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Need to Know: Dec. 2, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Daily Mail bought viral Facebook publisher Elite Daily in January 2015 (Elite Daily) in a deal that at the time was thought to be valued at $40 million to $50 million (Business Insider), and as recently […]

Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen revealed the mission statement of their new startup Axios: ‘Media is broken—and too often a scam’

You might have heard: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen left Politico earlier this year to start a new media outlet targeted to “corporate executives and other professionals with a mix of business and political news” (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: Few details have been available about Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen’s new media startup […]

Need to Know: Dec. 1, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen left Politico earlier this year to start a new media outlet targeted to “corporate executives and other professionals with a mix of business and political news” (Wall Street Journal) But did you […]

Need to Know: Nov. 30, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: A week after the election, The New York Times said it had added 41,000 subscribers since Election Day But did you know: Since Election Day, The New York Times has added 132,000 subscribers — 10 times what […]

Need to Know: Nov. 29, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The FCC is encouraging broadcasters to sell some or all of their spectrums to the FCC, which it will then sell to mobile communications companies to provide more bandwidth for customers (Federal Communications Commission) But did you […]

Need to Know: Nov. 28, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that he won the popular vote in the election because “millions of people” voted illegally (@realDonaldTrump, Twitter), a claim that isn’t true (Politico) But did you know: Too few news organizations are […]

Need to Know: Nov. 23, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After holding an off-the-record meeting with network executives on Monday (Huffington Post), Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger on Tuesday and to speak on the record with NYT reporters and […]

Need to Know: Nov. 22, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Donald Trump held an off-the-record meeting with network executive and anchors at Trump Tower on Monday (Huffington Post) But did you know: Trump used his meeting with network executives to berate them for their dishonesty and shortsightedness […]

Need to Know: Nov. 21, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Mark Zuckerberg downplayed the notion that Facebook influenced the election by promoting fake news stories, saying it was “a pretty crazy idea” (BuzzFeed News) But did you know: Mark Zuckerberg says that while misinformation is important to […]

Need to Know: Nov. 18, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After the presidential election, news organizations from The Wall Street Journal to The Atlantic are seeing significant upticks in digital subscriptions (Huffington Post) But did you know: The New York Times says it has added 41,000 subscriptions […]

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