How games can increase reader engagement

Last March, Norwegian newspaper NRK introduced a new feature to its commenting system, aimed at improving the quality and relevance of its comments section. The idea was simple: before submitting a comment, a reader would have to take a short quiz relating to the article’s content. By doing so, NRK hoped its readers would provide[…]

A look at digital newspaper’s profit margins

The trends in the publishing industry have remained largely unchanged over the past few years. They can be summed up like this: -Print output is stagnating or declining: from 2015 to 2016 it slowed by 4.5% in the UK, 3.5% in France, and 2% in Germany -Ad revenue is getting lower: print ad income in[…]

Is Facebook launching a Spotify for News?

Facebook is putting itself more in the position of a partner of publishers. The social network’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said they will launch initial tests for a subscription based news product in October. The feature is built on top of Instant Articles, which already aggregates articles from hundreds of publishers based on[…]

Overview of best digital only editions

We compiled a list of digital only editions that stand out. Editions are the center of publishers’ businesses and play a crucial role in keeping core readers engaged. We are a believer in the power of digital editions. In an environment where new products are critical to capture engagement, editions create habits for readers. Get inspired by excellent[…]

2017 Google DNI funding – our 7 favourite projects

Last week in Amsterdam, the Google Digital News Initiative announced the winners of its early-2017 funding round. Overall, almost 22 million euro were awarded to 107 projects from 27 different European countries. Fields such as fact-checking, AI, investigative reporting and augmented reality were the stars of the show, but the big focus was collaboration: 49%[…]

Reuters 2017 Digital News Report – 7 key takeways

The 2017 Digital News Report, a joint effort between Reuters Institute and the Oxford University, was published last week. It took a glance at the state of the media industry as a whole, by polling 70 000 people from 36 different countries. Let’s look at its main conclusions on digital media: #1: Mobile is still on[…]

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[…]

Is Facebook embracing subscriptions?

In April publishers have made it clear to Facebook that they’re fed up with Instant Articles. Monetizating on Facebook’s news platform hasn’t been working and big publishers like the Guardian and the New York Times have pulled out entirely. Facebook has finally listened (or given in) to publishers’ complaints and may soon help its users pay[…]