Ken Doctor is a contributing columnist for The Street, beginning his work in March 2017. Drawing on a 21-year career with Knight Ridder newspapers as both a digital business executive and top editor, Doctor’s analyst work focuses on the “newsonomics” of media business change, from newspapers, TV and magazines to digital.
In his 12 years as an analyst and through his consultancy, he provides an unvarnished look at the successes and failures of business model invention and innovation. He is the author of a book, Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get, and he writes regularly for Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.
Doctor is a proud University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slug and serves as a past president of the UCSC Foundation.
Recent Articles By The Author
LA Times Tops 100,000 in Digital Subscriptions
Few regional dailies have tracked the bigger number of digital subscriptions now famously won by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Of them, the Los Angeles Times now counts the most.
Can an iTunes for News Succeed? Chartbeat Founder Thinks So
iTunes for news is a 20-year-old idea. Can Chartbeat's founder finally make it happen with Scroll, which will offer an ad-free experience for news readers?
What's Behind Tronc's Startling Purchase of the New York Daily News
After losing a couple of deals, Tronc surprises everyone by buying the New York Daily News, re-creating a top three U.S. metro trifecta, with L.A. and Chicago. What's behind what seems like its blast-from-the-past strategy?
How Golden Is Ross Levinsohn's New Parachute?
New L.A. Times publisher Ross Levinsohn sees his compensation start at $1 million a year, with bonuses and content expansion incentives on top of that. And then a nice parachute.
Ken Doctor: Looking Behind Tronc's Surprising Clean Sweep at the L.A. Times
In one fell swoop, it showed four top editors the door and brought in former Fox and Yahoo! digital exec Ross Levinsohn to lead a new national/global future.