Democracy dies behind paywalls

We all surf dozens - even hundreds - of sites and sources, yet none of us can afford to subscribe to everything we’d want to consume. But today we are being forced to subscribe wherever we go - cutting off everyone from access to diverse...

How reporters can walk a mile in their sources’ shoes

One purpose for journalism is to enable a community to speak with itself. In this conception journalists are a mouthpiece for the community, to allow reflection and share information. This is a journalist as a conduit. To do this effectively though, a reporter needs to...

Accessibility: How to fight misinformation leading up to the midterms 

With the midterm elections approaching, a tsunami of news and misinformation is about to inundate social media feeds. This is a problem because, according to research by Ypulse, a majority of young consumers (13–39) get their news from social media. Unfortunately, despite serving as the...

Publishing industry gathers to celebrate achievements at the 42nd PPA Awards 2022

The publishing industry gathered this week at The Grosvenor House Hotel for the annual Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Awards.  Hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly, the industry celebrated the achievements of editors, their teams and the organisations that drive the sector. The awards recognise winners in...

Reasons for optimism: Local news startups

Digital entrepreneurs and philanthropists are collaborating to replace lost coverage The declining quality of local news coverage in the US is contained in one statistic — newsroom employment. It peaked at 74,000 in 2006, and declined by almost 60% to 31,000 by 2020. The Pew Research...

The year 2021 in social media

The past year has shown that lawmakers around the world are losing patience and many social media tried to court creators with new tools and funds Social media was often the main topic in 2021. Unfortunately, this was mostly because of scandals, including the Facebook...

“It’s a bit Darwinian out there”: How B2B Media must adapt to survive

Key takeaway: B2B publishing faces severe headwinds not least with subscriptions, classified, advertising, and events, all seeing marked declines in revenue according to the latest AOP/Deloitte report. However, with the correct strategies in place, allied to a flexible and adaptive mindset, the prospects for B2B...

What works in fighting disinformation

A study of Russian disinformation campaigns in Central and Eastern Europe reveals some scary data. But it also suggests some effective countermeasures and the role journalists can play in the battle for hearts and minds. The study, Disinformation Resilience in Central and Eastern Europe, reminds us...

Dark patterns: What publishers need to know

Increasing trust, by avoiding deceptive design practices What are dark patterns? Dark patterns are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors into making unintended and possibly harmful choices. Dark patterns can be found in many kinds of sites and are used by several kinds...

What’s the best way to start a dialogue with readers of a print-first magazine?

Each month the International Magazine Centre poses a question to Peter Houston, co-host of the Media Voices podcast, and magazine consultant extraordinaire, who will answer in his fabulously inimitable way. This month’s question came from Sophie Cross, freelance marketer, writer and brand new, self-appointed editor of Freelancer Magazine. What’s...

Ukrayinska Pravda: Bringing innovation to the membership model

With the rollout of another membership program, we look out how the newsroom put the reader revenue playbook into practice and the added value it produced. Editor’s note: The following is a summary of the case study of the Ukrayinska Pravda membership model, launched in...

Can auditing eliminate bias from algorithms?

A growing industry wants to scrutinize the algorithms that govern our lives—but it needs teeth For more than a decade, journalists and researchers have been writing about the dangers of relying on algorithms to make weighty decisions: who gets locked up, who gets a job, who gets...

Why digital media companies need an eye toward adaptation, not just innovation

Digital companies are consistently tasked with innovating—from tracking traffic changes, to keeping up with platform trends, to understanding the dynamic ad tech landscape. What was predominant in the last year, however, is that innovating to meet consumer behavior and advertiser preferences was simply not enough....