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.
In a post that originally appeared on The Media Briefing, I look at how newspapers responded to digital disruption and whether integration was precisely the wrong response. Clark Gilbert, who worked with Clay Christensen at Harvard University, has applied Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma in practice at the Deseret News. He argues for a dual-transformation of the legacy print business while also setting up a disruptive digital business. If you merge the two, the legacy business often “suck(s) the life out of” the digital disruptive business, he argues.
The Guardian and its Sunday title, The Observer have just announced a “digital-first” strategy. However, this is not a triumphant announcement. This is a burning platform admission. Guardian News & Media, the parent company for both newspapers, lost £33m on a cash basis for the year ending 31 March, only slightly less than it’s £34.4m loss for the previous year…. Read more →
Tomorrow I fly to Washington ahead of the Online News Association conference. I’ll be doing a pre-conference session next Thursday on real-time coverage with Kathryn Corrick, digital media consultant and ONA UK Chair, Gary Symons of VeriCorder Technology. Kathryn is going to focus on desktop-based real-time coverage. There is a lot that is possible from the newsroom, and often when… Read more →
With just two weeks of cash left, Frédéric Filloux described the crisis at Le Monde as “the textbook example of the evolution of French press over the last years”. He then went point-by-point the problems afflicting Le Monde in particular but the French press in general: A steady erosion in readership. A lack of budget discipline, made worse by loose… 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 →
Again, this is a live blog. I’ll try to tidy things up later. I’m trying to do as many of these speakers as possible. I might miss a few. Joi wanted to start first to frame the discussion. New media is fundamentally different than old media. Media is about access, and the business model defines the media. Looking at newspapers… Read more →
Mathew Ingram at the Nieman Journalism Lab has an excellent post looking at the issues of paid content in general and micro-payments in particular. It’s a really useful post because he rounds up quite a number of posts and points of view on the subject. One thing really leapt out at me. Mathew writes: Does that mean newspapers can’t make… Read more →