Twitter tiles, slow journalism and rising print costs: 5 publishing stories to catchup on this week

This week’s Twipe Weekly Publishing News Digest takes a look at stories from across the world of publishing, touching on topics like Twitter’s new tiles feature, collective negotiations against platforms, the power of slow journalism and more. Read our top 5 stories of the week below.

1. Could Media Companies Soon Collectively Negotiate Against Platforms?

Most publishers find themselves at a disadvantage when taking part in negotiations with platforms due to their size. But, could this be about to change? In Australia, we have seen publishers work together and establish the Media Bargaining Code and in other countries like Denmark, media outlets have come together to stand strong in the face of big tech. Jacob Donnelly, aka A Media Operator released a great piece looking at how media companies in the US can collectively negotiate against platforms.

Find the full piece here.

2. Twitter is letting some news publishers post customisable cards

Talking of big tech and social media platforms, Twitter is now letting selected news publishers post customisable cards in the form of “Tweet Tiles“. Nieman Lab‘s Sarah Scire takes a look at the launch of Twitter Tiles and provided examples of their ability to let publishers stand out in feeds in a new way.

Read Nieman Lab‘s article now.

3. What happened when Tribune Publishing disabled Google AMP?

In a comprehensive deep dive article, Kurt Gessler explores what happened when the team at Tribune Publishing disabled Google’s AMP. In short, very little changed following the experiment. Perhaps it is time for your team to try this experiment too? Google’s AMP is an open source project designed to help web publishers create mobile-optimised content that loads instantly on all devices.

Learn more on Kurt Gessler’s Medium.

4. Focusing on digital ads and subscription growth to make up for rising print costs

Publisher's Revenue Changes over the last 12 Months

Print costs have risen 31% for some US publishers and even more for others across the world. Print business models are therefore becoming unsustainable, but a greater focus on digital is offering hope some publishers, particularly at 3 US newspapers. From this, we found that due to increased cancellation rates, publishers need to focus greater on retention, and data from subscriptions puts publishers in a strong place in the digital ad market.

Read the full insights in our weekly blog post here.

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5. Slow journalism could be a solution to journalistic crises

Publishers have been facing a key internal battle for many years: be first or be factual. Of course in an ideal world, publishers want to be both, but in a time of never-ending content, do publishers want to be first? Alberto Puliafito puts forward the case for Slow Journalism on The Fix.

Get the full piece here.

Matthew Lynes
Media Innovation Analyst @ Twipe

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