Traditional media Archive

  • Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Analysis by Tim Dawson “When you pay nothing, you are the product” goes the saying.  As a truism it might pre-date the internet, but it is a sentiment whose perfect expression occurs in the relationship between content farms and their users. Cheaply-generated material on search-engine-optimized pages, surrounded by advertisements seemed, a year ago, as though […]

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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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  • 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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  • Leveson v. the moguls – can the lawyer who let Ken Dodd slip, outwit Murdoch?

    Leveson v. the moguls – can the lawyer who let Ken Dodd slip, outwit Murdoch?

    Review by Tim Dawson. The British press has rarely been in such a fix.  During two weeks in July, apparently unshakeable pillars crumbled to dust.  News International was humbled, the company’s BSkyB deal collapsed, the News Of The World closed and several senior officers of the Metropolitan Police resigned. Buffeted by its own proximity to the […]

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  • E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Amid all the gloom about the difficulties the digital age have brought both the media and publishing, Dan Franklin is almost Tiggerish about the liberating possibilities of the e-book for journalism. As digital editor at Random House, Franklin is in the vanguard of a small group of publishers who are developing […]

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  • Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Comment by Tim Dawson. The publication of the first audited circulation figures for digital magazine sales did little to make the case that online subscriptions are the future.  Only two magazines have sold more than 1,000 subscriptions – Men’s Health and Hello!  And neither of them had sold enough to give much cheer to those […]

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  • Taking the news out of the papers – can the UK’s media empires survive?

    Taking the news out of the papers – can the UK’s media empires survive?

    Analysis by Tim Dawson. Might British newspaper be beacons of innovation and experiment in a news market convulsed with technologically-led change?  Or are they venerable, but doomed dinosaurs whose death agonies are causing them to perform extraordinary convulsions it a final, futile attempt to adapt to a new environment? One could happily reach either conclusion […]

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  • Hard data shatters hyperlocal dream

    Hard data shatters hyperlocal dream

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. When hyperlocal publisher Chris Thomas was casting about for a topic for his postgraduate research, he decided to investigate some of the claims about the rise of hyperlocalism, and come up with some hard data about who is using them, and why. ‘There’s a lot of hype about hyperlocals, but there’s […]

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  • New pay-what-you-want mag shows appetite for longform journalism

    New pay-what-you-want mag shows appetite for longform journalism

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. This week sees the dropping onto doormats of Issue One of The Blizzard – a quality, quarterly football magazine offered to readers on a pay-what-you-like basis. The digital edition of the magazine came out on Thursday in a launch timed to come ahead of the Champions League Final at the […]

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  • Sex, death and celebrity – the other enemies of quality journalism

    Sex, death and celebrity – the other enemies of quality journalism

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. It’s one of those stories behind the story – the fact that alongside the well-worn narrative about the crisis in financing journalism runs another tale of a cultural shift which, over the past decade, has led to the British media becoming less and less receptive to serious reporting. In the interview […]

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