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The latest class of Knight Prototype projects will tackle trust, media literacy, and yes, fake news

The Knight Foundation is throwing some real money at the fake news problem and its related issues. The Knight Prototype Fund, which shells out up to $50,000 to developers of early-stage media projects, announced a round of 20 new initiatives, all of which are addressing in some way ongoing concerns about trust in news (including the fake...

Gillette’s Deeply Touching Film About a Son Helping His Elderly Father Shave Takes Home Cannes Gold

When seeking creative awards show honors, there's nothing quite like mining the bond between parents and their children. A new ad by Gillette and Grey New York, which debuted before this year's Cannes Lions festival, has proven that maxim with the touching tale of Kristian Rex, a New Jersey man tasked with caring for his...

Journalist Erik Hayden and Folk Singer Sara Noelle Hatch a Print Magazine Devoted to Song Lyrics

One of the many cool elements of Lyrics as Poetry, a new bi-annual hardbound print magazine freshly delivered this week from the Los Angeles printers and set to make a sonorous summer impact, is the blank, lined "Notes" grid that takes up the final inside page. Because the content gathered for Vol. 1 is indeed...

TBWA Wins Surprise Bronze Design Lion at Cannes for Refreshing Its Own Identity

Yesterday, global agency network TBWA won a Design Bronze Lion at Cannes for its work on behalf of a very usual client: itself. The agency network launched a refresh for its own "neglected" brand, across all of its 308 offices in 98 countries. Based around its most identifiable graphic element, the backslash, and a positioning...

How NPR Continues to Develop Its Podcasting Ad Game With Data and Branded Content

There may not be a traditional media brand that has its podcasting vehicle firing on all cylinders like 46-year-old NPR, which sponsored the Rain Podcast Business Summit in New York on Wednesday. NPR is monetizing the space with ad sales and strategic branded content partnerships. But what's more interesting is that the organization wants to...

Reuters Report: Paid Subscriptions a Bright Spot In a Landscape Where Digital Ad Revenue Disappoints

The consistent refrain for publishers in the digital age is that everyone is still trying to figure out what can work, from platforms to advertising to workable, sustainable models. But as the path to enlightenment remains covered in fog, possibly smog, the effects of the digital era's inscrutable disruption are being felt. The clearest recent...

Mark Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to ‘Bring the World Closer Together’

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the social network's first-ever Facebook Communities Summit in Chicago to reveal the social network's new mission--"bring the world closer together"--as well as new tools for group administrators to help them do just that. Vice president of engineering Kang-Xing Jin described the new tools for admins to manage and...

I Tried Vice’s New Food Service, and the Meals Were Tougher to Make Than Anticipated

Because a cable channel, digital platforms, two HBO shows and an ever-expanding news site wasn't enough, Vice is now getting into the meal-kit business. In partnership with prepared meal kit service Chef'd, and Vice food vertical Munchies, Vice's resident chef Matty Matheson has come up with five meals, whose ingredients-and strict instructions--will all be shipped...

Baltimore City Paper Staff Unionize

It has largely been digital publications who have been part of a new wave of unionization efforts, but the latest to unionize is a good old-fashioned alt-weekly, The Baltimore City Paper, a publication with a 50,000 print circulation and an average of 300,000 monthly unique visitors. All seven of the 10-member editorial staff who were...

Facebook: Here’s How to Leave a Group

Has someone ever added you to a Facebook group you had no interest in? Did you know you can leave Facebook groups at any time? Our guide will show you how to leave a group from within the Facebook mobile application. Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on iOS. Step 1: Tap...

Why Weekends Are a Great Time for Brands to Lift Their Instagram Engagement

Lazy weekend days are the best time to capture the attention of Instagram users, per research that social marketing vendor Later.com completed on Tuesday. The vendor generated the data from around 1 million brands, agencies, social consultants and small-to-medium-sized businesses. "According to our data, post rates slightly decrease on weekends since a lot of people,...

Fearless Girl’s Creators Tell All About Their Famous Statue, Including Her Biggest Secret

CANNES, France--Tali Gumbiner and Lizzie Wilson, the young creative team at McCann New York who made Fearless Girl, are at Cannes Lions for the first time. And as expected, it's been a bit of a crazy week for them. Their State Street Global Advisors statue, easily the most breakthrough pop-culture icon to emerge from advertising...

News apps are making a comeback. More young Americans are paying for news. 2017 is weird.

The United States recently elected an unusual president. And to go with the times, Americans are exhibiting some behaviors in media consumption that are, if not unusual, then at least different from those of people in other countries. That’s one of the recurring findings in a report out Thursday from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the...

Using social media appears to diversify your news diet, not narrow it

Despite widespread fears that social media and other forms of algorithmically-filtered services (like search) lead to filter bubbles, we know surprisingly little about what effect social media have on people’s news diets. Data from the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report can help address this. Contrary to conventional wisdom, our analysis shows that social media...

Slate’s Jessica Winter Is Joining The New Yorker as Executive Editor for the Website

New Yorker editor David Remnick and newyorker.com editor Michael Luo announced three new additions to its digital team, including a new newyorker.com executive editor to replace the departing Vera Titunik, who will leave the publication next month for a new role as features editor at Wired. Taking over the executive editor role will be Jessica...

Periscope Will Now Let Viewers Buy Hearts to Send to Broadcasters

Periscope is giving content creators a way to turn hearts into hard-earned (or hardly earned) cash. The Twitter-owned app is introducing Super Hearts, which users can buy with real money and then send as a sign of support to their favorite Periscopers. Broadcasters can then trade hearts for money, keeping about 70 percent of it...

Twitter Enters the Octagon With SB Nation’s The MMA Hour

Vox Media announced Wednesday that weekly live show The MMA Hour from SB Nation will begin livestreaming on Twitter June 26. Mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani hosts The MMA Hour, which airs live Mondays at 1 p.m. ET and features results, previews of upcoming bouts, breaking news, analysis and interviews. Livestreams of The MMA...

CBS and The CW Both Wrap Their Upfront Sales With Double-Digit CPM Increases

The first broadcasters are crossing the upfront finish line this year, as network siblings CBS and The CW have separately wrapped up their sales. CBS is putting the finishing touches on its upfront negotiations, which all its big agencies complete, according to a source familiar with negotiations. At CBS, volume in prime time was flat...

Periscope Creators Can Now Cash In When Users Award Them Super Hearts

Periscope Wednesday announced the launch of Super Hearts, a way for creators of livestreams on the Twitter-owned application to monetize those videos and for fans to lend their voices to the process. YouTube introduced Super Chat, a similar initiative, in January. Periscope said in a blog post that Super Hearts are larger than "traditional" Periscope...

Publisher of Men’s Health, Women’s Health Explores Sale

Rodale, the publisher of iconic titles Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, and books like the South Beach Diet, is looking toward a future that might include a sale of the 70-year-old business. The privately-held company's board initiated a process today to explore several strategic alternatives which include the sale of the company, or the sale...

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