Welcome to TheMediaBriefing’s round-up of the most important news and analysis from around the world, for the week ending July 12th.
Digital dominates the conversation, but for the publishing industry in 2020, print will still dominate revenues: “It is rare for an executive in the publishing industry, when contemplating the next five years, to talk positively about print.”
Mathew Ingram on the “vicious circle” of media businesses, advertisers and scale: “So, everyone’s focusing on the same things and the question becomes ‘what are you doing that’s any different’. Is it just about scale, is it just about having views, is it just about how many clicks? And if it is, Google and Facebook are the ones who win, not you.”
Could Circa find a future as a B2B news app?: Circa might have fared better out of the general news business and in the B2B news business.
TV and the UK’s 16-24 year olds: Here’s Decipher’s take, based upon the latest research and thinking available to the UK TV industry, of the five key “facts” we all need to keep ramming home.
Experiments with micropayments in Canada and the Netherlands: As news publishers continue to explore ways to boost digital revenues that remain incommensurate to the golden days of print, interest in micropayment systems appears to be gathering speed.
It’s complicated: The tangle of news, native advertising and trust: It isn’t just advertising that undermines trust in news media. Journalism is very good at undermining trust too. Journalism is like butchery; people devour the finished product but are squeamish about the process.
Watch retail to know the direction of local media: Changes in local retail have had a profound impact on local advertising markets, and with it the revenue sources for local press.
Emily Bell: How “the great reintermediation of the web” caused publishers to lose control of distribution: “If the development of new tools for expression sits solely within Silicon Valley rather than the free press… then I think that’s very bad news indeed.”
6 pillars of a revenue-generating business model for digital journalism: If the old business model works only for print, what’s the next step for news media companies that must keep revenues coming in? Here are six pillars of the new media value chain.
What will it take for virtual reality to become economically viable for publishers?: When will there be enough of a userbase for it to be worth publishers’ time producing content for VR users? And how can they monetise them?
Four lessons in being a better news outlet from the Guardian, Reuters TV, the Wall Street Journal and more: Nobody would ever say that journalism is a perfect discipline. Publishers and individual journalists alike sometimes fail at delivering news that serves the public interest, or at fostering the communities that allow those publishers to exist.
We’ve been reading
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s exit has users asking: who was responsible?: As redditors search for answers following a contentious period at ‘the front page of the internet’, many theories have arisen.
Can SoundCloud be the Facebook of music: What will it take for SoundCloud to become a viable business and social centre?
Tablet sales have plateaued globally: Though TechCrunch argues there is a future in business use, the personal tablet market has become saturated.
What it’s like to get paid for clicks…: Columbia Journalism Review’s Jack Murtha on Slant, the platisher that pays its writers more based on user behaviour.
…and what it’s like to have your identity stolen for the same: Journalist Kate Knibbs (we think) outlines how her identity was stolen by someone producing clickbait for Elite Daily.
Mid-year report: The newspaper industry’s billion dollar challenge: Poynter break down the newspaper industry’s fortunes at the mid-point of the year. [SPOILERS: they’re not great]
What does a 16 year old think of Snapchat Discover: 16 year old Ella Monck says: “In my opinion it doesn’t fit with what people use the app for.”
How MATTER succeeded in spite of itself: Naomi Lubick for Poynter on the story of science news magazine MATTER.
TV is now the second screen for kids: Robert Miner, CEO of Miner & Co. Studio, on the changing consumption habits of children.
Why web pages suck: Stratechery takes a look at how the history of the internet allowed the birth of ad networks.
Online ad-blockers can reduce data consumption by up to 40%: As publishers struggle with the rise of ad-blocking, Quartz’s Leo Mirani provides another reason consumers might be using ad-blocking tools.
The ‘bootstrap-plus’ approach at Skift: Capital New York’s Ken Doctor takes a look at Skift’s ‘go-long, go-deep’ vertical strategy.
A roundup of digital news startups around the world: James Breiner for IJNet compiles 14 lists of digital start-ups together.
Now you don’t need an Apple device to use HBO’s streaming service: Changes inbound for HBO’s OTT streaming service.
BBC review: the key points: Nadia Khomami for the Guardian takes us through the culture secretary’s ‘root and branch’ review of the BBC charter.