Posts Tagged ‘media news’

How Startup Magazines Crowdfund, Crowdsource, and Hold Onto Print

How Startup Magazines Crowdfund, Crowdsource, and Hold Onto Print

September 19, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

PBS - Every few odd weeks or months, a story pondering the future of magazines resurfaces, generating an updated round of debate on this form of print media we aren't ready to let go. While recent pieces like David Carr's "Wondering How Far Magazine Will Fall" may dampen the spirits of those still holding out for a print magazine comeback, the land of startup magazines exhibits just enough novelty and success to keep print hope alive. Crowdfunded focus on locale and niche interests In the past year, there has been a steady output of crowdfunded journalism projects, many of which are entrepreneurial

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Amazon Offers Advertising Opt-Out on Kindle Fire

Amazon Offers Advertising Opt-Out on Kindle Fire

September 11, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

WSJ.com - Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.80% said it would allow customers to pay to opt out of advertisements on its new lineup of Kindle Fire devices. See how some of the more popular tablets stack up, including Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD. For $15 extra, buyers can avoid seeing ads that would otherwise be occasionally displayed on the devices. The announcement follows a raft of online criticism of the arrangement, which helped Amazon keep down the prices of the $159-$599 tablet computers. Amazon drew some backlash from consumers in online forums who said they were disappointed there was no way to avoid the so-called

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Flipboard brings big, glossy ads to iPad

Flipboard brings big, glossy ads to iPad

September 4, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Two years ago, Flipboard, an iPad app that displays content from Facebook, Twitter, magazines, and newspapers on an elegant interface, made a smashing debut: Silicon Valley investors poured $60 million into the company, Apple named it the best iPad app of 2010, and tech bloggers raved about its design, which allows users to turn pages with the swipe of a finger. By this July, 20 million users had signed up - about one new customer per second - turning Flipboard into one of the biggest newsreader apps for the iPad. Now that the company has momentum with users and content partners, co-founder

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SiriusXM Unveils Convention Coverage

SiriusXM Unveils Convention Coverage

August 23, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

SiriusXM has put together around-the-clock convention coverage featuring several “pop-up” radio shows from each host city. A new channel called “Convention Radio” will let both sides of the political aisle have a chance to maximize their time in the spotlight. At the RNC in Tampa, Convention Radio will feature conservative voices such as Will Cain and S.E. Cupp from TheBlaze. In Charlotte, the DNC coverage will have shows hosted by Daily Kos contributors. “We are proud to bring our subscribers this extensive and diverse collection of political coverage, particularly now when the conversation about the country’s direction for the next four years

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Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite

Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite

August 21, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Condé Nast, the high-end magazine publisher, will announce on Monday that it is joining the cloud. The company will go from being a client of the digital advertising company Flite to owning about 11 percent of it. Flite provides cloud-based advertising technology that allows marketers to change the text and images of digital ads in real time. Though the investment may seem unusual — technology companies, not magazine publishers, are the primary drivers of cloud computing — Robert A. Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast, said it represented an aggressive strategy. “We’re going to need a more scalable, more robust set of digital offerings

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New York Times Loss Narrows

New York Times Loss Narrows

July 27, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

New York Times Co. NYT +10.64% reported a slightly narrower loss for the June quarter, despite a $194.7 million write-down at its Internet business About Group and lower advertising revenue. Growth in digital subscriptions for the Times' flagship newspaper and the Boston Globe helped boost circulation revenue 8.3%, however, offsetting a 6.8% decline in advertising revenues. Overall revenue rose 0.6% to $515.2 million. The company reported a loss of $88.15 million for the quarter, or 60 cents a share, compared with $119 million loss a year earlier, or 79 cents a share, when the publisher took a write-down on its regional newspapers. The earnings

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AP adds new social media guidelines on live-tweeting, friending/following sources

AP adds new social media guidelines on live-tweeting, friending/following sources

July 26, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The Associated Press updated its staff social media guidelines today with a new section on live-tweeting news and an updated section on how to connect with newsmakers on social media. Journalists are instructed that live-tweeting public news events is fine, but their “first obligation is to provide full details to the appropriate news desk,” and they should not share “exclusive material” before giving the wire a chance to publish it first. The AP says it’s OK to build social media ties with politicians, newsmakers and sources, but that staffers should “make this kind of contact with figures on both sides of controversial

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AP Launches Video Portal for Local Stations

AP Launches Video Portal for Local Stations

July 23, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The Associated Press announced today the launch of a new web-based video library catered to local TV broadcasters. AP Video-US will feature stories from the U.S. and around the world with all of the elements (b-roll, nat sound, soundbites, and a suggested script) necessary to produce a segment for TV or the web. “AP Video-US was developed in response to local broadcasters’ need for footage that can be downloaded quickly, edited easily, and then adapted for on-air and digital use,” the AP said, announcing the launch. Broadcasters will be able to browse through rights-cleared video online and then download broadcast-quality HD footage through

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For NBCNews.com, a new website comes with new privacy standards

For NBCNews.com, a new website comes with new privacy standards

July 19, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

It’s unlikely that many news consumers will read the fine print that comes with the splashy rebranding from MSNBC.com to NBCNews.com. The new website’s privacy policy was adopted to “align with NBC Universal standards in privacy,” the network’s chief digital officer, Vivian Schiller, told me. “If you go through it with a fine-toothed comb, I don’t think you’ll find it much different,” she said. But there are a few key things about the changing privacy policy that you should know. I caught up with our good friend Jeff Hermes, director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet

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Find prime times for business’ social media updates

Find prime times for business’ social media updates

July 2, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Ever wonder if your social media updates are actually reaching their intended audiences? You’re not alone. According to Yesmail, an industry leading provider of email marketing software, many of the major brands don’t know either. Yesmail, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Hewlett Packard and Panasonic, tracked and analyzed the social media engagements of 20 popular clothing retailers. The study, “Using Digital Market Intelligence to Drive Multi-Channel Success,” revealed that popular brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess, H&M and Ann Taylor are missing the mark when it comes to engaging their customers using social media. According to the study, Facebook updates, for instance,

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