The NLA media access annual report, published today provides an overview of activity and financial results for the financial year ending December 2014 and a preview of new projects and services for 2015.
In 2014, publisher revenues increased significantly. The major contributor to that growth came from magazine licensing, as 2014 was the first full year of licensing the print and web edition content for ‘magazine’ publishers, but revenues earned for publishers of national and regional newspapers also grew in the year.
New database services for publishers and media monitoring agencies will be rolled out or expanded during the course of 2015. Media monitoring agencies and their clients will benefit from the new Article Impact Measurement service, enabling them to track readership and social media discussion of web-published articles on news sites. An increasing number of publishers are now using the Online Article Tracking Service, which identifies copyright infringement on the web and publishers will also benefit from the launch of a new version of the ClipShare service for journalists, which is due to be launched in the second quarter of 2015.
Royalties paid to publishers in 2014 equated to the cost of employing 1,300 journalists.
In 2015 we will continue our commitment to supporting journalism, not only by striving to increase revenue, but through our support of the Journalism Diversity Fund – where our total contribution will break through the £1m level this year as we celebrate the Fund’s 10-year anniversary.
All of these points and a great many more are covered in the report.