“3 Ways News Publishing is Changing and 6 Actions to Take Now”, that provides insight and examples of the challenges newspapers and publishers face in the digital economy and provides recommendations they can take to evolve their content production models.
“What is broken is not content. It’s the economic model around content production,’’ said Bill Momary, CEO, Ebyline. “The goal is to sustain quality journalism,” Momary said.
Americans are consuming more news and current content than ever before. On tablets, smart phones, television, radio and even paper, Americans are inundated by headlines, articles, infographics, videos, and commentary from friends and experts — and most consider everything in this torrent to be ‘news.’
Yet, from 2007 to 2010, employment in traditional newspaper journalism jobs — staff editors, reporters, photographers and the like — dropped by 26%; employment by periodicals slid 16%, and by radio and television stations, 11%, according Mike Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, on his blog.
As one publisher was quoted in the 2012 Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism report, “The Search for a New Business Model:” “The newspaper industry cannot sustain its existing cost structure now. It’s a fact of life. It is going to have to get leaner than what it is.”
Ebyline built this action plan with direct experience gleaned from its work with hundreds of newspapers and publishers from across the U.S. To get a copy of Ebyline’s action plan download it here.
Ebyline, Inc. (http://www.ebyline.com) is a secure online software platform for newspapers, publishers, brands and content producers to collaborate with professional freelance journalists. Ebyline’s workflow tools make the process of managing and tracking freelancer journalists easier than ever before. The Virtual NewsroomTM solution automates all freelancer administration including assignment/pitch flow, tax management and payment processing. Plus, editors and publishers have instant access to a pool of qualified, experienced freelance journalists from around the world for a cost-effective way to expand coverage. For freelancers, Ebyline is a dynamic way to showcase experience, pitch ideas to publishers from around the country, and safely distribute work. Founded by veterans of the Los Angeles Times, and specialists in new content distribution models, Ebyline’s client partners include E.W. Scripps & Co., Gatehouse Media, Intel, Morris, ProPublica, among many others.