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Newsonomics: Seizing the Brexit-Trump moment, the Murdochs bid for Sky
Are we entering a new age of digital robber barons?
By Ken Doctor
When 9.4 million followers isn’t enough: NBC News will shut down the Breaking News app on Dec. 31
“Experiments eventually need to sustain themselves and in this case, despite every effort, we just weren’t able to get there,” said Nick Ascheim of NBC News, which owns Breaking News.
By Nieman Lab Staff
The Wall Street Journal is confident its “bendier” paywall will draw the paying readers it needs to survive
Despite a bad fall shadowed by news about ad revenue declines and layoffs, the Journal has ridden what seems to be a post-election wave of interest in paid media. It’s counting on changes in paywall strategy to bring in even more digital subscribers.
By Shan Wang
Pushing to kill regulations (and weaken fair use), the newspaper lobby is asking Trump for change
The president-elect may not always get along with reporters, but a shared desire for fewer regulations could be common ground for his administration and the newspaper industry over the next few years.
By Ricardo Bilton
Stat launches a $299/year subscription with original content, events, and a private Slack group
“It was a high bar to just get out there and get people out there to know us and read us.”
By Ricardo Bilton
Hot Pod: Macmillan’s new network shows how podcasts can be a logical next step for book publishers
Plus: “The number of potential distribution points for on-demand audio is kinda getting out of hand.”
By Nicholas Quah
Newsonomics: The New York Times is setting its sights on 10 million digital subscribers
The branded content business, meanwhile, isn’t growing as strongly as projected.
By Ken Doctor
Voice of San Diego is spearheading a team to help other smaller news outlets build membership programs
The centralized News Revenue Hub is helping a pilot group of five news organizations — Honolulu Civil Beat, InsideClimate News, The Lens, NJ Spotlight, and PolitiFact — with everything from technical installation to email targeting.
By Shan Wang
Newsonomics: Seizing the Brexit-Trump moment, the Murdochs bid for Sky
Are we entering a new age of digital robber barons?
By Ken Doctor
When 9.4 million followers isn’t enough: NBC News will shut down the Breaking News app on Dec. 31
“Experiments eventually need to sustain themselves and in this case, despite every effort, we just weren’t able to get there,” said Nick Ascheim of NBC News, which owns Breaking News.
The Wall Street Journal is confident its “bendier” paywall will draw the paying readers it needs to survive
Despite a bad fall shadowed by news about ad revenue declines and layoffs, the Journal has ridden what seems to be a post-election wave of interest in paid media. It’s counting on changes in paywall strategy to bring in even more digital subscribers.
What We’re Reading
Journalism.co.uk / Madalina Ciobanu
Rhizome is working on an open-source tool to help archive digital content
The 20-year-old New York-based nonprofit hopes its Webrecorder software will make it easier to store visual records of information and materials posted on social media. Anyone can sign up for a free account to create and preserve interactive screen recordings, as well as static snapshots, of any website they browse.
Digiday / Jessica Davies
Why the Financial Times and BBC are header-bidding holdouts
“We do not believe that the use of multiple tags in the page’s header adds any value to the user experience for our global audience.”
Politico / Peter Sterne
Buzzfeed News adds a Pulitzer winner and top Pentagon correspondent to its staff
Anthony Cormier, most recently an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, where he shared the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, joins BF’s investigative Unit. Nancy Youssef, who was most recently The Daily Beast’s senior national security correspondent, will join Buzzfeed’s World team to cover the Pentagon.
WWD / Jean E. Palmieri
Esquire launches a 48-hour popup Snapchat channel
“Esquire’s readers are not well-versed in the use of Snapchat so this initiative is designed to introduce them to the concept.”
Wired / Liz Stinson
The Outline’s bizarre design actually makes a lot of sense
“Its user interface is fashionably opaque — mysterious enough to keep you engaged, but not so impenetrable that it turns you away. This approach has worked before, most famously — and most successfully — for Snapchat.”
The Guardian / Mark Sweney
The Guardian announces partnership with Vice
“The partnership will include co-branded special reports that will air across Vice’s news offerings, which will include Guardian reporters presenting, including on Vice News Tonight.”
Marketing Land / Tim Peterson
Facebook discloses new measurement errors and continues to hone its math
“The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook reports on Pages’ Live videos as well as the engagement figures Facebook reports for off-Facebook links; the latter link engagement metrics were recently used in investigations by BuzzFeed and The New York Times into fake news articles’ performance on Facebook.”
The Stranger / Heidi Groover
More buyouts and possible layoffs are coming to the Seattle Times
“One staffer on the Times metro desk told The Stranger today that more than a dozen people could be laid off. ‘We are into the bone,’ the staffer said. ‘Every cut means news won’t get covered. I question how we can do it.’
TechCrunch / Anthony Ha
BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science
The role is a new one for the company. Among other things, Lotan (who comes to BuzzFeed from startup studio Betaworks) will likely help expand BuzzFeed’s 11-person data science team next year.
Business Insider / Maxwell Tani
Fox News is folding the Roger Ailes-supported site Fox News Latino
‘Virtually all’ Fox News Latino employees would remain at the network. Some observers noted that the site’s coverage appeared to contrast greatly with the network’s opinion programming.
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