo advertisers and keep readers in the Internet age, the Examiner stands out as arguably the boldest experiment yet in America’s deepening flirtation with free daily newspapers.

Shafer Canceling His ‘NYT’ Subscription
“Hello, New York Times? I’d like to cancel my subscription today,” writes Jack Shafer. “No, I’m not protesting your Middle East coverage, your treatment of any ethnic minority or weird religion, and I am certainly not upset about some petty delivery problem. Nor am I angry about the gruesome picture you recently printed on Page One or your deletion of my favorite continuing feature. I’m canceling because the redesign of your Web site, which you unveiled yesterday, bests the print edition by such a margin I’ve decided to pocket the annual $621.40 I currently spend on home delivery.”

Venezuelan Newspaper Expands to Peru
Venezuela’s only English-language newspaper has expanded its circulation to Peru and is looking to begin sales in countries across Latin America, the paper’s new editor said. The Daily Journal began distributing 3,500 copies a day on Monday in Lima to a select group of readers.

Citizen Journalism Model Raises $5M
Citizen journalism initiative generated more than $5 million in revenue in its first year and is being syndicated to local news sites across the U.S.

N.J. Metro Editor Finds Poetry in the Newsroom
For David Tucker, an assistant managing editor of the Metro section of The Star-Ledger of Newark, there is poetry in the maligned and grimy practice of journalism.

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