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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)

NYT Posts 4.4% Rise in Q4 Profit

Thu, Feb. 6, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ThompsonThe New York Times Co. reported a 4.4 percent rise in 4Q operating profit to $78M on a 1.1 percent spurt in revenues to $508.4M.

Media Maneuvers: Tribune CEO Knight Exits

Tue, Feb. 4, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Timothy KnightTribune Publishing CEO Timothy Knight steps down and chief financial officer Terry Jimenez takes the reins... HOLA!USA says farewell to print publishing... George Cheeks replaces Joe Ianniello as CEO of CBS Entertainment Group.

Media Maneuvers: BBC to Ax 450 Newsroom Staffers

Wed, Jan. 29, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Fran UnsworthThe BBC is getting rid of 450 newsroom employees and will shift two-thirds of remaining staff outside of London by 2027... Craig Newmark Philanthropies is donating $1 million to ProPublica to support the organization’s Electionland collaboration and related national and local reporting on voting issues around the 2020 U.S. elections... BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is heading to the New York Times as the paper’s media columnist.

Lee Enterprises Buys Buffett’s Newspapers

Wed, Jan. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Warren BuffettLee Enterprises is buying Berkshire-Hathaway’s newspaper group of 30 dailies that is spearheaded by The Buffalo News for $140M in cash.

Media Maneuvers: Ex-NY Daily News E-I-C Seeks to Revive Deadspin

Fri, Jan. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jim RichJim Rich, former New York Daily News editor-in-chief, seeks to revive Deadspin... Meredith Corporation unloads fan-focused sports and entertainment site FanSided to Minute Media... Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks (owner of the Hallmark Channel), is stepping down after 11 years in the position and in the aftermath of the gay wedding ad flap.

Media Manuevers: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Unloads Spin, Stereogum

Fri, Jan. 17, 2020

By Steve Barnes

SpinBillboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group is unloading Spin and Stereogum, two of its music publications. The two were acquired, along with Vibe, from SpinMedia in 2016... Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey is stepping down after an almost 20-year run at the Hearst property... NBCUniversal unveiled its Peacock streaming service on Jan. 16. The new service will be available for subscribers to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex services on April 15.