Business models

The media industry needs to focus on relevance and value, rather than the volume of work produced

“We still treat the public we serve as a mass, all the same, delivering a one-way, one-size-fits-all product that we fill with a commodity we call content,” Jeff Jarvis writes. “Rather than continuing to try to maintain our content factory, whose real business is selling eyeballs by the ton, imagine instead if news were a […]

A roadmap for reinventing legacy news organizations is starting to emerge, with a focus on not being everything to everyone

Taking a look at newsroom re-organizations around the country at legacy news organizations such as The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, we can start to see a roadmap for reinventing legacy organizations start to emerge, Poynter’s Kristen Hare writes. In terms of coverage, these news organizations are not trying to be everything […]

A Swedish podcasting platform is offering podcasters the option to charge listeners in exchange for no ads

Swedish podcasting platform Acast launched a new product on Monday that offers podcasters a new way to generate revenue. Called Acast+, the platform now offers podcasters the option to sell their product directly to listeners without advertising. Podcasters can set their own price, and revenue is then split with Acast. Listeners will have the option […]

Tribune’s new investor wants to save print with ‘machine vision’ technology

Tribune Publishing’s new second-largest investor Nant Capital has a plan to save print: With “machine vision” technology developed by CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong, he says the experience of reading a print newspaper will be brought to life. For example, if a reader focused their smartphone camera on a picture of Kevin Durant, they could see Durant […]

Tribune Publishing says it will ‘thoroughly review’ Gannett’s revised offer

You might have heard: Gannett increased its offer to buy Tribune Publishing to $15/share, putting the total value of Tribune at $864 million (USA Today) But did you know: After Gannett upped its acquisition offer, Tribune Publishing say it will “thoroughly review” the revised offer. Gannett’s new offer of $15/share is a 99 percent premium over […]

The New York Times’ plan for international expansion includes turning casual foreign readers into regulars

You might have heard: The New York Times is trying to double its digital revenue to $800 million by 2020 But did you know: With its eye on 10 key international markets, The New York Times announced in April that it would spent $50 million over the next three years to grow on an international […]

Axel Springer wants to become the ‘leading digital publisher’ in the US and the No. 1 publisher in every market it enters

You might have heard: German publisher Axel Springer acquired a controlling stake in Business Insider last fall, starting its push into U.S. media But did you know: Axel Springer says its push into the U.S. media market with its investment in Business Insider is starting to pay off, but it has even bigger goals: CEO Mathias […]

To bolster its tech coverage, Trinity Mirror is partnering with Dennis Publishing to re-publish stories from its niche publications

Trinity Mirror wants to increase its tech coverage, and it’s partnering with Dennis Publishing to do so. In a three month trial, Trinity Mirror will re-publish stories from Dennis Publishing’s niche tech publications Alphr and Expert Reviews. The two publishers will share revenue from the re-published stories, while Trinity Mirror can test how its audience […]

To scale its audience, The Independent is bolstering its programmatic ad team

Just two months after ending its print edition, The Independent says it’s already profitable. To generate enough revenue to maintain profitability online, The Independent is hiring programmatic ad specialists and hiring writers who can write both editorial content and native ads. The Independent is focusing on scaling its audience on a national and international scale, […]

A ‘city-focused news platform’ called Ripple launches today, with stories written by volunteers

Launching today, Ripple is a news service described by its founder Razmig Hovaghimian as “city-focused news platform powered by local journalists and storytellers.” Its website and mobile app use a location-based news feed to present stories from local news sites on big cities, such as San Francisco or New York. The feed will also include […]