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Off Zoom and into the room at FIPP Congress: The Media Roundup

This issue we look at positivity and progress in Portugal, Raconteur’s progress from print flop to profit, what the WaPo’s visual forensics team is working on now, and why the golden age of podcasting hasn’t got started yet.

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Media Voices at FIPP Congress 2022: Rebuilding from Covid

In a first for us, we’re bringing you an episode straight from a conference! Peter has jetted off to Portugal for the 2022 FIPP World Media Congress. He’s been speaking to attendees at the event to find out what they’re hoping to learn, what it’s like being back in the room, and how optimistic they are for the future of publishing.

The episode features highlights from FIPP CEO James Hewes, Professor Lucy Küng, Fortune’s Jim Jacovides, Tortoise’s Katie Vanneck-Smith, Pugpig’s Jonny Kaldor and Boom Saloon’s Rachel Arthur. If that isn’t tempting enough to get you to listen, then I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from Hewes’ opening keynote:

“The overriding theme of this Congress is positivity and progress. The multitude of new opportunities open to us, together with the possibility of renewal in our legacy businesses means that there has never been a better time to work in this industry, never been a more exciting time to be a publisher.”

Raconteur’s CEO on ‘rollercoaster’ years from print magazine flop to £2m profit

Business publisher and content marketing specialist Raconteur has had a “rollercoaster” few years, from nearly going bust in 2016 after a failed print magazine launch to profit of £2m in 2021. He credits their longer term success to sticking to their guns on quality of output when things were tough financially. 

The Washington Post’s pandemic-born visual forensic team is here to stay

The Washington Post launched a visual forensic team less than two years ago. This small, pandemic-born team is now doubling in size, but still working remotely across the US and abroad. Fast forward two years and the team has turned its attention to the situation in Ukraine, verifying the “daily firehose” of content circulating online.

Towards the golden age of podcasting

Two podcasts for today! This one features yours truly talking to Charlotte Henry about why I think the golden age of podcasting is yet to come. I also talk a bit about what we’re hoping to achieve with the Publisher Podcast Awards, and some of the changes the industry has seen over the past few years.

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