Facebook Earmarks $300 Million For Local News Initiatives

Facebook will distribute $300 million across multiple local news projects over the next three years to support newsrooms and help publishers create new business models, the platform announced Tuesday. Donations include a $5 million endowment gift to the Pulitzer Center, $6 million for the UK-based Community News Project and a $20 million expansion of Facebook’sContinue reading »

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Bringing The Backlist To The Forefront With Open Road Integrated Media

Don’t tell Paul Slavin that book sales are stagnant. Slavin is the CEO of Open Road Integrated Media, a digital marketing company founded in 2009 by HarperCollins global CEO Jane Friedman. “When we put a book in front of somebody, when we market that book, you will see it grow,” said Slavin, who became chiefContinue reading »

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First Media: Why A Cable Network Pivoted To Social Video

The company behind a cable channel for babies has built a thriving branded content business on social media. The against-the-grain strategy comes as many digital publishers de-emphasize social media, instead eying video and connected TV as their next big revenue streams. First Media made the switch in 2016, a decade after it was founded asContinue reading »

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For Nimbler Ad Targeting, Meet ‘Alice,’ NYT’s Ad Library Service

In the past year, advertisers on The New York Times have bought ads with increasingly sophisticated targeting parameters, such as “adventurous” content, stories about to go viral or brand-safety keywords. To make that in-depth content targeting possible, the Times built its own ad tech – Alice, shorthand for ad library service – a year ago.Continue reading »

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Verizon Takes $4.6 Billion Pinch After Oath Underperforms

Verizon will take a $4.6 billion goodwill impairment charge in the fourth quarter, acknowledging that its Oath business unit has underperformed, the company said Tuesday. The hit nearly eliminates the $4.8 billion goodwill balance Verizon carried after it acquired and merged Yahoo and AOL and assorted technology holdings into its Oath business unit back inContinue reading »

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Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg Departs In Tough Magazine Climate

Condé Nast will execute its turnaround with a new leader. Its longtime CEO Bob Sauerberg is departing after 18 years with the company, including eight in the top spot. He’s leaving just months after he announced a turnaround plan for the publisher of Vogue, Wired and The New Yorker that would see it diversify awayContinue reading »

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VerticalScope Uses Reader Data To Find Elusive In-Market Auto Segment

In-market auto is one of the most prized data segments – and it’s notorious for being inaccurate with artificially large scale, which makes it emblematic of the problems with third-party data. First-party in-market auto data, however, is another story. VerticalScope, which operates over 600 niche automobile sites about various car makes and models, knows whatContinue reading »

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A Quick Primer On AMP Stories, Google’s Answer To The Stories Trend

Stories. It seems like everybody’s got ‘em, from Snap and LinkedIn to Instagram and Facebook – and now Google. But while AMP Stories might look like a knockoff of the other guys, it’s actually quite a different animal. What’s the story? The main difference: AMP Stories are specifically designed for publishers to create full-screen experiences forContinue reading »

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Linear: An Overlooked Opportunity In The Evolving DSP Landscape

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Ramsey McGrory, chief revenue officer at Mediaocean. With The Trade Desk’s market cap at $5.25 billion (Stock: TTD) and MediaMath’s valuation topping $1 billion following its last funding round, leading traditional demand-side platforms (DSPs)Continue reading »

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Publishers Must Go Further To Capitalize On Engagement

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is by Mark Cullinane, senior vice president and general manager of digital at Publishers Clearing House. Advertisers know that engagement metrics matter most when establishing ROI on digital ad spend. But engagement metrics themselves are still relatively nascent. Publishers have started toContinue reading »

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