Sitemap - 2020 - Simon Owens's Media Newsletter
How publishers will deal with the "Substack problem"
Scaling from a one-man personal finance blog to a $102 million acquisition
This journalist launched a news outlet for French expats in the U.S.
The resurrection of Facebook Instant Articles
This agency makes it easier for media startups to get off the ground
Are publishers to blame for the disastrous "pivot to video"?
The strategic brilliance of Slate's pivot to podcasts
The encouraging rise of media cooperatives
He amassed 5,000 subscribers for one of New Zealand’s first paid newsletters
Longform interviews with media entrepreneurs
Are Substack newsletters too expensive?
How a popular sewing blog evolved into a trade association
Why you don't need ads to monetize your media company
Why Andrew Sullivan’s new paywall experiment will outlive his last one
Don't underestimate Amazon's podcast ambitions
Why this digital publisher launched a twice-yearly print magazine
Why acquire a media company when you can just snipe its star talent?
How Zarna Garg became an unlikely TikTok star
The biggest mistakes indie podcasters make
Lessons learned from producing 100 podcast episodes
Why the "subscription fatigue" argument is overrated
How a bestselling author became a one-man media company
Is Facebook more influential than legacy media?
How Serial Box is disrupting traditional book publishing
Publishers are placing more of their content behind hard paywalls
Why most podcasters will benefit from the platform wars
Why Bloomberg is such a great media business
Can local news thrive on Substack?
How media companies are monetizing TikTok
Why a Fortune Magazine writer left her job to focus on her newsletter
The death of local news is greatly exaggerated
It’s not all doom and gloom. These 9 local news orgs are thriving
What Spotify's latest podcast acquisition really means
Slate is no longer a magazine. It's a podcast company
This agency helps B2B tech companies develop their own podcasts
Why a Twitter acquisition of Substack would be a bad idea
This sports podcaster's listeners pay him for text messages
Why Crooked Media is succeeding where Air America failed
This former Patch reporter launched his own thriving local news site
Publishers can charge for access to online communities, but it’s hard
How the wedding blog One Fab Day grew into a thriving media business
Quibi could have succeeded. Here's how
Macmillan was an early podcast pioneer. Here’s what it’s up to next
A Medium writer made $49k in September. Should we care?
FreightWaves is building a media empire around the logistics industry
Why Ira Glass is the godfather of modern podcasting
He wrote a newsletter for the Chicago Tribune. Then he launched his own
Should media companies be afraid of Substack?
Terrell Johnson built a massive community around his running website
How I ran an NPR-style pledge drive to grow my newsletter
His barbecue site generates $100,000 a month
4 lessons I've learned while running a paid newsletter
Is there a large market for super expensive media subscriptions?
How Josh Spector amassed 25,000 subscribers for his newsletter
Why Medium is succeeding where other “platishers” failed
He helped launch a thriving news cooperative in Bristol UK
Medium just made several product announcements. Here’s what they mean
How Jesse Singal built a 6-figure income through Patreon and Substack
What it takes to operate a physical podcast studio
The exact time commitment it takes to run a paid newsletter
Audible is becoming more like Amazon Prime Video
Why Patreon’s business model is under threat
How The Water Coolest generated over 50,000 newsletter subscribers
Why news publishers shouldn’t give up on Wordpress
Why Wirecutter might go behind The New York Times’s paywall
Scott Brodbeck built a thriving local news company in the DC suburbs
How digital paywalls aid the spread of low quality news
How Dan Oshinsky developed the early newsletter strategy for BuzzFeed
How this barbecue website built a thriving ecommerce business
Tinyletter was one of the greatest missed opportunities in tech
Do news consumers want to pay for an ad-free experience?
This studio produced several bestselling audiobooks. Here's how
How Snapchat repaired its relationship with publishers
How to grow your newsletter by syndicating it to mainstream media outlets
Can publishers stop their journalists from launching Substack newsletters?
Can Todd Garland restore Digg to its former glory?
Can SiriusXM challenge Spotify in the podcast wars?
This media company merged local news with content marketing
The New York Times finally gained leverage over the tech platforms
This musician's video game music adaptations went viral on YouTube
How The Daily Show reinvented itself for the social media age
Why you should adapt your podcast episodes into multiple formats
Why native advertising never lived up to its promise
How the LA Times built out its podcast operations
How a blogger sold $72,000 in ebooks over a 3-day period
Very few creators become "overnight successes"
Why were large publishers spared by Amazon’s affiliate fee cut?
How a pencil artist built a massive audience on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook
How the journalism talent wars are shifting
Are publishers making any real money on virtual events?
What Kylie Jenner's lies tell us about the influencer economy
This media company scaled ad-supported newsletters to 7 cities
Why high profile writers choose Substack over Medium
Can Amazon become a major player in the podcast wars?
Does a creator even need 1,000 true fans?
How publishers grow paid subscriptions during a presidential election year
Did Joe Rogan make a huge mistake accepting his Spotify deal?
Why Spotify is trying to fuse video and podcasts
Lessons from running a successful niche newsletter
How Alexis Grant grew several successful media ventures from the ground up
Is YouTube’s trending tab overrated?
Did theSkimm try to expand too quickly?
More TV shows should leverage YouTube to drive viewership
Are we any closer to having a “Netflix for podcasts”?
How a hobby website about barbecue amassed 15,000 paying subscribers
Who’s the world’s most well-paid columnist?
How comedians leverage YouTube and podcasts to grow their audiences
Forcing tech companies to share revenue with publishers could backfire
Is Patch the future of local journalism?
It’s boom times for food YouTubers
Designing a platform for indie writers who want to monetize their content
Why your website homepage suddenly matters again
How Industry Dive grew into a B2B media empire
Why The Outline failed to live up to its ambitions
4 ways YouTubers adapted to the adpocalypse
How the coronavirus crisis is punishing indie YouTubers
How BuzzFeed built a business around its travel vertical
How podcast listening is being impacted by coronavirus
How to convert newsletter readers into paying subscribers
Does HuffPost have much of a future?
Why subscription publishers still engage in clickbait
What’s the monetary value of longform journalism?
How Twitter uses a podcast to court advertisers
The challenging economics for local news subscriptions
How I plan to monetize this newsletter
Why The Information’s paywall strategy is so successful
The “pivot to video” becomes the “pivot to Hollywood”
How Axios tries to create truly differentiated content
What The Athletic’s success teaches us about monetizing local news
What Ben Smith’s departure says about the future of BuzzFeed News
Why laid off journalists should launch their own media companies
The New York Times’s podcast success was a fluke
How Complex Media became one of the most innovative digital publishers
What's behind The Atlantic's expansion into short fiction?
Spotify is becoming the YouTube for podcasting