KKR To Buy WebMD In $2.8 Billion Deal

Private equity firm KKR & Co has agreed to buy WebMD Health Corp in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion, bringing a slew of popular online health information websites under one umbrella.

How The Guardian Is Using Article Surveys

The Guardian has introduced a tool at the bottom of article pages so readers can vote for topics they want more detail on. The data from the tool, simply called Reader Questions, is fed back to editors to shape future coverage. “The data teaches us we shouldn’t make assumptions about reader levels of knowledge,” said Chris Moran, the Guardian’s strategic projects editor. “Editors are now treating a story that they might know inside and out much more objectively.”

Bill Simmons To Move Sports Site To Vox

Bill Simmons has signed a deal to move his sports and culture website, The Ringer, off Medium and onto Vox Media’s platform. While Simmons will maintain ownership of the site he launched last summer, the Ringer will become part of the portfolio of brands Vox offers to marketers alongside its own properties like SB Nation, the Verge and Eater.

DIGITAL

A Homepage Designed By Algorithm

The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized homepage for each website visitor. Editor-In-Chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions.

Vox, ProPublica Teaming On Video Production

The two organizations announced that they’re hiring a joint video producer on a year-long appointment (because of the limited-time nature of the job, they’re calling it a fellowship) who will work with Vox’s video team to create videos based on ProPublica’s reporting.

Ad Buyers Have Say In Survival Of Real News

As online marketing continues to starve newspapers of revenue, Philadelphia’s newspapers test one way to stay viable and still do good journalism.

Tomi Lahren Will Not Shut Up

Glenn Beck cut loose the right’s hottest new media star. But she’s not going away quietly. She has more than 700,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram in addition to her 4.3 million followers on Facebook.

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KELO’s Website Earns Regional Murrow Award

Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate On The Web

Cloudflare, a prominent San Francisco outfit, provides services to neo-Nazi sites like The Daily Stormer, including giving them personal information on people who complain about their content.

Facebook To Start Training Local Journalists

The social media giant announced today a training and support pilot program for local legacy and online newsrooms. Through a partnership with the Knight Foundation, Facebook will work with newsrooms that are part of Local Independent Online News Publishers, the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative and newsrooms that are part of last year’s and this year’s Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

Michael Falcone Named EP Of Wash. Post Live

TownNews.com Debuts Engagement Program

TownNews.com has launched a new program that helps news and media companies harness the power of audience data to boost user engagement, and increase page views, time on site and ad revenue. “The way a user interacts with your digital product can give insights into what content they find compelling,” said Brad Ward, president and […]

Tronc Exec Leaves To Head Gambling News Net

Online Pluto TV Adds Al Jazeera English

RTDNA: What Stations Are Doing Online

The group’s annual survey tracks, among other topics, the most important new things stations are doing online; must-haves and optionals for station websites; and exclusive web content and user-generated content.

Campbell Brown On Filters, Fake News, Facebook

Conservative Outlets Find Spotlight Gets Hot

These should be high times for conservative news outlets, what with like-minded officials and operatives in control of virtually every important office in Washington. And yet the news about conservative news organs lately has been a parade of dysfunction, a messy portrait in pixels.

Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Fake News

Facebook has been repeatedly accused of facilitating and magnifying an ecosystem of websites that spread false information and conspiracy theories across the platform. That criticism led Facebook to begin collaborating with “third-party fact checking organizations” to identify stories that don’t hold up to scrutiny, and warn users when they try to post these stories. This is what happens when you try to share a fake story on Facebook.

Blaze Pulls Lahren After Pro-Choice Comments

Sharers, Not Authors, Found Key To Social

The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found.

New News Outlet Rising On Russia Coverage

Circa News, a millennial-focused media outlet owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group that launched only eight months ago, has been embraced by Republicans for aggressive reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016 election that runs counter to reporting in more mainstream outlets.

CBSSports.com Crashes Before NCAA Tipoff

Politico Expands Live Journalism And Events

Politico today promoted Alexis Williams to vice president of Politico’s recently rebranded live journalism division, Politico Live. Politico Live features journalists, newsmakers, policymakers and thought-leaders and includes multi-platform series including Women Rule, Outside In and What Works. “Alexis has built the Politico events infrastructure from the ground-up, bringing her business expertise and passion for curating news making experiences to Politico; she […]

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WDIV Uses Its Website To Grow News Ratings

The New, Huggable Glenn Beck

Sites Crash Under Crush Of Trump Tax Traffic

Apparently reporters aren’t the only ones interested in Donald Trump’s tax returns. As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced she had posted Trump’s 2005 federal income tax return on her site, Maddowblog.com, and on DCReport.org, the site run by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, both crashed, presumabily under the influx of web traffic.

Washington Post Licenses Its CMS To Tronc

Spirited Media Plans Digital Local News Chain

After combining with Denverite, the company behind Billy Penn and The Incline hopes to prove its events-heavy model can work in a dozen or more cities.

Q&A WITH CHRISTOPHER ALI

Is It Time For A New Definition Of Local News?

Christopher Ali has spent a lot of time thinking about the future of local news. Ali, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He’s also the author of a new book, Media Localism: The Policies of Place that looks at what it means to be local in an increasingly global world. He talks about why we should care about regulation, what local means these days and what we can learn from his other research.

Vice Media’s Employees May Unionize

Organized labor has begun a major push to unionize writers, producers and on-air talent who work on Vice Media’s video and TV programming, after successfully organizing digital newsrooms in recent years.

Craigslist Founder Gives $1M To ProPublica

Craig Newmark, the entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Craigslist, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica. The gift will “allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest,” according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit.

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Independent Online News Kind Of Like Craft Beer

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WGCL Atlanta Moves ‘Just A Minute’ Feature Online

‘Real News’ Joins White House Briefing Room

Gateway Pundit, a conservative site known for spreading hoaxes, has hit the big time under President Trump.

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WDIV’s ‘ClickOnDetroit’ Is Market’s Top News Site

Axios Gets An Early Boost From NBC

The much-chattered about startup from Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen is getting a key early boost from partner NBC News, Erik Wemple writes. It’s happening through four events on health care, energy, economy, and infrastructure that will be hosted by NBC’s Chuck Todd, and its Axios AM ads are fetching between $50,000 and $60,000 per week right out of the gate.

Native Ads Very Confusing To Readers

Facebook Looking To Hire A News Executive

NEWSTECHFORUM

Imagining The Newsroom Of The Future

News directors, content managers and producers in TV newsrooms across the country have begun to realize that the old legacy model of TV news won’t fly on digital platforms. Simply “chopping up” a newscast into smaller, bite-size, separate story segments and then posting them on a station website is fast becoming an outmoded concept.

 

Sinclair Ups John Solomon To Circa COO

The company’s chief creative officer is now chief operating officer of the videoâ€Âdriven news and entertainment portal designed for millennials.