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  • Cycling polemicist strikes viral paydirt

    Cycling polemicist strikes viral paydirt

    Case study by Tim Writing his Bike To Work book, Carlton Reid’s intention was to produce a conventional printed tome.  A trade publisher of 25 years experience, his business model was simple – sell sufficient advertisements to pay for the book and then give away the product.   Creating an eBook was an afterthought.   Nevertheless, in […]

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  • Come the revolution, Sister – if we can afford it

    Come the revolution, Sister – if we can afford it

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. My last blog reported on the curious absence of women among the pioneers of digital journalism – a regressive trend seen by some as symptomatic as an emerging form of e-patriarchy. But hang on, isn’t the beauty of the digital age the new opportunities it opens up, the way it affords […]

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  • 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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  • New model journalism, old model sexism – do we need a new e-feminism?

    New model journalism, old model sexism – do we need a new e-feminism?

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Over the two and a half years I’ve been researching emerging forms of media for New Model Journalism and the NUJ conference which preceded it, a question has been slowly pushing itself to the forefront of my mind. It feels a bit like that story about the emperor having no clothes, […]

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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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  • Social media platforms get canny with copyright

    Social media platforms get canny with copyright

    Guest post by Mike Holderness. What happens when a journalist decides to share some of their work with the world though one of those “social media” websites? A headache, first: if you want to be sure of retaining the rights that attend copyright, you’re enjoined to read some dense legalese. The owners of the platforms […]

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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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