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Seymour Hersh on Spies, State Secrets, and the Stories He Doesn’t Tell

In an interview with Columbia Journalism Review, Hersh discusses his recent memoir "Reporter." The book looks at Hersh's investigative journalism career over the past 50 years, including his reporting on the My Lai Massacre. ...
Source: Elon Green, CJR
Posted: Jun 04, 2018

How Publishers Get Their Employees to Come Up With New Product Ideas

Last summer, in a hunt for new product ideas, Politico turned to its employees. The publisher held a “Shark Tank”-style competition, a first for the company, where staffers from across the organization pitched ideas for new and improved ...
Source: Max Willens, Digiday
Posted: Jun 01, 2018

Russian Journalist Says He Faked His Own Death With Pigs' Blood and a Makeup Artist

Arkady Babchenko staged his own murder as part of an elaborate plot to catch an alleged assassin. Speaking at a press conference in Kiev, the anti-Kremlin journalist described how he was shown how to fall as if he ...
Source: Nathan Hodge, CNN
Posted: May 31, 2018

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What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You

Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. Journalist Erin Biba knows this first-hand, as she's had a couple of run-ins with the founder of Tesla and ...
Source: The Daily Beast
Posted: May 29, 2018

This Media Startup Is Beating the Competition With a Newsroom Run by Robots

JX Press is a combination of social media and artificial intelligence. The Japanese company developed a tool that uses machine learning to find breaking news in social media posts and then writes it up as news reports. ...
Source: Shoko Oda, Bloomberg
Posted: May 27, 2018

Twitter to Verify Election Candidates Using Ballotpedia

Twitter will rely on the online encyclopedia to identify the legitimate accounts of those who've qualified for the ballot. It's part of a trend of tech companies outsourcing decision-making on political questions. ...
Source: NANCY SCOLA, Politico
Posted: May 24, 2018

Here’s Who Owns What in Big Media Today

The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies — studios — made stuff — TV shows and movies — and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers. Now things are up for grabs. ...
Source: Rani Molla , Recode
Posted: May 23, 2018

Vanity Fair Cuts More Staff

In a new round of cuts, Vanity Fair laid off six employees on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The magazine already parted ways with 15 employees in mid-February, after new editor Radhika Jones took over. ...
Source: Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter
Posted: May 22, 2018

Publishers Try to Use Ad Annoyance as a Lure to Subscribers

Publishers hunting for subscribers like to say they’re delivering an experience worth paying for. Increasingly, that’s starting to mean “one that has no mobile ads.” ...
Source: Max Willens, Digiday
Posted: May 22, 2018

The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge

A group of journalists protesting outside the offices of a New York City hedge fund recently shined a light on a little-known fact about the state of the local American newspaper: Behind the scenes, financial firms often hold ...
Source: Gerry Smith, Bloomberg
Posted: May 22, 2018

TheSkimm Receives Another Round of Funding

TheSkimm, a digital media company built on a daily newsletter aimed at millennial women, has closed out a $12 million Series C funding round with a group of mostly female investors, including Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks. ...
Source: Todd Spangler, Variety
Posted: May 21, 2018

Fox News' Neil Cavuto Hosts 17 Hours Of Live TV A Week Despite Physical Challenges

Cavuto hosts more hours of cable news than anyone else at the big three news cable channels. And he does it despite having multiple sclerosis, which prevents him from doing so much as reading from a teleprompter. ...
Source: Davd Folkenflik, NPR
Posted: May 18, 2018