Watch this debate hosted by Michael Silberman from Piano featuring Ben Smith from The New York Times, Brian Morrissey from Digiday and Grzegorz Piechota from INMA.
As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies around the world, the incredible value that newsrooms provide has never been clearer. Yet this crisis comes at a time when newsrooms were already under incredible pressure as businesses.
- The media business, like many businesses, is going through major disruption because of the pandemic. Chances are things will change permanently as a result, though it’s hard to tell now exactly how they will change.
- Trends that had started — the shift to reader revenue, for example — will accelerate.
- The disruption isn’t just about financial survival, it’s also about how the news is delivered — for example, television producers are discovering it’s just fine to have anchors without makeup hosting from their basements.
- There’s also opportunity being created — new reader needs are emerging, and publishers who find ways to serve those needs can come out the other side stronger.
- The value provided to readers matters more than ever, especially if you’re asking them to pay.