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A trade journal of a still-emerging field, written by Adam Tinworth.

From Jason Snall’s transcript of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s remarks in the earnings call last night:

We’ve already signed 25 leading publishers representing more than 75 of the world’s most influential news, sports, business, and magazine titles, including CNN, the New York Times, the Financial Times, ESPN, Bloomberg Business, Conde Nast, Hearst, Reuters, Time Inc., and the Daily Telegraph.

It’ll be interesting to learn what “signed” means in this context, as anyone with a site and an RSS feed can apply for membership. I’m “in” Apple News, for example.

  • Have they got early access to Apple News Format?
  • Have they got revenue deals?
  • Have they got promotional deals?

Bears watching…

The rise, commercialisation, fall and rebirth of fashion blogging:

“Because there was a period of time where fashion bloggers became quite monotonous…now we’re seeing individuals come through, but on social media as opposed to a web-based platform,” observes Lau. “It’s almost like the big fashion bloggers have become ‘establishment’ and people on Instagram or Vine stars are doing their own thing.”

A fascinating picture of an industry in a process of continuos re-invention.

news:rewired

I’ve just finished* running a workshop on analytics for journalists at news:rewired this afternoon.

Here’s a selection of links I promised the attendees to allow them to explore some of the issues contained in the presentation in more detail:

And let this fine five minute rant from The Guardian‘s Chris Moran be a lesson to you all:

The Presentation

*Actually, a lie – I wrote this at midnight the night before, and scheduled the post…

Lovely quote here from Wolfgang Blau, The Guardian‘s director of digital strategy:

5. Why (the hell) do so many young journalists still want to write
the title story of a print (!) magazine?

Why (the hell) would you even care? Let them. If they have contempt for digital journalism, view it as your competitive advantage and enjoy it while it lasts. And print is a beautiful, delightful medium. It won’t go away. May it always exist, just not stand in the way of progress.

I couldn’t agree more.

His two recent posts – The ever same questions some European media journalists just can’t stop asking and Good questions trigger conversations – are both worth reading in their entirety.

Berkeley Breathed on the reaction to his return to Bloom County:

“There is no media that will allow a Charlie Brown or a Snoopy to become a universal and shared joy each morning at the same moment across the country,” Breathed continues. “Maybe the rather marked response to my character’s return is a reflection of that loss. A last gasp of a passing era.”

It’s an interesting observation – merely weeks after Apple has tried to resurrect that shared media moment with the arrival of Beats 1.

[hat-tip Matt]

I’m astonished by how many people are sharing this report as good news:

At an aggregated level, combining revenues from the newspaper, book, and magazine industries across more than 50 markets worldwide, we forecast that just 24% of revenue will come from digital in 2020, up from 14% in 2015.

This is being spun as the “resilience of print“. Look much more like the complete failure of the industry to build sustainable digital business models to me…

It’s also a slightly odd argument to be making, given that so many of the new competitors for this market are online-only, with no print component. To what degree are they included in this – if at all?

(And whenever I read about these sorts of predictions, I remember Dominic Jacquesson’s prediction for Briefing Media that Windows Phone would be the number two player in the mobile market behind Android and ahead of iOS by 2013. That turned out well…)

Reddit eyes

What actually is Reddit?, asks Samantha Allen, writing for The Daily Beast:

Reddit is not so much the generic front page of the Internet as it is its spacious, tricked-out man cave: a lot of people can fit inside, but only some people feel comfortable hanging out there.

And she provides some figures to back that up:

Seventy-four percent of Reddit users are men, the highest of any social networking website. Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube all come much closer to gender parity. Describing Reddit without making reference to its gender asymmetry is akin to reporting on Pinterest, which is 72 percent female, without noting that the site caters to women.

John Gruber is even more brutal:

Reddit: a terrible, childish community posting on a site owned by a terrible, dumbass company. Good luck to the next CEO.

Reddit has been a huge focus for a lot of journalism businesses in recent years – both because of the traffic potential of a link from the site, and the rich seam of content that you can mine from there.

But what’s the real balance of the community in there? Have we actually looked closely enough at that?