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Ideas for future media

Good info in this August 2013 article:
http://digiday.com/publishers/bloomberg-justin-smith-modern-media

Justin Smith, the new CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, is emerging as one of the trailblazers. His track record at The Economist, The Week and, most recently, The Atlantic suggests a willingness to embrace new media models in the service of supporting quality content.

Summary: embrace change, accept uncertainty, act like entrepreneurs, quality always wins, and fight complacency.

Smith’s vision for media, as laid out to his new charges, is to embrace change, lean on quality in a noisy media environment, and adopt some of the principles of Silicon Valley when it comes to talent and taking risks. Here are excerpts from Smith’s email.

Embrace change.

“The media industry is bifurcated into two distinct worlds: the struggling traditional segment that longs for a simpler, more profitable past that will never return; and the vibrant, entrepreneurial segment that is reinventing the industry before our eyes. The simple act of choosing to live on the new, wide-open frontier is a powerful step toward success.”

Accept uncertainty.

“Anyone who tells you they can predict the future state of media and its consumption patterns or business models isn’t being honest. No one knows where things are going and how they’ll play out. To succeed, we must accept this state of confusion and embrace the chaos. When there’s no obvious right answer, we’re forced to experiment, and examine new, sometimes uncomfortable, ideas. In media in 2013, invention, creativity and ingenuity are the currencies of success.”

Act like entrepreneurs.

“One definition of entrepreneurship is the ability to evolve your product, business model, technology, or talent base to capture a changing market opportunity. Moving quickly is paramount: the faster you move, the more you learn, and the sooner you can optimize for success.

Quality always wins.

There will always be a robust market for quality content. No technology will ever erode this demand. It’s our job to keep our standards high as we experiment.

Fight complacency.

This is not to say that intermittent failure is not an important part of the innovation process and something that should be embraced at times. This description refers to a mental rash —an early warning system—that signals the need for immediate business intervention and evolution.

The Flip Side

Contrast that with this August 2013 post Facebook mobile lessons that may apply to media

News executives have expressed an ongoing doubt that mobile will make money, taking a “wait and see” approach in making significant investments.

And this post In 2013, academic dolts blame Craigslist for the demise of the newspaper industry

"Wait and see" and blaming innovation are ingredients to failure. That does not imply instantly embracing every new gizmo and paradigm that's published every day.
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