Buzzfeed Lays Off 100 As It Shifts Business Strategy

BuzzFeed is laying off 100 employees, or 8 percent of its U.S. workforce, as it grapples with how to better generate ad revenue at a time when Google and Facebook dominate the digital market. ...
Source: George Slefo, AdAge
Posted: Nov 30, 2017

ESPN Cuts 150 Employees

The layoffs will occur in studio production, digital content and technology. The network has struggled with how to deal with the fallout over President Trump's targeting of NFL players who choose to kneel in protest during the national ...
Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Matt Lauer Fired After Claims of ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’

NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior,” making the “Today” show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations. ...
Source: Paul Farhi, Washington Post
Posted: Nov 29, 2017

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‘Fake News’ Seized an Idaho City. A Local Paper ‘Jumped Right Into the Coverage

The "Fawnbrook Case" -- a story about three boys charged with sexual assault -- has led reporters from a wide range of news outlets to look at Twin Falls as a microcosm of America in the age of ...
Source: Ryan Bell, CJR
Posted: Nov 28, 2017

‘Jack-of-all-Trades, Master of None’: Why Mashable Flamed Out

Success in digital media requires doing a million things right, though, and Mashable seems to have fumbled a number of them. Former employees and observers cite a loss of editorial focus and unique identity, lack of financial controls, ...
Source: Lucia Moses, Digiday
Posted: Nov 24, 2017

CBS and PBS Drop Charlie Rose Following Allegations of Unwanted Sexual Advances

PBS said it was parting ways with Charlie Rose and CBS announced it fired the 75-year-old broadcaster for “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” following a report that detailed his alleged unwanted sexual advances toward women. ...
Source: J. Freedom du Lac, Washington Post
Posted: Nov 21, 2017

Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of Its News Feed

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the company is working to ferret out Russian propaganda from Google News after facing criticism that Kremlin-owned media sites had been given plum placement on the search giant’s platforms. ...
Source: Justin Ling, Motherboard
Posted: Nov 20, 2017

Digital Media Struggles to Survive Technology's Chokehold

Weeks after Google and Facebook announced record earnings, some of the biggest players in the digital media industry are still struggling to hit revenue projections, make profit or grow. ...
Source: Sara Fischer, Axios
Posted: Nov 17, 2017

The Washington Post Is A Software Company Now

The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges. Then, with Amazon-like spirit, it realized there was a business in helping other publishers do the same. ...
Source: HARRY MCCRACKEN, Fast Company
Posted: Nov 17, 2017

Twitter Says It Will Remove Verification Badges From Accounts That Violate Its Rules

Twitter will begin to remove verification badges from users who violate its rules. The announcement yesterday is a follow-up to a January policy when the company removed the badge from the account of Milo Yiannopoulos. ...
Source: Casey Newton, TheVerge
Posted: Nov 16, 2017

The Financial Times Got 24 Ad Exchanges to Stop Spoofing Its Site

After catching 25 ad exchanges misrepresenting access to its inventory in September, the business news publisher took its fraud-fighting test a step further by purchasing counterfeit inventory. ...
Source: Ross Benes, Digiday
Posted: Nov 16, 2017

Sarah Ellison Joins The Washington Post as a Media Reporter

Ellison, currently a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, will join The Post in January as a staff writer covering media and its intersection with politics, culture and technology. She joins media reporters Margaret Sullivan and Paul Farhi. ...
Source: Liz Seymour, Washington Post
Posted: Nov 16, 2017