Special Interest

Time’s Person of the Year Honors Jamal Khashoggi and the Guardians of the Truth
December 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

In a sign of our tumultuous times, Time magazine has named journalists who risked their lives taking on despots and dysfunctional politicians —“the Guardians” in the “War on Truth”—as its Person of the Year. It is telling that half of them were murdered. It’s the first time since the magazine launched the year-end feature, in 1927, that some…

Digital Influencers have Changed Advertising. They’re Changing Journalism, Too.
December 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm

The rise of social platforms has brought with it a new kind of celebrity: the digital influencer. It’s a newish term, used to describe social media users whose online clout enables them to engage with and advertise to their followers in more direct ways than traditional media figures. As influencers build relationships with their audiences through…

Time's Editor-CEO Shares His Vision For a Magazine Under New Ownership
December 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

When Meredith Corp. put Time magazine on the block following its purchase of Time Inc. in Nov. 2017, it tapped editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal to spearhead the process. Perhaps an unorthodox role for a career journalist, selling the magazine turned out to be a great calling for Felsenthal, who joined the publication six years ago following…

10 Do's & Don'ts of Great Content Recommendation Engines
November 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Content recommendation was back in the news recently, for all the wrong reasons. A survey by Arkadium highlighted how much people dislike branded “content recommendation” widgets (the ones that tend to push ad links rather than, you know, recommend real content). More worryingly, that readers predominantly blame publishers for the negative experiences they have with…

Parliament Seizes Cache of Facebook Internal Papers
November 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions. The cache of documents is alleged to contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge…

Media Industry Ramps up Lobbying in its Fight to Survive
November 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Economic and regulatory hurdles are forcing every media, ad and tech company to reposition themselves in Washington. Why it matters: As a result, top media industry trade groups are in an intense battle over who will represent legacy brands, ad tech companies and direct-to-consumer upstarts. The back story: Once an…

Trump’s Outrageous Statement on Saudi Murder of Khashoggi
November 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

SINCE REPORTS FIRST EMERGED in early October that Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident and a columnist for The Washington Post, had been killed inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul by unknown agents of the Saudi government, those outraged by his brutal murder have been waiting for some kind of definitive statement from President Trump about how his government…

BuzzFeed Will Tell You What Millennials Want, for a Fee
November 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the plant-care giant, had a problem: Millennials weren’t gardening enough. So the company turned to one of the most renowned experts on millennial behavior, BuzzFeed Inc. But Scotts didn’t just advertise on the site, known for its viral quizzes and lists. Scotts worked with a more obscure part of BuzzFeed focused on inventing new…

Quartz’s Vision for the Future
November 14, 2018 at 10:09 am

Over the past few months, we’ve been working on the most significant expansion of Quartz since our launch. Today, for the first time, you can access these new offerings: a new app for the Quartz community and a new membership program to deepen your relationship with us. Quartz was founded as a guide to the new global economy, determined…

Google is Advertising in Print Magazines and You Can’t Tell
November 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Perhaps you would buy a smartphone for its camera if you knew it was used to photograph the rapper Cardi B on the cover of W magazine. Or actress Angela Bassett on the cover of Allure. Or Ryan Gosling on the cover of GQ. If so, you…