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Snopes met its $500K fundraising goal. Now what?

In one day, Snopes received more than $500,000 worth of donations from nearly 20,000 people on GoFundMe in order to keep its doors open. "Stunned and humbled by this. The money is incredibly helpful. The support is priceless," Managing Editor Brooke Binkowski wrote in a tweet Tuesday. "We won't forget. Thank you." The fundraising move was part of the debunking … Read More
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Building your business? See how you stack up to the competition

Whether you're launching a new product or service, or revising the strategy of your current business, it's critical that you know your competition and the marketplace. An analytical review of your competitors will help you chart your course. How big are your competitors’ audiences? Use a web tracking service to get a sense of how many visitors competing websites receive. Read More
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Snopes is locked in a legal battle for control of its website

The owner of Snopes is locked in a legal battle with a small digital services company for control of the popular debunking site. Proper Media — a company that owns, operates and represents web properties  — has issued a legal complaint and demand for a jury trial with Snopes owner Bardav, Inc. for what it calls "a lengthy scheme of concealment … Read More
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NPR employees are renegotiating their contract

NPR is in ongoing contract negotiations with the labor union that represents many journalists at the public radio network, according to representatives from both sides. The negotiations, which are being conducted with the Los Angeles-based SAG-AFTRA union, seek to create "a contract that meets the needs of NPR’s employees and our operations," according to a statement … Read More
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Want to crowdfund your journalism? Here are 10 tips for launching a successful campaign

There was a point, three weeks into Poynter’s first crowdfunding project, when we wondered just what we’d gotten ourselves into. Coming off a week with few donations, nine days to go and $6,000 short of our all-or-nothing goal, we asked ourselves why we had taken such a public risk when we knew the project could fail this spectacularly. When … Read More
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Gannett's USA TODAY Network picking up momentum with new chief content officer

"We've come a long way fast." Joanne Lipman said of the USA TODAY Network she has been directing for the last three months. As if to prove her a woman of her word, three upcoming developments Lipman told me about in a phone interview last Wednesday have since been announced — a virtual reality news show, a branded … Read More
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Bruce Dold is named editor of the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune changed editors today as Gerould Kern retired after nearly eight years. He will be succeeded by Bruce Dold, the longtime editor of the Tribune's editorial and opinion pages. Kern, 66, said in a phone interview, "I've worked nearly 45 years without a break. I can take a breath and do it now." Publisher Tony Hunter praised Kern … Read More
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Mobile users may be as valuable to advertisers as desktop, Facebook results suggest

Cory Bergman, general manager of NBC's Breaking News mobile startup, published a blog post the other day with a provocative headline: "The Surprising Value of a Mobile User." That familiar truism about trading print dollars for digital dimes, then for mobile pennies may no longer be true if it ever was, Bergman (a former member of Poynter's National Advisory … Read More
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Want a personalized TV newscast? Watchup claims it has the app for that

The notion of the video equivalent of an RSS feed has been kicking around for years, so I pay attention when a startup makes the case that timing and technology are finally right to bring personalized newscasts to market. That's the pitch of entrepreneur Adriano Farano's Watchup, an early-stage Silicon Valley business with a staff of 10 and users … Read More
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Ricky Mathews is leaving the helm of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune

Ricky Mathews, who led the planning and execution of the digital-first publishing strategy at NOLA.com four years ago, will be leaving that position later in 2016. Advance Local, NOLA's parent, announced that Mathews will continue as president of the company's Southeast Division and work on picking his successor. The digital moves were paired with eliminating print editions several … Read More
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People don't want to trade privacy for targeted ads

The Pew Research Center has released another in a series of studies of privacy issues with fresh evidence that consumers do not want to sacrifice personal information to get served targeted ads. A separate study from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, to be presented at a Federal Trade Commission conference today, finds many consumers resigned … Read More
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Digital sales collective, Local Media Consortium, gets straight on its total audience

The Local Media Consortium which sells digital ads for 1,660 local sites, two-thirds of them affiliated with newspapers, has done its first comScore study to verify its reach. The count for November was more than 133 million, the consortium announced earlier this week, which it said makes it the seventh most visited entity comScore tracks.  (The New York Times and … Read More
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What's next for the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

To say that things are returning to normal at casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal would be a huge stretch. I would contend, though, that this week's well-chronicled events at the paper represent first steps down that road — and not necessarily tiny ones. Wednesday afternoon, Glenn Cook, the newspaper's senior editorial writer, was named interim editor. The week … Read More
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John Paton resurfaces as investor and consultant to digital vendors

John PatonWhen John Paton stepped down as CEO of Digital First Media July 1, he didn't really leave the legacy news transformation business, much less slink away with mea culpas for a failed effort to right the company financially, then sell it. Paton had prearranged a soft landing, hanging out his shingle as IVA Ventures, a company … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch says Tribune Publishing is being sold

Media business reporter Rupert Murdoch has scooped us all with a tweet Friday saying he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is being sold to a Wall Street firm and the Los Angeles Times spun off to a local group. Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA … Read More
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