Media economics

Crunch time for the new news media economy?

We used to speculate about when the next newspaper might close, now we watch as digital native newsrooms teeter on the brink. How bad is it out there for news brands trying to make a living, let alone a profit?

[This article by Professor Charlie Beckett, director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission.]

Josh Marshall, the editor of the pioneering […]

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Should tech companies subsidise journalism?

Journalism as an industry is in deep trouble economically and yet the social networks that increasingly carry its content are booming. Surely, these digital buddies could spare a dime (or a billion) to sustain public service news?

Emily Bell, formerly of the Guardian and now leader of the Tow Center at Columbia University thinks that it is in the interest […]

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Subscription Redux: the news as a service

As the news business seeks a model to maximise its revenue and make its content production super efficient, could a new conception of subscription be the answer?

For years I have been arguing that journalism is moving from being a manufacturing to a service industry. It used to be about creating packages of content like a newspaper that people (or the late […]

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    Can nationalism save the press?: the case of The National in Scotland

Can nationalism save the press?: the case of The National in Scotland

The launch of a nationalist newspaper is big media news in Scotland. But does the creation of the National title have wider significance as journalism businesses seek new ways to connect to the public. Milan Dinic (@MilanDinic1) comes from a region that knows all about nationalism and as a journalist (currently studying at the LSE) he knows all about […]

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Tech v Hacks: time for a truce?

The formation of two tribes around the future of journalism was understandable back in the day of ‘bloggers v newspapers’ but why are we still waiting for the battle lines to be redrawn between technologists and journalists?

I was at first surprised when Emily Bell, the former Guardian digital boss and now Tow Digital Centre Director at Columbia University appeared to be […]

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