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Here’s your latest insights for the future of digital publishing!
💯 Top picks
As subscription revenue becomes more popular across publishing, so has the amount of technology available to bypass paywalls. With new software and browser extensions emerging to unlock paid content, publishers are slowly beginning to tighten up their paywalls and tackle known workarounds.
💸 Business models
The Post announced that it has added a suite of subscription tools to Arc, its in-house publishing platform that is also licensed out to other publishers.
Quartz is next in line for putting a paywall up in order to diversify revenue streams. You’ll now need to pay $100/year to access all of their latest stories.
New subscription models are being chosen to engage readers and strengthen journalism, with a strong focus on reader feedback. Some publishers are offering unique member perks such as audio bulletins via WhatsApp, and access to staff meetings.
✍️ Modern journalism
Matthias Ott makes a convincing argument for building your own site, relying less on social media platforms, and working towards a diverse ecosystem of connected personal sites for a better future on the web.
"I am so excited to build a diverse team that will be collaborative, creative, and consistent in applying The Correspondent’s ten founding principles to our journalism."
“Melanie Deziel, founder of StoryFuel, talks with producer Michael O’Connell about the challenges facing newsrooms that are creating branded content. The conversation addresses the impact that tech giants like Facebook and Google have on what you read and the importance of accurately measuring how readers engage with your content online.”
Scholars argue that digital journalism studies shouldn’t be considered a subset of journalism studies, but instead a separate field of own.
Missouri School of Journalism grads are taking part in the first ever Instagram Local News summer fellowship, which will offer mentorship for experimenting with reaching new audiences in new ways.
Facial recognition, subtitling automation and datasets: how Sky News uses AI to unburden journalists
Sky News are utilising technology to automate mundane tasks and free up reporters time, which can be better spent creating more valuable content.
“Since January, Poynter has been keeping track of how some of the top fact checks from around the world perform on Facebook compared to the hoaxes they debunk. Overall, it hasn’t been a pretty picture — misinformation regularly gets more likes, shares and comments than fact checks.And the problem is deeper than Facebook.”
Plus, Spotify will be updating their app design to better support podcasts. The latest episode of Hot Pod explore the pros and cons of these changes and how it impacts the relationship between publishers and their audiences.
Simon Owens argues hundreds of publishers weakened their position and handed power to major tech platforms by closing down the comments sections on their websites, which was a key resource for maintaining stronger relationships with readers.
Private group chats are beginning to replace the feed-based social network and allowing people to communicate in specific groups without the pressures of a worldwide audience!