Category Archives: New business models

Podcasts Coming of Age

The station says the move puts it in a better position to continue to grow its talent pool and develop partnerships. Source: Some popular content specific podcasts are leaving the NPR stable to go to self-distribution. This comes after Ira Glass did the same with This American Life, and the success of the serial […]

A money-back guarantee: How Blendle hopes to convince Dutch news readers to pay by the article » Nieman Journalism Lab

Blendle takes content from 15 or so of the Netherlands’ top newspaper and magazine publishers and allows users to buy stories individually, with just a click, no matter where they were originally published. The publishers set the price and take 70 percent of the revenue while Blendle takes the other 30 percent. But Blendle needed […]

How publishers’ premium membership programs stack up

Here’s a look at how publishers’ premium memberships stack up to their default reading experiences. Slate Plus Announced on Monday, Slate’s “totally-not-a-paywall” Slate Plus is a $50-a-year membership aimed at the site’s most dedicated readers. As with other membership programs, Slate is pitching Slate Plus as the ideal way for fans of the site to […]

The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place | Marc Andreessen

Before the journalistic purists burst a fountain pen, consider that there are intermediate points between “holier than holy” and “hopelessly corrupt” when it comes to editorial content. Paying attention to the business doesn’t equal warped coverage. It does equal a growing business. There are many businesses that balance incentives and conflicts all day long. Those […]

Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself –

Great digital journalists consume and produce content at the same time, constantly publishing what they are reading and hearing. And by leaving mainstream companies, journalists are often able to get their own hands on the button to publish, which is exciting and gratifying. “If William Randolph Hearst and Bill Paley were alive today, they would […]

Latest issue – January 2014 : : Contributoria

Latest issue – January 2014 : : Contributoria. A magazine style publication where reporters pitch a story and garner votes on whether it ought to be published. The stories go free to readers, however the reporters get paid from the community of contributors. Interesting.

‘A la carte’ journalism presents alternative to paywalls – Editors Weblog

Wheeler told The News Hook that has not determined its pricing structure, but it is considering market-determined prices, depending on individual articles’ popularity, and journalist-determined prices. He said he is convinced that readers are willing to pay for articles that interest them. via ‘A la carte’ journalism presents alternative to paywalls – Editors Weblog. […]

Your Reputation Will Be the Currency of the Future: Scientific American

Your Reputation Will Be the Currency of the Future: Scientific American. Now the use of reputation as social currency has got a sophisticated term to describe it : socialstructing. From the article Commodifying social contributions–turning these into currencies that can be accumulated, hoarded, traded, and invested–may have unintended consequences. It could undermine precisely the kind […]

Who pays ‘unpaid’ writers’ bills? – Edward Wasserman –

Who pays ‘unpaid’ writers’ bills? – Edward Wasserman – the insidious problem of hidden subsidy, one of the most perplexing ethical problems of journalism in the Internet age. True, undisclosed subsidy is a longstanding issue. It popped up in the oped pages of traditional newspapers. There, articles written by outsiders for little or no […]

» Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky

could not imagine that the old way of doing things might fail. Yet things did fail, in large part because, after Napster, the industry’s insistence that digital distribution be as expensive and inconvenient as a trip to the record store suddenly struck millions of people as a completely terrible idea. via » Napster, Udacity, and […]