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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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Refinery29’s Jacqui Kavanagh on authenticity of experience

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, we speak to Refinery29’s Jacqui Kavanagh about the brand’s success in Europe since it launched in 2015, about what authenticity means to brands and audiences, and why experiential is a growth industry.

In the news round-up, the gang discuss the Guardian’s return to black, some unfortunate closures at news sites we’ve long admired, and whether Facebook’s plan to have The People judge the trustworthiness of news outlets is a good idea (no, but what’s the alternative?)

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Facebook WTF?

In this special episode of Media Voices, the team rattle through some news before doing a deep-dive into the realities of Facebook killing the news industry (again).

Peter, Esther and Chris offer their thoughts on the whys and hows of the decision, plus speculate as to whether this will be good for journalism in the long run and who is most likely to be affected by the decision.

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End of Year Special 2017

Never say we at Media Voices don’t know how to treat you right – in this special end-of-year celebration, we hear from eight of our past guests about what they want (and don’t want) to see from the media in 2018.

In the feature-length news round-up Chris, Esther and Peter discuss the highlights and lowlights of 2017, and their own personal hopes and fears for next year.

Happy holidays!

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The Reuters Institute’s Nic Newman on bias, bullshit and lies in the news

In this week’s episode Nic Newman, Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, takes us through his and Dr. Richard Fletcher’s latest report, entitled ‘Bias, Bullshit and Lies: Audience Perspectives on Low Trust in the Media’.

In the news round-up, Peter and Esther discuss the pivot FROM video, BuzzFeed’s e-commerce proposition, and YouTube’s plans to eat the music industry. They begin with fully 30 seconds of snow puns.

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The Financial Times’ Alyssa Zeisler on using engagement metrics to launch new products

In this week’s episode, the Financial Times’ audience engagement strategist Alyssa Zeisler takes us through how the team uses engagement metrics to identify a need for new products that benefit new audience segments.

In the news round-up the gang attempts the first-ever Media Voices Blitzcast, rounding up as many news items as they can in two minutes each. Among other things, they examine changes to Wired and the FT’s paywall strategies, disappointing news for BuzzFeed and the Daily Mail, and a discussion on diversity in the media. The team burns 30 seconds with a discussion of Peter’s pelvic floor muscles.

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Journalism lecturer Adam Tinworth on the tragedy of platform dependency

This week, visiting lecturer in digital journalism at City University Adam Tinworth takes us through the history of platform dependence. We look at the rise of the intermediary, the tragic loss of focus on building direct relationships, and even touch on Second Life.

In the news roundup, Chris and Peter discuss managing director of Times Newspapers Ltd Chris Duncan’s declaration that “no more than ten” global English-language news brands will survive from subscriptions, and puzzle over whether journalists should be involved in the marketing material for their newspapers. It’s a very sweary episode.

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