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How Early Newspapers Used Extortion as a Business Model
February 20, 2019 at 11:10 am

After buying The Washington Post in 2013, Jeffrey P. Bezos visited the newsroom and answered questions from employees in a town-hall-style meeting. Bezos, the founder of Amazon and certified tech visionary, acknowledged The Post’s glorious history but said “the death knell for any enterprise is to glorify the past.” “You have to figure out: How can we make the new thing?”…

Tortoise Media’s Katie Vanneck-Smith on Why the Future for News is Slow
February 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

One of the big media events of last year was the announcement of the launch of Tortoise  - the ‘slow news’ startup helmed by a quartet of high profile execs. Between them, ex BBC News Director James Harding, former Dow Jones president Katie Vanneck-Smith, independent director, Ceci Kurzman, and former US ambassador…

4 Print-Centric Assumptions Publishers Should Avoid Online
February 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

In the early years of television, news broadcasts were virtually identical to their radio counterparts, except you could see the guy who was reading the headlines. It took a few years for the networks to rethink how to present news using the new capabilities that TV offered. In many ways, online publishing has been even…

The Logic Behind Apple’s Give-Us-Half-Your-Revenue Pitch to News Publishers
February 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

Apple says it wants to help save journalism. All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage. The argument, made by everyone from my colleague Casey Newton to Apple blogger John Gruber: 50 percent is way, way too high…

Medium Buys Bay Area Mag The Bold Italic to Add to its Paywall
February 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Medium  is seeking to juice up its premium subscription content in its home market with the acquisition of The Bold Italic. The 10-year-old online culture magazine will go behind the $5 per month Medium membership paywall. The deal will keep The Bold Italic afloat when other San Francisco-local publications have struggled, following the shutdown of the The Oakland Tribune an SFist,…

Google News is Broken
February 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

There's been a lot of discussion about the future of publishing over the last few years, particularly as Facebook traffic began cratering, leaving publishers scrambling to find new sources of traffic. What's never really discussed, however, is how those platforms work, and how news sources end up getting mountains of traffic from them, let alone…

Here’s Where Your New Readers are Going to Come From in 2019
February 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Data has a habit of giving us advance signals about particular trends. It shouts: “Hey, something big is happening.” Like when we saw Facebook decline for six months before they announced official changes to their News Feed. Some of those trends jump out more than others. Wouldn’t it be great to…

How Collaboration Across Departments and Companies Benefits Magazine Media
February 8, 2019 at 10:04 am

Collaboration has a storied history in the journalism industry, according to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. "The history of journalism includes many and varied forms of cooperation, as far back as landmark events such as the creation of the Associated Press by five New York newspapers in 1846 to share costs related to the…

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
February 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise. Roughly a third of the content published by Bloomberg News uses some form of automated technology. The system…

Snopes Pulls Out of its Fact-Checking Partnership with Facebook
February 4, 2019 at 11:34 am

Snopes is no longer debunking misinformation in partnership with Facebook. In a statement published Friday, the fact-checking site said that it has withdrawn from its partnership with the technology company, which enabled them to decrease the reach of false stories, images and videos in the News Feed. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is…

Meredith CEO Says Revenue Now Only Half Ad-Based
February 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

It’s been a year since Meredith Corp. acquired Time Inc. and while the latter no longer exists, the former is pleased with how things have turned out. In a memo to staff, Tom Harty, who has also been chief executive officer for about a year, boasted that Meredith’s much expanded portfolio now counts roughly 45 million subscriptions and drives around…