Record subscription milestones for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, big Google algorithm update underway, and more…
A bumper week for subscriptions
This week has seen headlines from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal who have both managed to achieve record subscription milestones.
The NYT have reported a record 5 million+ total subscribers, and say they’re seeing an “acceleration in digital growth”. The WSJ has just crossed the 2 million digital subscriptions mark, and has also managed to surpass the NYT in revenue growth for Q4 2019.
For those of us not quite at the lofty scale of these two publishing giants, it’s important to see the positives of this: that millions of readers around the world see journalism as valuable enough to pay for.
But we’ll be watching carefully over the coming months and years to find out how the ‘middling’ publishers fare; those without a niche, but with audience numbers not able to rival the huge news giants. How will readers respond when they have to choose between their favourite titles for a paid subscription?
These milestones should absolutely be celebrated, but choppy waters are still ahead.
What’s new this week
Days after The New York Times reported record subscriptions, News Corp announced that The Wall Street Journal has crossed the 2 million digital subscriptions mark.
Here, we round up the most interesting findings from Readly’s annual report, and what they mean for publishers with their own digital editions.
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