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Need to Know: Feb. 8, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Tronc announced on Wednesday that it is selling the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to billionaire investor Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million in cash (Reuters) But did you know: Tronc’s sale of the Los Angeles […]

Need to Know: Feb. 7, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Former Chicago Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk was named editor of the Los Angeles Times last week (New York Times) after the newsroom clashed with previous editor Lewis D’Vorkin (CJR) But did you know: Tronc is preparing to […]

Need to Know: Feb. 6, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Newsweek Media Group, the publisher of Newsweek and International Business Times, was accused of buying traffic and engaging in ad fraud (BuzzFeed News), which was reported after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided the Newsweek headquarters and […]

Need to Know: Feb. 5, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Many news organizations have eliminated their comments sections over the last few years: “The comment space is just one tool for interaction and discussion, and it can be a highly effective one. But only if organizations are […]

Need to Know: Feb. 2, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In January, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided the Newsweek headquarters, taking photos of computers and servers (New York Post) But did you know: The publisher of Newsweek and International Business Times is accused of buying traffic […]

Need to Know: Feb. 1, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: When BuzzFeed missed its 2017 revenue targets, some said it was the latest sign of “turbulence in digital media” (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: Quality, scale and sustainability are paramount in digital media today, Vox […]

Need to Know: Jan. 31, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Google sometimes highlights what it calls “featured snippets” at the top of search results, using algorithms to highlight an answer to a specific question (Content Marketing Institute) — but those answers are sometimes “debatable, incorrect and sometimes […]

Need to Know: Jan. 30, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook announced earlier this month that it would decrease the amount of news in its news feed, emphasizing posts from friends and family (New York Times), while prioritizing posts from “trusted” publishers (Ad Age) But did you […]

Need to Know: Jan. 29, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last week, a profile of Los Angeles Times editor Lewis D’Vorkin showed that his former colleagues and people in the newsroom were skeptical of his vague digital plans for the paper (CJR) But did you know: Former […]

Need to Know: Jan. 26, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last fall, GateHouse Media paid $120 million for Morris Publishing Group, which owned 79 publications in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Alaska (Augusta Chronicle) But did you know: With its purchase of The Register-Guard in Eugene, […]

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