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Need to Know: Aug. 26, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Time Inc. is phasing out the role of “publisher”; instead, it’s divided itself into four groups with an editorial director who’s “charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across […]

Need to Know: Aug. 25, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook recently tweaked its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over posts from publishers, and changed it again to show users “personally informative stories” But did you know: Publishers are worried about the viability of […]

Need to Know: Aug. 24, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Some speculated earlier this year that BuzzFeed could curtail its news operations to focus on more profitable areas such as video and entertainment But did you know: BuzzFeed is dividing itself into two distinct departments — BuzzFeed […]

Need to Know: Aug. 23, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Digital subscriptions are key to The Wall Street Journal’s business model, and it currently has about 950,000 digital subscribers (News Corp) But did you know: The Wall Street Journal is aiming for 3 million subscribers by 2017 […]

Need to Know: Aug. 22, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million, but it won’t be buying Gawker.com But did you know: No one media company can own all Millennials, but they can own the ‘iconic’ brands for those readers, Univision’s […]

Need to Know: Aug. 19, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Univision bid $135 million for Gawker Media, but that bid doesn’t include Gawker.com (The Street) But did you know: After Univision excludes Gawker.com from its acquisition offer, Gawker.com will shut down next week (Gawker) After 14 years, […]

What’s missing from investigative journalism right now: Time and funding

“Stories that truly reveal something about the way power works” can’t happen in our current framework, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write. Investigative journalism requires time for reporting — and time costs money. To that end, Mother Jones is calling for its readers to make a tax-deductible, recurring gift to supplement foundation funding, which Bauerlein […]

Need to Know: Aug. 18, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: News organizations including Reuters and The Verge have ended the comment sections, with Vice’s Motherboard saying “the problem is a matter of medium” But did you know: Seeing that only a small number of its readers were […]

Univision is buying Gawker Media and its seven sites for $135 million

You might have heard: The auction for Gawker Media was expected to draw bidders such as New York Magazine and Penske Media, and Univision is trying to diversify and expand its audience through acquisitions But did you know: Despite the buzz around the sale, the auction for Gawker Media on Tuesday drew only two bidders: […]

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