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Sorry, Nick

I remember clearly, in Gawker’s early days, when my old friend Nick Denton insisted that what his new blog was producing was not journalism. He didn’t want to come speak at a journalism school. He refused to hire journalists, as they’d already been ruined for Gawker’s work. But yesterday, in his eulogy for the devil […]

Chobani Says 'Creativity and Modern Thinking' Gave Horizon an Edge in Media Review

Chobani has chosen independent shop Horizon as its media agency of record after a competitive review. This news ends a nearly five-year relationship between the yogurt giant and Omnicom's OMD. "After a thorough and comprehensive search with many great agencies, we've decided Horizon is the best fit for us," said a Chobani spokesperson. Show More Summary

Where does local TV news fit in the digital age? Tegna, a year separated from Gannett, has some ideas

Television isn’t dead; it isn’t even TV, as we’ve known it. Broadcast companies may be weathering for now the rise of platforms, the fractured nature of digital news consumption, the uncertainty of digital advertising models (name a trend, any trend) better than their newspaper peers, but there are plenty of signs of turbulence ahead, especially...

As sites abandon comments, The Coral Project aims to turn the tide

NPR last week announced its decision to shut down comments on its website in favor of comments on social media—saying “the audience itself has decided.” In a post explaining its decision, NPR’s ombudsman and public editor Elizabeth Jensen says only.06 percent of site users comment on the site. NPR guesses that the commenters on the NPR site are not...

Bacardi Is Turning Private Web Surfing Into an Online Scavenger Hunt

Bacardi Most people know Google Chrome's incognito mode for removing any trace of their web history—or for avoiding retargeted digital ads that track their whereabouts. But Bacardi found a clever little hack around private web browsing...Show More Summary

Which Curb Your Enthusiasm Co-stars Will Join Larry David for the Show’s Return?

Almost five years after wrapping Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David is finally preparing to begin production of another season of his HBO comedy. But while Season 9 is scheduled to film this fall, some of Curb's most famous...Show More Summary

Report: The New York Times is expanding to Australia and Canada

The New York Times is planning on expanding to Canada and Australia as part of the paper’s three-year $50 million push to grow its readership outside the United States, Politico reported Tuesday. The Times announced its international growth initiative, called NYT Global, earlier this year, and it also launched NYT en Español, a Spanish-language site...

A controversial ballot measure has Colorado news outlets grappling with the "S" word

On Election Day, voters in Colorado will have a big decision to make: whether to approve an initiative that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription for drugs to end their lives. But before then, news outlets in the state have a decision of their own to make: what language to use when describing the proposal. Like abortion,...

How Samsung Is Helping One Artist Draw His Way Across the Country

Samsung is bringing art to life by sponsoring one artist's quest to draw his way across the U.S.—and showing off the features of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone along the way. Artist and illustrator Timothy Goodman—co-author of the 40 Days...Show More Summary

Hot Pod: Can a political podcast avoid being overtaken by events?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-four, published August 23, 2016. A design challenge for political podcasts. I’ve spilt a fair bit of ink on election-related podcasts over the past few weeks here on Hot Pod, and perhaps just as well: For any serious news media endeavor, the U.S. presidential...

Facebook Is Sprucing Up Its Slideshow Ads With Text and Music

Facebook is updating its Slideshow ads to help marketers make multimedia ads straight from their mobile phones. This morning, the social network unveiled updates to its Slideshow product, which launched nearly a year ago, to now create the ads from the Facebook mobile app. The unit already lets advertisers create multimedia images from still shots. Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: A Reality Show's Stars Learn a Devastating Lesson About Distracted Driving

The teenage stars of YouTube reality series @SummerBreak take an emotional ride in this road-safety PSA with a reveal so powerful, it reduces some of them to tears. Part of AT&T's acclaimed "It Can Wait" campaign against distracted driving, the nearly four-minute video, created by Fullscreen's Strategic Content Group, starts innocently enough. Show More Summary

Nike's 'Unlimited' Series About Everyday Athletes Was the Most Remembered Olympic Ad

To determine the most effective TV spots of the Olympics, Google tracked the top 12 brands with ads that aired during NBC's broadcasts by length and frequency, including Coca-Cola, Nike and BMW. Collectively, the ads generated 3.5 billion impressions. Show More Summary

Innovation in Denmark: building a community willing to pay for quality journalism

In order to succeed in the new media market, you have to rethink the relationship between journalists and readers, according to Danish publication Zetland, which is well on the way to building a community of readers willing to pay for quality journalism. Read more...

Want advice on a youth media strategy? Turn to Africa

To publishers seeking advice and insights on how to attract the youth demographic to their media brands: Look no further than the youth-fertile continent of Africa. Read more...

South Africa's Independent Media builds platforms for the future

Vaulting from medicine to media is an uncommon career move, but South Africa's Dr. Iqbal Survé was inspired to make the jump by a most unusual man: President Nelson Mandela. Today Dr. Survé is Executive Chairman, Independent Media, and Founder & Chairman, Sekunjalo Group. Read more...

Marcelo Rech elected President of the Brazilian newspaper association

Marcelo Rech, President of the World Editors Forum, the organisation within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for chief editors and other senior newsroom personnel, has been elected President of the Brazilian Association of Newspapers (ANJ). Read more...

Can These 5 Messaging Apps Catch Up to Snapchat?

Messaging apps more and more are trying to swipe Snapchat's mojo, rolling out an assortment of updates that reflect the wildly popular app's panoply of polychromatic filters and face-altering effects, among other features. Facebook,Show More Summary

How This Former Teen Vogue Editor Is Shaking Things Up at Architectural Digest

Specs Who Amy Astley Current gig Editor in chief, Architectural Digest Previous gig Editor in chief, Teen Vogue Age 49 Twitter @AmyTAstley Adweek: The September issue of Architectural Digest—your first full issue—recently hit newsstands. Show More Summary Is a Stone's Throw From Manhattan and Packs Big Personality

No one was surprised when Walmart snatched up burgeoning online retailer for a cool $3.3 billion in early August. The two-year-old ecommerce site headquartered in Hoboken, N.J., had been making waves as a viable competitor to...Show More Summary

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