Ad fraud: how billions are stolen every year

Late last month, Google cracked down on Judy, a malware present in 40 seemingly innocent Play Store apps, which would automatically display and click on ads through a hidden browser, unnoticed by the user. Before being removed from the store, Judy apps had been downloaded 36 million times, and were believed to generate more than[…]

Apple’s 2017 WWDC – The 4 key takeaways for publishers

Apple’s team finally took to the stage once again during Monday’s WWDC 2017 keynote. Let’s have a look at how Cupertino’s latest batch of updates will affect publishers #1: Advertising once again on the chopping block Dwindling ad revenues have become a recurring theme over the past months, as Google and Facebook keep taking the lion’s[…]

L’édition du soir – a digital-only story

Almost four years ago, France’s largest newspaper Ouest-France launched the nation’s first digital-only evening edition, l’Édition du Soir. It had the ambitious goal of expanding the outlet’s user base, while bringing innovation into the newsroom. We asked Ouest-France about their journey down the digital-only path. 1.7 million users Success came quickly for the new edition, despite only being[…]

The dynamics of subscribing, explained in Media Institute Report

The American Press Institute just published what it believes is the largest research into subscriptions and news. Named “Paying for news: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism”, the 60-page report investigates the current and future states of paid-for news. Let’s look at some of its key takeaways: 1. Young people are[…]

Are publishers disappointed in Facebook’s Instant Articles?

Almost two years ago, Facebook rolled out Instant Articles. The new feature aimed at providing publishers with a more engaging platform on which to gather users, through faster loading times and a cleaner look and feel. Not even 24 months later, many industry actors are already turning away from Facebook’s once praised idea. The Guardian recently joined a[…]

Readers become editors in RJI newsletter experiment

How to use data to personalize content and engage your readers Tracy Clark, a Reynold’s Journalism Institute fellow, partnered with the Austin American-Statesman to study the impact of newsletter personalization on reader loyalty. She compared a Stateman’s editor-curated newsletter, “Midday Break”, to “News for You”, a newsletter set up using Reportory, a news personalization technology she[…]

The Swedish newspaper who puts an algorithm in charge

Four years ago Svenska Dagbladet was facing decreasing circulation, no digital revenue and dwindling readership. It has since done a full turnaround. Fredric Káren, then new editor-in-chief, had to do something radical in order to make the paper successful again. At the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, he explained how he made this happen and transformed[…]

The Times and the economics of online news

In 2010 The Times decided to bring their website content fully behind a hard paywall. While the paywall has undoubtedly limited their reach, traffic isn’t the only measure of success for a strong brand like The Times. With the reputation of The Times they are allowed to have a different business model than many of[…]