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Journalism Weekly

August 6 · Issue #4 · View online

Keeping up with the media

The internet’s dead and ads killed it.

Bulletin board
Eric Bolling gets suspended from Fox News.
Nick Robinson gets suspended from Polygon.
Ross Miller joins - and Chris Plante returns to - Polygon.
The Awl returns to Wordpress after a year on Medium.
Climate change journalist Justin Gillis leaves the New York Times.
Chartbeat adds subscriber analytics.
Susie Banikarim leaves Harvard to be Gizmodo Media Group’s editorial director.
Jason Anders moves from business editor to chief news editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Jina Moore leaves BuzzFeed News, and Margaret Coker leaves the Wall Street Journal, both to become New York Times bureau chiefs.
Industry links
The Internet Is Built for Advertisers
Ads are destroying the web in the name of profit margins, and it’ll only get worse. Expect louder, more intrusive ads in higher volume in more places, unless companies start charging their users. It’ll be interesting to see at what point the cost of terrible advertising outweighs the benefit of free services.
VCs don’t love podcasting, but Gimlet Media has raised another $15 million anyway
Podcasts were supposed to have their moment after Serial, but big money didn’t materialize. Now, that may be changing. Analytics are improving, more people are tuning in and podcast producers are figuring out their business models. And unlike traditional digital media, podcasts take almost zero technical infrastructure to get up and running.
Monocle is printing a limited-run weekly newspaper in Italy, because why not (plus it made money)
48 pages of print! The newspaper’s already profitable from advertising, and it pulled in tens of thousands of dollars from preorders. Monocle has devoted readers for its one-offs, and it takes advantage of any medium to reach them.
Tronc’s digital results are headed in the wrong direction
It’s an upside-down week: Podcasts raise VC money, print newspapers turn a profit and digital media tanks. On the bright side, Tronc turned a profit last quarter. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that web traffic to the Chicago Tribune and LA Times is dwindling as the user experience on their websites deteriorates.
Great reads
Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture
Dog Questions To Which The Answer Is “You Are,” Ranked
'The Clintons Could Steal a Hot Stove': Roger Stone Sounds Off on Trump's Crazy Week
This Bogus Cancer Cure From The 1970s Is Finding New Life Online
Tweet of the week
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