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Reporters Without Borders Slaps Trump's COVID Briefings

Wed, Apr. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders today called on president Trump to end his "vicious attacks" on journalists covering his daily COVID-19 briefings. Group accuses president of using briefings "to distract, deflect, and dodge critically important questions about the administration’s response to COVID-19.”

Media Maneuvers: National Enquirer Editor Dylan Howard Exits

Wed, Apr. 8, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Dylan HowardNational Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, who was part of the "catch and kill" scheme in which women were paid for stories alleging affairs with president Trump that were subsequently killed, exits the American Media property... influence.co hires former Billboard executive editor Nick Catucci to spearhead the launch of nofilter... Matthew Belloni, who has been editor-in-chief at the Hollywood Reporter since 2017, is leaving the publication.

Media Maneuvers: Warner Media Names Hulu Co-Founder Kilar CEO

Fri, Apr. 3, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jason KilarWarnerMedia names Hulu co-founder Jason Kilar CEO, effective May 1... Bustle Digital Group, which includes such properties as Nylon and Elite Daily, fires 24 staffers... News Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization that represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, asks Post Office to cut mailing rates during COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Driving Digital News Subscriptions

Tue, Mar. 31, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Mather EconomicsNews publishers are experiencing an uptick in digital subscriptions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by Mather Economics.

Media Maneuvers: National Geo Launches Fund for Reporters Covering COVID-19

Tue, Mar. 31, 2020

By Steve Barnes

National The National Geographic Society has launched an emergency fund to support journalists around the world who are working to provide COVID-19 coverage in their communities... Gannett is instituting pay cuts and furloughs throughout the company as it contends with the current crisis... Slate is asking readers to assume a greater role in funding.

Media Manuevers: High Times Parent Acquires Pot Grower

Fri, Mar. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

High TimesHightimes Holding Corp., publisher of cannabis-focused High Times, Dope and Culture, makes deal to acquire Humboldt Heritage pot grower... Lee Enterprises, which owns such newspapers as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Arizona Daily Sun, has launched Health Bright Marketing, a full-service marketing company... W magazine, which Condé Nast sold to Future Media Group in June, is going on hiatus.

COVID-19 Becomes Publishing Industry Crisis

Thu, Mar. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption, but the economic impact of the crisis has also devastated the publishing industry, as companies affected by the outbreak scale back their advertising budgets. Already, widespread layoffs have shaken the media world this week, leaving many publishers to wonder if they’re next.

Media News: Former NYT Reporter/Editor Alan Finder Dies of COVID-19

Wed, Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alan FinderFormer New York Times reporter/editor Alan Finder dies of coronavirus. He was 72... Esquire, which is owned by Hearst Magazines, is cutting its print circulation from eight issues a year to six... Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, to take major hit from postponement of Tokyo Olympics... Sports journalism ad-free website The Athletic knocks down paywall as it struggles with suspension of pro sports leagues.

Media Maneuvers: Playboy Kills Print Magazine

Thu, Mar. 19, 2020

By Steve Barnes

PlayboyPlayboy’s Spring 2020 issue, set to hit newsstands this week, will be its final print issue of the year as it goes digital in 2021... Sacramento News & Review shutters for now as it hopes to ride out pandemic... European Union asks Netflix to limit streaming of its films and TV series to standard definition during COVID-19 crisis.

News Sites See Traffic Surge

Wed, Mar. 18, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

virusThe coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an explosion of web traffic to sites owned by online news publishers, according to recent media analysis data.

Journos Still Prefer Email Pitches

Wed, Mar. 18, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

ReporterLiterally every member of the press who participated in a recent reporter survey—100 percent—cited email as the best way for PR pros to get in touch with them.

Journos Rate Twitter Tops

Thu, Mar. 12, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Muck RackTwitter outpaces all other social networks among journalists surveyed by Muck Rack. However, online magazines and newspapers are still the dominant digital source when it comes to where journalists go to get their news.

Coronavirus Dominates Media Cycle

Tue, Mar. 10, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

coronavirusThe ongoing coronavirus outbreak has become such a popular topic in the news that it recently outpaced mentions of Donald Trump, according to a report by Cision.

James Murdoch Invests in Fight Against Fake News

Fri, Mar. 6, 2020

By Steve Barnes

James MurdochJames Murdoch, son of News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch, is investing in a start-up accelerator aimed at supporting tech companies that want to fight fake news and develop a “more sustainable news ecosystem.”

Americans Reside in Media Bubbles

Thu, Mar. 5, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

WashingtonA fifth of Americans get their political and election news only from media outlets with likeminded views, according to analysis recently released by the Pew Research Center.

Media Maneuvers: Exec VP Raftery Exits ViacomCBS

Wed, Mar. 4, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Kelli RafteryViacomCBS executive vp Kelli Raftery follows ex-boss Dana McClintock out the door... Coronavirus hits the fashion media... Chicago Tribune replaces publisher and editor Bruce Dold.

CBS Communications Chief McClintock to Exit

Mon, Mar. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

DanaDana McClintock, a 27-year veteran of CBS Communications, is departing his executive VP post June 30 with the completion of the ViacomCBS merger.

Media Maneuvers: Men's Journal Axes Editorial Staff

Mon, Feb. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Mens JournalMen's Journal axes editorial staff... Fox Corp. looks to acquire Tubi, ad-supported streaming service... Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune offer voluntary buyout packages.

Media Maneuvers: President Bloomberg to Sell Bloomberg LP

Wed, Feb. 19, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Mike BloombergPresident Bloomberg promises to sell Bloomberg LP, which has $10.5B in 2019 revenues... Andrew Yang signs on as CNN commentator... American Media unloads Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers

Publishers Predict Growth in 2020

Tue, Feb. 18, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

magazinesA Folio survey of media company CEOs suggests that many publishing executives anticipate growth in both revenues and audiences this year.

Media Maneuvers: Google Talks With Publishers About Paying for Content

Fri, Feb. 14, 2020

By Steve Barnes

GoogleGoogle is talking with publishers about paying for their content, which the search engine has long monetized... ViacomCBS slates two rounds of layoffs as it tries to achieve $500M in cost-savings from the merger... Dennis Publishing is launching a version of its newsweekly The Week aimed at children from 8 to 14. (1 reader comment)