How digital innovation has paid off for top European media companies

Two important reports were released recently: Hackers.Media’s list of the biggest media companies in Europe, and Reuters’s report on developing digital news projects. There’s some significant overlap between the two lists, so it’s interesting to see how a focus on digital innovation has led to success for some of the top European media companies.This week[…]

Who pays for online news?

This week, a report looking at what motivates people to pay for news online and in which ways they are willing to pay was released. Commissioned by Reuters, undertaken by Kantar Media, and funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative, this report synthesises the results of discussion groups in Finland, Spain, the UK, and the US. With vivid[…]

Ad-blocking in 2018: what will change

  At the beginning of August, Google revealed the findings of its first ad-quality evaluation campaign. The Mountain View firm reviewed over 100 000 websites and assessed much their ads impacted the reading experience. This is a first step towards an early-2018 rollout of a new Chrome version, which will most likely include native ad-blocking.[…]

Members only: how news organizations can use membership programs

The Atlantic was in the news this week with its announcement that it would be introducing a membership program, so we decided it’s time to take a deeper look at what this could entail. We’ll look at what’s happening in the world of membership programs, what their benefits are, and what could be coming in[…]

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[…]

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%[…]