This week Ed Needham, founder, editor and sole staffer of book review magazine Strong Words, explains how tech is enabling him to do what he does, and how digital makes it a challenge to capture and keep people’s attention. He also discusses his previous career at FHM, his current workload and what the future of magazines might look like.
In the news roundup the team uncynically discuss Google paying publishers to license content, examine why advertisers are pulling spend from platforms,(without cynicism), and aren’t cynical at all during news in brief.
- Google is paying some publishers to license their content
- “Google paying publishers” is more about PR than the needs of the news industry
- Facebook Tightens Controls on Speech as Ad Boycott Grows
- Coca-Cola joins Facebook boycott with a pause on all social media advertising starting July 1st
- Verizon pulls ads from Facebook and Instagram
News in brief:
- BuzzFeed has fired one of its remaining reporters – Ryan Broderick – over plagiarism concerns
- Netflix’s commissioning model has effectively inoculated its production process against Covid-19 – something to bear in mind next time people compare news and entertainment subscriptions
- Bauer to close magazine titles ‘unlikely to be sustainable‘ after Covid-19. Planet Rock, Simply You and Practical Photography will all publish their final issues in July.
- Investigative site the Popular Information has done an insanely detailed investigation into how The right-wing news site The Daily Wire run by Ben Shapirio (lovely man) gets more Facebook traffic that everyone else.
- The digital advertising market is set to eclipse traditional media for the first time as spend on platforms like Google, Facebook and Alibaba will account for more than half of the $530bn global advertising industry in 2020
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