Are publishers handing more power to Google?

I wrote in The Conversation about Google’s new subscription tool which supposedly helps news publishers to sell digital subscriptions. It is impossible to say yet, if it works. Couple of thoughts from my article: “It’s surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there’s an urgency to haveContinue reading “Are publishers handing more power to Google?”

Advisory Board member in digital journalism

I have joined the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, advising in the issues related to digital journalism. The publishing company is an independent academic publisher, and its publications are marketed and sold worldwide through international booksellers including Amazon. In 2017, my book chapter “We need to talk about metrics” was published in the publishers’Continue reading “Advisory Board member in digital journalism”

Are memberships a viable business model?

“It is tempting to play with the idea of the news media industry being 100% funded by the public. I know journalism has never been funded by subscriptions, but what if … ?” This is from my first blog to INMA, the International News Media Association, which has executive members in 60+ countries. My first blogContinue reading “Are memberships a viable business model?”

Digital distribution not solving problems for newspapers

A forthcoming book chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies, written together with Neil Thurman, Robert G. Picard and Arne H. Krumsvik, argues that newspapers’ online experiments have not reversed their falling fortunes. We believe that while news publishers report strong increases in their digital revenues, one needs to “be carefulContinue reading “Digital distribution not solving problems for newspapers”