Off the Top

This subsection of the Need to Know newsletter offers a different take on the top story of the day.

Pay-per-article platform Blendle has launched in the US, with partners including NYT and WSJ

You might have heard: A Dutch startup called Blendle is trying to get readers to pay by the article, with investors including The New York Times Co. and Axel Springer But did you know: Dutch startup Blendle has officially launched in the United States with its “iTunes for news” model. The New York Times, Wall […]

Nick Denton says the Hulk Hogan case was really about racist comments made in an unreleased video and that Gawker will win on appeal

You might have heard: A Florida jury ordered Gawker to pay $115 million to Hulk Hogan, but legal experts say the effect on press freedom from the case is likely to be limited But did you know: Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker wasn’t really about a sex tape that Gawker published, but instead about racist […]

With an investment from Gannett, Billy Penn’s parent company Spirited Media will expand into new cities

You might have heard: Jim Brady launched Billy Penn in 2014 as a mobile-focused news site for Philadelphia But did you know: Gannett is now a minority owner of Spirited Media, the parent company of Billy Penn. With Gannett’s investment, Billy Penn will be able to add positions in editorial, design, development, events and sales. […]

Legal experts says the effect on press freedom from the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case is likely to be limited

You might have heard: A Florida jury ordered Gawker to pay $115 million to Hulk Hogan and found Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor Albert Daulerio personally liable in the case (Ars Technica) But did you know: Before a verdict in the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit, some were saying that a ruling against Gawker […]

The decision not to promote NPR One on air is a result of public radio’s local station structure

You might have heard: NPR says it will no longer promote its podcasts or NPR One on air (NPR Ethics Handbook) But did you know: On the surface, it seems silly that NPR wouldn’t want to promote its successful NPR One product on air, Joshua Benton writes. But while NPR One encourages localization and brings […]

Tribune Publishing is the highest bidder for the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise at $56 million

You might have heard: In a letter to Freedom Communications, the US Justice Department warned that if Tribune Publishing purchased the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, it would take antitrust action But did you know: Tribune Publishing will be the new owner of Freedom Communications’ Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, beating out Digital […]

The US Justice Department warns that if Tribune Publishing purchases the Orange County Register, it will take antitrust action

You might have heard: Freedom Communications is selling the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise in a formal auction today, which includes Tribune Publishing and Digital First Media and Tribune Publishing as bidders (Los Angeles Daily News) But did you know: According to a letter to Freedom Communications, the U.S. Justice Department sees “serious” antitrust […]

Neither better advertising nor soft approaches may be the answer to ad blocking

You might have heard: Publishers are growing increasingly concerned about ad blocking, and some say better advertising or asking users to turn off their ad blockers could be the solution But did you know: At its WTF Ad Blocking event in the U.K., Digiday rounded up publishers to discuss what they’re doing about ad blocking. […]

To get out of a print-first mentality, The Dallas Morning News is completely reorganizing its newsroom

You might have heard: To get the newsroom to think digital-first, The Los Angeles Times is reorganizing its newsroom around a central “news and enterprise hub” But did you know: The Dallas Morning News wants to be a digital-first newsroom, and it’s totally starting over to achieve that. The newspaper will no longer have desks […]

41 percent of Americans say they might be willing to buy a digital subscription to a newspaper if they’re given a persuasive argument, new survey finds

You might have heard: Newspaper publishers in the United States have moved rapidly in recent years to create subscriptions for digital access to their news, and 78 percent of newspapers with circulations over 50,000 are using a digital subscription model But did you know: According to a new survey by Meclabs, 41 percent of Americans […]