Brian Fuller's blog on the media, marketing and content creation

Dear Mr. Cameron: Regulate this

One of the most stunning pieces of media news in our times is being followed with another piece of stunning news. News Corp. announced this week that it is shutting down the 168-year-old News of the World newspaper in an attempt to limit the damage from the publication’s involvement in hacking into citizens’ phones for […]

What’s up with EE Times and EDN?

Now that the merger between UBM and Canon Communications is final, we can start to field the questions about what’s up at EE Times and EDN, the latter of which was acquired by Canon earlier this year. Since the deal was first announced, there was some hand-wringing that suggested that the EE Times Group (now […]

The sound of change

You can kind of hear it in the wind, the sound of change in publishing. The cacophonous clanking of consolidation continues to be sure, but if you listen closely enough there’s music in the distance. Howard Kurtz points at, what I think is, one of the drivers of change in his post earlier this week […]

No big deal: Magazine circulation falls (again)

The sky isn’t falling, really, even though the Audit Bureau of Circulation reports that overall subscriptions for magazines are down 2.27 percent. Some big titles took it on the chin, to be sure: Playboy (-34%), Reader’s Digest (-25%). Neither of those tumbles is a head-scratcher. But overall, circulation (paid and verified) is 313 million. That’s […]

Saint Steven frets about blogger nation

Steve Jobs could belch and get national play. He did so this week at All Things D, where he said he doesn’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. We must do everything in our power to find ways The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. can continue to get […]

The life of an iReporter

Dear Trade Press Editors: Get with the Program

This is an open letter to members of my favorite guild, the trade press. Ladies and gentlemen: Please get with the program. It’s 2010 and it’s time to morph your tremendous skills into the modern age, where social media is keenly important to your medium. This is not just about creating a Twitter feed and […]

Has the advertising free-fall slowed?

Don’t break out the Champagne just yet, but signs are emerging that perhaps the advertising collapse for newspapers and magazines is slowing and leveling off. Still, publications have a long way to go to get with the program. The Wall Street Journal reported this week: A year-end flurry of ad spending helped moderate steep declines […]

The future of media? Not as bad as you think

What’s the future of media? Michael Arrington worries about the end of hand-crafted content. So what really scares me? It’s the rise of fast food content that will surely, over time, destroy the mom and pop operations that hand craft their content today. It’s the rise of cheap, disposable content on a mass scale, force […]

The Future of News (is “pretty clear”)

Summary: The future of news needs not only to leverage all of us but it needs to be visual. Say what you will, but the kid’s timing is impeccable. On a day that saw news break that newspaper circulation continues its freefall (nowhere faster than my hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle -25%) and a […]

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