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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.)
Why some family news groups are in trouble. The Information and Bloomberg test subscription bundle. Lessons in building reader revenue from the UK and Spain. Spotify is building podcast empire, but are listeners interested in news? Podcasts still golden?
The Information is currently priced at $399 for an annual subscription and Bloomberg's digital subscription product costs $415 for one year. With the bundle — priced at $499 — subscribers will save $315. Those who already subscribe to…
Mr AndersonRT @benthompson A promotion that devolves into two individual subscriptions in a year is not a bundle. Very cool that @theinformation and @business are experimenting but this headline is a bit off.
A Life of Fiction
– Feb 19, 9:36 AM
In ancient Greece there was an official called the “Remembrancer.” His job was to remind people of what they would have liked to forget. Usually he told them unpleasant tales of hubris and greed. Now that I've hit the age of 70, I…
Mr AndersonHow distribution monopolies, unchecked power to hike ad rates, and owner families using newspapers as personal cash machines led to bankruptcies like McClatchy (
/ A Life of Fiction)
The McClatchy newspaper chain's recent filing for bankruptcy is one more data point showing that US journalism is dying. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the newspaper industry has lost more than 50% of its employees since 2001.
Mr AndersonRT @emmamagoodman 'All foundational democratic theories - including the first amendment itself - assume a functional press system.' - @VWPickard argues for public support for American journalism
Flower shops are a risky business proposition. Many get a big portion of their revenue on two single occasions: Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. The product they sell is not perceived as essential. They need to be as close as they can to their…
We've written a lot (well, Nick Quah has written a lot) about Spotify's efforts to move in on Apple's 15-year position as the undisputed No. 1 platform for podcasts. The Swedish streaming giant has made podcasts more central to its apps, negotiated…
What's new in publishing
Esther Kezia Thorpe
– Feb 18, 11:20 PM
It's a well-trodden hype cycle in the media industry. Some new technology comes along and starts to take off, publishers rush to invest, it falls dramatically short of expectations, and we all back off with renewed scepticism and a bruised bank…
Arlington, VA – The News Media Alliance today filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of Oracle in the Google v. Oracle (docket no. 18-956) case concerning Google's unauthorized copying of parts of Oracle's computer code when…
Mr AndersonRT @jbenton: Now the newspaper industry is trying to say that search engines should be illegal - saying Google's crawling of websites should require a license and isn't fair use < This seems a bit late.
Lisa Wilson was just looking for some good news to write about when she posted an inquiry to a local Facebook ask-and-answer group. “You always hear people saying, ‘Why don't you ever write any good news?' and that's what I was trying…
Mr AndersonDiscuss best practices for handling comments. Mentor young staff. Make mental health a priority.
Six years ago, we launched our first paywall at The Buffalo News. We had exactly one tool for growing digital subscriptions: tighten the wall. This approach was doomed to fail. We needed to do the hard work of building digital capabilities we…
Mr AndersonCreating a consumer focus. Invested in e-commerce and data. 'Cross-functional initiatives across editorial, tech and sales became the norm in support of digital subscriptions.'
Mark Jacob | LocalNewsIni
– Jan 13, 6:00 AM
As digital news start-ups show the ability to attract and keep audiences, they are paving the way for more such outlets to fill the gaps created by the financial distress of the nation's legacy news chains. A case in point is The Beacon, a Kansas…