2016/03/31

LeSports secures $1.2 billion in series B financing

Fox Sports

The company, now valued at $3.3 billion, specializes in acquiring the streaming rights to sporting events, as well as creating "smart" fitness devices.

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Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

'Not the dinosaurs of print': Funding journalism in the digital age

Editors from The Sunday Times and The Independent discuss their differing approaches to sustaining profitable businesses online

Read Caroline Scott, www.journalism.co.uk

NY Times Launches A Podcast Team

This was, perhaps, inevitable, especially given the success of its Modern Love podcast. Kinsey Wilson, its editor for innovation and strategy, says the process will begin by working with outside partners (as Modern Love does with WBUR) to develop a handful of shows (on longer-tail, rather than breaking news, topics), using that as a platform to build shows internally. Laura Hazard Owen reports. 

Read Laura Hazard Owen , www.niemanlab.org

Chris Elliott on being the Guardian readers' editor – video

After five-and-a-half years as readers’ editor, Chris Elliott is stepping down. Here, he reflects on his experience and the challenges of the role. He talks about the difficulties of being independent, the importance of admitting when newspapers get things wrong, responding to readers’ anger and the difficulties of dealing with allegations of Islamophobia or antisemitism

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Read Chris Elliott, www.theguardian.com

Mashable Scores $15 Million Investment From Turner

Time Warner unit Turner led a $15 million investment round in online news site Mashable, the companies said Thursday.

As part of the funding agreement, Turner networks and Mashable will produce video together. Kevin Reilly, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment and president of TBS and TNT, will also join Mashable’s board.

The new funding will be used to further expand Mashable’s video offerings across all platforms including linear TV, enhance its proprietary technology and data platforms, and bolster its premium advertising offerings, with a focus on growing the company’s branded video division.

 

Other investors in the round included Time Warner Investments, Updata Partners, David Jones and Mike Lazerow, with participation from R&R Venture Partners, a fund created by Dick Parsons and Ronald Lauder.

Read Joan E. Solsman, www.thewrap.com

Vice UK managers agree to meet over staff plea to unionise

Eight Vice UK workers are behind a push to create a National Union of Journalists chapel to support pay transparency and job security

Vice UK managers have agreed to a meeting to discuss their staff’s request to officially recognise their moves to unionise. Employees in the youth-focused title’s British arm want greater transparency on pay and more job security.

Senior managers wrote to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), which is seeking to represent the staff, ahead of a deadline this week, although a date has not yet been set for the meeting.

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Read Kevin Rawlinson, www.theguardian.com

Unlearning Japanese corporate culture to save the world’s second largest newspaper

Asahi Shimbun's sales have been declining for 12 years and lack of innovation may be the death of it. That's why it's trying to learn from tech entrepreneurs.

Read Peter Rothenberg, www.techinasia.com

How publishers are adapting their video strategies in the age of platforms

Social platforms are prioritizing video. But what works on YouTube doesn’t work on Facebook. What works on Facebook won’t work on Snapchat. With this in mind, publishers including Refinery29 and LittleThings have broke down the walls between different departments. Others, like The Atlantic and Newsy, acknowledge the changing dynamic between social and video, but have yet to switch things up.

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Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

How publishers are adapting their video strategies in the age of platforms

Social platforms are prioritizing video. But what works on YouTube doesn’t work on Facebook. What works on Facebook won’t work on Snapchat. With this in mind, publishers including Refinery29 and LittleThings have broke down the walls between different departments. Others, like The Atlantic and Newsy, acknowledge the changing dynamic between social and video, but have yet to switch things up.

The post How publishers are adapting their video strategies in the age of platforms appeared first on Digiday.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Canberra Times goes compact; Fairfax Media to cut 12 full-time editorial positions across ACT

Fairfax Media is set to restructure The Canberra Times, moving the print paper to a compact format and ditching the broadsheet style, as well as cutting 12 full-time editorial positions across the ACT. The redesigned compact weekday, Saturday and Sunday Canberra Tunes will be introduced in the second half of 2016 and will be the same […]

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Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Instagram is coaching advertisers to approach it exactly the same way they do Facebook

Digiday :: Agencies have been getting new insights from Instagram about how best to use the platform in light of two major changes: It is integrated with Facebook’s automated ad technology, and it plans to use an algorithm that curates content for users.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

How the media lost control of campaign coverage

Huffington Post :: We have, at our fingertips, the ability to ferret the truth in an instant. Yet we’ve arrived at a time when a front-running candidate for president can operate free and clear of any factual grounding, and before anyone catches up with the last mis-statement another one will be forthcoming.

Read Mark Silva, www.huffingtonpost.com

How Lane Bryant motivated Glamour magazine to prioritize its plus-sized readers

Digiday ::  Glamour magazine’s first-ever partnership with a retailer will highlight a demographic more often shunned by mainstream fashion media. 

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

Newspaper Association of America: ‘Digital ad inventory is not even close to infinite’

Digiday :: While the current measurement of most digital advertising is “impressions,” that metric doesn’t accurately capture what advertisers really want -- which is consumer engagement and a real slice of the precious supply of the public’s attention.

Read David Chavern, digiday.com

Influencer technology platform Tribe calls on industry to develop overall code of conduct

mUmBRELLA :: Influencer technology platform Tribe has called on the blogger and influencer industry to look at adopting an industry-wide code of conduct in an attempt to improve standards around transparency.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

How The Telegraph built its new CMS by focusing on simplicity - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Nieman Lab ::  The British newspaper was previously using five separate online publishing systems, each of which larded up the publishing process with dozens of fiddly steps.

2016/03/30

CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Defends Donald Trump Coverage After Another Record-Setting Night

 

NEW YORK -- CNN president Jeff Zucker on Wednesday defended his network’s heavy focus on Republican front-runner Donald Trump the day before, particularly its coverage of the arrest of Trump's campaign manager, according to network sources. 

 

Zucker kicked off Wednesday's employee town hall by saying that the previous night’s televised Republican forum, which featured Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was the most-watched ever for that format. 

 

CNN averaged 3.26 million viewers during the three-hour event, with viewership jumping to more than 4 million during the second hour, which focused on Trump. The real estate mogul has been a ratings bonanza for cable news networks like CNN, which is up 165 percent in prime time from a year ago. At the same time, CNN and its network rivals have faced questions about the excessive amount of airtime given to Trump, who has benefited from having his rallies broadcast live and being able to routinely call in to news shows rather than appearing in person.

 

During Wednesday's town hall, an employee asked why CNN seemed to devote “80 to 90 percent” of its airtime Tuesday to Trump, and to the news of the battery charge against his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. The employee pointed out that there were other significant news stories Tuesday, such as a Supreme Court decision on public-sector unions and President Barack Obama's pledge of new initiatives to fight opioid abuse.

 

“We actually covered every one of these stories on CNN, but they weren't all necessarily on television," Zucker said, according to sources who were not authorized to discuss the internal meeting. 

 

Since taking the helm in 2012, Zucker has taken an all-in approach to CNN's television coverage, with certain big stories -- from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 to the 2016 election -- dominating the channel. Zucker said Wednesday that CNN is "covering more news than we have ever covered" if one factors in the network's robust digital operation. 

 

A CNN spokeswoman reached by The Huffington Post did not provide a comment. 

 

Speaking at Wednesday's town hall, Zucker said there has been "too much handwringing" over the media's coverage of Trump, according to sources.

 

CNN has also come under scrutiny for hiring two political commentators, Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany, whose on-air roles seem to be primarily as Trump boosters and defenders.

 

In September, The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported that Trump's campaign had passed along Lord’s name to CNN in an effort to counter what it considered to be an excess of “Jeb Bush-friendly analysis” on the network. Lord spent time defending Trump as a unpaid guest before he was hired as a paid contributor. 

 

On Wednesday, Zucker said he’s “really comfortable" with Lord's role at the network. The network chief touted CNN's “tremendously diverse roster of analysts," including Lord, as being a big part of the network's success this election cycle. 

 

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

 

 

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Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

Bots are coming to Skype on iOS, Android, HoloLens, and desktop

Microsoft today announced at its Build developer conference in San Francisco that Skype chats will be getting chatbots to interact with users. It’s coming today to Skype desktop, iOS, and Android — and eventually Skype for the HoloLens augmented reality headset. The new tools can loop other bots into the conversation, and it can even pre-populate […]

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

Jack Shafer: Spare me your hypocritical #journalism lecture, Mr. President

Politico :: At an awards ceremony, Obama praises journalists. Back in the White House, he blocks honest press queries with all his power.

Read Jack Shafer, www.politico.com

Twitter now lets users add image descriptions to help the visually impaired - The Verge

The Verge :: Twitter is working to make it easier for people with visual impairments to access and understand images uploaded to the site.

Read Ananya Bhattacharya, www.theverge.com

Is the future of social justice journalism still bright?

Poynter :: Police shootings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Walter Scott, the battle for marriage equality and the ongoing political fight over immigration have prompted exhaustive, searching stories about minority groups in America during the last two years.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

In rebrand, Bloomberg Business is now just ‘Bloomberg’

Digiday :: Going forward, Bloomberg Business will be simply “Bloomberg.” The consumer financial news site (which was found at Bloomberg.com anyway) is dropping the word as part of a homepage redesign. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Music streaming company Spotify raises $1bn in convertible debt

Reuters :: Spotify has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from private equity firm TPG Capital and hedge fund Dragoneer Investment Group, a spokeswoman for the music streaming service said.

Read Alan John Koshy, www.reuters.com

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