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Ken Doctor

Newsonomics
Media Analyst
@kdoctor
Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global 
news media industry. Fully employing more than 35 years of experience across a wide 
range of media, he’s become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and 
emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics. He is the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. He contributes to his own Newsonomics.com website and writes a weekly “Newsonomics Of” column for the Nieman Journalism Lab. This year, the first of his Newsonomics Readers will debut. 

In addition, Ken serves as a media industry analyst for Outsell, a Bay Area-based research 
and advisory firm focused solely on media, information and technology. In the past year, he’s spoken to groups and worked with companies on four continents, from Berlin to Sydney, Moscow to Sao Paulo and Orlando to New York.

Ken’s keynotes and engagements level with his audiences – and find the ways forward with 
company and industry strategy. The audiences – whether conferences, trade groups or staff 
groups, large or small – say they are both challenged and energized. 

The Newsonomics “practical forecasting” discipline is about fact and metrics, not 
journalistic religion nor habit, and derives from a trusted access across the legacy and 
digital news marketplace. Ken told the industry it was “hitting a wall,” back in 2007. He 
early on alerted audiences and clients to the value of the tablet in the tablet in the mobile 
age and laid out why well-deployed paywalls would indeed work, when many others 
lampooned the notion. Today, he focuses on the nitty-gritty of the new business models – 
and revenue streams – now being built brick by brick. 

As a consultant and speaker, he works with media globally, advising on new sustainable 
business models of contemporary journalism. In that work, he focuses on the many issues 
and opportunities offered by the transformation of news and consumer media, as they move 
from print and broadcast to digital. Increasingly, he focuses on the external relationships 
news companies must form, including with the GAFA companies, Google, Amazon, Facebook 
and Apple.

A veteran of the digital media industry, he combines deep experience as an executive in 
strategy, revenue models and journalism. His experience includes 21 years with Knight 
Ridder, as well as time spent in the worlds of licensing, corporate development, business 
development and syndication.