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Staff Writer
Social Media Companies Should Ditch Clickbait, And Compete Over Trustworthiness

By Barbara Romzek, American University and Aram Sinnreich, American University School of Communication Social media websites and online services, created to profit from connecting people and encouraging global conversations, have a deep and troubling dark side. Malicious users have exploited these forums for free speech in ways that weaken shared norms of civility, trust and…

Here's How the Google Speed Update Could Impact Your Site (& AdWords Account)

Late last week, Google announced a major change to its mobile ranking factors. While speed has always been a factor in determining both organic rankings and AdWords Quality Score, Google’s change shifts this focus slightly. Starting in July, page speed will become a major ranking factor for mobile searches. That means that, if you’re already…

HuffPost, Breaking From Its Roots, Ends Unpaid Contributions

Since its founding nearly 13 years ago, The Huffington Post has relied heavily on unpaid contributors, whose ranks included aspiring writers, citizen journalists and celebrities from the Rolodex of the site’s co-founder Arianna Huffington. An early example of the unfiltered amateur journalism that propagated on the…

Doug Manoni Will Step Down as CEO of SourceMedia in 2018

SourceMedia CEO Doug Manoni announced on Friday that he’d be stepping down in 2018 and transitioning into the role of executive chairman. Manoni joined Source in 2008 as executive vice president and managing director of the company’s Professional Services Division. During his tenure, Manoni worked to transform the B2B…

Press Release: Farm Journal Expands Data & Analytics Capabilities with Acquisition of Market Research Service

LENEXA, Kan. (January 17, 2018) - Farm Journal announced today the acquisition of Market Research Data Service (MRDS). Owner and CEO Matt Yaske has joined Farm Journal as Senior Data Architect. The acquisition significantly enhances Farm Journal’s market-leading data analytics capabilities and integrates proprietary MRDS algorithms directly into Farm Journal’s Farm Reach database. It also…

Britain's Informa Seals $5.2 Billion Deal for Events Organizer UBM

Britain’s Informa (INF.L) struck a deal to buy conference organizer UBM (UBM.L) for 3.8 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) in cash and stock on Wednesday, forming a world-leading business events and exhibitions group worth 8 billion pounds. The deal, which comes almost a decade after UBM tried to buy Informa, will give it greater scale and…

Bonnier Slashes Magazine Staffs as Five Titles Go All Digital

In one of the biggest bloodbaths yet to hit a major legacy publisher, Bonnier cut 17 percent of its US workforce, or about 70 positions, as it converted five of its leisure-time print magazines to all-digital and gutted the staff of foodie title Saveur while cutting its frequency. Bonnier Corp. is the US arm of…

Press Release: Veteran Printing Industry Thought Leader Denise Gustavson to Lead NAPCO Media’s Printing, Packaging, and Publishing Group

PHILADELPHIA (January 18, 2018) - Industry thought leader Denise M. Gustavson has been tasked with leading NAPCO Media’s Printing, Packaging, and Publishing Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePrinting and In-Plant Graphics magazines, among other brands, as Editorial Director. “I’ve always admired and loved the creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit print providers in the visual and graphic…

What Is Natural Language Processing And Affective Computing?

By Mark Esposito, Grenoble École de Management (GEM); Kariappa Bheemaiah, Grenoble École de Management (GEM), and Terence Tse, ESCP Europe What are the natural extensions of machine learning (ML) and deep learning as well as natural language processing (NLP) and affective computing (AC)? To many people, what distinguish machines from humans is emotion. True, some…

Influential Publication The Awl Shuts Down Amid Downturn in Web Publishing

After a nine-year run, the small but influential website The Awl is shutting down, along with its sister publication The Hairpin. The sites are the latest in a string of small publications to struggle amidst a changing digital-media landscape. “It is with a mixture of disappointment and relief that we are announcing the cessation of…

Cold, Hard Numbers Will Drive Stories On This Internet-Crawling Company’s New Media Arm

Google Trends, but for more than just searches and not freely public. The Bloomberg Terminal, but for data trails over time. Alternative data, but for journalists. (The Wall Street kind, not the Kellyanne Conway kind.) The price of a Chipotle burrito bowl, but comparing the price differences across zip codes. Thinknum Media launched this morning…

Facebook Killing News is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to News

On January 12, Facebook announced that it would begin to de-prioritize news publishers and their stories in users’ News Feed over highly engaged-with content shared between friends and family. In December, the social network began spinning down its efforts around live video and the news video that publishers had been pushing. The message is clear:…

Slate Says Podcasts Are Now 25 Percent of Revenue

In the scramble to serve Facebook, publishers have pivoted to video, with some disastrous results. Not Slate. It is betting big on text and podcasting this year, supported by new hires, ad strategy and site design. “The big story is, we’re pivoting to words,” said Julia Turner, editor of Slate. “We’re going to be experimenting…

How the EU’s New ePrivacy Regulations Could Profoundly Impact All Media

From a legislative perspective 2018 looks set to be an interesting, potentially challenging year for publishers. In May the EU wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced bringing new controls on the collection of data. However, as Oliver von Wersch, founder and CEO Vonwerschpartner Digital Strategies and ex MD of G+J digital products…