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Google News launches a streamlined redesign that gives more prominence to fact checking

Google on Tuesday launched a redesigned desktop version of Google News that introduces a more streamlined design, highlights fact checking, and offers users additional personalization. Google News’ desktop site is now broken into three main sections: Headlines, which features the day’s top news stories; Local, which allows users to follow news from certain locations; and...

With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media

For The Atlantic, niche media doesn’t have to mean small business. CityLab, The Atlantic’s site focused on urban development and innovation, is getting a big redesign Tuesday, joining a more refined editorial mission and more ambitious business goals. The new site, whose coverage revolves around the core verticals of design, transportation, environment, equality, and city...

In PRI’s Studio 360, Slate gets its first podcast that’s also a big public radio broadcast

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 125, published June 27, 2017. Just announced: PRI’s Studio 360 is moving to Slate. Wait, what? According to the press release that dropped into my inbox this morning, PRI has formed a new partnership with Slate that will see the digital magazine take on...

The Toronto Star, “surprised by low numbers,” is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app

The Toronto Star announced on Monday that, “after much research,” it’s shutting down Star Touch, the expensive ($23 million invested!) tablet-only app it launched in 2015. The app’s shutdown is accompanied by layoffs of 29 full-time employees and one part-time employee. “The overall numbers of readers and advertising volumes are significantly lower than what the...

Here’s How Digital Advertisers Are Using Waze to Connect With People Behind the Wheel

Waze, the driving navigation app acquired by Google in 2013, pitches its ad products as being ideal for brands that want to act as a utility for drivers. Since launching the platform in 2012, Waze has worked with brands across a variety of industries--from Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's to Adidas and AT&T. With an active...

Candi Castleberry Singleton Will Lead Twitter’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Twitter filled the seat left vacant when vice president of diversity and inclusion Jeffrey Siminoff left the company in February, naming Candi Castleberry Singleton to the same position. Castleberry Singleton was the founder of the Dignity & Respect Campaign. Prior to that, she oversaw diversity and inclusion at Motorola. She announced her move in a...

Hearst’s iCrossing Names a New Global President as Nick Brien Leaves for Dentsu Aegis

iCrossing, the digital agency owned by Hearst Magazines, announced today that Mike Parker has been promoted to president of the organization's 19 offices around the world. The news, announced by Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines president David Carey, comes on the same day Parker's predecessor, Nick Brien, left to become...

The UEFA Champions League Is Coming to Facebook Live via Fox Sports

Soccer's UEFA Champions League is coming to Facebook Live in the U.S. for its 2017-18 season. The social network is teaming up with Fox Sports to livestream two matches per match day in the tournament's group stage, as well as four matches apiece from the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The action kicks off in...

After a String of C-Suite Departures, BBH Announces New Leadership Team in Its New York Office

BBH New York named a new leadership team today following last year's departures of its North American CEO and chief creative officer. Global CEO Neil Munn made the announcement. The Publicis Groupe agency hired Anthony Romano of R/GA to serve as chief executive officer and promoted executive creative director Gerard Caputo and global chief strategy...

Twitter and the Canadian Football League Are Huddling Up to Livestream #CFLTHISWEEK

Twitter is ready for some football, north of the border and of the 110-yard variety. The Canadian Football League reached a livestreaming deal with Twitter Canada covering 30-minute weekly live show #CFLTHISWEEK, which will be livestreamed globally on @CFL Wednesdays at 3 p.m. ET, starting this Wednesday (June 28). #CFLTHISWEEK will be hosted by CFL...

CityLab Gets a New Editor, a New Look and a New Vision

The six-year-old CityLab began its life as Atlantic Cities, receiving a name change and its own site in 2014. Even more changes have arrived with a new redesign announced today. Gone is the "from The Atlantic" branding that accompanied the previous iteration. That's not a mere cosmetic change, but the fruits of a growth plan...

Golf Magazine Promotes David DeNunzio to Editor in Chief

At Fishbowl HQ, we have always envied top-tier golf journalists. They travel from one pristine location to another, pencil in an annual stopover in Augusta and have had the opportunity this season to trade in Sergio Garcia and John Daly feel-good narratives. Among this group is David DeNunzio (pictured), who has been appointed as the...

Facebook Will Soon Let Brands Target Ads at Entire Families or Specific People Within Households

While brands have been buying ads for niche audiences on Facebook for years, they'll soon be able to target ads down to the specific household. Just in time for the holiday-planning season, the social network is introducing a new household audience feature that will let brands direct ads to entire families or to specific people...

90% of Consumers Like Custom Content From Brands, According to a New Time Inc. Study

Time Inc., publisher of People, Time and Sports Illustrated, among others, recently surveyed 17,000 people across three major age demographics (Gen X, millennials and Gen Z) to determine their feelings on custom content and how brands fit into their worlds. About 90 percent of respondents like the idea of custom content as a way for...

2 WPP Agencies Are Starting a New Service Focused Specifically on Amazon

WPP firmly believes that the future belongs to Amazon. Less than two months after acquiring Amazon-only consultancy Marketplace Ignition, the holding group's media agency, Mindshare, and its performance marketing agency, Possible, which...Show More Summary

CNN Producer Apparently Admits Trump-Russia Coverage Is ‘Mostly Bullsht” In O’Keefe ‘American Pravda’ Video

A CNN producer allegedly concedes on hidden camera that the network’s ongoing coverage of the President Trump-Russia investigation is “mostly bullsht” and is a ratings grab. The admission is contained in the latest undercover video released...Show More Summary

Rooted in Rap Royalty, Narrative Focuses on Storytelling for the ‘New American Mainstream’

It's been four years since Tricia Clarke-Stone and Russell Simmons--most notably known as the force behind hip-hop label Def Jam Records--co-founded Narrative, an agency focused on storytelling for the "new American mainstream." Since...Show More Summary

This Infographic Shows How Trump Is Absolutely Driving Media Twitter

Political viewers of all stripes have been inundated with news about President Donald Trump, whose immigration policies and potential ties to Russia have sparked controversy while his tweets routinely set digital chatter ablaze. Socialbakers...Show More Summary

How the Lacoste Polo Shirt Modernized Tennis and Helped Shape Fashion

It was September 1926, and an unforgettable piece of history was about to be made at the U.S. Open. French team player Ren? Lacoste was the No. 1 player in the world, sure to command attention as he stepped onto the grass court of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. But while...

This Former Hollywood Writer Is Helping Netflix Create Daring Campaigns

Betsy Rosenbloom found an entirely new way to say, "Be mine," to promote a Netflix variety show this past February called Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special. A series of cheeky e-cards got right to the heart of the matter: "This Valentine's Day, I'm going to power ballad a baby into you," read one,...

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