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Mic’s Cory Haik on millennial loyalty, meaningful storytelling and the importance of deliberate distribution

This week, Mic’s Publisher Cory Haik talks to us about surviving as a video-first publisher in a platform world, how they retain a loyal and engaged millennial audience, and why she’s not giving up on platform publishing as a sustainable option.

In the news round-up, Peter and Esther discuss missed opportunities to grill the Zuck, why they won’t be flocking to Yahoo News any time soon, Martin Sorrell’s surprise departure and why Flipboard has reclaimed its traffic crown. Chris frolics with hobbits abroad.

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The Disconnect’s founders on experimentation and counter-intuitive bets

This week, Peter speaks to The Disconnect’s co-founders Chris Bolin and Clayton d’Arnault about the philosophy and meaning behind a digital magazine that can only be consumed while offline.

In the news round-up we discuss the sale of Time Inc’s flagship titles, what makes a magazine title valuable to different media companies, and go deep into whether ‘the Duopoly’ is an unhelpful and misleading label. The team narrowly avoid singing Rihanna.

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The Atlantic’s Executive Director EMEA Jemima Villanueva on trust and transparency

This week Jemima Villanueva, Executive Director for EMEA at The Atlantic tells us about trends in programmatic advertising, the need for trust, transparency and collaboration and her own role in the Atlantic’s relatively new European operation.

In the news round-up the team discuss which ‘Netflix for magazines’ service will succeed (if any), whether Netflix itself should launch a weekly current affairs show, and discuss what the Evening Standard’s redesign says about its five year plan. The team awards its first ever Voicey Award.

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The Scottish Wedding Directory’s Chris Phin on switching niches and ads vs reader revenues

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter talks to Chris Phin, Head of DC Thomson’s Scottish Wedding Directory, about the best ways to monetise a niche vertical and switching from tech journalism to covering the bridal scene.

In the news round-up, the team discuss Amol Rajan and Farhad Manjoo’s points getting lost in controversy, Trinity Mirror’s rebrand to Reach, and, surprise surprise, ‘fake news’.

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Twitter’s VP for EMEA Bruce Daisley on news, live video and transparency

This week, Twitter’s VP of EMEA Bruce Daisley takes us through how the social network rediscovered its ‘sweet spot’ in the ranks of other platforms, where news and live video fit into its strategy, and media responsibility.

In the news roundup the team discuss The New Statesman launching a metered paywall, Snapchat doubling down on an old idea, and the end of social-first publisher Little Things. Chris and Esther make Peter an honorary Millennial.

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Positive News’ Sean Dagan Wood on building membership around constructive journalism

This week, we hear from co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project and Editor-in-Chief of Positive News Magazine Sean Dagan Wood, to learn how at least one publisher is building a membership model around news with a constructive spin.

In the news round-up, the team discuss how Kylie Jenner caused Snap’s stock to plummet, the swings and roundabouts of Vox Media redundancies and The Atlantic’s hiring spree, and Salon using its audience’s spare processing power to mine a cryptocurrency. Peter puts his tinfoil hat on for Conspiracy Corner.

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The Pool’s Sam Baker on measuring digital success and launching paid-for newsletters

On this week’s episode of Media Voices, we hear from long-time publishing pro Sam Baker, co-founder of women’s site ‘The Pool’. She talks about what digital success looks like, content partnerships and why she’s launching a paid-for email newsletter.

Chris is away this week, so in the news round-up Esther and Peter chat between themselves about Chrome’s built-in ad-blocker, print redundancy risks from a digital shift at Trinity Mirror regionals, the good, the bad and the ugly of the latest ABC figures, foreign subscribers for US publications and a couple of interesting platform plays at the Guardian.’

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New Scientist’s head of data science Kimberly Karman on paywalls and GDPR

On this 50th episode of Media Voices, we hear from New Scientist’s head of data science Kimberly Karman about the practical application of data science to a business, how to tackle GDPR and how they continue to evolve their decade-old paywall.

In the news round-up, the team discuss VICE reportedly missing its revenue target, Trinity Mirror buying up Express Newspapers, and good news for the NYT and Twitter.

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European Journalism Centre’s Adam Thomas on sustaining quality journalism

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter speaks to the European Journalism Centre’s Adam Thomas about its mission of enabling and sustaining quality journalism through a program of online resources, seminars, training and grants.

In the news round-up we discuss Wired’s paywall, digital successes at several other outlets, and the She Rocks editorial campaign across Team Rock’s titles. Peter admits that he can’t handle the feeling of hope.

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President of theguardian.org, Rachel White on funding independent journalism

On this week’s episode of Media Voices, Esther interviews the Guardian’s director of philanthropic & strategic partnerships Rachel White about finding ways of funding independent journalism.

In the news round-up, the crew of the good ship Media Voices discuss Google’s plans to fix local news, an uptick in trust in traditional media in the UK and discuss Jonah Peretti insisting that everything is fine at BuzzFeed.

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