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Publishers: 12 ways to overcome common innovation roadblocks

The right process, metrics and people are key when it comes to implementing new ideas and digital transformation This is the second in a three-part series looking at innovation in journalism and news media. Part One explored the characteristics of innovation and identified five major barriers to change. In this article, Damian Radcliffe asks leading media scholars, researchers and […]

Retiring media legend warns, ‘stay independent’

Today the news media have to find their audience with quality content and develop “an immense foundation of trust What better model of Spanish eloquence and journalistic integrity could there be than Iñaki Gabilondo. For decades, he was the host of Spain’s top morning radio program, “Hoy por hoy” (Today). I got to know him […]

Taking a look at the Boston Globe’s “Fresh Start” program

The Globe’s initiative offers an opportunity to consider key elements of any policy—and expectations your audience will likely develop over time. This year, the Boston Globe announced a new program to help reduce the impact of personal information found online. The Fresh Start initiative invites people to request a review of information about them in […]

Reader Revenue

Lessons in subscription marketing from The Juggernaut: The Media Roundup

How The Juggernaut built a media business targeting the South Asian diaspora I love a case study, particularly when there are practical lessons for media businesses (including my own!). So this interview with The Juggernaut founder Snigdha Sur scratches that itch, particularly since it grapples with the biggest question facing media at the moment – […]

Dynamic paywalls: the latest must-have tool for publishers?

The technology behind paywalls is changing, and so are media monetisation strategies with it Newswires, Hootsuite, WordPress, Trello, MailChimp…..flexible paywall? Over the past several years, subscription management and dynamic paywall providers have joined the ranks of must-have digital tools for media companies. Only, these tools aren’t designed to be used by journalists – they’re designed […]

Politico’s new owner plans to grow staff, launch paywall: The Media Roundup

Politico’s new owner plans to grow staff, launch paywall We talked about this story in this week’s podcast, contrasting Axel Springer’s approach to acquisitions to that of Alden Capital Group. The big difference, Axel Springer invests while Alden basically strip-mines the properties it buys. Once its $1 billion acquisition of Politico closes, Axel Springer is planning to […]

Audience Engagement

What audience engagement actually means: The Media Roundup

Meet the editor building a “meme team” at the Los Angeles Times Wait, wait. Look past the headline. This is actually a really, really interesting piece about how the LA Times is building out audience engagement, and making it everyone’s job. Samantha Melbourneweaver, assistant managing editor for audience for the publisher, drops some real pearls […]

Publishers tweak email newsletter strategies to find the sweet spot

A firm fixture in modern publishing lineups, email newsletters have become a key driver for audience engagement and reader-revenue development. Publishers are now starting to move beyond simple brand-extension initiatives and are finessing their email newsletter strategies to suit their own, unique objectives. Takeaways The London-based Telegraph is thinning out its newsletter list in a bid to increase […]

Condé Nast opens Vogue café in Shanghai, its second venture in China

Vogue Café Shanghai has opened its doors as Condé Nast’s second branded property venture in China. The Café opens at the luxury shopping destination, Galeries Lafayette Shanghai and follows the success of Vogue Café Beijing which opened in November 2020. The 300 square metre space features two dining rooms and a cocktail bar, with an […]

Digital Innovation

Publishers: 12 ways to overcome common innovation roadblocks

The right process, metrics and people are key when it comes to implementing new ideas and digital transformation This is the second in a three-part series looking at innovation in journalism and news media. Part One explored the characteristics of innovation and identified five major barriers to change. In this article, Damian Radcliffe asks leading media scholars, researchers and […]

What do we mean by innovation? And why is implementing it so darned hard for news organizations?

A new three-part series for CMDS exploring innovation and journalism incorporates lessons from experts around the world on this universal topic. Itis a truth universally acknowledged, that a media company in possession of a good fortune (an audience, brand recognition and decent revenues), must (still) be in want of innovation. The pace of change in […]

Google PageSpeed Insights: How publishers can increase their website speeds, and enhance user experience

Google has recently begun measuring page speed and experience on a pass/fail basis, as a factor in search ranking. Page loading speed is a major factor considered by Google for search result ranking. Google has been increasing their focus on the overall visitor experience, and created Google Core Web Vitals to track page loading speed, […]

Platforms

Top European publishers on TikTok: Daily Mail takes the lead

Germany has the most entries in Europe’s top 30 publishers on TikTok ranking. But Spain and the UK occupy the podium TikTok, the fastest platform to reach a billion monthly users, has not left the publishing community unaffected. A growing number of outlets are using the platform to build relationships with younger audiences.  Daily Mail leads […]

Growing a newsletter from scratch via Instagram: 1 year later, what I learned

A look back at a year of experimentation – what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward A little over a year ago I started publishing a weekly “look ahead” in the form of a disappearing story on my Instagram account (in Slovak only).  The format is not new, many newsrooms do something similar. Famously, there […]

Facebook is neither our enemy nor our friend: The Media Roundup

Why Australia’s dishonest News Media Code is a bad way to tax Google and Facebook Nobody’s going to argue that Facebook is the best friend of news publishers. Nope, not even if it announces an expansion of its News Tab. And especially not when it’s wildly accusing publishers of a concerted and unfair effort to bring it down. Both of […]

Advertising

Ad spend set to grow sharply in 2022: IPA Bellwether Q3

Positive news has been few and far between over the last 18 months. But according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report, marketers (and publishers) have a lot to look forward to. The Q3 report, released yesterday, found that UK marketing budgets have grown at the strongest rate in four years, chiefly because of looser lockdown […]

Newsletters: The key to COVID news dissemination and why advertisers should care

The rise of the Delta variant in the U.S. has resulted in the CDC once again ramping safety precautions, which means people must keep up with the new— and rapidly changing— health mandates. And the solution to keeping people informed of these changes may just be as simple as email newsletters. A Trusted Source Email […]

National Public Media’s programmatic strategy puts users first

We recently spoke with Brett Robinson and Sabrina Mohsenin from National Public Media (NPR’s sponsorship subsidiary) about their unique foray into programmatic revenue. The recording of this discussion is available on Beeler.Tech in our First Impressions section (available to publishers only). What makes the NPR story so compelling is that until a couple of years […]