News publishers are so over | BuzzFeed: The 100-year plan | It’s getting worse for local news
By Matt Carroll <@MattatMIT>
Interesting media pieces, picked up here and there.
- emily bell, who runs the Tow Center at Columbia, writes about how news publishers are losing their reason for existing. Other pieces of the news business are doing fine. For instance, distribution platforms — ie, social — and content creators are doing well. But it’s that piece in the middle, the publishers, who are finding themselves squeezed.
- Nice piece by noah robischon for Fast Company about why Jonah Peretti’s BuzzFeed is so successful, and how it’s planning for the long-term. Luck has nothing to do with it.
- And last but not least, a grim story by Ken Doctor for NiemanLab about the financial pressures that are crushing the regional and smaller news organizations. Not a pretty picture.
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Matt Carroll runs the Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab.