Highlights from Google’s DNI Fund Round 5

It’s that time of the summer again, with Google announcing the latest recipients of funding from round 5 of their Digital News Initiative. Audio was the clear standout, with roughly 17% of all projects focusing on audio, whether that be creating content for smart speakers, podcasts, or something else. Video comes in second, with roughly[…]

Google DNI funds collaborative project of Twipe and The Times & The Sunday Times

We are proud to announce today that a collaborative project of Twipe and The Times & The Sunday Times has been granted Google DNI Funding. ‘JAMES, your digital butler’ is a collaborative project from The Times & The Sunday Times and Twipe. JAMES will enable individualised distribution of the digital editions of The Times &[…]

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[…]

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