Media

2019, the year when Big Tech may shrink

2019 is likely to be an uphill year for Silicon Valley. This week, lawmakers held hearings on Capitol Hill questioning whether Big Tech should continue being big. It seems that Washington DC is ready to uphold stringer antitrust laws to limit the market power of the Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.) Antitrust has surprisingly,…
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Journalism is still male, but the tide is turning

In college, women fill journalism classes, while men remain a minority. But a few years later, when those students enter the workforce, the situation shifts. Men dominate newsrooms, outnumbering women on almost all occasions. Although the gap has decreased in recent years, women still lag in journalism—they represent only 41.7% of newsroom employees, according to…
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The Spanish-language podcast Radio Ambulante shows us a path to success

In 2012, the podcast industry was taking off in the United States, although mainly in English. It was hard to find long-form podcasts in what already was the second most spoken language in the country—Spanish— until Radio Ambulante came along. Radio Ambulante, a weekly 30-60 minute podcast in Spanish covering Latin American stories, has garnered…
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Mobile consumption is up… way up

When was the last time you watched traditional TV? Maybe you have recently turned it on to tune in the Democratic debate or the news. What about your cell phone? You've probably read or watched something on it just a couple of minutes ago. It's not only you. According to the latest forecast released by…
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No more subscriptions, please

In 2019, subscriptions are everywhere. If you want to read the news, you may subscribe to a couple of outlets, like The New York Times and The New Yorker. If you are watching a show, you'll get one or two streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. And if you listen to music, you'll probably have…

How The Guardian capitalized its membership model

For most digital news outlets, advertisements are the business’ bedrock and for some others, paywalls (and thus, subscriptions) have become a significant revenue source. Yet for a few, donations through membership models, fuel the newsrooms. The Guardian belongs to this last group of outlets and has recently proved that memberships can be profitable—members donate whatever…
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Disney could very soon become the king of online streaming content

In November, the online streaming industry will suffer another shock. The entertainment company Disney will release its own streaming service in the United States, entering the competition for viewers time. With its strong fan base and brand awareness, Disney+, as the platform is called, will disrupt an already crowded market. By paying only $6.99 a…
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Will incumbent TV companies in Spain get consumers to pay for content?

Since Netflix entered Spain in 2015, Mediaset and Atresmedia, the two largest private TV companies, have struggled to compete with the streaming platform. Now, the majority of their revenues comes from advertising. But as their audience decreases, both Mediaset and Atresmedia need new sources of revenue and strategies to retain viewers. The obvious solution is…
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Magazines can benefit from Apple’s brand

On Monday, celebrities and businessmen arrived at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, ready to find out about the latest Apple innovations. After an embellished introduction about magazine aesthetics and the power of journalism, Tim Cook unveiled his new subscription service, Apple News Plus. “Like many of you, I love the feeling…
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Say goodbye to Facebook’s public agora

Last Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg revealed he would change his social networks’ focus. Instead of prioritizing public posts, Facebook would focus on private communications. No more sharing for a 700+ community and no more joining random Facebook groups. Privacy will become the number one priority for the company, which will undoubtedly impact news outlets. The shift…
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Clouds ahead for the video gaming industry

The video game industry is about to suffer a hurricane. Both Google and Amazon have announced they will enter the business and they won’t be satisfied with releasing just one more game in an already crowded space. They want to change the rules of the market. On the one hand, Amazon Game Studios is working…
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