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With 1 million subscribers, The Atlantic eyes what’s next

In the age of artificial intelligence, it could be argued that the calculus of content is changing.


The driving question at the core of this article is “amid the sharp increase of these junk content farms, is there a new opportunity for quality journalism to quietly reclaim its place at the fore?” That’s a question that, realistically, any halfway-decent journalistic outlet is asking itself (even if a few of them are indulging in junk content themselves). What makes this article stand out IMO is quite how strident The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg is about that aim:

“We pivoted, I would say, to a total quality model on the web. We were doing good stuff on the web for years. We had a large team of young reporters doing news analysis and quick summaries and that sort of thing. But I’ve always believed that the aspect of The Atlantic that differentiated us from everyone else was a commitment to having the highest standards and producing the most complicated, interesting, aesthetically-pleasing, well-written journalism. I think that strategy has borne fruit.”

That is a direct attribution of subscription success to investment in quality journalism. You hear a lot of lip-service paid to that idea, but that commitment to “total quality” is worth celebrating and should be emulated. There’s plenty more in here, too, about how newsletters are creating new subscribers and how ‘quality’ is quantified in the age of AI. A very good read.

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Weak signals of success: the lesser-known metrics that determine an article’s worth

Not every article converts a reader into a subscriber, but there are plenty of weaker signals that contribute to conversions.

This was a fun one to write. For subscription-based publications, the primary role of an article is to convert fly-by-night audiences to paid-up members – but even articles that don’t directly convert audiences contribute to that success. I went looking for the metrics that determine whether articles are successful in building habits that ultimately lead to conversions. And, speaking of The Atlantic, I got to use a quote from our MV interview with Nicholas Thompson, too!


UK government was ‘scared’, says man behind failed UAE-backed Telegraph bid

RedBird IMI deal effectively killed by new legislation blocking foreign states from owning UK newspapers

Gosh, you hate to see a break-up turn acrimonious. The former CNN executive who fronted a failed bid for the Telegraph newspaper by a UAE-backed consortium has suggested the government wasn’t “willing to listen to assurances about editorial neutrality”. To be fair to the UK government (I feel dirty just saying that) those assurances aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, as we’ve seen with GB News and TalkTV.


TikTok tests 60-minute video uploads as it continues to take on YouTube

TikTok is testing the ability for users to upload 60-minute videos, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday.

TikTok is, well, a bit fraught as a social platform at the moment. Uncertainty of any kind lessens the likelihood that media companies will put significant investment into it, so I’d be surprised if we saw many major publishers or broadcasters doing much with this. However, as a case study in how a brand moves away from the format that made it unique — in this case community-driven short-form videos — this is fascinating.

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