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Five Key Media Tech Trends from January
February 1, 2019 at 9:04 am

It’s hard to believe but the first month of 2019 has already elapsed, and the media industry got off to a headline-making start across multiple sectors. Here, we look at some of the key media tech trends from January. 1. Regulation, regulation, regulation The calls for greater social media regulation grew louder in January, as…

The Future of Media is Niche
January 30, 2019 at 11:29 am

The future of publishing belongs to those that focus on niche areas partly because the internet has reduced distribution costs to zero, according to Ben Thompson, author of the daily tech and media analysis note, The Stratechery. What's happening: Thompson argues in his email to subscribers that the recent layoffs at BuzzFeed underscore this point.…

Google Slapped with $56.8 Million Fine for GDPR Consent Violations
January 23, 2019 at 10:47 am

Google is now the recipient of the largest fine yet handed out under GDPR. The 50 million euro penalty ($56.8 million) was imposed because France’s data protection regulator (CNIL) said the company was not sufficiently transparent about the use of personal information and didn’t obtain specific consent for ad-targeting purposes. Penalty comes…

Bloomberg Media's CRO Thinks It's a Great Time to be a Publisher
January 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm

It is, to hear Bloomberg Media's Keith Grossman tell it, both the best of times and the worst of times to be a publisher, depending on who you ask. On January 1, the global chief revenue officer broke down his view of the digital media landscape on LinkedIn in an inelegantly titled manifesto called "Topline…

The Top 12 Media Tech Stories We Published in 2018
January 3, 2019 at 10:04 am

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience…

Newsonomics: 18 Lessons for the News Business from 2018
January 2, 2019 at 11:19 am

We live in transgressive, new-Orwellian times. Fact has been subverted by forces beyond our imagination, both newly minted and old school. Truth, elusive truth, is now in the mind of the subscriber. Yes, it is subscribers, along with their digital payments, who are transforming what’s working best…

As Digital Media Companies Brace for Change, Unions Try to Cushion the Blow
December 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm

2018 has been a bumpy year for digital media publishers. Several newsrooms have had to downsize, restructure and, in some cases, sell or shut down altogether. 2019 could be worse. Which is exactly the scenario union advocates spelled out as they organized digital publishers — including Vice, Gizmodo Media Group and Recode parent company Vox Media — over the last few years. If times got…

Challenges, Missteps and Hope Abound for Digital Media
December 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Legacy media players may be having their first moment of schadenfreude in a long time as the youths of digital content get their own turns at struggle and uncertainty. About 20 years into the Internet and print publications, the relatively few that survived the shift to digital life anyway, have already been put through the revenue ringer — forced to rut out new sources of cash,…