Business models

3 challenges for local media co-op: a sustainable business model, a political stance, and the logistical demands of membership

Local news cooperative The Bristol Cable launched in the U.K. in 2014, and are trying to “redefine local media as we know it” through a membership model that encourages the community engagement through free events. As The Bristol Cable gets bigger, it’s also facing some growing pains, which include common problems such as needing a […]

The problem with Tronc’s video strategy: ‘Churning out content isn’t necessarily a winning strategy’

Tronc is planning to put out 2,000 videos per day, largely through automation. But this strategy isn’t new, Timothy B. Lee writes. Some media companies such as eHow have been churning out text-based articles by the thousands for at least a decade, but when Google’s algorithm learned that people weren’t really interested in these “spammy” […]

Poland’s conservative government puts heavy restrictions on state TV news — resulting in more than 160 journalists leaving state broadcasting

At least 164 staffers have left Polish state broadcasting and audiences have declined at all state TV channels since January media controls went into effect, according to the Journalists’ Association, one of the two main organizations representing Polish journalists. “They (the journalists) did not want to participate in political pacification of the media,” the group […]

Brexit boosts newspapers’ print circulation and online traffic

Following last week’s referendum and the resulting resignation of David Cameron, newspapers in the U.K. saw large increases in circulation over the course of the weekend, with sales of Saturday editions expected to increase 7 percent. The Guardian saw a record 17 million unique browsers and 77 million pageviews on Friday, June 24. + BBC […]

One of the most traditional newspapers of Argentina, La Nueva, reduces print circulation to three days a week

La Nueva Provincia, one of the oldest and most traditional newspapers of Argentina (recently renamed La Nueva), announced it will limit the circulation of its print edition as well as lay off 22 people. “La Nueva is not an exception in this global wave of change in communication. The same reasons for these changes are […]

Sweeping changes are coming to The New York Times

You might have heard: The New York Times wants to double its digital revenue by 2020 But did you know: This summer, The New York Times is ushering in a transformation more comprehensive than it has seen in almost half a century. The 2020 Group — a team of seven Times journalists — is creating a sweeping strategic […]

‘Just as the industry was starting to find its footing in the new digital ecosystem, the ground shifted again’

You might have heard: Digital and legacy news organizations alike are searching for successful revenue models, and we’re seeing a “a significant recalibration” of news business models But did you know: Making a reference to “Game of Thrones,” NYT’s Mark Thompson wrote in an essay for the Reuters Institute’s 2016 Digital News Report, “Winter really is […]

Branding videos for tronc look more like something from ‘Adult Swim’ than a legitimate branding video

Videos posted on tronc’s official HR YouTube account look more like something created by the people who directed Adult Swim videos “Too Many Cooks” and “Smart Pipe,” Recode’s Noah Kulwin writes. The videos talk about “content funnels,” “artificial intelligence,” “optimization,” and a host of other buzzwords, with the goal of getting “employees informed and motivated” […]

With both its hosts and audiences aging and more competition from podcasts, public radio is facing a crisis

You might have heard: NPR instructed staff to no longer promote its podcasts or NPR One app on air, a result of NPR’s local station structure But did you know: Public radio is at a crucial intersection, Ellen Gamerman writes: Both its hosts and audiences are aging, and its business model is getting more competition […]

Poor communication between the editorial and business sides in journalism is holding the industry back from meaningful growth

The divisions between the editorial and business sides is holding news organizations back, Xavier van Leeuwe writes. Van Leeuwe calls on news organizations to “start connecting and appreciating those willing to work together” and for the business side to stop “sighing and complaining to each other in back rooms.” Van Leeuwe writes: “Cooperation works best […]