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Publishers grapple with increasingly complex subscription renewal laws: The Media Roundup

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How Fleet Street covered the disappearance and search for Nicola Bulley

I’m sure by now most of you will have seen the statement from Nicola Bulley’s family after her body was found earlier this week. It’s a tragic case which has made headlines most days since her disappearance a few weeks ago. But for the family to explicitly name specific media outlets and call out their behaviour is very unusual.

Is it reasonable? Here, media commentator Liz Gerard analyses the coverage of Bulley’s disappearance, the fallout from the police statements and eventual discovery of the body, as well as how papers reported on criticism of themselves.

It’s a fascinating analysis, and vital reading if you think the press had done a decent job for the most part. I rarely see print headlines or engage in coverage from certain outlets these days, so to see what others have been exposed to was quite eye-opening. Lots to think about here for all of us.

Publishers grapple with increasingly complex subscription renewal laws

Operating subscription products legally in the U.S. is becoming more challenging as states across the country pass new laws and amend existing ones to regulate subscription businesses more closely. The growing patchwork of laws and regulations is proving increasingly complicated for publishers and other companies to navigate, and some are finding themselves potentially exposed to legal action as a result. A useful overview of the situation from Toolkits.

How 100-year-old Good Housekeeping is meeting the needs of modern audiences

We had Good Housekeeping’s Editor in Chief Gaby Huddart on the podcast a few weeks back to talk about how they were celebrating their centenary. Here’s a write-up of another important aspect she talked about: keeping a 100-year-old magazine relevant. I especially love how modern their initial mission statement sounds today.

Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson charged with fraud

Remember Ozy, the site that announced in October last year they would close after it emerged Watson and others had grossly exaggerated their audience size? They didn’t actually close (that was turned around within days) but have struggled since, with Watson planning a big comeback. Well, he may have to put a pin in those plans now…

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