Medium just became an online magazine platform

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

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An e-mail arrives from Medium, outlining the changes to their Collections (collections of articles posted on Medium):

Collections will have now have three types of participants: Owner, editor, and writer.

  • The owner is the person who created the collection and has full editing power, the same as it is right now. The owner can also put any self-published story into their collection.
  • The editor role is also the same as it is right now. Editors can review submissions and accept or reject them from collections, as well as add their own stories to the collection.
  • This is where it gets different: Collections will have “writers.” Collection owners and editors can invite users to write for their collections, as part of their “staff.”

Medium just became a platform for building an online magazine. It makes perfect sense – it’s “article rather than author”-centric model is more akin to traditional publishing models than the blogging model. It’ll be interesting to see what people do with it.

But good luck making any money off it.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.