Special Interest

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…

The Transformation of Bloomberg Media
November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

Bloomberg Media remains a relatively unique industry player, in the sense that it is a very large media company sitting inside an even larger financial and technology brand. Owned by the largest shareholder and the man behind the name, Michael Bloomberg, the media division began as an extension of the core business before being transformed into…

The New York Times is on Pace to Earn More Than $600 Million in Digital this Year
November 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

The Failing New York Times released its third-quarter numbers this morning and, well, if the rest of the news industry was doing this well, we could shut down Nieman Lab and grab some worry-free beach time in warmer climes. Its ongoing transition from print to digital revenue has been managed without the staffing disruption just about everyone…

Will Google’s Homepage News Feed Repeat Facebook’s Mistakes?
October 31, 2018 at 10:24 am

I woke up this morning to two pieces of news that I couldn’t help but see as two sides of the same coin: Brazil elected a person who very clearly looks like a demagogue who weaponized social media to win, and Google finally placed a news feed on its mobile homepage.…

How Publishers Can Achieve an Ideal Revenue Mix
October 29, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Some alternative revenue plays are unlikely to get traction outside their own, very specific, audience. But others are becoming staples of the modern publishing portfolio and should be considered by every publisher looking to establish a healthy revenue mix.

WikiTribune is Handing the Keys More Completely to its Users (After Laying Off its Journalists)
October 29, 2018 at 11:29 am

We’ve written a few times about WikiTribune, the Jimmy Wales-founded for-profit news site that aims to merge the bottom-up authority structure of Wikipedia with the top-down authority structure of traditional journalism. Well, now it’s doubling down on the bottom-up part: laying off its staff of 13 paid journalists and handing the keys more completely…