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Bezos's Behind-the-Scenes Role in Washington Post's Web Growth
December 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

Every two weeks, Jeff Bezos holds an hour-long conference call with executives at the Washington Post. Twice a year, the managers fly to Seattle for day-long strategy sessions with the Amazon founder. And every so often, they find a reader complaint in their inbox forwarded without comment from More than two years after he…

How The Washington Post Leapfrogged The New York Times in Web Traffic
December 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

The Washington Post proclaimed itself “America’s new publication of record” after it broke another online traffic record in October, surpassing The New York Times for the first time. There are a lot of factors that have impacted the Post’s traffic, including a broad distribution strategy through social platforms and apps, an effort to speed the site load-time and the news cycle…

Publishers are Underwhelmed with Apple News App
November 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm

When Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp expressed frustration with his company’s performance on Apple News last week, his complaints apparently were just the tip of the iceberg. Other publishing execs are unhappy about everything from the traffic they’re getting from the two-month-old news aggregation app to the user experience to the data Apple’s giving them.…

Are Commenters Really Loyal ‘Readers’ And Does It Matter?
July 21, 2015

The issue of website comments is not going to go away, no matter how much those who insist that open comments are an unbreakable rule of the Internet. It is not going away because the issue will effect efforts to erect paywalls and to build digital advertising.

The Verge is only the latest website to say "enough's enough' and off turn off comments (see TNM story here). But they have been clear that the decision only applies to the next few summer months and that they may well turn them right back on again in the fall

The Rise of the Mobile Editor
July 16, 2015

As the number of mobile readers climbs over 50 percent for many newspapers, it is logical that we would infuse mobile thinking throughout the newsroom. Yet, in a majority of newsrooms, the focus is not on mobile. Newsrooms need to start changing this by hiring a mobile editor. The mobile editor should be sheriff to the news disseminating community.  Better yet, the mobile editor should be a sort of traffic cop, directing cars when the traffic lights are malfunctioning. The position should not be a transitional job that may eventually disappear.

How The Magazine Cover Is Surviving -- And Thriving -- In The Digital Revolution
June 26, 2015

It turns out the magazine hadn't done all it could. In the ethereal world of digital media, printed magazines continue to offer something concrete, a tangible representation of a collaboration between editors, artists, designers and writers. And nothing embodies this collaboration like the magazine cover, which remains one of the modern age's most widely consumed pieces of public art. As Time magazine's design director, D.W. Pine, put it, "I still feel like the power of the Time cover is because we print it. The power is that we take the time and energy to craft 

Politico Building a Branded Content Division
May 29, 2015

Politico has hired aDell marketing executive to help build and run a department called Politico Focus that will create content for brands -- a first for the political news organization.

Stephanie Losee, who helped build Dell's content-driven marketing and held the title of managing editor, has joined Politico as its executive director of brand content. Her career began as a tech reporter with Fortune magazine.

Vox Media Adds ReCode to Its Stable of Websites
May 27, 2015

ReCode, the news website led by the veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being acquired by Vox Media, a deal that reflects the turmoil among digital organizations focused on covering the tech industry.

The all-stock deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will give ReCode access to a wider audience, something it has struggled to build since the site split offfrom The Wall Street Journal about a year and a half ago. Both Mr. Mossberg and Ms. Swisher plan to stay with ReCode after the merger.

SXSW Round-Up: Remembering Carr, Digital Detox, And an Epic Panel Fail
March 16, 2015

Capital New York reports from the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive festival, which kicked off Friday and concludes Tuesday. Here's the highlights from all things media at SXSW.

GUARDIAN FINANCIALS: During the Q&A portion of a conversation at the Sheraton moderated by NPR "On the Media Host" Bob Garfield, Guardian U.S. chief executive Eamonn Store said the three-and-a-half-year-old American arm of the U.K.-basedGuardian will be profitable within three years, a projection that will no doubt raise the skepticism antennas of media watchers.

The New Republic Continues to Staff Up
March 13, 2015

The New Republic, which recently relaunched under new editor Gabriel Snyder, continued restaffing its editorial bench with three hires Thursday afternoon. national reporter Suzy Khimm is joining T.N.R. as a senior editor, focused on politics and policy, Snyder announced in a memo to staff. Khimm is a former Washington Post journalist, and was considered a marquee hire for MSNBC at the time. 

Khimm, who starts in April, will be based in D.C., which is somewhat notable considering the magazine's power-pivot to New York City.