Category Archives: Original content

Case Study: Lichfield Community Media (LCM) (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Lichfield Community Media (LCM)

Established

2009

Web Address

lichfieldlive.co.uk

Form of the company

Community interest company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Philip John, web developer, internet consultant: “LCM started as Lichfield Blog three years ago. Later on the name was changed to Lichfield Live. Recently LCM launched also Burntwood Live. (Lichfield and Burntwood are major towns in Lichfield District, in Staffordshire, which is home to about 97 000 people.)”

Philip John also runs his own web business, Journal Local, which offers a WordPress platform designed especially hyperlocal websites.

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Case Study: Hackney Citizen (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Hackney Citizen

Established

2007

Web Address

hackneycitizen.co.uk

Form of the company

2 limited companies: the publisher is Citizen Media Ltd and the trader is Hackney Citizen Ltd

Describe your site or business in few words.

Keith Magnum, editor-in-chief: “We publish an independent free monthly newspaper called Hackney Citizen and run a website by the same name. We distribute 10 000 copies around Hackney, a borough of North East London, in shops and cafés.

We’ve been monthly since July 2010. Before that we published quarterly, since July 2008. Initially, the website was just a holding page, probably for the first year, until about 2009 when we begun doing more frequent news online. Before that, we didn’t know about WordPress or the whole online hyperlocal scene in the UK. So it was a bit weird to suddenly find ourselves a part of it!

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Case Study: Kalpa Limited / China Files (Italy and Spain)


The name of the publication and / or company

Kalpa Limited (company) – China Files (publication)

Established

2009

Web Address

www.china-files.com

Form of the company

LTD

Describe your site or business in few words.

Simone Pieranni, founder of China Files, explains: “China Files is a startup based in Beijing, focusing on in-depth coverage of China-related issues for Italian- and Spanish-speaking media outlets. Our business model is that of the news-agency: producing multimedia stories (text, video, pictures, interactive features) to re-sell to mainstream outlets. Currently we work with more than 30 European and South-American media outlets (print, radio, broadcasting and online). Recently we have started to offer supplementary services, too, as, for example, press roundups on China-related issues for Italian and Spanish corporations, press office consultancy for institutions (e.g. European Union, Embassies) and companies investing in China. These services are more remunerative than producing editorial content, but our main focus remains the journalistic activity.”

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Case Study: Dijonscope (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Dijonscope

Established

September 2009

Web Address

www.dijonscope.com

Form of the company

French equivalent of LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Dijonscope is a regional online news site with a strong identity for independent journalism. It is the first online daily regional to be officially recognised as a press organisation under French authorities. The mission statement representing the work of the journalists on the site is impassioned: Inform, investigate, and criticize.

The team of Dijon-based journalists focus on quality rather than quantity, with editorial decisions being more about cutting-edge investigative or informative reporting than following the day-to-day highlights from institutes – formerly the fodder of regional printed press. Their value for readers is in creating ‘ a rigorous and independent range of information, drawn and filtered by journalists and correspondents whose intellectual integrity is uncompromising’.

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Case Study: A Power Magazine (Japan)

The name of the publication and / or company

A Power Magazine (A Power Now Corporation)

Established

February 25, 2011

Web Address

www.apower-magazine.net

Form of the company

Business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

A Power Magazine is a free magazine providing information of daily life especially in support of foreigners who either have interest in Japan or on a visit in Japan as, for example, international students. Their contents include information on job-hunting, house renting, and visa application, as well as Japanese culture. Those contents are so close to daily life that they have attracted the attention of foreigners who are interested in Japan, and thus expanding its influence among them.

The interviewer on characteristics of the website: ‘ Our uniqueness lies in the fact that we are providing contents not only in Japanese, but also in English, Chinese and Korean. This is out of the consideration that any foreigner who is interested in Japan can have direct access to our contents, not to mention those who are currently staying in Japan, say, as international students.

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Case Study: nanapi, Rocketstart Company (Japan)

Based on an interview xxx date

The name of the publication and / or company

nanapi, Rocketstart Company

Established

December 2007

Web Address

nanapi.jp

Form of the company

Business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

nanapi is information website featuring ‘how to’, where ‘life recipe’ is shared and enjoyed. ‘Life recipe’ is, like cooking recipe, small tips that make people’s life more convenient. ‘Recipes’ include important manners in daily life, tips for easy saving and house cleaning, to name a few. Those recipes are written by ordinary internet users who have passed the screening of Rocketstart Company. Users earn rewards by providing their own recipes, which is how the system works.

As for the uniqueness of the website, the interviewer said: ‘ What we put emphasis on is information that will be equally useful 3 years later, not those that just come and go.’

Staff numbers

Who’s creating the content

  • editing staff 30%
  • sales/marketing 10%
  • system engineer/designer 15%
  • others (web producer, director, etc.) 45%

How they make money

Revenue models and sustainability

Advertising Revenue

In terms of method: Ad Networks, Cost per Click (CPC) and Sponsored link are used.

Other Revenue  

Reception of investment and funding 0.33 billion yen

How much is your yearly or monthly revenue?

Not disclosed.

What would be the most important thing on your road to sustainability?

We think it important to maintain our competence in order to win over our rivals, whether faced with competition or entrance of other companies. I think our competence lies in our database of ‘how-to’ and we are aiming at the largest size of database among Japan by the time of March 2012.

 

Case Study: Record China (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 18.01.2012 with Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaki

The name of the publication and / or company

Record China Inc.

Established

August 2005

Web Address

www.recordchina.co.jp

Form of the company

Business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

With the globalization of Japanese society, there is growing interest towards news of its neighboring countries such as China.

‘Record China’ is an online media, which provides digital contents 24 hours a day, covering news, photo, and video related to China and other Asian countries. It has been publishing news and photos in collaboration with major portal websites such as ‘Yahoo!Japan’ and ‘livedoor’, and other institutions like Nikkei Telecom and Dow Jones. With their help, Record China is able to provide contents enjoying high news ranking overseas. Moreover, in addition to the fact that it renders photo data to NHK and TBS, ‘Record China’ also deals with interviewing, shooting and editing on request of TV stations.

Main audiences include media dealing with China’s news and businessmen who see China as their marketplace. Diversified information about China are displayed in category such as current affairs, economy, society, culture and sports.

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Case Study: MedCity Media (USA)

The name of the publication and / or company

MedCity Media

Established

2008

Web Address

www.medcitynews.com

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

MedCity Media is to life science what TechCrunch and GigaOm are to technology: a destination portal (MedCityNews.com) for the latest on innovation and B2B insight. Our readers are the ones everyone wants: entrepreneurs, C-level hospital executives, investors and the innovation ecosystem. Our business model builds better, deeper and more lucrative relationships with customers because we leverage our content and our audience better than our peers.

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Case Study: Patient Power (USA)

The name of the publication and / or company

Patient Power LLC

Established

2005

Web Address

www.patientpower.info

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Patient Power produces audio and video interview programs on serious medical topics, relying on interviews with renowned experts and inspiring patients. It is supported financially by major medical centers, through limited advertising, and unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Patients with illnesses such as cancers and chronic conditions rely on their programs to become better informed about the latest news for their condition.

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Case Study: Asymco (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Asymco

Established

2010

Web Address

asymco.com

Form of the company

Sole proprietorship

Describe your site or business in few words.

Asymco is a technology oriented blog and business, owned by a former Nokia analyst Horace Dediu, who is based in Helsinki, Finland. The blog has a large international audience and it has been cited by business and technology publications such as Fortune, Forbes and Wired, for example. Mr. Dediu is very well-respected especially as an Apple analyst.

Mr. Dediu says the contents of his blog is analysis, not journalism. It’s not meant to be news or commentary. It’s meant to be taking those news and data, public information, and trying to interpret them. Initially, he planned to do app development, and the blog was intended as a way to promote that business. However, soon he found out that the type of work that was requested from the blog turned out to be more management consulting. He obtained some consulting engagements within three months from starting the blog and that is still the primary source of income for him.

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