Is Facebook launching a Spotify for News?

Facebook is putting itself more in the position of a partner of publishers. The social network’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said they will launch initial tests for a subscription based news product in October. The feature is built on top of Instant Articles, which already aggregates articles from hundreds of publishers based on[…]

Is Facebook embracing subscriptions?

In April publishers have made it clear to Facebook that they’re fed up with Instant Articles. Monetizating on Facebook’s news platform hasn’t been working and big publishers like the Guardian and the New York Times have pulled out entirely. Facebook has finally listened (or given in) to publishers’ complaints and may soon help its users pay[…]

Are publishers disappointed in Facebook’s Instant Articles?

Almost two years ago, Facebook rolled out Instant Articles. The new feature aimed at providing publishers with a more engaging platform on which to gather users, through faster loading times and a cleaner look and feel. Not even 24 months later, many industry actors are already turning away from Facebook’s once praised idea. The Guardian recently joined a[…]

Stanford report examines fake news in the 2016 US election

Fake news has less impact than previously thought according to a report by economists Hunt Allcott of New York University and Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford, on “Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election“. Evidence shows that: 62 percent of US adults get news on social media according to a Pew study fake news[…]

Media coverage of the US presidential debates

With the US presidential election less than three weeks away we want to look at how media has covered the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This election has brought social media to the center of political coverage. The first debate on September 26th this year was the most tweeted debate ever, topping the previous[…]

Medium – the new one stop shop for publishers

Medium has updated its business strategy by implementing monetization options and has announced Medium for Publishers. The new platform is designed to empower publishers and bloggers across the world by offering them a new set of tools to promote and monetize their content. “We want to make it even easier for publications to do what[…]

Google

Google funds Twipe and Mediahuis’ Reader Engagement Insights project

On Wednesday, Google has announced the winners of its €150 million Digital News Initiative fund, which aims to stimulate innovation among European news media outlets. The ‘Digital Reader Engagement’ initiative, jointly submitted by Twipe and Mediahuis, has been selected as one of the winners among 1200 applications. The joint project aims to improve significantly the[…]

Google Digital News Initiative

Which projects have been funded by Google Digital News Initiative in the first round?

On Wednesday, Google has announced that 128 projects were selected during the first funding round of its Google Digital News Initiative. According to public sources, the following projects have received Google DNI funding. If you know of a project not in our list, please let us know by e-mail or join the conversation on our community[…]