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Whatever happened to local newspapers?

Whatever happened to local newspapers? – Tortoise

An industry once at the centre of Britain’s towns and cities is on life support


I love when you can see where a headline has been changed to be less inflammatory. If you look at the URL for this examination of the state of UK local newspapers, you’ll see it was originally titled ‘The End of Local Newspapers’. And it might have been for the best – as we discuss in our most recent episode (see below) there are very few topics in media criticism that rile people up quite like speculating about the death of local newspapers.

For Tortoise, David Barnett takes a long view on the changing face of local papers. He points out that the local press has been considered to be in decline for at least six decades, as audiences and advertising money went elsewhere. While that’s obviously been accelerated in the past few decades, it’s a trend that’s been around as long as most of us have been alive.

What I found particularly interesting was the quotes he’s gleaned from Gillian Parkinson, who until last year was editorial director of Johnston Press in the North West. She notes that the slow spiral of decline has always been relevant, but that it eventually becomes self-sustaining. If you don’t have any resources to actually do local journalism, why would anyone pay for it? A really good (if depressing) long read.

What should publishers do about AI being trained on its articles?


Bloomberg – Are you a robot?


I absolutely 100% positively promise that we’re not doing Med.A.I Voices – but this story sits right in the sweet spot for us. We’ve spoken on previous episodes about the likelihood of AI platforms and publishers coming into conflict in the near future, and this article for Bloomberg takes a look at one of those coming battles. Frankly, it makes my head hurt a little.

How not to respond to criticism, featuring the NYT

Correcting The New York Times on Trans Issues | Nieman Reports

More than 1,000 Times contributors sent an open letter on the paper’s biases reporting on trans issues. The paper’s response is part of the problem


This is a deeply grim one. The one thing a newspaper shouldn’t do when it gets challenged is get defensive and spiky – and it certainly shouldn’t throw its own journalists under the bus in doing so. This is a very calm and considered response to the NYT’s response from Issac J. Bailey, but some of the lessons he pulls out are applicable to all papers of record facing legitimate criticism.

How does TikTok stack up to other platforms for publishers?

TikTok reveals 150m monthly users in Europe, here’s how it stacks up to other platforms

TikTok has revealed its active user count in the EU for the first time. How does it stack up to its competitors?


As promised, we’re going back to basics with Media Voices this week. As part of that, in our latest episode (below) we take a look at Snap and how some publishers are still using it. Well, as part of the Digital Services Act coming into enforcement, TikTok too has announced its user numbers. For The Drum I popped those figures into context, comparing them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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NEW EPISODE: The Ankler CEO Janice Min on turning a newsletter into a media business

On this week’s episode we hear from Janice Min, co-owner and CEO of The Ankler, a newsletter-first media brand covering Hollywood and the world of entertainment. She tells us how The Ankler’s revenue streams have evolved over the last twelve months, the potential she sees in lean, newsletter-first businesses, and what lessons she’s applying from her time at big-name legacy publications like the Hollywood Reporter.

In the news roundup we avoid AI entirely and do a Media Voices 101 episode, going through a wishlist for what we want to see from media companies in the next year. Please look out for our new ‘Humanity is pathetic: How do we monetise them?” t-shirts in the near future.

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