Editor’s note: Hi there Medium readers! I’m Simon Owens and I’m a journalist who writes about the media industry and Creator Economy. Below is my weekly roundup of links to industry news. Enjoy!
How Instagram discriminates against photographers [Insider]
Instagram shares revenue with video creators but not still photographers. Why? Is there something inherent in still photography that makes it non-valuable?
(this is a rhetorical question. I believe Instagram should share revenue with all its creators).
Assessing the success of my newsletter [Simon Owens]
Would 2020 Simon be satisfied with the present day audience size of his media business?
Microsoft is building a massive ad business [Digiday]
Amazon became an advertising behemoth in just a few years. Now Microsoft is poised to do the same.
Instagram should share revenue with its creators [Hank Green]
Man, Hank Green did an excellent job of calling bullshit on Instagram’s claims that it wants to “figure out a way” to help creators making a living.
Recurrent Ventures raises $300 million [WSJ]
VCs are investing in media again, only now they’re making lots of small bets through holding companies rather than dumping hundreds of millions of dollars onto a single outlet.