MediaPulse | A Weekly Media Round-Up
Here’s some top media industry stories we’re following this week:
The Big News: The University of Missouri-Columbia made national news this week amid protests over racial tension at the school, the subsequent resignation of the school’s president and chancellor (The New York Times), and conflict over press coverage and press freedoms (The New York Times); The fourth GOP debate was held Tuesday, earning high ratings for FOX Business (POLITICO On Media); Trib Total Media announced the layoff of 153 employees amid consolidation of media properties (Poynter), further marking an alarming trend in newspapers (Poynter); Rolling Stone will face another lawsuit from a University of Virginia fraternity following expose fracas (Fishbowl NY); and OUT Magazine named Pres. Obama ‘Ally of the Year,’ the first president to appear on the cover of an LGBT publication (BuzzFeed)
Scooptastic: Check out some of Cision Blog‘s top scoops for this week, including new additions like Beth Stebner at StyleCaster; Jordan Golson at The Verge; and Michael Dean at The Real; as well as recent departures such as Paula Risher at The Wall Street Journal; Brittany Risher at Greatist; and John Andrew Prime at The Shreveport Times.
Datapoints: Some notes on media traffic and earnings made the news this week, including a huge surge in traffic for Snapchat (Financial Times); a decline in Facebook referral traffic to top tier publishers (Digiday); while The Verge sees a traffic increase from its automotive content (Digiday); Viacom‘s ad revenue fell in the fourth quarter (The Hollywood Reporter); Dish Network‘s third quarter yields mixed results (TheWrap); and Tribune Media saw slight growth, though below expectations (TheWrap)
Launchpad: A number of announcements regarding new product launches or expansions, such as The New York Times release of NYT VR to Sunday subscribers, its foray into virtual reality (Nieman Lab), a growing trend for evolving media outlets (POLITICO New York); YouTube introduces the free YouTube Music app (The Verge); Facebook aims to further publisher relations with Facebook Notify (Re/code); The Atlantic and Univision partner on digital publication CityLab Latino (The Huffington Post); and HarperCollins expands its digital reach with digital-first fiction imprint HarperLegend (Publishers Weekly)
Dramalert: The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will no longer produce top 100 women in entertainment and 50 women in music lists due to the ensuing conflicts between those on the lists (Media Wire Daily); New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman warns he will go all digital if union driver contracts aren’t approved (Fishbowl NY); Martha Stewart threw shade at Drew Barrymore during a cooking segment on Ellen (The Huffington Post); and Donald Trump took a shot at Hillary Clinton‘s hair (CNN)
Lastly, an honorable mention for this week’s latest social media sensation, NPR Chicken (Poynter).
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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