Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Votebeat will cover local election administration as a permanent newsroom
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Aug. 28, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
Business Models

There may be no greater sign of the topsy-turvy nature of today’s media world than this:

BuzzFeed thinks of itself as a tech company. GE thinks of itself as a media company.

The BuzzFeed business is old news by now, and GE has been doing things that look media-like for some time. (Not even counting NBC.) But there’s more detail about the company’s self-image in this piece by Jasper Jackson in the Media Briefing. Here’s GE global head of media strategy Jason Hill:

We are really looking at multiple touchpoints to reach a business decision maker audience. We have invested heavily in social, we’ve invested in some of our own channels and blog properties. [But] we believe that kind of taking a look at our media strategy when it comes to publishers and partners pays dividends. We believe there is still great value to that and some of what the great media companies have done is provided great, educational content for some time to certain audiences.

We like to think of ourselves as a kind of diversified media company. Ultimately audiences have more choice but they are behaving across all these different places and ultimately brands have to do the same thing. At some point the publishers and the media companies might not have dominance any more because there will be enough owned and social channels to augment those. They’re still going to be a very important part of the strategy because I think they provide an enormously important service just in the overall consumption of content, news and information. It’s just not the sort of hegemony any more.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Votebeat will cover local election administration as a permanent newsroom
“How do you produce journalism that strengthens elections? That’s the question that runs through my mind every day.”
Hype is a weaponized form of optimism
Want to know the true value of AI, NFTs, and other much-touted technologies? Ignore the news and look at the harsh judgment of the market.
For print newspapers, one Florida retirement community is a better market than Atlanta, St. Louis, or Portland
For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423).