European newspapers offer hope to publishers

by Jason Preston on April 2, 2009

In Europe, some publishers — not just financial newspapers like The Wall Street Journal — have figured out how to raise money from their readers, reducing their reliance on fickle advertisers. Others have created successful new Web sites from scratch, giving their Internet divisions the heft that many American newspaper publishers’ online units lack. And still others have taken maverick approaches to competing with the likes of Google, which in many countries mops up more online ad revenue than all newspapers combined.

I see a lot of the success of European news outlets in the talents of people like Edward Roussel from the Telegraph, who I interviewed last year.