Good morning, friends. My advisor told me last week that despite how much I talk about this being an international newsletter, it’s light on what’s happening globally.
So, from today, you’ll find a new section—Global Report—in which I’ll be sharing media and publishing stories from around the world.
Enjoy the issue!
Natasha Khullar Relph
NEWS & VIEWS
Even as subscription newsletters are being hailed as the next big thing for solo creators, news organizations seem to be in an on-again-off-again relationship with paywalls.
- Quartz has removed their paywall, replacing it with an email registration form, asking the reader to sign up for a free newsletter, the Quartz Daily Brief, instead.
- The Guardian is keeping the website free, but experimenting with a fee for news app users.
- TIME is building a “subscription machine.”
The trend is definitely toward asking readers to pay for journalism (The Atlantic and Slate dropped their paywalls in the past and then reinstated them), but one thing is clear: relying on subscriptions exclusively is not a smart business decision, no matter whether you’re a global media entity or a solo creator.
“The reality is only a very small percentage of a publication’s audience will pay,” Brian Morrissey, President and Editor-in-Chief of Digiday Media writes in his advertiser-supported Substack newsletter, Rebooting. “For most, a more flexible approach will serve them better, including ditching the idea that what people crave is ‘unlimited access’ to ever more news. Better to instead focus on finding your most passionate fans and offering them added value, as Quartz is doing, with additional tailored products.”
Dear Newsletter Creators,
Even Netflix now realizes depending solely on paid subscribers as your revenue stream is a mistake.
The Disability Matters toolkit: This toolkit from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute was produced as a starting point for journalists or news organizations looking to improve coverage of disability and the accessibility of news products. Access it here.
Authors on organizing their book collections: If, like us, you’re a sucker for hearing about (and Googling images of, ahem) the book collections of authors, then you’re going to love this piece on how four authors organize and declutter their massive book collections.
Self-publishing 101: The folks over at ProWritingAid share the 12 steps to indie publishing a book, right from planning and outlining to distribution and promotion (and then starting all over again).
Some calls for pitches on Twitter this past week:
Bonus: If you’re interested in a full-time reporting job, the NYT is looking for two international investigative reporters. See here.
THE WORDLING INTERVIEW
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THE WORDLING PICK
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SOMALIA: Earlier this month, the first all-women media house in Somalia was launched. The Bilan project, funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), will report on gender-based violence, women in politics, and female entrepreneurs.
GREECE: Press freedom and the safety of journalists in Greece are under great threat, according to a report compiled by the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), an alliance led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. Greece ranks 70th in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index and has the 4th worst ranking in the EU.
RUSSIA: Vogue Russia has stopped publishing. GQ, Tatler, Glamour, Architectural Digest, and other Condé Nast publications will also cease operations as a result of the war in Ukraine and Russia’s new censorship laws, the Guardian reports.
NOT TO BE MISSED
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