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Time to question your business model: The Media Roundup

Let’s start 2022 by questioning your newsroom’s business model

First things first – this isn’t just an article for those of you working in newsrooms. It’s got some valuable lessons for anyone involved in the business of publishing.

There are two important points in the opening of this. Copying what other publishers are doing isn’t a recipe for success. And also, what works now might not necessarily work in the future. Ads were a brilliant source of revenue for decades; now, not so much. Who’s to say reader revenue will be relevant in 2050?

We talk about the need for a diversified business model all the time here at Media Voices (mix of six!). But being able to react and anticipate industry trends as an organisation is probably a better guarantee of longevity, as David Tvrdon concludes:

“Running a mixed business model might appear to be better suited for the future. I think it is not the model that matters but the organisation and how it can adapt.”

Protocol revenues rise 150% as tech advertisers target policymakers

An ironic follow-on, given Protocol is exclusively funded by ads. It’s a tale as old as time: find a niche, go deep into it, build a valuable audience, attract high-spend advertisers. In this case, Protocol focuses on the people, power and politics of tech, and isn’t afraid to dive into obscure points of policy and make it accessible to its professional audience.

Reuters Institute predictions for 2022: nine trends you need to know about

If you haven’t had time to go through the Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2022 report, Marcela Kunova has helpfully rounded up the nine things you need to know. I thought the part about AI was particularly interesting – 85% of publishers say that it will be very or somewhat important to them this year.

The Associated Press is starting its own NFT marketplace for photojournalism

The Associated Press is creating an NFT marketplace to sell its photographers’ work as blockchain-based tokens. The outlet seems to be targeting collectors, who will have the ability to resell the art to other buyers. It’s one of the less daft experiments in the space by publishers (cough…Rabbitars) and it’s nice to see them at least thinking about a more environmentally friendly way of going about it.

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