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Google says it wants to fund the news, not fake it

Under fire from several quarters for an array of accusations ranging from monopolistic practices to the dissemination (and even funding) of fake …

Journalism

Legacy media diverge from digital natives in fight against Facebook, Google

<b>After two decades</b> of swimming in the deep and treacherous waters of the internet, the news business is looking for a regulatory lifesaver.<p>The …

Journalism

How A Pulitzer-Winning New York Times Story Pulled From A Russian News Outlet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times story about how Russia recruits elite hackers relied heavily on the work of a Russian news outlet, which claims the paper snubbed its reporting.<p>The Times story, written by Andrew Kramer, centers on computer programmer Aleksandr Vyarya, who was approached by …

Journalism

How Antitrust Undermines Press Freedom

Facebook and Google dominate online ads, and news companies can’t join forces to compete.<p>Whenever President Trump attacks CNN or berates the Washington Post, journalists and free-speech advocates rise up to defend the media and the First Amendment. Meanwhile, a greater threat to America’s news …

Freedom of the Press

Newspapers ask Congress for new protections from Google, Facebook

The News Media Alliance (NMA), a newspaper trade group that represents over 2,000 newspapers in the U.S., is asking Congress for an antitrust safe …

Digital Media

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook

Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism that Google and Facebook now offer for free.<p>They are gaining increasing control over digital distribution, so newspapers that once delivered their journalism …

seek

Talking Points Memo doubled its subscribers in a year — now it’s trying to find new extras for them

Josh Marshall, the founder of the liberal political news site Talking Points Memo (which turns 17 this year), isn’t shy about sharing numbers and publicly setting goals for the site. About a year ago, he told my colleague Ricardo Bilton that TPM had about 11,000 paying Prime subscribers, and that …

Journalism

Covering politics in a “post-truth” America

Susan B. Glasser December 2, 2016<p><b>For the last two decades, the rules of political reporting have been blown up.</b> And I’ve cheered at every step along …

Journalism

Trump seizes the advantage in war with media

White House staffers were 'elated' when they heard that three CNN journalists had resigned over a botched story.<p>Donald Trump and his allies believe he’s gained a tactical advantage in his war with the media.<p>As he escalates his attacks on the “failing media,” Trump and his allies are increasingly …

Donald Trump

Inside the Facebook team that's charged with keeping publishers happy

Earlier this month, Facebook gathered dozens of publishers to its New York office for a Q&A with none other than star political reporter David …

Digital Media

Trump bump in subscriptions wanes for publishers

Trump’s unexpected victory (and media bashing) has been a boon for subscription-driven publications that have seen record sign-ups in the months …

Advertising Industry

Times Staff Members Protest Cuts and Changes to News Operation

With the imminent elimination of a stand-alone copy desk at The New York Times, copy editors and reporters have sent two strongly worded letters to top management voicing their concerns over the changes to the newsroom’s structure.<p>On Wednesday, copy editors sent an open letter to Dean Baquet, The …

In the digital age, <em>The New York Times</em> treads an increasingly slippery path between news and advertising

The April 2 edition of the Sunday <i>New York Times</i>, where the paper features its best journalism, included a six-page special section, “Women Today,” …

Journalism

New York Times copy desk to top editors: ‘You have turned your backs on us’

New York Times copy editors facing staff cuts or new jobs in a re-imagined editing system sent a letter to the newspaper's two top editors Wednesday …

Journalism

Civil: Self-Sustaining Journalism

“If you are trying to solve an unconventional problem, dare to try an unconventional solution.” — Larry Sanger, Wikipedia …

Journalism

MTV News Shifts Toward Video, Targets Younger Audience

MTV News is being restructured with an eye toward creating more video and short-form content for a younger audience, <i>Variety</i> has learned.<p>The move …

MTV

At Cannes, the Great Gusher of Content Comes With Warning Signs

CANNES, France — I imagine that covering the annual Cannes Lions advertising festival here is a little bit like covering the great Texas oil boom a century ago — only with better food, cocktails and scenery.<p>Then, prospectors were chasing the real world currency of crude. Now, they’re after the new …

Cannes

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of …

Facebook

Gawker is dead, but the forces that destroyed it are still very much alive.

Terry Bollea, better known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, at the Pinellas County Courthouse, in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2016.Scott Keeler/The …

Journalism

CNN Is Imposing Strict New Rules On Its Russia Coverage

CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.<p>The email went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday from Rich Barberi, the CNNMoney …

Russia

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals<p>Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed.<p>From …

Propaganda

Updates from VidCon: more users, more products, more shows and much more

I just got off stage after a great conversation with Rhett and Link at VidCon, where we announced a number of exciting new updates. We spoke about …

YouTube TV

Reddit Looks to Lure Advertisers With Video and Redesign

Reddit is rolling out video ads and improving its ad-buying platform<p>By<p>Lara O’Reilly<p>Lara O’Reilly<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@larakiara<p>lara.oreilly@wsj.com<p>CANNES, France – While Snapchat had its Ferris wheel and Google and Facebook had their beach setups, Reddit was low-key at the Cannes Lions …

Advertising

News Corp. Holds Advanced Talks With Facebook on Subscriptions - Bloomberg

News Corp., publisher of the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, is holding "very advanced" discussions with Facebook Inc. about …

Digital Media

Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labels - Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels’ share of revenue from streaming, part of negotiations to revise the iPhone maker’s overall …

Apple

Macedonian Publishers Are Panicking After Facebook Killed Their US Political Pages

Over 30 Facebook pages being run from Macedonia have been removed by Facebook in the past two months.<p>Posted on June 22, 2017, 18:24 GMT<p>BuzzFeed News<p>Two false posts from Facebook pages that the social network removed due to terms-of-service violations.<p>The town of Veles, Macedonia, achieved …

Facebook

Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service

Why not work directly with Spotify, Apple and others? Good question.<p>Put this one in the “You can do that, but why would you want to do that?” file: Tesla is talking to the music industry about creating its own streaming music service.<p>Music industry sources say the carmaker has had talks with all of …

Autos

Case Tests Limits of Law Protecting Journalists’ Sources

In 1970, when Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller signed legislation protecting New York journalists from being forced to reveal their anonymous sources, he issued a memo describing freedom of the press as “one of the foundations upon which our form of government is based.”<p>As “the nation’s principle center …

Journalism

News apps are making a comeback. More young Americans are paying for news. 2017 is weird.

The United States recently elected an unusual president. And to go with the times, Americans are exhibiting some behaviors in media consumption that are, if not unusual, then at least different from those of people in other countries.<p>That’s one of the recurring findings in a report out Thursday …

United States