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News about news

World’s most popular streaming video services

I spent last weekend researching a piece for The Spinoff that advocates the establishment of a publicly funded national video streaming platform in New Zealand. The platform is pitched as an antidote to the global streaming wars. I have faith in Kiwis. I really believe they can do things other people can’t. The argument for “Platform NZ” […]

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Crawford Media

Introducing Real Hovels of News

Today I’m introducing a new section of the Crawford Media newsletter that I hope works out: Real Hovels of News. It’s for photos of newsrooms or places of journalistic endeavour, and I’m relying on readers to send me the images and the stories. The stories are what’s important. Newsroom environments tend to be down at heel, […]

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News about news

Funding public interest journalism

Around the world, democracies are waking up to a market failure in news. We’ve been talking about it for more than a decade. Now things are starting to happen. Governments are becoming involved in financing public interest journalism. This will become one of the big picture developments in news, the kind of development that marks […]

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News about news

Neeva to give 20% of revenue to content partners

Last week I looked at paid search startup Neeva and the implications it might have for news. In the interview with CEO Sridhar Ramaswamy we touched on the search engine’s use of copyrighted content within the interface and the possibility Neeva would share some of its revenue with content creators. Now Neeva has formally announced it will be allotting […]

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Who got Public Interest News Gathering money?

In late 2020 the Australian government handed out over $53m in more than 100 grants as part of the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) programme. The overwhelming majority of the money (87%) went to the 10 biggest recipients. The funding distribution is pretty clear in the treemap above. For a more precise breakdown of the […]

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Academy

How many searches does Google answer every second?

In researching my interview with paid search engine enthusiast Sridhar Ramaswamy, I wanted to know exactly how many search queries Google answers every second. It turned out that neither Google nor the internet wanted to share its secrets with me: the Google comms team came back with a vague answer about “billions of queries every […]

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News about news

What paid search could mean for news

There’s a company in California, well-financed and growing, working busily on a business that at first glance is doomed. Neeva is a subscription search engine. They want you to pay $5-$10 USD a month to use a service that at the moment we treat like air. I spoke to co-founder CEO Sridhar Ramaswamy about his […]

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News about news

Launch of Crawford Media newsletter

It’s time to tell it like it is. Today Crawford Media begins, a weekly newsletter covering news about news in Australia and New Zealand. For me, the newsletter is long overdue, but for the media environment we’re now in it couldn’t be more timely. In New Zealand, the first round of the Public Interest Journalism […]

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News about news

Welcome to Crawford Media

See the About page for a sales pitch on what Crawford Media Consulting can offer your media or content business. You can get in contact with me through this form, and you can sign up to the Crawford Media Substack newsletter here. While this site serves as a banner for my business, it is also […]

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Aussie news code gains global attention for all the wrong reasons

Big international names in technology have condemned Australia’s unorthodox foray into digital platform regulation on the eve of a Senate…