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Tribune Still Interested in Merger Discussions with Gannett

Wall Street Journal: In the weeks before Gannett became the target of a takeover bid by a hedge fund-backed media group, the company was approached by Tribune Publishing about reviving merger talks between the newspaper publishers that had fallen apart in acrimony two...

New York Media Taps Insider for New Editor as Moss Departs

New York Times: David Haskell, a longtime deputy editor at New York magazine, will become its editor in chief on April 1, inheriting a glossy biweekly and a suite of websites devoted to pursuits like fashion, food, shopping and politics. He succeeds Adam Moss, who is...

The Forward Ends 121-Year Print Run in Shift to Digital-Only

New York Post: The Forward, the storied Jewish-American publication, is suspending its print operations and plans to lay off about 40 percent of its editorial staff — including editor-in-chief Jane Eisner — while moving to digital-only. A print publication for 121...

The Hill Chief Touts Halo-Effect from Pivot to High-End Video

Digiday: At a time when subscriptions are the big topic in the media industry, The Hill is going big on video. “We were going into subscriptions and it’s very smart for people who do it. But we decided we wanted to be first in high-end video because nobody was in it,”...

Slate’s Editorial, Podcast Staffers Sign First Union Agreement

WWD: Slate’s editorial and podcast staff has its first union agreement — it only took a year and a recent threat of a strike to get there. The staff last week got to the bargaining table with management, which the 51-member union had accused publicly of using...

Bustle’s Mic Returns with New Writers After Mass Staff Layoffs

The Wrap: Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again just weeks after the company laid off its entire editorial staff and sold itself off to Bustle Media for $5 million. As of mid-January, the site had begun producing a steady stream of new material from two new...

Gawker Reveals New Editorial Staff Lineup Ahead of Relaunch

Splinter: Gawker, a website which was bankrupted in 2016 and then sold last year to Bryan Goldberg, will be relaunched early this year. It will be led by Amanda Hale, who was most recently in charge of strategy and growth at the website the Outline. The staff — Carson...

Fox Hires NBC Exec Amid New Focus on Live Programming

Variety: The Murdoch family’s new Fox needs Madison Avenue to buy commercials in an abundance of sports broadcasts. Seth Winter will take on the job of selling them. Winter, the former head of NBC Sports ad sales, is joining Fox in a similar role, taking over a...

Netflix Unveils Price Hike to Offset Programming Costs, Debt

Associated Press: Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. The extra cash will help to...

Alphabet’s YouTube to ‘Ramp Up’ Ban on Dangerous Pranks

TechCrunch: YouTube has announced several policy updates, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a FAQ posted to its support site, YouTube wrote: “Challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge,...

Facebook Vows $300 Million for Local News in Image Repair

MediaPost: Following a scandal-ridden 2018, Facebook has ample work to do to repair its brand among consumers, industry leaders and government regulators. To that end, the tech titan just committed $300 million to local news programs, partnerships and...

Roku Drops Infowars Channel from Platform After Backlash

TechCrunch: Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. Roku said after the channel became available, “we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our...

Snap’s Chief Financial Offer to Leave After Just Eight Months

Recode: Snap CFO Tim Stone, who joined the company in May after nearly two decades at Amazon, plans to leave Snap to “pursue other opportunities.” Snap doesn’t yet have a replacement. Stone is the latest in a long line of important company executives to leave in...

Vice to Pay Journalism Students for Stories on Mental Health

Journalism.co.uk: Vice is paying journalism students for their stories on mental health, whilst boosting coverage on the topic. As part of a Fellowship For Collegiate Reporting, US college journalists can submit pitches to the Vice digital newsroom. If accepted, the...

Gannett Considers Buy of Gizmodo Amid Takeover Approach

MarketWatch: Gannett has been pursuing a purchase of digital publisher Gizmodo Media Group, an effort that could be complicated by the takeover approach the USA Today owner received this week from a hedge fund-backed rival. Gannett is one of the few serious bidders...

Hearst Taps New President for Houston Chronicle Newspaper

Houston Chronicle: The Houston Chronicle has named a new president: seasoned newspaper executive Mark Medici, who came to the newspaper last year as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Medici said he remains committed to a seven-day print product,...

New York Magazine Editor to Step Down, Reviving Sale Chatter

WWD: New York Magazine is losing its longest-serving editor in chief — and the departure is reviving talk of what exactly the future holds for the title. There is still industry talk that Pam Wasserstein is shopping New York Media around for an outright sale, with one...

Meredith Moves Release of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated: For the first time ever, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will come out in May, instead of February. "When Sports Illustrated launched SI Swimsuit in 1964, they chose February because back then there was a gap in sports," said SI Swimsuit...

Axios to Hire Leader in Expansion of Brand Studio Operation

Digiday: Building a separate brand studio was not originally part of the plan for Axios, which launched in 2017 with most people expecting a newsletter-focused news brand that would eventually pivot to pricey subscriptions. But growing market demand is leading the...

Memo Startup Helps Marketers Find Who Reads News Stories

Wall Street Journal: A startup is pitching the cash-strapped news industry on a new revenue stream: selling readership information about articles that mention brands. The company, Memo, aims to capitalize on advertisers’ growing demand for data by creating a...

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