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Time Inc. Sells Essence Communications
January 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Time Inc has sold Essence Communications, a media company with a focus on African-American women, to Essence Ventures LLC. Terms were not disclosed, but the sale comes just as Time Inc is to be acquired by Meredith. Essence, an iconic brand since 1970, was bought by private entity Essence Ventures LLC, headed by Richelieu Dennis,…

Purch Is a Publisher With a $24 Million Business in Licensing Ad Tech
January 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm

With publishers realizing that they can no longer be wholly dependent on ads for their revenue, Purch is getting more serious about selling proprietary technology to other publishers. Purch — a commerce-focused publisher that owns tech and product review sites such as Tom’s Guide, Top Ten Reviews and Live Science — is profitable. It makes about…

News Corp Launches New Ad Network to Take on Facebook/Google
January 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

News Corp is taking aim at the digital-ad dominance of Google and Facebook with a new platform to let advertisers reach audiences across all of its online properties. The new platform, called News IQ, will pull audience data from sites like The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Barron's and give advertisers a way…

Vice Suspends Two Top Execs in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations
January 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Vice Media has suspended two senior executives — president Andrew Creighton and chief digital officer Mike Germano — following a New York Times report last month detailing sexual harassment allegations against them. The company’s decision to put the two execs on leave was announced in a memo to staff Tuesday from Vice COO/CFO Sarah Broderick…

We’re Already Seeing the Fallout From Apple’s War on Cookies
January 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

The predictions are now a stark reality. With its Q3 earnings release in early November, Criteo confirmed what until then had been only speculation: Apple’s new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, rolled out with the latest version of its Safari browser in September, is taking a heavy toll on retargeters and industry players that rely on…

A Bunch Of Digital Publishers Bought Cheap Traffic And Later Found Out It Was Fraudulent
January 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

This summer, Ozy.com, a news site that’s raised more than $35 million in funding from high-profile investors, published a group of articles in an ongoing series about how companies and entrepreneurs are trying to be a positive force in their communities. The content was created as part of a partnership with JPMorgan Chase, whose logo…

2018 Predictions for Digital Leaders
December 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

What does RSG see coming in 2018? As usual we'll eschew heady concepts in favor of more practical predictions, along with our annual caveat that we're typically only 70-80% correct. Want to learn more? Sign up for RSG's fast-paced webinar on these predictions, scheduled for 10 January, 2018. In the meantime, here's a preview of…

'The Atlantic' Rebuilds Paywall For 2018
December 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

After taking its paywall down 10 years ago, The Atlantic is bringing it back. Next month, TheAtlantic.com will launch a metered paywall allowing readers to access 10 articles for free each month. “More than a million people come to our site 10 times or more every month. What we’re doing now is we’re saying to…

Chrome Will Start Blocking Ads on February 15
December 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

In June, Google revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads “starting in early 2018.” Now the company has committed to a date: Chrome’s built-in ad-blocker will start working on February 15, 2018. Interestingly, this date does not appear to be tied…

At Rolling Stone, Prospective Buyers Are in the Final Tire-Kicking Phase
December 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

A three-month auction for the Wenners’ remaining 51% stake in Rolling Stone, which has been struggling financially, has entered its concluding stage. Several finalists were invited in to receive presentations from Wenner executives before submitting their best and final offers, according to people familiar with the process. A crew from one of those suitors, Penske…

Here Is the Awful Pep Talk Ziff Davis Gave to Mashable After Gutting Its Staff
December 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

The recent trajectory of tech site Mashable has put it at the forefront of some of the worst trends reshaping digital media. In April 2016, it slashed its news team and became one of the first venture-backed publishers to make the infamous “pivot to video.” Its ad-centric business model was nevertheless suffocated by tech giants,…

The Most Engaging Stories of 2017, According to Chartbeat
December 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

Explore the themes and stories that engaged readers most in 2017. Indecency Exposed Investigations into longstanding rumors spur a reckoning In holding the powerful accountable or giving voice to the silenced, investigative journalism’s impact can be immediate as news breaks and reactions pour in. Occasionally, an exposé creates a domino effect so powerful and far-reaching…

Press Agencies Want Google, Facebook And Others To Pay For Aggregating News
December 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

Publishers have relied on referral traffic to gain readership for years. Now nine European press agencies such as Agence France-Presse (AFP), Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), and Britain’s Press Association are calling on Google, Facebook and others to pay copyright fees for using their content, which these Internet giants make a profit on. Free is a myth,…

Condé Nast to Announce Layoffs After Facing 'Terrible Year'
December 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

The rumor mill is churning furiously regarding the future of Condé Nast in light of two magazine consolidations this year. Recently, Hearst Magazines swallowed up Rodale, and Meredith acquired Time Inc., leaving Condé, arguably the glossiest magazine company, with question marks surrounding its fate. Although sale rumors have been rampant — potential suitors are being…

New Owner to Retire Iconic Time Inc. Name
December 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm

The name Time Inc., one of the most iconic in publishing the last 95 years, will soon disappear, The Post has learned. Meredith, which has agreed to buy the publisher of Sports Illustrated, People and Time magazine for $2.8 billion, plans on retiring the Time Inc. name — from buildings, business cards and everywhere else,…

Predictions for Journalism 2018: Good Journalism Won’t Be Enough
December 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

In 2018, good journalism will not be enough. The prevailing attitude in many newsrooms is that if reporters just keep their heads down and do good journalism, it ought to be enough. Enough for the public to trust it, enough to convince people that it’s essential to democracy, enough to make the business sustainable, enough…

Apple Has Finally Turned on Its Podcast Analytics Feature
December 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

The people who make podcasts — and the people who advertise on podcasts — are about to learn a lot more about the way people consume podcasts. Apple has turned on a long-promised analytics feature that gives podcast creators the ability to see basic information about the way people listen (or don’t listen) to shows…

Year One of FUSE Enterprise Summit Sheds Light on Complex MarTech Landscape
December 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

It’s not news that a cornucopia of digital technologies are required to drive marketing today. That doesn’t mean that pulling all these technologies together into a well-oiled machine and providing seamless customer experiences is an easy task. In fact, it’s quite hard. Add in the nuanced challenges that content marketing introduces to the equation –…

A.G. Sulzberger, 37, Will Take New York Times Reins on Jan. 1
December 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

It would appear to be another seamless generational transition at The New York Times Co. It announced Thursday what had been telegraphed previously, with only the exact date a vague mystery: Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., 66, will retire as publisher on Dec. 31 and be succeeded in that post by his 37-year-old son, A.G. Sulzberger. The father, who took over…