Off the Top

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

Salon Media Group’s new CEO’s plans to turn the company around includes growing through acquisitions

You might have heard: Salon was once seen as “an embodiment of the media’s future,” but continued to struggle financially and lost many of its respected writers (Politico Media) But did you know: Jordan Hoffner was named CEO of Salon Media Group last week, and he’s already got big plans to turn the company around. In […]

The business value of BuzzFeed’s journalism is coming into question, and some say BuzzFeed could curtail news to focus on video and entertainment

You might have heard: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed is in the business of news because “it’s good for the world, it’s good for business, and it’s good for our company culture” But did you know: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote an essay last summer about why BuzzFeed does news, but some are questioning the […]

Facebook says its investigation found no systematic bias in the trending news section, but it can’t rule out unintentional bias

You might have heard: The US Senate Commerce Committee has launched an inquiry into Facebook’s news curation after former news curators said they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section But did you know: Responding to Sen. John Thune’s letter on its trending news section, Facebook says its own investigation found no systematic […]

Tribune Publishing says it will ‘thoroughly review’ Gannett’s revised offer

You might have heard: Gannett increased its offer to buy Tribune Publishing to $15/share, putting the total value of Tribune at $864 million (USA Today) But did you know: After Gannett upped its acquisition offer, Tribune Publishing say it will “thoroughly review” the revised offer. Gannett’s new offer of $15/share is a 99 percent premium over […]

The New York Times’ plan for international expansion includes turning casual foreign readers into regulars

You might have heard: The New York Times is trying to double its digital revenue to $800 million by 2020 But did you know: With its eye on 10 key international markets, The New York Times announced in April that it would spent $50 million over the next three years to grow on an international […]

Axel Springer wants to become the ‘leading digital publisher’ in the US and the No. 1 publisher in every market it enters

You might have heard: German publisher Axel Springer acquired a controlling stake in Business Insider last fall, starting its push into U.S. media But did you know: Axel Springer says its push into the U.S. media market with its investment in Business Insider is starting to pay off, but it has even bigger goals: CEO Mathias […]

The US Senate Commerce Committee is launching an inquiry into Facebook’s news curation

You might have heard: Former Facebook news curators say they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section But did you know: After Gizmodo reported that former Facebook news curators said they suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, requesting […]

Former Facebook news curators say they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section

You might have heard: Facebook’s trending news section is controlled by a group of contractors who curate the news, who have a list of “preferred media outlets” they’re encouraged to choose from But did you know: Several former Facebook news curators for the site’s trending news section say they regularly suppressed news stories of interest […]

Google is exploring an ‘acceptable ads’ policy, which could require that ads not be obtrusive to readers

You might have heard: Research from API shows that when it comes to what gets people to trust news reporting sources, 63 percent of digital news consumers say it’s vital that ads do not interfere But did you know: Google is getting into the issue of ad blocking with an “acceptable ads” policy, Digiday’s Lucia Moses […]

The closure of the Tampa Tribune may be a start of a new trend, as well as the continuation of an old one

You might have heard: The Tampa Bay Times bought and folded the Tampa Tribune, making Tampa a one-newspaper city But did you know: The collapse of the print newspaper advertising industry hasn’t led to mass closures of newspapers as predicted, Joshua Benton writes. Instead, it’s led to a pattern of annual cutbacks, making the closure […]