• Hawaii News Now Dominates Islands’ Social Media

    Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Publicis, Optimizely And Scorpion Marketing

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at RocketSpace, ADP and more, anniversaries at iProspect, Affinity Express and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including Dealer.com and Reelio.  More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

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Benzinga, Business Site, Closes $3M Funding Round
Talking Biz News, Sep 29, 2016, 1:54 PM EDT
WorldQuant Ventures and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert were among the funding round's investors, Chris Roush reports. The site will use the money to add staff and expand offices in New York and Detroit, bringing on data scientists, reporters, developers and editors. 
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Times Of London Shuts Paid Weekly Intl. App
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 29, 2016, 2:48 PM EDT
The app had launched in January and was available in 46 countries for $4 a month. Joseph Lichterman reports that its last edition will publish Oct. 31, and it will be available free until then, as the paid version simply had insufficient takers.  Link | Add comment
Trump: Now Google Is Sabotaging My Campaign
Fortune, Sep 29, 2016, 1:24 PM EDT
Donald Trump doesn't just believe "the media" is gunning to bring him down: now the world's biggest search engine is trying to torpedo his campaign, too. In a rally Wednesday, he said, "A new post-debate poll, the Google poll, has us leading Hillary Clinton by two points nationwide...and that’s despite the fact that Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton. How about that.” Don Reisinger reports on the claim and its larger context.  Link | Add comment
Cracked Launches On Roku
Sep 29, 2016, 11:32 AM EDT
Scripps-owned humor site Cracked has expanded its original video content presence with an OTT channel on Roku featurng daily videos and long-running series. It's also bringing a new Halloween series, Tales To Get Scared To, to the platform two days before the content is available on other channels including its own site and YouTube.  Full Story | Add comment
It’s Time to Answer Ad Blocking’s Wake-Up Calls
Sep 29, 2016, 6:26 AM EDT
Publishers can no longer afford to ignore what consumers are telling them in adopting ad blockers, Mary M. Collins argues. Even though they face a “reinvention quandary,” publishers can turn to their data and use IAB’s L.E.A.N. ads program as starting points to help find more sustainable solutions and refocus on audience delivery.  Full Story | Add comment
Streaming Music/Business
Spotify Reportedly In Talks To Buy SoundCloud
Variety, Sep 29, 2016, 6:26 AM EDT
The talks are reportedly in the advanced stage with an announcement coming soon, though neither side is yet talking, Janko Roettgers reports. SoundCloud has a larger music catalog than any other streaming service because it allows artists to upload their music directly. A recently-launched subscription service has yet to draw more than a few hundred thousand consumers, however.  Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Daily Mail Publisher To Cut 400 Jobs
Press Gazette, Sep 29, 2016, 6:35 AM EDT
Daily Mail General Trust, publisher of the Daily Mail and The Mail On Sunday is making the cuts in the face of falling ad sales -- down 4% in the last 11 months overall. That descent has sharpened to 10% since Aug. 21.  Link | Add comment
Virtual Reality
Circa Plans Weekly VR Spots In Reboot
Adweek, Sep 29, 2016, 6:27 AM EDT
At an Advertising Week panel Wednesday, Sinclair's John Solomon said that the recently relaunched Circa will be producing twice-weekly virtual reality videos with production company MomentumXR. The videos will be ad-supported running pre-roll VR, though no clients have yet been disclosed, Lauren Johnson reports. "We think the regularity of producing two newscasts a week will train our journalists and also our audience to expect that experiential news is here to stay," Solomon said.  Link | Add comment
Sources: Cybersecurity Was Back-Burner Concern At Yahoo
The New York Times, Sep 29, 2016, 6:27 AM EDT
Yahoo was slow to invest in defenses against sophisticated hackers, and CEO Marissa Mayer pushed data security as a lower priority, Nicole Perlroth and Vindu Goel report in a story that's not likely to make the company's sale to Verizon any easier. Yahoo's internal security team reportedly found their concerns repeatedly overridden and speed privileged over protection, insiders say.  Link | Add comment
Gawker's Creditors Ask Court To Approve Probe
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
Creditors are looking to subpeona Gawker's books and question its former CEO Nick Denton and other insiders about transactions conducted before its bankruptcy filing. The creditors "want more information about assets transfers to what they said appears to be Mr. Denton’s family trust," Tom Corrigan reports. WSJ subscribers can read more.  Link | Add comment
'Tough Love' Helps IDG Get 38% Of Ad Blockers To Whitelist Its Sites
Digiday, Sep 29, 2016, 7:24 AM EDT
The teen content publisher took a hard line with its ad-blocking readers, blocking U.S. visitors from accessing its sites unless they turned off their ad blockers. Lucia Moses reports that 38% did so, but for now the company is avoiding other tactics like an ad-light experience or ad reinsertion.  Link | Add comment
Time Inc., Jash Partner On Comedy Creation
The Drum, Sep 29, 2016, 7:05 AM EDT
In the joint venture, Jash will produce the content that will be pushed out to Time Inc/'s digital media offerings, Haley Velasco reports. Jash's 30-person team will work out of Time Inc.'s The Foundry creative lab and content studio in Brooklyn. Link | Add comment
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Android's Nougat Update: Not Flashy, But Handy
Associated Press, Sep 29, 2016, 7:33 AM EDT
Anick Jesdanun runs through the upgrades in Android's latest OS, which is now starting to surface on phones. Those changes include easier switching between apps, a data-saving feature with apps and vital information for an emergency that people can access via a locl screen button that doesn't require a passcode.  Full Story | Add comment

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Google Delays Android Wear 2.0 To '17
The Verge, Sep 29, 2016, 2:50 PM EDT
Santa Fe Reporter Editor Julie Ann Grimm Adds Publisher To Title
Santa Fe Reporter, Sep 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT
Debbie Michaud, Creative Loafing Atlanta's EIC, Departing
Creative Loafing, Sep 29, 2016, 1:58 PM EDT
New 'Google Cloud' Brand Encompasses Cloud Services
VentureBeat, Sep 29, 2016, 1:28 PM EDT
How Journalists Can Think Like Business Strategists
MediaShift, Sep 29, 2016, 1:20 PM EDT
HBO Now App Comes To Playstation
Variety, Sep 29, 2016, 1:16 PM EDT
Raleigh News & Observer Lays Off Two
Raleigh & Co. , Sep 29, 2016, 1:03 PM EDT
Trump Campaign Cashes Out Rest Of Lewandowski's Contact
Politico, Sep 29, 2016, 10:31 AM EDT
RJI Fellow Looks To Bot-Driven Community Engagement
Reynolds Journalism Institute, Sep 29, 2016, 7:37 AM EDT
Huffington: Too Late For Media To Take Trump Seriously
AdAge, Sep 29, 2016, 7:35 AM EDT
Line Invests $45M In Snow, Snapchat Clone
TechCrunch, Sep 29, 2016, 7:20 AM EDT
Meerkat's Houseparty App Closes In On 1M Users
The Verge, Sep 29, 2016, 7:17 AM EDT
Kik Messenger Stops Its Growth Trajectory
Recode, Sep 29, 2016, 6:54 AM EDT
Adam Raney Decamps Al Jazeera For Fusion
Politico Media, Sep 29, 2016, 6:50 AM EDT
Why The BBC Came To Canada
J-Source.ca, Sep 29, 2016, 6:46 AM EDT
NY Times' Kakutani Turns 'Hitler' Book Review Into Scathing Criticism Of Trump's America
The New York Times, Sep 29, 2016, 6:41 AM EDT
How Trump Launched A Civil War In Right-Wing Media
The New York Times Magazine, Sep 29, 2016, 6:37 AM EDT
Streaming Music
Spotify Launches In Japan
Bloomberg, Sep 29, 2016, 6:31 AM EDT
Security Firm: Yahoo Hackers Weren't State-Sponsored
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
YouTube Taps Music Exec Lyor Cohen To Make Friends With Labels
Recode, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
Arizona Republic Gets Death Threats After Endorsing Clinton
12News.com, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
How The Center For Cooperative Media Wants To Ease News Collaboration
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM And Microsoft Form AI Partnership
The Guardian, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
BuzzFeed Bets On The Home Page With New Design
Poynter, Sep 29, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT

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