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  • Ben Bradlee, Who Steered Watergate Coverage, Dead at 93 in MediaDailyNews on 10/21/2014

    Ben Bradlee, the editor in chief of "The Washington Post," who directed coverage of the Watergate scandal -- eventually helping force Richard Nixon to resign the presidency -- died on Tuesday at the age of 93, his family announced. As editor of "The Washington Post" from 1968-1991, Bradlee is credited with transforming it from a leading regional newspaper to a national paper of record, rivaling "The New York Times" and "The Wall Street Journal."

  • Americans Sick Of Gossip, Sports In News Coverage, Want More Substance in MediaDailyNews on 10/21/2014

    If you think some topics receive way too much attention in news coverage, you're not alone. Per a new online survey of 2,537 adults conducted by the Harris Poll in August, a large proportion of Americans are fed up with news coverage that skews toward the sensational, superficial, and sports-centric.

  • Tribune In Talks to Buy Suburban Chicago Papers in MediaDailyNews on 10/21/2014

    Just a few months into its new life as an independent company, Tribune Publishing is looking to expand by acquiring local newspapers serving the suburbs of Chicago from Wrapports, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times. Tribune Publishing and Wrapports are said to be in talks, but neither company has confirmed the news.

  • Social Media Can Moderate Political Polarization in The Social Graf on 10/21/2014

    Conventional wisdom has it that the American political scene is becoming more polarized, with liberals and conservatives increasingly entrenched in their own views and unwilling to consider those of the opposing side. This is attributed in large part to a tendency to "choose your news," as partisans on both sides retreat into media echo chambers where they only hear reporting that agrees with their opinions.

  • 'Southern Living,' 'Coastal Living' Launch Branded Interior Design Network in MediaDailyNews on 10/20/2014

    Time Inc.'s Southern Living and Coastal Living brands have joined forces to create a new "Designer Network," bringing together interior designers who have been given the aesthetic and professional stamp of approval by the home design magazines. Set to launch officially in 2015, the network will only include designers who have been vetted by editorial representatives of both magazines.

  • New Social Nets for Your Brain in The Social Graf on 10/20/2014

    There's some good news for all those people who complain that social media encourages people to traffic in superficial, trivial nonsense, as a new generation of social networks are focusing on encouraging intellectual and creative endeavors.

  • Brandnew Unveils "Influencer Marketplace" For Social Native Ads in Social Media & Marketing Daily on 10/17/2014

    Brandnew, a native advertising platform that specializes in delivering messages through social media influencers on image-focused sites like Instagram and Pinterest, has unveiled its new "Influencer Marketplace." The Brandnew Marketplace brings together around 860 influential social-media personalities hailing from 52 countries around the world.

  • Whisper Throws Down with The Guardian Over Privacy Reports in The Social Graf on 10/17/2014

    It's always nice to wrap up the week on a note of fierce controversy and recrimination, don't you think? Luckily the social media industry provides plenty of both. In the latest round, The Guardian has stirred a PR hornets' nest with a series of articles purporting to show that Whisper, the supposedly anonymous platform for sharing secrets, is secretly tracking the locations of many users, including people who explicitly asked not to be tracked.

  • Nielsen Catalina, Crossix Team for Pharma Ad Targeting  in MediaDailyNews on 10/16/2014

    Nielsen Catalina Solutions has been striking data-sharing partnerships to bolster its capabilities in a number of major ad categories. Nielsen Catalina announce a deal with Crossix Solutions, which specializes in healthcare marketing analytics, intended to help pharmaceutical marketers craft more targeted TV ad campaigns.

  • Health Media Network, SITO Launch Mobile Point-of-Care Ad Network in MediaDailyNews on 10/16/2014

    The lines between place-based media and mobile advertising are getting blurrier, as more companies forge cross-channel alliances. Health Media Network, which reaches patients in doctors' offices and hospitals, announced a strategic partnership with SITO Mobile to create a mobile, location-based ad network targeting healthcare consumers nationwide.

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