Media/Marketing/Advertising

Monday Q&A: News isn’t always free?

All this hubbub about PAID CONTENT in the media biz suggests this is uncharted territory. But that’s dead wrong. Will Stewart, who owns SportsWar, which runs sports-fan-related websites for UVA and Virginia Tech, has been charging subscribers for a decade. This week, BizSense chats with Stewart about the future of the subscriber model.

For Hire: Twitter and Facebook whiz

For the more than 60 PR and marketing firms in Richmond, it’s time to adapt, and quickly. A handful of local firms are betting that social networking is the lifeline, but that could be a risky strategy.

Media in decline, bahh

What was once a side business for a small website development firm has grown from a plucky aggregator to a network of news sites with more than 10 local advertisers. Pharr Out has hired a full-time ad sales person and owner Ross Catrow said it may even be time to add a full-time reporter.

Large round of layoffs at the T-D

The Times-Dispatch told 28 editorial staffers and31 non-newsroom employees Thursday that they were no longer needed and could leave immediately. Several of the laid-off workers had decades of experience, which likely means their salaries were higher than the younger reporters and might be one reason they were cut.

TV crew coming to Richmond to film pilot

Richmond just got cast as a stand-in for Washington, D.C. A pilot for the CW network will start filming in Richmond next week with camera crews shooting around Capitol Square and the Fan. The pilot, which is being produced by CBS Paramount, started prepping a few weeks ago and plans to finish filming by the… Read more »

So long, inRich.com

Media General’s fling with the inRich.com domain name is coming to an end. The company plans to phase out inRich.com and re-brand Richmond.com with a similar format, according to information Media General provides to potential advertisers.  Media General owns the Times-Dispatch.