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This agency makes it easier for media startups to get off the ground
One major barrier to launching a new media company is that it requires significant resources to build a tech stack that caters to your content and business model. [Simon Owens]
Facebook Instant Articles revenues rise for publishers
You don't hear much these days about Facebook Instant Articles, but apparently more and more publishers are warming up to it. I'd love to see figures on how much Facebook is paying out, in aggregate, to publishers. [Digiday]
2020's been a breakout year for creators
It's never been easier for independent creators to monetize their content, and it feels like we're still at the beginning of the creator boom. Exciting times are ahead. [Axios]
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Substack announces a new product that makes it easier to read all your newsletters in one place
Definitely an interesting product, though after testing it out, it seems clear it wouldn't have much utility unless you subscribe to a whole bunch of Substack newsletters. I think its newsletter discovery features could still use some work. [Substack]
How right-wing websites are getting around Facebook’s political ad ban
Weird that it almost always happens to be right wing websites that manage to skirt around Facebook's rules. Almost as if the platform is deliberately looking the other way. [Protocol]
Group Nine Media Explores Blank-Check Company for Digital-Media Acquisitions
We’re seeing a boom in indie creator publishing while simultaneously witnessing a huge consolidation of digital media companies. If you want to succeed in media, you either need to be small and nimble or really huge. [WSJ]
The real reason local newspapers are dying
There are a lot of reasons local news is struggling, but a big one is that so many legacy newspapers are just badly run. This is why so many digital news startups are succeeding in areas where their legacy competitors are shrinking or shutting down. [Nieman Lab]
Vox Media Studios targets $100 million in 2021 revenue
Everybody mocked the "pivot to video," but some publishers actually did a pretty good job with it. [Axios]
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