Special Interest

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,…

Politico’s Robert Allbritton On Trump, a Record Year, Expansion, and Axios
December 21, 2018 at 11:57 am

When it launched, in 2007, Politico was part of a new wave of digital media brands — The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Vice, an early iteration of Vox Media, among them — that proffered the future of journalism. But Politico was always distinct from its peers in crucial ways. It was accompanied by a…

To Hold Facebook Accountable, Stop Calling it a Tech Company
December 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

"Senator, we run ads." That's what Mark Zuckerberg told Senator Orrin Hatch earlier this year during his congressional testimony when asked to describe Facebook's business model. The 84-year-old senator was later mocked on social media for not understanding modern technology. But I'd argue that the wily senior senator understood Facebook's business quite well. Hatch was simply getting Mark Zuckerberg…

Apple Can’t Win Over Media With Its Old Approach
December 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

Apple Inc. wants to become a subscription powerhouse for music, apps, online video, news and more. The company’s negotiations with news and magazine publishers offer a glimpse at the challenges this strategy will face. Bloomberg News detailed on Wednesday why some news and magazine publishers are wary of Apple’s effort to refashion Texture, a company Apple acquired this year that offers…

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…