Media Matters

By Ken Yeung | a magazine devoted to talking all about media-related news and events.

BuzzFeed News Cuts Podcasting Team to Focus on Video

Digital-media company looks to shift resources away from audio to focus on producing more original shows<p>By<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@benmullin<p>benjamin.mullin@wsj.com<p>BuzzFeed News is putting its podcasting ambitions on pause.<p>The digital-media company is cutting …

Podcasting

Digiday Research: 30 percent of publishers say subscriptions are their highest margin products

Digiday+ Member Article<p>For digital publishers, subscription products can be difficult to sell. But for those who succeed the margins can be extremely …

Advertising Industry

Print magazines get away with ads that Instagrammers can’t

<b>Celebrities get lots of free stuff.</b> For big red carpet events like the Emmys, they are given loaner gowns, and the Federal Trade Commission does not …

Social Media

If You See Disinformation Ahead of the Midterms, We Want to Hear From You

As November’s midterm elections approach, The New York Times is looking for examples of online ads, posts and texts that contain political disinformation or false claims and are being deliberately spread on internet platforms to try to influence local, statewide, and federal elections.<p>Times …

U.S. Politics

Ten years after the financial crisis, business journalism awaits its reckoning

<b>Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers,</b> the venerable Wall Street firm, shut down after a failed rescue effort by the US Treasury Department and the Federal …

Wall Street

Bustle Owner Plans to Double Down on Gawker

The company is planning to hire “dozens” of writers and editors ahead of next year’s relaunch, and is scouting other acquisitions<p>By<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@benmullin<p>benjamin.mullin@wsj.com<p>Armed with a new round of venture funding, Gawker’s new owner is planning …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Future Today Institute 2019 Industry Trends: Journalism, Media, Technology

The Future Today Institute's annual report focuses exclusively on tech trends for journalism and media. Our larger annual report, covering tech trends across 20+ industries, is released in March each year.

Trends

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife are buying Time Magazine

Another billionaire tech CEO is buying a prestigious print publication.<p>This time it's Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff. They are buying Time Magazine for $190 million from Meredith Corp.<p>"The Benioffs will hold Time as a family investment," Time editor in chief Edward …

Time Inc.

'I will rape you': female journalists face 'relentless' abuse

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female journalists are facing a “relentless” barrage of attacks and harassment, with nearly a third considering leaving the profession as a result, media support organizations have warned.<p>More than half of women in media have suffered work-related abuse, …

Journalism

Jeff Bezos: Trump should welcome media scrutiny

<b>(CNNMoney) —</b> Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who typically tries to stay out of the political fray, mounted a vigorous defense of press freedom on Thursday evening, saying President Donald Trump should be glad to face media scrutiny.<p>The remarks came during an hour-long, freewheeling conversation with hedge …

Jeff Bezos

The Outline and the curse of media venture capital

<b>It began, as so many similar stories do,</b> with a series of tweets. On September 4th, a writer at The Outline, a news startup founded in 2016 by Joshua …

Columbia Journalism School

Jeff Bezos says his 'stewardship of the Washington Post' helps 'support American democracy'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered some new insight into how he views his ownership of The Washington Post on Thursday, writing that his stewardship helps …

Jeff Bezos

'60 Minutes' producer Jeff Fager leaving CBS amid allegations of inappropriate conduct

Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of "60 Minutes," was fired on Wednesday amid accusations of inappropriate conduct at the acclaimed newsmagazine.<p>"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately," CBS News president David Rhodes said in a memo to staffers on Wednesday.<p>The …

Jeff Fager

Gawker Set to Relaunch Under New Owner Bryan Goldberg (EXCLUSIVE)

Gawker will rise from the ashes in a new iteration of the website to be launched next year, <i>Variety</i> has learned.<p>The reborn Gawker comes under the …

Peter Thiel

A letter from the editor: Engadget’s next chapter

I've been watching Engadget evolve for almost eight years now.<p>Hello again. Allow me to reintroduce myself: I am Dana Wollman, once Engadget's resident laptop reviewer, later managing and executive editor, and now editor in chief. I'm delighted to be taking the reins at the site I've called home for …

Online Privacy

These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook

At least three of Facebook’s 34 fact-checking partners have been trolled, doxxed or threatened for working with the social media company.

Technology

Three Hours Up Close With Alex Jones of Infowars

<i>Times Insider</i> <i>delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.</i><p>In our article, “Conspiracy Theories Made Alex Jones Very Rich. They May Bring Him Down,” my colleague Emily Steel and I shed light on Alex Jones’s Infowars business.<p>I met Mr. …

Alex Jones

Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service

Last March, Apple bought Texture, a digital magazine service. Now it wants the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal to join up.<p>Earlier this year, Apple got into the magazine business by buying a digital magazine distributor. Now it wants to add daily news to the mix.<p>Apple …

Apple

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue: 'There's a real bright road ahead for publishers'

Flipboard, the news curation platform, has aggregated stories from The New York Times to Vanity Fair to The Drum on mobile and its web client for …

Advertising

Apple Hires Former Condé Nast Executive for News App

Apple is beefing up the management of its Apple News product, with the recent hiring of veteran media executive Liz Schimel.<p>The hiring is another …

A Daily Caller Editor Wrote for an ‘Alt-Right’ Website Using a Pseudonym

Scott Greer, an editor and columnist at the Caller, also wrote as “Michael McGregor” for Radix Journal, the publication associated with the “alt-right” figure Richard Spencer.<p><i>Updated at 5:29 p.m. ET</i><p>The former <i>Daily Caller</i> writer and editor Scott Greer has severed all ties with the conservative …

Rights & Freedoms

Now Twitter Edits The New Yorker

A common complaint of liberal journalists about conservative politicians is that the latter lack for courage. As in: Paul Ryan knows that Donald Trump is a bigot and a danger, but the House speaker lacks the courage to stand up to the president. Or: Some congressional Republicans understand that …

Donald Trump

The Outline has laid off all of its staff writers

The <i>Outline</i>, the Joshua Topolsky-founded culture website, laid off the last of its two remaining staff writers today. On Twitter, one staff writer, Paris Martineau, announced the shakeup. I’ve confirmed that the other full-time staff member, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, has also been let go. And other …

Employment

Digital Trends, a rare profitable and growing independent publisher, looks to expand

Digital Trends, a 12-year-old tech news and reviews site, is independent and profitable, but it isn’t immune from business pressures to diversify. …

Profit

Myanmar Journalists Convicted and Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

BANGKOK — The two reporters met the police corporal at his insistence, joining him at a restaurant in Yangon. Confused when the conversation did not live up to the policeman’s initial urgency, the two got up to leave after the meal ended, only to have him hand off two rolled-up pieces of paper with …

Asia

The Biblical Guide to Reporting

More than a dozen years ago I was a finalist for a reporting job at a small newspaper. All I needed to do was survive an interview with the top editor. The other editors warned me, saying their boss took perverse pleasure from smashing the hopes of naïve reporters. I braced myself as he studied my …

Journalism

The Village Voice Is Officially Dead

<i>Village Voice newspaper boxes on a sidewalk in 2013 (Mark Lennihan/AP/Shutterstock)</i><p>Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the …

Journalism

Fueled by the crypto boom, blockchain news outlet CoinDesk is venturing into TV

Digiday+ Member Article<p>CoinDesk is well-known as a news site covering everything happening with the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It’s also the …

Digital Currencies