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Issue #91 | 2018-09-05
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Let's start this week with a big number: 130 million. That's the number of subscribers Netflix has around the world. At around $10/month per subscriber, it's easy to understand how they are able to spend $8 billion on original content this year. I happened upon this number while listening to a fascinating interview with Redef CEO Jason Hirschorn in which he breaks down how Netflix outsmarted everyone else in TV. Well worth a listen not only for his analysis of Netflix's success but also his insights into more general media issues. 
 

Data visualisation at The Economist from 1987 to today

Time for a little nostalgia as data journalist Graham Douglas looks back at 30 years of making charts at The Economist. Ah, who remembers those Letraset sheets? 
 

Long read: This is how Russian propaganda actually works in the 21st century

Getting its hands on Skype logs and other documents, BuzzFeed News together with Postimees and and investigative outfit Re:Baltica reveal the tactics used by Russia to influence public opinion. 
 

The Associated Press signs on with journalism blockchain startup Civil

The AP will license its content to the newsrooms in the Civil network (there are 14 so far) and will work with Civil on a blockchain based-technology that will let Civil newsrooms track the flow of their content and enforce licensing rights.
 

Q&A: How The Economist revamped its newsletter strategy

Last September The Economist deployed a dedicated team to revitalise its approach to newsletters. Newsletter editor Sunnie Huang talks through some of their challenges and successes.
 

Raju Narisetti: Multiple revenue streams needed for success

“Increasingly, a successful digital media company will be one that can accumulate multiple revenue sources,” says Narisetti, a veteran of News Corp., The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post
 

Alan Rusbridger: who broke the news?

The former editor-in-chief of the Guardian looks back on two decades that changed journalism for ever. Well worth a read.
 

How The Guardian overhauled its content studio to make it more efficient

Last spring, the Guardian remodeled its content studio Labs to align more closely with the rest of the newsroom, resulting in a 66% increase in revenue in the first half of the year compared with the first half of last year. 
 

How Vox expanded its network by crowdsourcing for its latest documentary series

Back in May last year, Vox began a crowdsourcing campaign for Borders, its documentary series about the impact that borders have on people living either side of them. By the end of the process they had received nearly 6,000 story idea submissions. 
 

Tips & Tools


Listen up 

ZigZag: a podcast about a news startup built on the blockchain

Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant left their steady jobs at New York Public Radio to launch Stable Genius Productions, a news startup built on Civil, a blockchain-based platform. And they're making a podcast about it. Worth a listen if you're still struggling to get your head around the blockchain and journalism.  
 

Learn

Data visualisation design: 4 methods to customise your work

Learn from one of the best in this course by Nadieh Bremer. You can get a free SkillShare trial, so worth checking out. 
 

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Until next week,
Alastair
@alastairotter


Disclaimers: Apart from Media Hack I also work for the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) which I occasionally include links to. I do not receive any financial reward for any of the links included in this newsletter. 
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