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Google is reportedly working on subscription tools for publishers

Google on Friday became the latest tech giant to begin rolling out tools to help publishers recruit subscribers. The initiative, which is three-pronged, is being piloted by The New York Times and Financial Times, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news: Relaunching "first click free," the function that allows readers to access paywalled content free of charge if they access … Read More
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Mic lays off 25 staffers in pivot to video

MTV News did it. Vocativ did it. Now it's Mic's turn. The millennial-focused digital news publisher announced on Thursday that it was laying off 25 staffers because "we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism." In other words: Fewer people typing and editing words, more people shooting and editing video. Here's how … Read More
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In a few hours, The Marshall Project raised a five-figure sum from its new membership program

Whether it's local public radio stations or nonprofit websites, most membership programs launched by news organizations are aimed at a geographic audience. The Marshall Project, which launched its membership program on Tuesday, wants to change that — and it's already getting results. It's been more than a day since The Marshall Project went live with its membership program, and … Read More
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BuzzFeed inks six-figure deal with Decision Desk to provide election results

Last night, BuzzFeed News political editor Katherine Miller talked over the finer points of Alabama politics with Brandon Finnigan as green and red hearts ghosted up the side of the screen. Comment bubbles began popping up. "Who's winning?" asked one. "Be nice to each other," implored another. "Lunch," said another commenter, nonsensically. Miller and Finnigan were live on Periscope … Read More
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Are tech and media becoming the same beat? Financial Times has a reporter in L.A. to cover the convergence

When Disney announced last week that it was launching a streaming service to compete with Netflix, Financial Times tech reporter Tim Bradshaw couldn't get to the story. The former Londoner was busy unpacking boxes in his new apartment in Los Angeles, where he'd moved from San Francisco to cover the intersection of tech and entertainment — exactly the kind … Read More
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Last month, Baltimore City Paper said it was closing. Now, a nonprofit is working to restore the city's alternative media

First, Marc Steiner announced that his popular radio news show was going off the air in late July. Then, the Baltimore City Paper announced it will close its doors later this year. Now, a nonprofit journalism institute is trying to fill the hole left by both outlets — and restore the city's alternative media. A new, Baltimore-based affiliate of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ) … Read More
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Scribd, on the hunt for a bigger trove of journalism, doubles down on magazines

The bigger, the better. Joining the ongoing wave of partnerships and consolidation sweeping the media industry this morning was Scribd, the on-demand reading startup that has ambitions to become the Netflix of text. It announced on Friday a partnership with Zinio, which bills itself as the world’s largest digital magazine producer and distributor, to add 30 new magazine titles to … Read More
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Parse.ly has raised $6.8 million and reached profitability. Here's what it's doing with the money.

Heads-up, Chartbeat, one of your competitors is growing — and it's growing fast. Parse.ly, an analytics platform used by several different news organizations, raised $6.8 million in Series B funding shortly after achieving profitability, according to a Wednesday press release. Sachin Kamdar, co-founder and CEO of Parse.ly, told Poynter the recent cash infusion was a result of several successful months for the company. Read More
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GateHouse acquires Morris Publishing's 11 daily newspapers

New Media Investment Group has acquired Morris Publishing Group, whose portfolio includes the Augusta Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. The price was $120 million for 11 daily newspapers, 30 weeklies and various online assets, which will join New Media's GateHouse chain. The transaction, announced this morning, is expected to close in the fourth … Read More
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With its new site, The Ringer is giving more real estate to podcasts and video (but keeping writing front-and-center)

Fans of Bill Simmons, fear not: The Ringer isn't pivoting to video anytime soon. The sports columnist-turned-podcaster-turned-entrepreneur's website, relaunched on Tuesday, gives more prominence to The Ringer's two biggest multimedia offerings: podcasts and video. New to the relaunched TheRinger.com is a right-hand rail full of video stories and a homepage bar containing a portfolio of podcasts from The Ringer's podcast … Read More
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Can streaming save ESPN?

When Walt Disney Co. reports earnings and talks with financial analysts, box office results for the latest princess movie or the growth of Shanghai Disneyland is secondary. For two years now, the question has been whether the fabulously profitable ESPN franchise may have crested as a business. The company addressed the challenge directly today — spending $1.8 billion to … Read More
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BuzzFeed's latest streaming gambit? A new morning show (brought to you by Wendy's)

BuzzFeed News is launching a morning show on Twitter later this year, and it's hiring a team to get it off the ground. The next broadcast from the company that brought you exploding watermelons and a live goat ambush is a weekday newscast aimed at "an audience that wakes up hungry for the latest in 'fire Tweets,'" according … Read More
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Dear veteran journalists, you deserve better

I never get used to it: the layoffs and buyouts, the shrinking of newsrooms, the doing of more and more with less and less. You’d think, as someone who’s covered the media for nearly four years, that I would have by now. But I remembered recently that I haven’t when one of the reporters I respect the most in this … Read More
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Despite disappointing results, Gannett wants to buy more newspapers

With print revenues plunging and digital businesses coming along slowly, Gannett is still sticking with its plan to acquire more local newspaper organizations. In reporting second-quarter results today, CEO Bob Dickey said that his shopping list includes large metros (serving 500,000 to 3 million people) and smaller organizations that can be clustered geographically with its 109 regional properties. Rekindling … Read More
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