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What’s the big journalism trend for 2017? Fear (oh, and voice news bots)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s annual predictions report, released Wednesday, starts out a little bleak and doesn’t exactly let up: In 2017, “key developments will center on fears about how changing technology is affecting the quality of information and the state of our democracy.” The report also highlights publishers’ conflicting views about...

EU court’s decision challenges legality of new UK snooper’s charter

EU Member States’ surveillance laws cannot impose a general and indiscriminate data retention to providers of electronic communications services, the European Court of Justice ruled on 21st December 2016. The decision regards UK’s Data...Show More Summary

D.C. publisher Local News Now closed two sites last year, but it’s still bullish on advertising

2016 wasn’t the best year for Local News Now, a network of hyperlocal sites in the Washington, D.C. area. In July, it closed Hill Now, its site covering the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and merged its coverage with another one of its sites, Borderstan, which focused on a handful of neighborhoods near Dupont Circle. Then, in...

At the BBC, the launch of in-app vertical video is a step toward connecting with new audiences

When BBC News began experimenting with vertical video in its main mobile app last year, many staffers were skeptical. But the player’s development has helped “take some new departments into the world of iterative, user-centered design,” in the words of creative director Ryan O’Connor, and results are promising. In the fall, after internally testing the...

Instagram Is Dropping Ads Into Its Stories Feature, Now 150 Million Daily Users Strong

Instagram is starting to let brands advertise in between its 24-hour video stories section even though the feature just launched in August. Why already? Why not? The scale is there—the Facebook-owned app is revealing today that 150 million people have been using Instagram stories daily. Show More Summary

European Commission's ePrivacy proposal puts forward tougher privacy rules for messaging services

The proposal would extend ePrivacy rules from telecom providers to online voice and messaging services. Read more...

Here's What Makes Disney the Most 'Intimate' Brand for Millennials

If you want to see how much media factors into the lives of millennials, look no further than the latest Brand Intimacy Report. Independent agency MBLM, which is just out with its 2017 report, said its ranking is the "largest study of...Show More Summary

Q&A: A scrappy Wall Street Journal reporter on his jump to Breitbart

The news that respected Wall Street reporter John Carney is leaving his role at The Wall Street Journal to head up a new vertical at the right-wing news site Breitbart raised eyebrows among media types late Monday. As Bloomberg’s Joshua Green first reported, Carney will lead a team of contributors in establishing a business, markets, and economics news site that is...

A Majority of Americans Want Donald Trump to Dump His Twittter Account

If the results of a new survey are any sign, Americans now think Donald Trump should focus on more pressing matters than his Twitter account. According to a survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. adults released today by Quinnipiac University,Show More Summary

H&R Block's CMO on Jon Hamm and Why He's the Perfect Tax-Season Spokesperson

Taxes often are a dull affair, but this year, H&R Block is shaking things up with a new ad campaign starring the dapper Jon Hamm. The set of three ads from agency Fallon, the first of which debuted just after Christmas, uses the tagline "Get your taxes won" as a way of positioning the brand against competitors like TurboTax. Show More Summary

Nearly 3 Million Users Tuned in to Twitter's Golden Globes Red Carpet Livestream

Around 2.7 million Twitter users on Sunday evening viewed the digital platform's red carpet livestreaming collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and Dick Clark Productions (DCP) for the Golden Globe Awards....Show More Summary

Letters from our readers

Here is a selection of letters and emails we’ve received since December 5. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “Paper makes audacious decision to highlight silent...Show More Summary

When it comes to legal issues, journalism schools leave students unprepared, a new study argues

It’s a dangerous time to be a journalist in a courtroom. Aggressive lawsuits against Gawker and Mother Jones, and more recently Techdirt, risk a chilling effect on news organizations and embolden powerful people with the financial wherewithal to level lawsuits against stories they find fault with — regardless of whether the stories actually make any...

Why a Little-Known Lumber Company Is Buying a Pricey 90-Second Spot for Its Super Bowl Debut

Among the many familiar faces in Super Bowl LI, one newcomer looks to stand out with what is so far the game's only 90-second spot. 84 Lumber will join Febreze, Mr. Clean and GNC in making its debut during this year's event, and it is...Show More Summary

Can Scandal's Return Help Resuscitate ABC's Season?

After a long hiatus, Scandal is finally returning to ABC—and not a moment too soon for the struggling network, which desperately needs the show's ratings and ad revenue boost after a difficult fall. Scandal's Season 6 return was delayed until January to accommodate Kerry Washington's pregnancy. Show More Summary

Donald Trump is a media organization

It is inconceivable that Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States, was not watching the Golden Globes on Sunday night, or at least following it on his phone. His difficult history with awards shows is only matched by his intense, professional interest in their outcome. The consistent snubs delivered by the Emmys to The Apprentice, the vehicle that made his...

Facebook Advertisers Now Have More Ways to Create Retargeted Ads

About two years ago, Facebook launched dynamic ads—the retargeted promos that pop up in newsfeeds after someone looks at a product on a retailer's website or mobile app. Now the social giant is expanding the format to let advertisers target more Facebook users based on their web activity. Show More Summary

Snapchat Is Testing New Ad Features to Improve Ecommerce and Lead-Gen Marketing

Snapchat has been steadily introducing ad products during the last couple of years, involving everything from shoppable ads to in-the-feed videos and a full-blown API. The diversification of tools is what many big-budget marketers—who need particular utilities on the mobile platform to do their jobs well—want to see. Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: Nick Offerman Narrates an Ode to HomeAway Not Screwing Up Your Vacation

Goodbye, to-do list. Hi, rum and cool mist." Nick Offerman, just off his visit to CES, returns to narrate another ad for holiday rental company HomeAway, a year after making his debut with the brand. And once again, he's preaching—this...Show More Summary

Hot Pod: The three numbers that mark the state of podcasting in 2017

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 102, published January 10, 2016. Digits to start the year. Is the podcast industry growing, and if so, how? I’m keeping these three numbers taped to the corner of my laptop as benchmarks to keep track: Audience size: 57 million U.S. monthly listeners, according...

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