If there is one change of mind that I have had, it is the view about digital subscriptions. I have seen too many news groups fail in their race for scale and an advertising supported business. And in doing so, they have ended up losing focus on their core audiences to cover stories that while they might drive traffic, they do so at the cost of their customer base (out of ariel traffic for instance) and eventually their product suffers. Particularly for local news groups, scale-based businesses send the wrong signals to the business and lead them to optimise their products in often self-destructive ways.
On the flip side, those businesses that built subscription-based products focus on signals that align with their core customer interests and ultimately rely on signals that align with their business and editorial goals. With this alignment, their products grow stronger and their businesses more resilient. WAN-IFRA has a CEO panel discussion that highlights this.
We also have a survey about young people’s news consumption from the AP, a build vs buy discussion from the Press Gazette and a career journey that points a path for someone who wants to get into data visualisation.