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Goodies, memberships and special events: making a buck in legacy media

As news becomes a commodity, high-brow newspapers want to sell anything but. Here’s how newspapers are turning readers into members.

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Start Up Smart | COMPANIES|

Meet the startup trying to create the Spotify of news content

TV has Netflix. Music has Spotify. And now, news has inkl. Startup Smart journalist Kye White explores this ambitious new enterprise.

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Media briefs: Times are tough … superinjunctions are super-exciting … photo line-ups …

Stop presses! There’s a great big story that … oh, we can’t tell you. Plus other media tidbits of the dya.

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Media briefs: Sun shines … paywall blues … Press Council ruling …

The Age is in a bit of hot water with the Press Council over the precise definition of the word “said”. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: paywall hopes … Uluru where? …

Paywalls are not coming close to making up for lost revenue from display ads and print sales for US newspapers. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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After jumping through enough ad hoops, a paywalled circus begins

Advertisers don’t want to advertise to women in their 50s, and that was a problem for online startup The Hoopla. Now the business will shift to a risky revenue model derived from the audience.

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Media briefs: Oz b-day … exclusive watch … Optus oops …

Guess whose birthday it is! Guess whose! OK, it’s not till July, but guess! The Australian is giving everyone plenty of time to buy it the best presents. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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How The Guardian is colonising the Australian media landscape

The Guardian’s Australian operation isn’t commercially sustainable yet. But with revenues 300% up on expectations, it’s well on the way to it, its managing director tells Crikey.

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On the record: do journos have access to your internet browsing history?

Online news publications are increasingly collecting data and browsing history from readers — including public figures. So what happens if a journalist had access to it?

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Media briefs: global Convo … ‘magic pudding’ … scoop wars …

The Convo goes global. The good news keeps coming for The Conversation — the website, led by former Age editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan, featuring news and anlysis from academics. Two days after receiving tax deductability status and $2 million in federal government funding, the site has launched a UK version (Crikey told you it was coming in February). The British site […]

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Hywood goads Guardian as Fairfax results show revenues down

Fairfax’s financial results released today paint a mixed picture for the troubled company, with profits up but revenue down.

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News Ltd paywall rethink: Courier-Mail flags metered model

Staffers at Brisbane’s Courier-Mail have been told an online paywall is on the way this year. But it might be a different model to the Herald Sun’s struggling “freemium” paywall.

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Game on in Fairfax v News paywall battle as Fin goes metered

Fairfax’s The Australian Financial Review will adopt the same subscription strategy online as The New York Times — but will it have the same positive impact?

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The walking unread: newspaper circulation continues long decline

The latest circulation figures — complicated by digital subscriptions — contain more bad news for newspapers, particularly in the Fairfax stable. But which paper bucked the trend?

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Simons: in a paywalled world, it won’t be what’s new but what’s valued

Content behind the paywall, whether it is analysis or news, will have to be born of journalists who take the time to understand context and nuance rather than rely on traditional values.

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Free sites, ‘freemium’ models boost newspaper revenue

Developments overseas have placed further doubt on the rigid paywall models adopted by News Corporation. Free sites are cashing in along with The New York Times and Financial Times.

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mUmBRELLA | LINKS|

Why paywalls might re-write the rules of journalism

Traditionally news articles have been modelled with an inverse pyramid structure but the emergence of paywalls may put an end to that, writes Tim Burrowes.

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The great News Ltd paywall experiment: are readers logging off?

The Herald Sun website has shed almost 20% of its year-on-year traffic since it went behind a paywall in March — a drop but not a calamity according to top media buyers.

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Fairfax: impairment losses a major deficiency in statement

Today’s statement from Fairfax Media and CEO Greg Hywood is deficient on one major point.

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Newspaper site paywalls: dribbles of gold, not rivers

The grand experiment on erecting paywalls for news content online took another step yesterday, with News Limited releasing figures — sort of — for how many people have signed up for digital subscriptions to The Australian.

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Whittaker in the firing line at News Limited

The editor of The Daily Telegraph, the controversial Paul Whittaker, is in the firing line at News Limited as the new CEO, Kim Williams, introduces a top-to-toe renovation.

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Simons: the paywall at The Fin and what defines a revolution

People like to talk about first mover advantages, but sometimes being first can be a disadvantage. As in, brave experiment and at best partial success.

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Oz goes for gold … NotW stalked Harry Potter … Nine for sale? …

The Australian goes for gold … News of the World paid me to follow 90 people, claims private detective … Phone hacking: Tom Crone admits ‘incorrect’ evidence … Nine Entertainment Co “set for assets fire sale” and more …

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At Fairfax, Times are changing; Baker to ramp up news coverage

Fairfax Media is planning to expand its online National Times opinion site into news coverage, just as News Limited’s The Australian moves its best content behind an online paywall.

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Essential: Qantas divides voters, Fair Work Australia the only winner

Voters disapprove of Qantas management’s decision to ground its fleet, but don’t approve of the way anyone in the dispute conducted themselves except the industrial relations regulator, Essential Report has found.

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