Edition #93

Media predictions for 2020


We’re safely far enough into the new year that the tidal wave of year- and decade-end pieces has at last crested and abated, but I’m still working my way through reading some of the more interesting forward-looking lists for 2020:

Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2020 (Reuters Institute)
'Tune out the noise,' plus other New Year's resolutions from media and tech executives (CNN)


Sun US website goes live as title looks to mirror U.K. success
The biggest British tabloid now has a U.S. version — a move I deeply don’t understand but won’t comment on further! (Press Gazette)

Italian Vogue Won’t Publish Photos This Month
In an effort to comment on the climate crisis and make the magazine more sustainable, Vogue Italia didn’t do any photoshoots for this month’s issue. (New York Times)

How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia’s Bushfire Debate
A long look at the criticism Murdoch’s media empire is facing in Australia in the wake of the bushfires there; News Corp coverage of the fires and climate change have been eerily in step with the much of the official government response to the fires, even when the company — as it regularly does — is publishing misinformation. (New York Times)

News Outlets Should Build Customer Lifetime Value Into Subscription Strategy
Researchers at Northwestern University’s Spiegel Research Center say growing Customer Lifetime Value should be the top financial goal of any subscriber-driven news organization. “Being able to move a reader to a subscriber, while important, has much less leverage and value than growing the long-term value of that subscriber,” said Tom Collinger, Spiegel’s Executive Director. (Local News Initiative)

McConnell backs bill to give news outlets leverage over big tech
Interesting story to watch — a bill call the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (HR 2054) is making its way through Congress in the U.S. would give publishers safe harbor laws to jointly negotiate advertising deal terms with platforms like Facebook and Google. (S.F. Chronicle)

BUT! Don’t expect McConnell’s Paradox to help news publishers get real money out of Google and Facebook (Nieman Lab)

Quibi coming!
CES is over, and one of the bigger media moments that came out of it this year was the Quibi press conference. The news hook was about its new Turnstyle video player (which allows you to move between landscape and portrait on a phone). Axios has all the details: Quibi unveils "Turnstyle," its flagship mobile video format

And here’s a teaser they played for Quibi — it doesn’t give a sense of any of the short-form videos it will eventually feature, but does have a lot of great, mid-2000s media talking points, like “the future is in your hands” and “you’re in control of what you watch, when you watch and where you watch”:

Cool job listing: Spotify podcast producer/editor in South East Asia


The top-selling books in India this week (from the HT-Nielsen Bookscan):

#1 Fiction: “The Girl In Room 105”
#1 Non-fiction: “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life”