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Subway Chooses BBDO as Agency to Guide It Into the Post-Jared Era

Beleaguered sandwich chain Subway has chosen BBDO as its new creative agency of record after a review. The company announced its review earlier this summer after two big changes: the departure of chief marketing officer Tony Pace and...Show More Summary

IFC Is the Second Network to Postpone a Show That Echoes Virginia Shootings

A second network has decided to delay an episode of its programming because of similarities to Wednesday's tragic Virginia shootings. IFC is postponing tonight's episode of Documentary Now!, its new comedy series created by Saturday Night Live alums Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Show More Summary

Virginia Shooting: ‘New York Daily News’ Sparks Outrage With Cover Showing Alison Parker’s Death

The New York Daily News is coming under fire after publishing a cover showing the murder of two television journalists in Virginia. The pair — Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27 — were shot and killed during a live broadcast on WDJB-7 TV on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Here Are the Perks BuzzFeed and WPP Will Get From Partnering With Each Other

In an effort to marry analytics capabilities with a global roster of brands, GroupM and BuzzFeed on Thursday announced a one-year partnership to further harness the power of data and branded content. GroupM, the media buying arm of WPP, is hoping to bolster its ongoing partnerships while growing its use of relevant content for younger generations. Show More Summary

Now You Can Post Portrait and Landscape Shots to Instagram

Even Instagram is getting on board with vertical video. The photo-sharing app released an update today to support photos and videos shot in portrait and landscape mode. Until now, users could only post perfectly square images, but that isn't how most people shoot photos and videos. Show More Summary

The Atlantic is returning to blogging

Blogging is back at The Atlantic. Last night, the magazine launched Notes, a new section on its site that’s harkens back to the site’s earliest days when blogs featuring writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Andrew Sullivan, and Jeffery Goldberg were among its main draws. With an emphasis on shorter takes, quick-hit news, and reader engagement, The...

The mourning of AJR is less about a decline in press criticism than the loss of an institution

The ecosystem of press criticism is probably as strong now as it has ever been: columnists like Jack Shafer of Politico, public-minded academics like Jay Rosen of NYU, in-house critics like New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. There are press watchdog organizations and regular press reporting and criticism in places like Gawker and major...

Nice try, government officials, but this time the law is on the citizen’s side

Government officials can get creative when they want to hide information from public view. They sue people who request records. They try to kill programs designed to allow citizens to resolve FOI disputes without filing a lawsuit. They make decisions in open meetings without public deliberation. They even use Sunshine Week to propose bills to make it more difficult for...

Sports Illustrated Gears Up for College Football Season With a New Site

Sports Illustrated is gearing up for the college football season with the launch of its newest digital vertical, Campus Rush. The site, which officially debuted yesterday, focuses on the culture and lifestyle surrounding the sport. According...Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: This Incredible Scouting Ad Shows How Lessons Can Last a Lifetime

Being a Scout isn't just about roasting marshmallows and hiking through the wilderness. It's also about learning life-saving skills that stick with you far beyond childhood. In a new ad from Scouts South Africa and Cape Town agency Not Norm, we see just how important these lessons can be. Show More Summary

Embracing the 'Future,' Discovery Goes All-In on Virtual Reality

Discovery Communications said in May that virtual reality is "like seeing the future." Now, it's more like seeing the present. The company announced today it has launched its virtual-reality platform, Discovery VR. "Discovery Communications...Show More Summary

Quiz: Who Said It? Advertising Executive Edition

If you're looking for an inspirational or insightful quote about the state of advertising, the industry or creativity, look no further than the men and women at the top. Ad execs are never short on words about the business, but do their words stick with people over time? Take our quiz and find out how many quotes you can match with the correct advertising executive.

Gannett offers early retirement package to staffers 55 and older with 15 years of service

Gannett CEO Bob Dickey sent this letter to employees Thursday morning: Good Morning, I wanted to let you know that today we are offering eligible, long-term Gannett employees within certain business segments and departments of our company the opportunity to take advantage of an early retirement program. The employees who are receiving the offer all … Read More

Will GIF-Powered Emails Get More People RSVP'ing for Events?

GIFs have already overtaken brands' social media and online video. Next up: Email marketing. Event-planning platform Splash and Giphy—a GIF library and search engine—are teaming up today to let marketers plug GIFs into the emails and landing pages that Splash uses to organize gatherings and RSVP lists. Show More Summary

As the WDBJ tragedy evolves, how will journalists frame the story?

It is less than an hour’s drive from Roanoke, due south across Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, to Smith Mountain Lake, where WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward—24 and 27 years old, respectively—were shot to death by a former colleague on live TV early Wednesday morning. Nothing prepares journalists anywhere for the murder of our own. Yet the news...

A Cincinnati TV station with a paywalled site is challenging the city’s leading daily newspaper

In Cincinnati, all eyes — or, at the very least, the eyes of those in the local news broadcasting business — have been on WCPO, an E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate television station that in January 2014 put up a hard paywall on its website WCPO.com. It is, at least according to Scripps, the first TV...

How to follow today’s CUNY summit on membership strategies online

CUNY is holding a day-long membership summit — “Membership Strategies for Media: Beyond Pledges and Paywalls” — on Wednesday at its Tow-Knight Center for Digital Journalism in New York. The full program, led by Jeff Jarvis, includes panels with Melody Kramer, who recently wrote about expanding membership models as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow; Josh...

Press Publish 14: Jenna Weiss-Berman on BuzzFeed’s podcast strategy and moves into audio news

It’s Episode 14 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Jenna Weiss-Berman, the director of audio at BuzzFeed. Jenna was hired last fall to figure out the site’s podcasting strategy, and thus far she’s launched three shows, each targeting the sites’s young diverse audience. Just about everything BuzzFeed does draws attention,...

At the New York Daily News’s Innovation Lab, inspiration comes from outside startups and events

Yesterday, Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow Freek Staps wrote about the many ways that news organizations can incorporate a startup-like mentality into their newsrooms. The New York Daily News is trying to do this by actually inviting startups in: Its Innovation Lab program, launched in 2013, was expressly designed to collaborate with the burgeoning New York...

The Players Tribune Will Launch Its First-Ever Branded Series Next Week

The Players Tribune is furthering its push into digital video with the new series, From Somewhere. It'll be the 10-month old, Derek Jeter-founded sports site's first branded series and will be sponsored by Powerade. In fact, From Somewhere was inspired by Powerade's "Just a Kid" campaign, featuring Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. Show More Summary

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