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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, Guardian and Gannett.)
News on how public media is leading a revival of the '-ist' network including Gothamist and DCist. More news about the rise in reader revenue including Gannett's strategic investment in Scroll PLUS Scroll's big wins.
– Feb 21, 11:34 AM
It's tough sometimes to find the good news stories in the publishing business; more often than not, the pros are outweighed by the cons. But one shining point of light on a dark horizon is the increasing contributions readers make to the bottom…
Mr AndersonBy Peter Houston: 'The biggest driver for Paid Content is quality - or the general lack of it. There is just so much bad content out there that it's finally worth paying to cut the crap.'
The number of Facebook Live videos produced by paid partners more than halved by the end of 2017—and in one case fell by as much as 94 percent—as once guaranteed payments ended and Facebook deprioritized the product, new Tow Center…
Mr AndersonWhether Facebook's Instant Articles or Live, publishers are starting to look after their own interests.
Nieman Journalism Lab
Laura Hazard Owen
– Feb 23
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Data & Society released a pair of…
Mr AndersonA very good question from Nieman's weekly review of academic research.
We founded Scroll to create a new model for a thriving free press. We sought to balance a frictionless, fast, ad-free user experience on an open web with a revenue model that gave publishers a strong future. Creating a new business model for news…
Mr AndersonA major move for a reader revenue start-up run by former Chartbeat head Tony Haille.
Mayank and I met at a pub in Covent Garden, the day after the Brexit vote. We chatted about how our friends had started blocking each other on Facebook because of comments on the 2015 election and Brexit. Initially, we thought this behaviour was…
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eighteen months after GateHouse Media bought the family-owned Columbia Daily Tribune, the staff has been slashed, readers are frustrated and circulation has plunged. No doubt daily newspapers have retrenched within the last…
Mr AndersonFrom Josh Benton at Nieman: 'For anyone in Austin at the @statesman who is concerned about likely GateHouse ownership, this story won't make you feel better: After GateHouse bought the @columbiatribune, it went from 5 reporters to 1 in less than a year.'
In fall 2017, a high-ranking editor at Newsweek was fired four days after filing a grievance to the magazine's human resources department, complaining of gender discrimination and bullying, and proposing an agreement to leave the company. Her…
Mr AndersonFrom API's Jeff Sonderman: 'It's a tale of a precarious business model, a roller coaster of explosive growth and cruel contraction, mercurial corporate ownership, and journalists forced to produce work..they were embarrassed to attach their name to.'
Fairfax Media brought in revenue of $877.1m in the first half of the 2018 financial year, with a net profit after tax of $38.5m – a 54% drop on the $83.7m it made in the prior corresponding period, its statutory results revealed today. Chief…
Mr AndersonOuch. I hope my friends at Fairfax do OK.
After billionaire Joe Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall, readers across the country mourned the loss of the beloved sites, and worried about the vulnerability of journalism in the digital…
Mr AndersonThe -ist network - DCist, Gothamist and LAist - is resurrected by public media.