ACBJ experiments with sending texts of breaking news — for a price

An American City Business Journals paper is experimenting with sending news to its readers with text alerts. Ron Leuty, who covers biotech companies for the San Francisco Business Times is now sending texts to subscribers that offer “unique insights and a first look into the biotech industry.” The charge is $5 per month. The service […]

The Information is looking at ads for its website

Tech news site The Information, which has generated most of its revenue from subscriptions, is now looking at selling ads on its site, reports Lucia Moses of Business Insider. Moses writes, “Today, subscriptions, mostly priced at $400 a year, still drive the majority of The Information’s revenue, but Lessin said she’s open to new kinds of […]

Q&A: The BNN and Bloomberg partnership in Canada after one year

Jon Erlichman is host of a show called “The Open” on BNN Bloomberg, a Canadian collaboration between BNN and Bloomberg Media that launched last year. He was a reporter and anchor for Bloomberg Television and ABC News, working in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York before rejoining BNN, where he was part of the team […]

How Industry Dive will double revenues in two years without events, deals

Matt Kinsman of Connectiv interviewed Industry Dive CEO Sean Griffey about how his company, which publishes industry newsletters, has doubled its revenue in the past two years. Here is an excerpt: Connectiv: Sean, you’re in 16 different markets today. What’s the largest? Sean Griffey: From a revenue standpoint, retail is our largest market. That’s just […]

What’s behind the FT’s subscription growth

Digiday’s Lucinda Southern spoke with Financial Times CEO John Ridding about the publication hitting 1 million paid subscribers and its growth potential. Here is an excerpt: What has contributed to reaching your target ahead of schedule? One million was a galvanizing north star for the whole organization. Everyone in some way contributed; it was a […]

Financial Times hits 1 million paid subscribers

The Financial Times has reached a paid readership of 1 million, an all-time high and a key strategic goal. The milestone, reached one year ahead of schedule, comes on the back of a strong business performance, with both operating profits and revenues growing last year. In a staff note, FT CEO John Ridding said: “We […]

Fortune signs deal for its ad technology

Fortune is partnering with Placements.io as it rebuilds its advertising technology stack, reports Sara Guaglione of Publishers Daily. Guaglione writes, “Placements.io will serve as Fortune’s revenue management platform. The Seattle-based start-up works with publishers and ecommerce partners. “The company offers integrations with Salesforce, NetSuite, Google Ad Manager, as well as a proprietary migration automation tool, allowing publishers to […]

WSJ editor Murray: Apple deal means we will be hiring

Wall Street Journal editor Matt Murray sent out the following announcement on Monday: Dear All: As you’ve heard from Robert Thomson and Will Lewis, today we are launching an exciting partnership with Apple. This will be a busy, transformative time for the newsroom. There’s a lot to do — immediately and for many weeks ahead. […]

Cheddar strikes content deal with Medium

Cheddar announced a new partnership Thursday to publish exclusive stories on the Medium platform. Medium will compensate Cheddar based on its reader engagement. Cheddar’s reporting will concentrate on scoops, features, exclusive interviews, and analysis on social media, advertising, entertainment, fintech and cannabis companies. The Cheddar reporting team that will contribute to Medium includes senior reporter […]

WSJ expected to join paid news service run by Apple

The Wall Street Journal plans to join a new paid subscription news service run by Apple, reports Mike Isaac of the New York Times. Isaac reports, “Apple and The Wall Street Journal plan to announce the deal Monday at a media event at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The event is intended to draw attention to the […]