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Hats off to Nick Davies

Tweet There’s so much coverage of the shutting down of the News of the World, including mine, but I’m not seeing anyone talking about the journalist at the heart of this story – but who comes out with his reputation and morals intact. Nick Davies has for four years kept this story alive, ignoring every [...]

It’s not about selling news, it’s about keeping customers

Tweet The paywall debate has focused on how consumers might consume the news industry’s end product: news. “Will readers pay for news online?” “Will the industry survive this change?” “Won’t people just get it for free someplace else?” These are the news industry’s Frequently Asked Questions right now. Even people that don’t believe in Rupert [...]

Updated: Targeted free content vs purist paid-for: It’s relevance that really matters when it comes to online ads

Tweet Update 1/7/10: See Tom Whitwell’s comment below: he points out that of course there are adverts on, “on every page” even. “We just don’t have dozens of flashing popup/popunder ads for Albanian bingo parlours,” he says. So I admit to exaggerating slightly by saying there are “no” adverts – but one or two [...]

Commercial interests vs editorial independence in changing Times

Tweet Image via Wikipedia There are no shortage of autobiographies, memoirs and tales from Fleet Street’s pomp, when hacks would gossip the day long and could navigate its countless boozers without getting wet in a rainstorm. Mostly, they describe a rapidly disappearing world of mass circulations, huge staff rosters and a narrow media culture compared [...]

The Times’s paywall hopes under the microscope at the Frontline

Tweet This is cross-posted from the Frontline Club’s Forum blog, which I write for and look after as part of my work there. It’s relevent to things I generally write about here so I thought I’d share. The pic is by talented Frontline member Chris King One way to boost newspaper revenues as print circulation [...]

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 [...]