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“News is small”: Benedict Evans on the media business

Analyst Benedict Evans has built a global following understanding and explaining how tech is transforming the world, and this week I had the opportunity to talk to him specifically about the business of news. I know Evans through his insightful and wide-ranging Benedict’s Newsletter, and in person he turns out to be intense, fast-talking and dismissive of news […]

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First person

In conversation with Tim Burrowes

For the first podcast of the Crawford Media experience I have the honour of presenting Mumbrella founder Tim Burrowes. The discussion covers the tumultuous last decade in Australian media history, as told in his book Media Unmade. Please find the link to the audio here. I went deep into the book in my review. Here you have […]

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Tim Burrowes’ Media Unmade is definitive media history

I have just finished reading Tim Burrowes’ book “Media Unmade” and my head feels ready to explode. Burrowes is the founder of Australian media industry site Mumbrella, and he tells me that when he gets into something, he can become obsessed. He got into this book. It’s 432 pages long and covers the past decade of […]

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Real Hovels of News

Inside a gritty Manila newsroom

This is a photo of the Philippines Star printing room in the port district of Manila from my friend and former ninemsn and Newshub colleague Shaun Davies. This photo was taken in 2013 when Davies was striking a deal with the Star to get its content on MSN for Microsoft. “This place was so old school. […]

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Microtransactions: The news idea that won’t die

It seems a very sensible idea: paying only for the news you read, article by article. At a few cents apiece, there is no cost barrier, and publishers are compensated by readers directly, in direct proportion to the popularity of content. This is the micropayment model. The idea has been around as long as the […]

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AstraZeneca, asteroids and numbers

I have struggled with the reporting of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine giving rise to blood clots. Not because I am wary of the vaccine. On the contrary, I’m conflicted because there’s a good argument that the blood clot risk should have not have been reported at all. There is a higher chance that the earth […]

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Understanding writers key to Substack success

Substack is supposedly worth $650m USD, about half the market cap of Air New Zealand.  How does a company with just 50 employees based on decades-old email newsletter technology become that hot? It’s all about who you work for. Substack works for writers. If you are not already a subscriber to the Crawford Media newsletter, […]

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Real Hovels of News

Smokes and typewriters

Media sage and consultant colleague Gavin Ellis, the former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, sent in this classic hovel picture from more than 50 years ago. Thanks Gavin. This is the New Zealand Herald reporters room in 1966-7. In the foreground is chief reporter (NZ equivalent of the Australian chief of staff) Gerry Symmans who later became […]

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Real Hovels of News

Sarah Dunn and the baptism of beard

I received some great photos already, please keep them coming. Let’s celebrate shonky dives. And I don’t object to the odd news palace as well. This week’s hovel is a picture told in words, from Sarah Dunn, seen above on an overseas news internship circa 2014, after she began working at the Nelson Mail as described […]

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Life, death and good design

When it comes to news output – as opposed to newsrooms – I’ve always known that appearances are important. The visual design, the presentation of news, is a language in itself, full of meaning and indicative of the care with which the news has been created. The story behind the Crawford Media logo design is […]