Ideas. Cities. Social Innovation.

Great piece, and argument for preserving old newspaper shacks:

Edmonton once had dozens of paperboy shacks where boys gathered daily to collect their stacks of Edmonton Journals for evening delivery, but now only a handful of the distinctive, squat sheds remain – and there are no plans to preserve any of them.

“Unfortunately in Edmonton they tear everything down,” said John Tiemessen, who owns a property at 10265 95 Street where one of the city’s last remaining shacks sits forgotten between two shuttered businesses (right). He’d hoped Fort Edmonton Park might preserve the shack, but the park has concluded it isn’t old enough. “I think it’s an absolute shame,” he said.

Source: Newspaper Sales Slid to 1984 Levels in 2011.

The newspaper industry lagged the performance of all the other traditional media in 2011. Kantar Media, an independent market research firm, reports that television ad sales last year rose 2.4%, magazine sales fell 0.4% and radio sales slipped 0.6%.The only category where sales increased at newspapers in 2011 was digital, where revenues grew 3.1% in the fourth quarter and 6.8% for the 12 months to produce $3.2 billion in annual sales.

Source: Newspaper Sales Slid to 1984 Levels in 2011.

The newspaper industry lagged the performance of all the other traditional media in 2011. Kantar Media, an independent market research firm, reports that television ad sales last year rose 2.4%, magazine sales fell 0.4% and radio sales slipped 0.6%.

The only category where sales increased at newspapers in 2011 was digital, where revenues grew 3.1% in the fourth quarter and 6.8% for the 12 months to produce $3.2 billion in annual sales.

Major League Soccer moves to the NBC Sports Network. As a fan, I’m excited by how much promotion they’re doing. I hope it helps the game - and the league - grow even further.

The problem is, the media is not built for relationships because our industry was born in a time of factories, not services. We rarely know who our readers are (and we still call them just readers or at best commenters, not creators or collaborators). We do not have the means to gather, analyse and act on data about their activities and interests at an individual level. Thus we cannot serve them as individuals.