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3 to read: Lessons (not) learned | The growing revenue divide | News apps make a comeback

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

June 27, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. The lessons the media has (not) learned since the election: The media berated itself after Trump’s election, saying, How did we miss this so badly? Followed by solemn promises to do better, etc etc. Maybe not. David Uberti for CJR checks the media landscape and finds that not much has changed. Great interviews with reporters who are deeply embedded within their communities and how it all can be done better.

2. How newsrooms large & small are learning to grow new revenue streams: Bigger, entrepreneurial newsrooms are innovating ways to grow revenue. Smaller newsrooms? Their path is less clear. A look at how paths to revenue are diverging for bigger and smaller newsrooms. By yours truly.

3. News apps make a comeback & young pay for news: The ledes are buried in this NiemanLab writeup of the annual Reuters report, but it has some interesting nuggets. News apps, once relegated to digital trash pile, are now showing signs of life, with solid gains reported around the world. And the percent of people between the ages of 18 to 24 who pay for news showed a decent jump in the US — from 4% to 18%. Maybe there is hope for the news industry.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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