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    Articles by Ken Doctor

    is a news industry analyst and the author of (St. Martin’s Press). He also runs the book’s companion website, . He is an analyst for the research firm Outsell and a regular consultant and speaker. He spent 21 years with Knight Ridder in a variety of roles, including as managing editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as a vice president of Knight Ridder Digital.
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