Welcome to the latest season of Media Voices: Big Noises! This season, sponsored by Glide Publishing Platform, we’ll be talking to publishing people with something to say. Media Voices co-host Peter Houston is tired of hearing the same old industry buzzwords. The publishing platitudes are starting to wear a bit thin, and he’s decided to see if he can shake the conversation up a bit by speaking to some of the biggest characters in the business.

On this week’s episode of Big Noises from Media Voices we hear from Jacob Donnelly, founder of A Media Operator and publisher at Morning Brew. His path from crypto reporter to owner and operator of a media newsletter has afforded him a wide-ranging view of the media industry. In this episode he brings that insight to bear on the lure of scale for publishers, the role of VCs, and challenging bad media models.

In the brief news roundup Chris and Peter discuss the interview, contrast Jacob’s points around VCs with those of previous guests, and discover their recording platform has a suite of effects built in. Sound effects ensue.

Here’s a highlight from the full episode:

On why publishers mistakenly focus on scale (when they should know better)

“The reason that media forgot about that is because, you know, the internet sort of makes the ‘who’ a little bit harder to understand. At least it did for a while, it’s getting easier again. All we cared about was ‘how many’,  when scale became possible, right? Or the perceived the the idea that there was scale, all we cared about was ‘how many people are seeing this’. Pageviews became a metric, right?

“And so I think that’s really where media companies started to fail is they stopped caring about who was reading their content, they started caring about how many were reading their content, or consuming their content. And you certainly have to care about ‘how many’ of course: if you’re an HR media company, and you’ve only got two HR professionals reading you, you obviously have a problem. But I’d rather have 1000 HR professionals reading me than 100,000 non HR professionals reading me.”

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