Newspapers aim to ride 'Trump Bump'to reach readers, advertisers Feb 17, 2017 0 305 12345 ReutersNEW YORKThe Trump administration's combative view of traditional news media as the 'opposition party' and 'fake news' is turning out to be the best hope in 2017 for newspapers struggling to attract more digital readers and advertisers.The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Gannett Co are building on the online readership they gained during the 2016 presidential election by marketing unbiased reporting as a sales strategy.The risk, however, is whether those new readers will attract advertising dollars to the newspapers, some of which have been criticised for having political leanings. An Edelman survey of more than 33,000 people in 28 countries shows trust in the media is at an all-time low at just 35 percent.So far, there is reason for optimism among newspaper executives and investors. The New York Times, which President Donald Trump has referred to as 'failing' in his Twitter messages, added a record 276,000 digital news subscribers in the last quarter and sees digital ad revenue up 10 to 15 percent in the current quarter. The company said it expects to add 200,000 digital subscriptions to its news products in the first quarter.The Wall Street Journal added 113,000 digital subscriptions in its latest quarter, an almost 12 percent jump. The company said that January's numbers were even higher, but it declined to provide figures.Financial Times digital subscriptions jumped 6 percent in the fourth quarter to 646,000, while digital subscriptions at the 109 local newspapers across the country that make up the Gannett's USA Today Network, grew 26 percent to 182,000 in the fourth quarter.Meanwhile USA Today, which is part of the USA Today Network, and not subscription based, saw revenue grow 1.4 percent, the company said. It said 68 percent of USA Today's advertising revenue in the fourth quarter came from digital.In addition to the proliferation of 'fake news' websites that publish false stories for propaganda purposes, another challenge for traditional media is hostility from Trump who has on occasion described their reporting as 'fake news.' Republican Trump's close adviser, Stephen Bannon, told The New York Times in an interview in January: 'The media's the opposition party' and not the Democratic Party.To win over advertisers and readers' trust, The Wall Street Journal ran ads online and in print during the election. One featured a pin ball machine with the tagline, 'No Tilt. Campaign coverage that's on the level.'The paper has run ads after the election to highlight its content as 'created, curated and checked in a real newsroom.' POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US-Russia military collaboration ruled out for now, says Mattis Feb 17, 2017 0 832 Tensions flare as Trump spars with Venezuela leader Feb 17, 2017 0 435 Businesses close, immigrants stay home to protest Trump Feb 17, 2017 1 414 Trump to replace travel ban order 'in the near future' Reuters SAN FRANCISCO US PRESIDENT Donald Trump will replace his executive order suspending travel from seven Muslim-majority countries 'in the near future,' according to a Justice Department court filing .. Trump taps first Hispanic cabinet pick to labour post Washington President Donald Trump announced Thursday he has nominated Alexander Acosta to be labour secretary, the first Hispanic chosen for his cabinet. Acosta is the dean of the law school at Florida International .. Brazil police target former senator in bribery probe BRASILIA Brazilian police targeted the son of Senator Edison Lob'e3o, a former energy minister and a prominent politician in a search and seizure operations on Thursday, in an investigation of possible bribes paid .. Police bust cocaine trafficking ring in Colombia Rome Police said Thursday they have arrested 68 suspected members of an international drug trafficking ring made up of mobsters and businessmen that was about to smuggle eight tonnes of cocaine from Colombia to Italy. ..