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(Kevin Anderson, manager, digital products and platforms at ideastream Public Media. Innovation leader focused on digital transformation and product. Priors at the BBC, The Guardian and Gannett.)
Publishers need to prepare for mobile app resurgence. Filloux says large players are preparing to dominate the subscription battlefield. Podcasters need to experiment with new revenue models. Brit & Co latest millennial digital brand in trouble.
TikTok, the short-form video app from Bytedance, has charmed video creators, ad agencies and tech employees in the U.S. since it rebranded from Musical.ly last August. Publishers aren't far behind, with most using it as a way to extend where their…
(This is part 2/2 of our series on subscriptions, also read: “ Winners and losers of the subscription frenzy ”) The subscription model spreads like weeds. Just look at your phone screen and consider the services that are or could be…
Mr AndersonRT @MediaVoicesPod Subscription is the model of the moment for news. But the field is taken over by large players who will spare no expenses to erect the most robust barriers to entry.
We Are Hearken
– Apr 23, 2019, 5:35 AM
What Journalism as a Service can teach us about process innovation This piece is excerpted from a presentation at the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit in Berlin. How can newsrooms move their relationships with the public from one that's transactional…
Mr AndersonRT @wearehearken: Before you look to technology to solve the problems of journalism, it's smart to look at process first. Doing the same old thing faster / more efficiently hasn't really been paying off. The latest from our CEO @JenniferBrandel
The mobile app ecosystem will turn 11 years old this summer, and it has evolved into one of the largest industries globally with forecasted revenues of almost $190 billion. There are now millions of apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Mr AndersonFrom David Sallinen on LinkedIn 'Consumers not only spend the majority of their time on mobile in apps, but the average number of apps used continues to increase (by 15% in 2018) to ~35 apps per US smartphone user. #mobile #apps'
Podcasts have resisted the pivot to paid, but there are signs that things are changing. On April 23, Luminary, a venture-backed app that has raised $100 million, will launch an ad-free podcast model that will cost $7.99 per month. Note To Self, a…
Mr AndersonRT @manoushz After a year away, our beloved tech show is back with @hearluminary! Thanks to @Digiday for interviewing me about diversifying revenue models and how @jpoyant and I are building @StableGP to figure out the future of #podcasting.
– Apr 22, 2019, 3:12 PM
Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release Monday afternoon. Newstead will take over from Colin…
On Monday night, The Markup, a nonprofit journalism startup focused on data-driven investigations of the effects of technology on society, fired its editor-in-chief and co-founder Julia Angwin. Jeff Larson, The Markup's managing editor, has been…
Mr AndersonRT @sdkstl We don't know all of the circumstances but loyalty to @JuliaAngwin and her vision of @team_markup is unmistakable. Some of these journalists literally can't afford to resign. (That may also be the reason some are staying.)
Brit + Co, a buzzy digital media brand for millennial women, is in financial danger after an acquisition failed to pan out. CEO Brit Morin, a prominent Silicon Valley executive who is also the figurehead at the core of the site's brand, told staff…
Mr AndersonRT @teddyschleifer: Have confirmed now that a majority of the 50-person staff will be laid off from Brit + Co. The latest casualty for a VC-backed digital media company competing with Facebook and Google.
– Apr 23, 2019, 3:42 AM
A general election in India, the world's most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has for more than half a century faced challenges of…