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
Inside the New York Times' Digital Subscription Machine
When A.G. Sulzberger III assumes the reins at the New York Times in January, he will turn to his top executives, including Consumer Revenue Chief Clay Fisher, to keep digital growth humming.
Disney Buying Fox Makes the Sports Media Market Even More Chaotic
In short order, Disney could combine Fox's sports networks with ESPN, Sports Illustrated seems poised to hit the market and The Athletic's contrarian regional push make sports a hot 2018 category.
Who Will Buy Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time and Two Major Cox Newspapers?
It may not be the best time to be selling struggling news publications, but some iconic titles are likely going to try.
7 Big Questions as Meredith Seals Deal for Time Inc.
CEO Steve Lacy says the megamerger is all about scale to compete against the duopoly of Google and Facebook, but is it enough scale? And what follow-on deals -- buying or selling -- may follow?
Picking Apart Media's Big Thursday Starring Fox, Time Inc. and the FCC
As media companies surrender to the truth of the Google/Facebook duopoly and face the Netflix era in global entertainment, bigger is not only better -- it may be the only way forward.
Who Might Buy CNN?
AT&T says it won't sell the cable news network, but who -- Murdoch, Bloomberg, Bezos -- may be lining up in case CEO Randall Stephenson changes his mind?
Brill-Crovitz Start-Up News Guard Will Take Aim at Fake News
The big question is will Google and Facebook use News Guard's green-yellow-red signals to separate fake news from real news reporting?
Dallas Morning News Reinvents the Art (and Science) of Local Digital Marketing
Belo + Co., the new marketing services umbrella of paper owner A.H. Belo, reinforces its leading local model in transforming local 'advertising.'
New York Times' Good Quarter Shows Its Separation From Newspaper Pack
Revenue at the paper is up 6.8% year to date over 2016 -- largely due to 2.5 million digital subscribers. The good news for the Times: It is retaining those new subscribers a year after they signed up.
The FCC May Shift Media Consolidation Into High Gear
Much anticipated in the Trump, anti-regulation era, the agency looks to eliminate media cross-ownership rules. How will that really change the landscape?