Alternative revenue Archive

  • Narrative Science and the rise of the robot-writer

    Narrative Science and the rise of the robot-writer

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. The prospect of machines taking over the world, either as our servants or our masters, has long fascinated, appearing in sci-fi novels and books for at least half a century. But while intelligent robots capable of household management may yet be some way off, a new breed of automated authors, revolutionising […]

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  • Journalists nail down new income stream

    Journalists nail down new income stream

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. A growing number of journalists are bucking the downturn in the media by taking up work in the beauty sector, New Model Journalism has learnt. A sample survey conducted by the site suggests that up to 7.8 per cent of journalists are tapping into the boom in the nail bars. Nail […]

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  • Cultural inertia threatens newspaper revenues

    Cultural inertia threatens newspaper revenues

    New research from the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism lays bare the struggle being endured by existing print media and it tries to reposition its business for a digital age.  On the promise on anonymity, Pew researchers persuaded 38 newspapers (mostly in the US), from six different companies, to share a significant body of […]

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  • Think of a number and double/halve it: the science behind online subs pricing

    Think of a number and double/halve it: the science behind online subs pricing

    Comment by Tim Dawson Deciding whether it makes business sense putting online publications behind paywalls is increasingly like finding scientific evidence for the existence of God.  Your conclusion appears to be determined more by pre-existing prejudice than from any meaning actually extracted from data. In the past week, Wolverhampton’s Express and Star has abandoned the […]

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  • Local press: adrift without a compass and in danger of disappearing

    Local press: adrift without a compass and in danger of disappearing

    I met the editor of one of Britain’s oldest regional dailies at a social event recently.  We chatted about the worrying state of the media and with a resigned sigh he said:  “I am hoping that the paper will see me out”.  He is in his mid-50s and the title he edits has been published […]

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  • Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Case study by Tim Dawson Two-and-a-half years after fully focusing on producing online bass-guitar tutorials, Paul Wolfe is earning around £70,000 a year from his business.  Approximately 500 subscribers pay $127 annual subscription for his weekly magazine and instructive video, other eBook products sell hundreds of copies at prices generally between $100 and $200.  Indeed, so confident […]

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  • Under the spotlight: Citizen journalism site Blottr

    Under the spotlight: Citizen journalism site Blottr

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Since launching a little over a year ago, Blottr, or ‘the people powered news service’, has been growing exponentially. With regional sites covering eight UK cities including London and Leeds, Blottr has recently expanded overseas, launching sites in France and Germany. Its traffic is impressive – 1.6 million unique users a […]

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  • Tablets provide media with sweet relief

    Tablets provide media with sweet relief

    Analysis by Tim Dawson. News International’s announcement last week that digital sales of its Times/Sunday Times products had grown by 3% over the past three months dispel for the moment suggestions that Murdoch’s paywall strategy is bust.  With 111,000 subscribers, and growing, it is quite possible that News International’s online customers will over take the […]

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  • E-publish and be damned – emerging trends of the digital book economy

    E-publish and be damned – emerging trends of the digital book economy

    Analysis by Alex Klaushofer. Those trying to follow the changing fortunes of book publishing in the digital revolution have had a tough time of it trying to discern the direction things are taking. But, finally, in the last quarter of this year, a few trends are beginning to emerge. First fact: the long-predicted shift from […]

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  • Charitable model could save local news

    Charitable model could save local news

    Guest blog by David Ainsworth. Recently a group of my colleagues and I became interested in the idea of creating a charitable local newspaper. The reason for this was simple. Local newspapers are important, but they are also in trouble. It’s time to try out a new model. Those of us who’ve worked in local […]

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