This week Peter braves the bright lights of Las Vegas to interview Rachel Arthur, founder of independent magazine boom saloon, about boom projects’ mission to democratise creativity and support access to the media, staying true to oneself, and the boom room agency.
In the news roundup the team discuss whether we live in an age of information context collapse in which social media has destroyed any notion of ‘truth’, and whether journalism will need to become as predatory as misinformation in order to survive. It’s a cheery episode.
News in brief:
- Reach, publisher of the Mirror, Express and Star, has said it will launch at least seven new regional news websites next year and recruit 46 journalists in a “significant expansion” of its digital network
- Reach Plc has also reportedly pulled out of negotiations to acquire JPI’s regional titles as we reported last week. This is according to the Financial Times, who note that the frontrunner is now…Newsquest…
- Gannett is looking to make ‘deep cost reductions’ across its organisations after merging with GateHouse, but journalists’ jobs will apparently be spared
- Minute Media (we had their CEO Asaf Peled on the podcast a few weeks ago) have acquired The Players’ Tribune, a sports brand which gives a voice to athletes
- Google are the latest tech giant to crack down on political ads. Political advertisers will no longer be allowed to target voters based on their political affiliation
- Climate change “sceptic” Rupert Murdoch denies there are climate change deniers at News Corp
- Digital-only subscriptions for news and magazine media have doubled from 10M to 20m in 1.5 years, according to the latest Global Digital Subscription Snapshot report from FIPP and CeleraOne
- Sports Illustrated are cutting back print publishing to just once a month, plus special editions
- YouTube wants to attract advertisers so it’s incorporating Nielsen data into its audience planning tool
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