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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Independent sell-off proves every old media business is for sale

Tweet Image via Wikipedia It was the title they’d never sell. Despite everything – INM’s massive debt and pending bond repayments, the falling revenue, the potentially rebellious staff – Independent News & Media‘s goal over the last two years has been: maintain and protect The Independent at all costs. But now sell is exactly what [...]

Wishful thinking as News International hopes mass print audience and scarcity survive

Tweet Image via CrunchBase The latest accounts to be released from Rupert Murdoch‘s News International, covering the 52 weeks to June 28 2009, say much about the company’s content propaganda. News Group Newspapers, the division that publishes market leading red-tops The Sun and News of the World, made pre-tax profits of £40.3m for the year [...]

Kachingle: A route to revenue through community crowd-funding

Tweet In the new, revenue-shy era of online publishing, knowledgeable “amateurs” and self-employed journalists like me publish (theoretically) on an equal footing with Big Media. Hyperlocal sites are providing tiny communities and large towns with real, connected online news; expert, lay commentators on everything from sport to fishing are giving away the kind of insight [...]

Is News Over? City University journalism chief George Brock says journalists should accept changed world

Tweet Update: Watch the whole video at this link (not embeddable, unfortunately). Journalists still have a vital role to play in society as independent, informed, editors, finders and defenders of facts. No amount of algorithmic authority will change the vital role of reporters to hold authority to account. All that’s according to George Brock, the [...]

Toyota, Word files and curing cancer

Tweet I do love a good online row. And happily, one emerged this morning on Twitter over the issue of press releases. It started innocuously enough… View psmith’s tweet It’s true: I have no time for Word as a programme and even less time for press releases sent as Word files. Usually I can open [...]

B2B publishers make money from paywalls; can consumer media do the same?

Tweet One of the main take-away truisms of the news economics debate is that the two strands of news publishing, consumer and B2B, have very differing chances of succeeding in charging readers online in the same way they do in print. Generalist, too-big-by-half newspapers have one hell of a job on their hands converting its [...]

Exclusive: Demand Media now accepting UK, Canadian freelance writers

Tweet Demand Media is now accepting freelance writers from the UK and Canada – the first outside the US – as part of the first step in a planned European expansion. The company had 7,000 freelance contributers in February, produces something in the order of 4,000 how-to articles and videos a day, serves two million [...]

Tangerinegate: why I worry about the British press

Tweet I’ve seen a lot of dodgy reporting since I started writing about the media business, but you’d have to look long and hard to find something as quietly depressing as this. Here’s the short version: prankster Robert Popper – author of the very funny Timewaster Diaries – calls the LBC radio station to join [...]