News from BuzzFeed in particular suggest the digital publishing bubble may be bursting. Axios, meanwhile, shows that subscriptions aren’t the only answer — but niche may be.
The Local News Business Model
Subscriptions are the future of local news: the key, though, is getting rid of newspapers.
The Walt Mossberg Brand
Walt Mossberg is retiring; his influence on tech is well-known, but his influence on the media is just as profound.
Media Monday: Bill Simmons’ HBO Show Cancelled, Axios Unveiled (Kind-of)
It’s the return of Media Monday, including the cancellation of Bill Simmons’ TV show and the unveiling of Axios, and what both say about finding value in media.
In Defense of The New York Times
Amazon and The New York Times had a fascinating exchange this week, on Medium of all places. What that exchange represents — the search for truth, now open to anyone — is far more important than the particular article in question.
Popping the Publishing Bubble
For years publishers haven’t had to worry about business models: they just captured attention and watched the money come in. Those days, though, are over: the publications that survive will start with business models and build journalism around it.
Blogging’s Bright Future
Blogs may not be the only means of expression on line, but they are a more viable as a business for writers focused on niches than ever before.
Daily Update: The Player’s Tribune and Corporate Journalism, Box Delays IPO, Rovio Layoffs
Good morning, I’m planning to write about the Paypal spinoff later today, so keep an eye out for that. On to the update: The Player’s Tribune and Corporate Journalism Over the last few weeks there have been a number of widely-shared articles despairing about the spread of corporate journalism, including this long piece in theSubscribe […]
Newspapers Are Dead; Long Live Journalism
The fundamental economic model of newspapers is broken; for journalism to survive, new business models must be found.
FiveThirtyEight and the End of Average
Just a few minutes ago, Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight site launched. While it’s not known how much ESPN is paying Silver, it’s certainly a substantial amount, especially when you consider 20% of visitors to the New York Times stopped by Silver’s blog. Silver’s FiveThirtyEight is one of a growing number of personality-driven sites and blogs, […]