Technology

Google News is Broken
February 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

There's been a lot of discussion about the future of publishing over the last few years, particularly as Facebook traffic began cratering, leaving publishers scrambling to find new sources of traffic. What's never really discussed, however, is how those platforms work, and how news sources end up getting mountains of traffic from them, let alone…

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
February 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise. Roughly a third of the content published by Bloomberg News uses some form of automated technology. The system…

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…

How Newspack, A New CMS from WordPress & Google, Will Impact Publishers
January 17, 2019 at 10:58 am

When WordPress and Google team up to launch a new website content management system, all publishers had better sit up and take notice. Newspack is a new content management system (CMS) being developed by Automattic, the developers of WordPress. Google has dedicated $1.2MM to the project with another $1.2MM coming from other investors. The goal…

5 Things Publishers Should Do Before Erecting a Paywall
January 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

This is the year, the pundits tell us, when digital publishing will pivot to paywalls. Good luck with that. Getting people to pay for online content is already hard enough. With more publishers in the game, it will become even harder. How many digital subscriptions do you think people will pay for? Tread carefully, or…

Big Tech Throws Money at the Local News Problem
January 16, 2019 at 10:10 am

Major tech companies and moguls are pouring lots of money into initiatives to support quality journalism, after months of bad headlines about fake news and the longer-term struggles of business models for journalism, especially at the local level. Why it matters: The efforts are meant to show tech's…