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(Kevin Anderson, managing producer, digital media, @ideastream. Expert in digital transformation with experience as an innovator and leader at the BBC, The Guardian and Gannett.)
Overly complicated blockchain journalism start-up, Civil, calls it quits. How the loss of local beat reporter coverage has made relations with police more difficult. TikTok's strategy takes a page from music labels. LSE announces News&AI collaborators.
Civil, the high-profile, blockchain-backed attempt to nurture nascent digital news sites, is shutting down. Its website continued to post stories from 100+ member organizations as recently as this week, but founder and CEO Matthew Iles told me…
Mr AndersonMT @JeremyLittau Civil will have an ongoing impact because it was pulling some interesting threads in journalism. It suffered from not having a simple, understandable elevator pitch. I remember sitting in a session at ONA and coming out more confused.
The Washington Post
– Jun 2, 1:37 PM
Teresa Stepzinski, a veteran journalist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, spent Saturday reporting on the city's huge civil-rights protest, where an estimated 3,000 people turned out to march on police headquarters. As in many cities and…
Mr AndersonGannett ran a previously planned group-wide series on the re-opening of America after the first wave of COVID shutdowns. The series had a commercial component too.
What's new in publishing
– Jun 2, 1:50 AM
People all over the world are consuming more content as they stay indoors. And they are not limiting themselves to free content but are paying for subscriptions in record numbers, even though many publishers have taken down paywalls. While the…
Mr Anderson'According to Piano, global subscription volumes surged more than 80% above those seen in the months prior to the pandemic.' The experts say that the pandemic is long enough to build a habit for subscribers.
Ten of the biggest newspaper groups in the US and UK have collectively gained more than 1m new digital subscriptions amid the Covid-19 crisis, research by Press Gazette has found. On average, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Times and…
Mr AndersonA review of subscriber growth at major UK and US papers. The LATimes has seen a 58 percent jump.
In fact, it's music marketers who are adapting to this pitch fastest. Music publicists like Kate Marlys, owner of Philly PR Girl, see similarities in the way artists and record labels work together to grow both their businesses and image in tandem…
Mr AndersonThe first line sums it up: 'TikTok’s value to advertisers will come from its ability to monetize talent, not ads.' This is the second piece I've seen in as many weeks saying that the record label model holds lessons for journalism and media more broadly.
Mariella Frostrup to host afternoons Monday to Thursday Phil Williams to helm evenings Monday to Thursday Carole Walker to present late night Monday to Thursday Times columnists Giles Coren and Hugo Rifkind have own shows Ayesha Hazarika, Gloria De…
Mr AndersonThe digital radio station highlights the talent of News UK's Times.
London School of Economics and Political Science
– Jun 3, 1:07 AM
Collaboration: “The action of working with someone to produce something.” Experiment: “A procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.” News organisations want to work together…
Mr AndersonMajor news organisations around the world including The Guardian, Reuters, Finnish public broadcaster YLE, La Nación in Argentina and many more have joined the collaboration.
In six days and nights of protests across America in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, journalists have been assaulted, harassed, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and arrested on live TV. The volume of…
Mr Anderson'Compounding the risk to reporters is the breakdown in their relationship with local law enforcement. Historically, police have had sustained interactions with beat reporters for local media.'