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Need to Know: Nov. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last week, Mashable sold to Ziff Davis for $50 million, about $200 million less than it was valued at a year prior (TechCrunch), while WSJ reported that BuzzFeed and Vice will both miss their revenue targets for […]

Need to Know: Nov. 17, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Sinclair Broadcasting and other major owners of local TV stations have long wanted the FCC to relax its media ownership rules, allowing ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast station in a single market (The Street) But […]

Need to Know: Nov. 16, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Time Inc. tried to sell itself earlier this year with a monthslong bidding process with several potential buyers (Recode), and announced in April that it would remain independent and not sell (New York Times); Meredith tried to […]

Need to Know: Nov. 15, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In its Q3 results, The New York Times reported that its surge in digital subscriptions and digital advertising made up for print losses (New York Times) But did you know: The New York Times may be headed […]

Need to Know: Nov. 14, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Spirited Media laid off staff at its three local news sites earlier this month, saying that it would be seeking new streams of revenue going forward (CJR) But did you know: Spirited Media is abandoning direct-sold advertising […]

Need to Know: Nov. 13, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore. Now is that a coincidence? That’s what I mean when I say […]

Need to Know: Nov. 10, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Owner Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist last week (Wall Street Journal), and the site’s archives were temporarily taken offline (Washington Post) But did you know: The Freedom of the Press Foundation is trying to […]

Need to Know: Nov. 9, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Earlier this year, McClatchy reported that federal investigators are examining whether far-right media such as InfoWars and Breitbart played a role in promoting Russian misinformation (McClatchy) But did you know: InfoWars has republished more than 1,000 RT […]

Need to Know: Nov. 8, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: News organizations including The Washington Post, The A.V. Club and New York Times joined a boycott against Disney’s advance movie screenings in solidarity with the Los Angeles Times after the paper was barred from Disney’s screenings (CNN […]

Need to Know: Nov. 7, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last month, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on numerous allegations of sexual harassment against film producer Harvey Weinstein brought by women both formerly and currently working in the film industry But did you […]

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