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Bad news from Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Vice shows times are rough for ad-supported digital media
The rapid growth of Google and Facebook continues to take its toll on digital media companies.
By Ricardo Bilton
Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars
The Guardian revamped its ask and its membership offerings — moving from 12,000 members in the beginning of 2016 to 300,000 today.
By Christine Schmidt
Beating the 404 death knell: Singapore news startups struggle to cover costs and find their footing
Political news reporting doesn’t seem to be holding up well as a business in the city-state. And it’s even harder when you’re seen as “alternative” media.
By Sherwin Chua
Newsonomics: A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media
First Sinclair and now the Kochs are back. In an age of media free-for-all and massive deregulation, will fact-based journalism become an endangered species?
By Ken Doctor
The Trust Project brings news orgs and tech giants together to tag and surface high-quality news
“The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they’re doing, then users can make their own decisions.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Kickstarter’s new product, Drip, lets people charge subscriptions for ongoing projects
The platform focuses on ongoing support rather than one-time projects.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Students: Spend the summer working with Nieman Lab via the Google News Lab Fellowship
The tech giant is offering opportunities for students to work with eight different journalism organizations next summer, including us. The deadline to apply is January 15.
By Joshua Benton
From Nieman Reports: The news industry has a sexual harassment problem. #NowWhat?
It’s not simply about preventing sexual harassment; it’s about also acknowledging that this is often a part of a sexist and unequal work environment.
By Katherine Goldstein
Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?
Plus: Vox’s upcoming daily news podcast has a host; the convergence of audio media; what it means to be a ” “full-service creative podcast agency.”
By Nicholas Quah
Newsonomics: The New York Times’ Mark Thompson on regulating Facebook, global ambition, and when to stop the presses (forever)
“I think over the next five years, it’s possible the competitive landscape will actually get in some ways more attractive for The New York Times, because I’m afraid I see a lot of casualties over the next few years because of the economics of the industry.”
By Ken Doctor
With video and audio, The Skimm pushes further into the daily routines of its 6 million readers
From a single morning email, it’s grown into a multi-product brand that its fans can interact with throughout the day. “We’ve always said email was a marketing tool for us. The product expansions are always about making it easier to live a smarter life.”
By Christine Schmidt
Bad news from Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Vice shows times are rough for ad-supported digital media
The rapid growth of Google and Facebook continues to take its toll on digital media companies.
By Ricardo Bilton
Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars
The Guardian revamped its ask and its membership offerings — moving from 12,000 members in the beginning of 2016 to 300,000 today.
Beating the 404 death knell: Singapore news startups struggle to cover costs and find their footing
Political news reporting doesn’t seem to be holding up well as a business in the city-state. And it’s even harder when you’re seen as “alternative” media.
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Journalism.co.uk / Catalina Albeanu
How the Independent Community News Network supports hyperlocal publishers in the UK
“The UK representative body for independent and hyperlocal publishers, the Independent Community News Network (ICNN), opened membership sign-ups in July. Since then, it now supports 55 publishers and plans to launch formally with a first general meeting in January 2018.”
First Draft News
Some early findings from First Draft’s French election project, CrossCheck
“CrossCheck appears to have gained the trust of a large and politically diverse audience. Participating journalists learned to be smarter about when and how to report on falsehoods, and journalists and readers learned valuable skills for assessing information and its sources.”
Fast Company / Harry McCracken
The Washington Post is a software company now
“The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges. Then, with Amazon-like spirit, it realized there was a business in helping other publishers do the same.”
Talking Points Memo / Josh Marshall
There’s a digital media crash. But no one will say it
“Investors are realizing that scale cannot replicate the kind of business model lock-in, price premiums and revenue stability people thought it would. Another way of putting that is that the future that VCs and other investors were investing hundreds of millions of dollars in probably doesn’t exist. And that means that they’re much less likely to invest more money at anything like the valuations these companies have been claiming.”
Business Insider / Maxwell Tani
Vox Media’s editorial employees are seeking to unionize
The move comes after the unionization efforts of staffers at DNAinfo and Gothamist pushed the companies’ owners to shut them down.
The Daily Beast / Michael Tomasky
At Snopes, a peek down the right-wing rabbit holes
“Fake news is a perfect marriage of corrupt capitalism (make-a-buck pranksters) and corrupt constitutionalism (people who lie under protection of the First Amendment).”
Axios / Sara Fischer
Digital media struggles to survive technology’s chokehold
“Weeks after Google and Facebook announced record earnings, some of the biggest players in the digital media industry are still struggling to hit revenue projections, make profit or grow.”
Vox / Sean Illing
China is perfecting a new method for suppressing dissent on the internet
“This has allowed the Chinese government to manipulate citizens without appearing to do so. It permits just enough criticism to maintain the illusion of dissent and only acts overtly when fears of mass protest or collective action arise.”
Digiday / Max Willens
Facing programmatic ad challenges, ThinkProgress pursues membership revenue
Some readers are contributing up to $50 a month higher then the price of the most expensive membership tier.
Wall Street Journal / Ben Mullin
Axios raises $20 million to fund newsroom expansion
“According to a person familiar with Axios’s pitch to investors, the company brought in more than $10 million in revenue in its first seven months, mostly through short-form native advertising that appears in between stories.”
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