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Preventive journalism, the confused public, and what we (the press) need to change before the next pandemic

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trends:
What we (the press) need to change before the next pandemic

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Personalization for publishers, and we need to talk about climate coverage

 

—   trends   —

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trends:
What we (the press) need to change before the next pandemic

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trends:
Wars and advertising don't mix... but we also make it harder for ourselves

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trends:
Transactional vs community-based vs societal publishing

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trends:
What are the trends that publishers should focus on in 2022?

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trends:
9/11 was the first large-scale online news event, and it showed us the trends that we see today

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trends:
Project journalism in the age of COVID

 

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monetization:
Why advertising and subscriptions are so hard to mix, but not impossible

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monetization:
How much should a newspaper or magazine cost? It's not the price that defines it

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monetization:
A guide to 'delayed subscription' models

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monetization:
Paid-for strategies: Defining what people pay for

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monetization:
Why do Norwegian newspapers perform so much better than the industry average?

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monetization:
What will happen to publishers after COVID-19?

 

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strategy:
Most publishers get personalization wrong. So what is it?

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How publishers can get better at the "welcome experience"

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Known to work: What makes news relevant, interesting, and useful?

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What creates a successful outcome for publishers?

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strategy:
What is the publishing algorithm?

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Known to work: What paywall models work, and for what?

 

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analytics:
How my focus on analytics has changed as an independent publisher

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analytics:
How can publishers measure trust and other editorial metrics?

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analytics:
A guide to analytics for independent journalists

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analytics:
Why producing less news leads to a boost in subscriptions

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GDPR: How publishers can track things without tracking people

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analytics:
Machine Learning is like black-magic for publishers

 

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A guide to using editorial analytics to define your newsroom

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thoughts:
What do I mean when I talk about privacy and tracking?

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thoughts:
Let's talk about Google's 'cookie-less' future and why it's bad

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thoughts:
I'm not impressed by the Guardian's OpenAI GPT-3 article

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Should media be tax exempt?

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More studies that don't mean what we think they mean

 
 

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