Alternative revenue Archive

  • Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    A selfie stick, a smart phone and a bit of practice is all you need to make compelling, broadcast-quality video packages, enthused Aileen O’Meara. Then, with a cheap extendable pole braced to her side she thrust her phone towards audience members quick-firing interview-style questions. Moments later she deployed the same pound-shop technology to demonstrate how […]

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  • Spain is different: Iberia’s new-media Spring

    Spain is different: Iberia’s new-media Spring

    Spain’s media landscape is being fundamentally reshaped by journalist-run new media start ups – according to research by Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid (APM), the country’s professional journalists association.  Since the start of the financial crisis, nearly 300 web publications have been launched – some of which are now employing more than ten staff. […]

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  • European unions advocate entrepreneurial journalism to beat austerity

    European unions advocate entrepreneurial journalism to beat austerity

    The biggest threats to professional journalism across Europe are: competition from non-journalists, threats to authors’ rights and the ageing profile of practitioners.  These were among the findings of a survey of 62 journalists’ unions from across Europe that were presented at a seminar in Vienna on 20 March. The research – Confronting Austerity, Financial And […]

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  • Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Review, by Tim Dawson The reappearance of Nigel Fountain’s ‘Underground, The Alternative Press 1966 – 1974’ as an eBook provides a timely moment to reflect on the clutch of magazines that he describes, and to ask whether they have any contemporary parallels? His focus is the wave of publishing that grew up in the wake […]

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  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Inspired by a case study in our recent ebooklet on New Ways to Make Copyright Pay, self-confessed non-techy Humphrey Evans launched himself into the Kindle world. In the letter below, he documents the nitty-gritty of his experience. Dear Alex, You asked about the learning points of my Kindle experience. I’ve just finished putting up another […]

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  • Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Narratively: long, slow journalism from The City that Never Sleeps

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. The new longform website Narratively has attracted interest ‘beyond our wildest dreams’, according to founder Noah Rosenberg. Even before its launch earlier this month, coverage of the New York-based magazine has been wide, while expressions of support have come via social media from around the world. Such enthusiasm, thinks Rosenberg, is […]

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  • Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Case study by Tim Dawson “The books industry has been very poor at getting money off people who love its products”, says John Mitchinson, the founder of crowd-funded publisher Unbound.  He promises to revolutionise both the financing of book production and the relationship between authors and readers; and over the past year has raised enough money […]

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  • OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Against the background of change and struggle that has afflicted the media and publishing in recent years, one strand of good news has consistently emerged. This good news story of the crisis in journalism tells of innovation and experimentation, of pioneering practices and the opening up of new frontiers, as writers of […]

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  • Readers will pay for quality journalism, insists editor of new longform site

    Readers will pay for quality journalism, insists editor of new longform site

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Launched barely a month ago, the new longform website beststory.ca is nothing if not journalistically ambitious. According to its founder, Warren Perley, the Montreal-based site is unique as a platform for quality, exclusive stories offered to readers on a pay-as-you-go basis. The site carries no advertising, neither does it follow a […]

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