This article written by Calvin Reid for Publisher’s Weekly touches upon the reckoning faced by the publishing industry following the murder of George Floyd — an event that has forced the United States, and the entire world, to tackle the racist and exclusionary systems that have plagued and oppressed BIPOC for centuries. Reid touches on the recent and revolutionary appointment of two Black women in prestigious positions at both Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House as an example of how the publishing industry is making strides (or at least attempting to) in diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist work. The article also uses The Publishing Certificate Program at CUNY’s City College, a program to recruit and train CUNY students for the publishing industry, as an example of how many brands, organizations, an universities are employing hollow, “bare minimum” efforts to save face rather than effect legitimate change. PCP is open to any and all students, although the students are required to hold an internship, often unpaid, a privilege many minority students do not have or cannot afford. Calvin Reid reflects on how the publishing industry is reckoning with the urgent social climate we are in, and emphasizes the necessity for diversity and reparations for BIPOC in the industry.
You can read the article here.
Three Latina publishing house founders talked about how they’re trying to use social media and other initiatives to make the pandemic easier for families.
Alexis Ruginis, Co-Founder of Veoleo Press talked about how Veoleo Press was created to help increase Latinx representation in the publishing industry as well as how they’re producing pay what you can coloring sheets.
Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, Co-founder and CMO, and Susie Jaramillo, Creator, Co-founder and CCO, Encantos talked about how kids today are growing up through a digital generation and have different needs than any other generation. Nuria Santmaria Wolfe mentioned how the group established a free learning hub for parents.
Naibe Reynoso, Con Todo Press talked about her backstory starting a publishing house just to get her work published as well as how Con Todo press is releasing free education resources for children.
The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission created new legislation to regulate tech giants. News publishers and tech companies have extreme power imbalances as social media and search engine algorithms manipulate most of where consumers go on the internet. Under the proposed regulation, government arbitration would occur on any settlement between a company and one of the large tech conglomerates if negotiations last longer than three months. This would essentially end Google and Facebook’s free usage of news content and force them to pay the original publishers. Depending on if the regulation is passed, it could have an impact on global regulation.
Research submissions to scientific journals are often a slow process. The huge need for information on COVID-19 and how much info about it evolves every day has changed the entire volume and pace of the science publishing industry. Paywalls regarding information for the public good have been taken down, and the effects of the pandemic on the publishing industry will likely last past the pandemic. Many research labs are even having a hard time producing scientific journals fast enough to keep up with public demand for new information. This has also created a new demand for more outlets that produce explanatory journalism about science.
Warner Music acquires IMGN, a social media publishing platform, for under $100M
Warner Music acquired a company that tracks and publishes social media, entertainment, gaming, and other lifestyle content. The acquisition gives Warner a larger audience and presence in the online publishing sphere, though the site remained largely independent from Warner management. Warner is building a track record of investing in entertainment publishers and content creators. Much of IMGN is work with external brands like Burger King and Microsoft for ad revenue. More and more labels appear to be having a direct interest in becoming outlets that talk about their creations as well as publish them. This wave could drastically impact how music labels interact with other media.
In the an article titled, AdTech Leaders Come Together for the Future of Digital Media for Businesses & Consumers on www.martechseries.com, the MTS Staff Writer describes a new allegiance of digital marketers, publishers, etc. that joined together to create the Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media.
To me, the importance of this article is more so hinged on the importance of the Partnership. The Partnership consists of leading trade associations and companies and they are joining together to advance and protect functionalities within the industry of digital advertising and publishing while keeping privacy of the consumer safe. They aim to create a new standard for their work that puts consumer privacy and internet rights first. The following was included in the article as the key principles of this partnership.
- Consumer privacy should remain a foundational pillar of the solution by providing consumers with meaningful transparency and controls, giving the marketplace the tools to understand consumer preferences and the ability to abide by those preferences.
- Consumers should have access to diverse and competitive content offerings, supported by their choices to engage with digital advertising in exchange for content and services.
- Business operations, including ad targeting, ad delivery, frequency capping, campaign management, analytics, cross-channel deployment, optimization, and attribution should be sufficiently supported and improved upon through better technological and policy standards for all critical use cases.
- Solutions should be standardized and interoperable for consumers and businesses across browsers, devices, and platforms, subject to applicable privacy laws and guidelines and to the extent it is reasonably technically feasible, efficient, effective, and improved over existing technology.
- All browsers, devices, and platforms should allow equal access, free from unreasonable interference, to the new solutions.
- Companies that utilize the resulting solutions should follow industry and legal privacy standards, with strong accountability and enforcement for those that violate the standards.
It seems that Muslim women are “[taking] the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm,” specifically when it comes to fantasy and science fiction. I think that this is great because especially with those two genres, there is not a lot of diversity, let alone representation of Muslim women. However, in 2019 alone, mainstream publishing companies released at least 13 books of those genres written by Muslim women. This not only diversifies authors, but stories themselves, since we don’t really see their perspective that often in sci-fi and fantasy, especially the latter of the two, which primarily portrays settings and demographics that are like Medieval Europe. I hope that this trend continues and we see more stories that add new voices to these genres.
Through sci-fi and fantasy, Muslim women authors are building new worlds
A study conducted in Canada recently indicated that many Canadian citizens are keen on paying for news online- including, in many cases, premium content. This all occurred in spite of the fact that advertising had declined in many cases as a result of COVID-19. Norway, Sweden, and Poland lead the globe in terms of the percentage of their internet consumption and whether it occurs via premium news content.
There has also been a quite steady decline average of approximately 2.5% in the United States regarding news consumption, with an even greater annual decrease over the last four years occurring in the print sector. That being said, as expected, social media and online print publications are on the rise; as one would expect in our technology-driven era.
For this week’s blog, I came across an article from The New York Times entitled, “Trump Signs Landmark Land Conservation Bill” by Annie Karni. This article was published yesterday, August 4, 2020. In this article, Karni writes about how President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act. This act measures broad bipartisan support that guarantees maximum annual funding for a federal program to acquire and preserve land for public use. From what I got from this article, Trump was more excited to sign this act because he was going to sign it and not anyone else. “From an environmental standpoint and from just the beauty of our country standpoint, there hasn’t been anything like this since Teddy Roosevelt, I suspect. At some point, they’ll have to start thinking about the Republican Party and all of the incredible things we’ve done on conservation and many other fronts.” President Trump. With this act finally placed into effect, it will provide $900 million a year to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This act will also provide up to $9.5 billion over five years to begin clearing up a maintenance backlog at national parks. As I continued to read this article, I discovered that this act was introduced last year by Representative John Lewis, who passed away recently from cancer.
A few weeks ago I covered John Bolton’s fight to get his tell-all White House insider book The Room Where It Happened. Bolton published his book after realizing that he would be waiting forever for the White House reviewers to give his book the OK, and the DoJ sued for breach of NDA. While the court concluded that Bolton was in the right and that the NDA was null and void, the DoJ is still pressing for some reprimand against Bolton at all. Their newest course of action: demanding that all of Bolton’s royalties, both past, present and future, be seized. While I’m happy that The Room Where It Happened will continue to be published, this continuing onslaught of trying to punish free speech from the White House has grown old. Hopefully, the court will move not to punish free speech during an election season as unprecedented as this.