This is the paradox of journalism in the digital age: Journalism organisations reach more people than was ever possible in the analogue age, but those larger audiences have not translated into higher revenues. Some of this has been almost constant pressure of digital ad revenues since the beginning of the financial crisis, driven by an oversupply of ad space. Digital… Read more →
Media management prof Charles Warner thinks that media companies lack innovation because they are driven by an individualistic, star-obsessed culture. Good corporate culture are rare and take a lot of work, and while I don’t think it’s going to be the magic cure-all for the woes of media suffering digital disruption, media companies cannot afford the dysfunctional internal dynamics of their past.
Since the arrival of digital media, most of the innovation has been focused on the editorial side of the business, while the advertising side of the business has largely stuck to pre-digital models like display advertising. Now, we’re starting to see real innovation on the ad side at news organisations. Can it turn around the flagging fortunes of news organisations?
What job does a newspapers do in the digital age? This isn’t to say that a newspaper has no role, but it is to say that just as news organisations need to transform digitally, they also need to transform their print products. This dual-transformation has been key to Clark Gilbert’s success in the US, and changes at the Financial Times underscore the importance of rethinking print and while radically transforming to serve digital audiences.
A number of forward-looking editors and media managers are advocating a mobile first mindset as the mobile revolution becomes a reality. In a great overview of a recent Hacks/Hackers talk in Buenos Aires, US National Public Radio’s news app editor Brian Boyer explains why mobile doesn’t mean on the move anymore and why we should be creating content for audiences’ “cracks in the day”.
Data journalism seems so new, so cutting edge, but it actually has a long history. Numbers have always been a part of journalism, but technology opened up new opportunities to not only use numbers but also analyse them. The technology that has opened up these new horizons goes much farther back than most think, and I’ve found a message from what many argue is the first time a computer was used in journalism.
Quartz, the newest member of The Atlantic Media network, launched in 2012, but by July, it already had 5 m users and said that it had already passed The Economist’s web traffic in the US and would soon pass the Financial Times, and Jay Lauf, the publisher of the site, kicked off Journalism.co.uk’s News Rewired 2013 talking about the strategy… Read more →
Journalism professor Carl Sessions Stepp celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first published story with a series in the American Journalism review highlighting 50 lessons that he’s learned in 50 years. In terms of digital journalism, he says that “software matters more than hardware” now when it comes to journalism innovation.
At the recent release of the Reuters Institute Digital News report, I met up with a former colleague at the BBC News Website, Alf Hermida. Those early days at the BBC News website were a golden age of digital journalism where the entire team – management, editors, designers, developers and journalists – were all united in creating the future of digital journalism. I’ve learned a lot since then of what works and what doesn’t in terms of integrating innovation into an editorial organisation. Some organisations have done the hard work of building properly integrated digital teams, and this is going to unleash innovation and create a new golden age of digital journalism.
I used to be a big booster of print-digital editorial integration, but I’ve had a change of heart for a lot of reasons, reasons which I’ll outline more broadly at some point. When I first got into online journalism in the mid-90s, to be honest, I probably was suffering from a little of resource envy. The legacy business just had… Read more →