Haven’t heard of Community.co? Oh yes you have. It’s the company that helps Forbes deliver the Forbes Technology Council and eight companion councils. You also know it as the partner behind the Fast Company Executive Board…
Charter is a new media property focused on the future of work — and helps us glimpse the future of business media itself. Co-founded by Quartz co-founders Jay Lauf and Kevin Delaney, as well as New York Times veteran Erin Grau, Charter comprises elements of newsletter publishing, organic community and structured member services.
Protocol has not only hired a boatload of top journalists in its first 18 months, but also has recruited almost 200 contributors whose work appears in a thought leadership vertical called Braintrust. If you represent thought leaders, you’ll enjoy this Q&A with Protocol associate editor Kevin McAllister — your pitch contact — and Protocol president Tammy Wincup.
If anyone truly understands the power of indie influence, it’s got to be Lewis DVorkin. Lewis was the editor who transformed Forbes into a home for hundreds of independent contributors. Before that, in 2008, he launched the indie publishing platform True/Slant — a decade before Substack appeared on the radar.
Add Fast Company to the growing list of publishers launching readership communities. The Fast Company Executive Board now offers a waitlist in advance of its formal opening next week. FC is building its Executive Board in association with The Community Company, a virtual professional services firm that manages councils for Forbes, Rolling Stone, Newsweek and Bizjournals.
Media brands are hustling to build “community” and that trend will continue in 2021. Since executives can’t belong to them all, which one is best and by what measure? Based on attending and covering the 2nd annual summit late last month, we might suggest giving the CNBC Technology Executive Council a close look.
Rolling Stone magazine this week will launch the Rolling Stone Culture Council, an invitation-only community that will let members publish contributed posts on the RS web site. The new RS community is being built in partnership with The Community Company, a virtual professional services firm that manages councils for Forbes and Bizjournals.
So much left over from the deep-dive… TikTok traffic to news interviews tends to be low, even with CEOs such as Andy Jassy… same with breaking news footage of an airplane on fire in the sky, or raging flood waters. But Stanley Cups? Off the chart.
From the UK-based Press Gazette daily newsletter, Feb. 7: “Meta made $135bn in revenue last year. In the UK alone it made more in advertising than every UK publisher (print and online) combined.”
A metaphor might be, in the old days, if you wanted to buy a car, you had to buy it from a “car” company, be it GM, Ford, Chrysler or American Motors. Now you can import your vehicles from several countries, or just Uber everywhere.
Similarly, the publishing business is now fully disrupted. You are no longer forced to advertise with “publishers,” and ever larger numbers of advertisers do not.
The FT has detail on a collaboration between Microsoft and Semafor. Microsoft will prove Semafor with AI technology that will help Semafor spot timely news and analysis written in any language around the world, and (b) assemble it in a newsfeed to run on the Semafor site. The newsfeed will be branded as “Signals.” Said Semafor co-founder Ben Smith to the FT: “Signals will be written entirely by journalists, with artificial intelligence providing a research tool to inform posts.”
Brad Stone is now editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, for which he was a senior writer from 2010 to 2015. Succeeding Brad as Bloomberg’s executive editor of global technology is none other than Brad’s trusted colleague for so many years, Tom Giles. Expect no substantive changes in either shop.
Tweets former TechCrunch reporter Catherine Shu: “I’m available for journalism and PR/comms work.”