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WalesOnline’s Jillian MacMath on transforming a portfolio of newsletters

Jillian talks about the opportunities she saw to get more strategic about the newsletter portfolio when she joined WalesOnline.


This week we hear from Jillian MacMath, Audience Editor at WalesOnline. She was chosen by the judges as the winner of the first ever Hero of the Year at the Publisher Newsletter Awards, so what better person to come and discuss everything newsletters with us.

Jillian talks about the opportunities she saw to get more strategic about the newsletter portfolio when she joined WalesOnline, what metrics should matter to anyone with a newsletter, and what dedicated newsletters like football and food look like with a local focus.

She also tells the story of their pop-up Covid newsletter, explains how to get other members of the newsroom invested in newsletters, and how they’re using key names to build more personal relationships via the inbox.


Advertisers don’t want sites like Jezebel to exist

The ‘Brand Safety’ and ‘Suitability’ industries have financially crushed the news business by keeping ads away from articles that its ‘sentiment analysis’ algorithms think will make people sad or upset.

Last week Esther shared an opinion that blamed the demise of Jezebel on ‘inept men’. This adds culpability to advertising executives who didn’t feel the brand was a ‘safe place’ to advertise. “It was very much the problem here that no one will advertise on Jezebel because we cover sex and abortion,” Lauren Tousignant, Jezebel’s interim editor in chief, told 404 Media.


Traffic panic should lead news publishers to revamp online distribution

It’s time for news media companies — which spend two to eight times less on digital vs. print delivery — to rethink their distribution models.

We’ve talked recently about about the collapse of social media traffic for publishers; some have blamed their current revenue struggles on the referal drop off. But in this piece, Greg Piechota argues that it’s time publishers begin linvesting in their online distribution the way they have always invested in print distribution. Yes folks, zero marginal costs on the internet is a myth.

What software, apps and platforms are you using to create, manage and collaborate when it comes to flatplans? RobY in our Community forum would love to know, as he doesn’t feel like they’ve hit the sweet spot with a solution yet.


How Tortoise reinvented its app for audio-first content

Curation, data and visual presentation take centre stage in the publisher’s new platform

Audio is now a central pillar at slow publisher Tortoise. In fact, earlier this year it announced that its audio team had started turning a profit in just 12 months. Here’s a look into the revamp the publisher took of its mobile app – which was originally launched for its written journalism – to better support its podcast content.

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Media Briefs: Yes, you can use Apple News to build first-party data

Apple News doesn’t share reader data directly. But there are clear pathways for publishers to leverage and drive first-party data capture in the app.


Why diversity, equity and inclusion is an everyone issue

Project 23 co-founder Gary Rayneau says it’s time DE&I initiatives were subject to the same rigour as any other business strategy.

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