Innovating Media

Insights into how technology is disrupting the business and culture of media – especially journalism.

How Netflix uses tags to increase engagement

by Carl Natale on January 14, 2024

The unique tagging system seems to do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to getting people to watch a show or movie.

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I am somewhat obsessed with how Substack is giving journalists new business models. Add local news to the mix, and it becomes even more interesting. For example, Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson started The Arizona Agenda about six months ago. It’s a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics. They wrote a quarterly report about […]

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Media is plural: March 8-12

by Carl Natale on March 13, 2021

I curate some of the items from the daily email I write for the newsroom and am sharing them with you. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe readers miss Donald Trump now that he’s “gone” “Nearly every big news site saw its traffic decline in February, compared to a tumultuous January that included the Capitol […]

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I’m not lucky enough to have access to Facebook’s Today In feature. Odds are you don’t have access to Facebook’s attempt to highlight local news either. It seems kind of a rare beast to spot in the wild. So I’m relying on Christine Schmidt’s analysis of Today In on Nieman Lab. She seems surprised that it focuses […]

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I was familiar with The Guardian’s report on harassment in its reader comments. Unfortunately I didn’t find it surprising or shocking.

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Clay Shirky does a multi-tweet analysis of how the evolution of media (from broadcasters to social media) has made it possible for outsiders to break the power of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States. It’s great work but a parallel timeline could be created to explain how campaign financing laws have eroded […]

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Why there is no iTunes for TV

by Carl Natale on November 13, 2015

I was listening to Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel review Apple TV on the Ctrl-Walt-Delete podcast for The Verge. Three things that you need to know about this: Ctrl-Walt-Delete is one of the best titles ever. Yes they do discuss their reviews of the new Apple TV, but it does touch upon many issues about TV and media streaming. […]

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This actually makes journalism sound like fun

by Carl Natale on April 22, 2014

@mathewi The story of daily journalism: Set 'em up; knock 'em down; baffle beyond comprehension; then explain, as to a child. — Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) April 22, 2014

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Good bye Google Reader

by Carl Natale on March 13, 2013

Google announced today that it is going to discontinue Google Reader. There goes a major dashboard for me. My Google Reader has feeds that keep me up to date on: Maine news Steelers Political news Business advice Miscellaneous updates It’s a clean interface that is available to me from any browser. It’s much easier to […]

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Revenge of the online news editors

by Carl Natale on February 23, 2013

I’ve been publishing online since 1997. And one of the consistent criticisms that never went away is that the online newspaper operations were never profitable. And this came from journalists — not the business side of newspapers. These stalwarts of the left-wing media conspiracy (you do see the sarcasm here?) became rabid capitalists. My answer […]

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