Tag: subscriptions

by Dillon Baker

It would be putting it lightly to say that the last couple of decades have been a tumultuous time for journalism. Dutch news site Blendle wants to bring some order to the chaos. When the Internet all but demolished traditional publishing models, most people wondered if we were experiencing the death of journalism (at least […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. 32 civic innovators receive $5 million in funding in first Knight Cities Challenge (Carol Coletta / Knight Foundation) 2. A business plan canvas tool made for reporters, entrepreneurs, and teachers (Aleszu Bajak / Storybench) 3. Jay Z talks Tidal, Jimmy Iovine, rewriting the music business rulebook (Tony Gervino  / Billboard) 4. News companies see […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

It must be depressing to hear so many people say that your company’s business model has no future. Some magazine industry observers have recently said that the “all-you-can-read” or “Netflix for magazines” subscription model is doomed. They cite the lack of appeal of digital magazines, the missing sensory pleasure of print, and the superiority of reading […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. After all, the streaming music service is one of the largest with 37.5 million free users a month and more than 12 million paid users. In an interview with Yahoo!, Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

For magazine lovers, traveling used to mean loading up on print editions to read on the road, and then packing up exotic publications as souvenirs to bring home. Your location really mattered for magazine selections when print was the only way to get publications from specific places. Today your location still matters — except when […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Hearst nabs 1 million tablet subscribers (Mashable) 2. BuzzFeed takes steps to add foreign news (NYT) 3. Google reportedly launching paid YouTube subscriptions this week (The Verge) 4. The Truth About Reddit (AdAge) 5. Citizen journalism platform Groundviews thrives in Sri Lanka (Editors Weblog) 6. Concerns about the rising power of media moguls in […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Pay walls, metered walls, subscriptions, micro-payments. There are so many ways that online publishers are considering charging visitors for content. While most content online was free in the old days of the web, more publications are following the lead of WSJ.com and NYTimes.com and putting up some kind of pay wall — leaky or not. […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Online publishers are in a real conundrum when it comes to selling digital subscriptions in the Apple universe. On one hand, there’s the popularity of Apple, the App Store, iTunes and the iPad and iPhone — you can’t simply ignore them? On the other hand, Apple is taking a big 30% cut of subscription sales […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Matthew Hindman Welcome to the tenth episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Dorian Benkoil, filling in for Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at the changes in Apple’s subscription plan for publishers, as they backpedal on the pricing. But still, Apple will take a […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the sixth episode of “The Mediatwits,” the new revamped longer form weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at the way the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death played out over Twitter and other new media, making minor celebrities […] more »