World music sales up for first time since 1999

The record industry has turned around after 13 years of decline.  Global record sales grew 0.3% in 2012 by value, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A small growth but at least growth.  Sales of digital products are up 9% on 2011. Strategy The global industry has adopted the strategy of: Attacking Read More

Message from Centaur’s results: diversify because the recession is not over

The message for publishers from Centaur Media’s results today is clear: diversify.  Centaur should drop the “media” from its title and put “content” in its place. Centaur’s revenue is up 14% in the half year to December 2012 on the corresponding half year.  And its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is up Read More

Write your new intro for the Kennedy killing

This is the intro of the prize-winning news story written by Tom Wicker on the day President Kennedy was shot: “Dallas, Nov 22 – President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed by an assassin today.” It is a marvel of compacted writing, with “who”, “what” and “where” all in there.  And he carries on Read More