John Thompson of Journalism.co.uk has just tweeted some amazing stats about Finland’s largest daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, from the World Publishing Expo 2013. One jumped out in particular that 42 percent of their subscribers pay for digital content. That is nothing short of astounding, and I do hope that Journalism.co.uk highlights how they have been able to achieve that.
I started this post simply to question the cost of a two year, $750,000 investigation by ProPublica and This American Life into the potential dangers of acetaminophen. However, 30 seconds of online research and a couple of quick looks at my acetaminophen bottles called into question key assertions in the story. This seems to be a massive waste of time and money.
Last night, I had the pleasure of hearing a talk by Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, at the RSA in London. In his talk, he laid out why short-term, finance driven goals were choking the US and UK economies of job-creating empowering innovations. I’ve summarised his talk and a brief conversation I had with him about journalism and innovation. If you are a manager and want to know how to deal with disruption in your business, Christensen has the ideas to help you seize the initiative.
Ken Doctor who writes the excellent Newsonomics blog says of the FT’s HTML5 web app: We first heard of HTML5 as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash as Apple excluded Flash from its products. HTML 5, though, has proven to be a strong foundation for next-generation digital product development (“The Newsonomics of Apps and HTML5?). HTML5 is also the basis for… Read more →
There is good advice from Andy Serwer, Fortune magazine’s managing editor, in the summary of a talk that he gave business journalists in Canada. Dana Lacey writes for the Canadian Journalism Project: Serwer’s advice for journalists in the digital age? Build a brand, work for a start-up, be the “baddest-ass investigative journalist” you can be, work for the New York… Read more →
Not to beat a dying horse, but the News of the World doesn’t have a digital strategy for 2010. As I said yesterday, sometimes I’m willing to be generous about News International’s paid content strategy. The Times had to do something. They were losing £240,000 a day last year, and by their own admission, those losses were unsustainable. However, when… Read more →
After months of discussion and speculation, The Times and The Sunday Times have disappeared behind a paywall or have asked their readers to pay for the journalism that they value, depending on which side of an almost religious divide you fall on. Like a lot of commentary, I find the punditry and posturing around paywalls uninformed, over-simplistic and, frequently, disingenuous…. Read more →
I had to dash out for a lunch meeting, but I was happy to make it back for Marc Reeves keynote. He is the editor of TheBusinessDesk.com West Midlands. I found myself applauding over my morning coffee when I read his recent speech to the CBI. His frankness and lack of sentimentality was refreshing. He started that speech with this… Read more →
I will admit that it’s a bit cheeky quoting myself, but as I was watching the flow of posts and conversation on journalism blogs today, and specifically in response to Adam Tinworth’s excellent post Complexity is the New Reality, I wound up Tweeting “Silver bullets are the talisman of the desperate”. Adam was commenting on a good rant by Paul Bradshaw titled… Read more →
Alan Mutter is one of those rare creatures who has both editorial and business sense and writes lucidly, analytically and rationally about the business of news. Alan says this about himself: Alan D. Mutter is perhaps the only CEO in Silicon Valley who knows how to set type one letter at a time, just like his hero, Benjamin Franklin. He… Read more →