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  • Facebook Tests Online Subs, Paywalls in Publishing Insider on 10/20/2017

    As promised, Facebook has begun testing a new system that will allow publishers to sell subscriptions and enforce their paywalls in coordination with the network, extending an olive branch to publishers that have seen their audiences fluctuate and displeased by poor monetization on its platform.

  • Hearst Buys Rodale Magazines, Content Business in Publishers Daily on 10/18/2017

    The deal encompasses all Rodale's publications, including flagship magazines "Men's Health" and "Women's Health" as well as "Prevention," "Rodale's Organic Life," "Runner's World" and "Bicycling." It also includes Rodale's book publishing business.

  • ASNE No Longer Tracks Newsroom Head Counts in Publishing Insider on 10/19/2017

    The last decade has seen a steady erosion in the number of media industry benchmark reports - at least those made publicly available to trade reporters and bloggers. The effect of the decision is to get rid of one of the few indicators of the health of the news media.

  • Digital Engagement Index in Digital News Daily on 10/18/2017

    1.38M Instagram engagements supported a 19% increase in overall engagement for ESPN on Wednesday (10/18), pushing the network from the #6 spot to the #4 spot of the leaderboard. The most popular Instagram post shared by ESPN yesterday (10/17) was a screenshot of an amusing conversation between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees on Twitter.

  • Smart Expands Programmatic With Rubicon in Publishers Daily on 10/18/2017

    Smart, an independent ad platform based in Europe that gives publishers greater control over their ad inventory than bigger ad servers, is bolstering its programmatic options through a new partnership with the Rubicon Project, operator of a global ad exchange.

  • Snapchat Ramps Up Content Deals in Social Media Insider on 10/18/2017

    While Facebook and Google battle each other for the affection, or at least grudging loyalty, of media companies and publishers, small but plucky contender Snapchat is steadily building its own relationships with content creators. It just revealed a new scripted content partnership with NBCUniversal, and is also ramping up its content deals with Hearst.

  • Utah State Politician: 'Cosmo' Is Porn in Publishing Insider on 10/18/2017

    Utah has an office for a state "porn czar." One politician has taken the porn definition to an extreme -- adding a mainstream women's magazine. That's despite the fact the magazine has never featured, you know, actual nudity.

  • Larry Flynt Offers $10M For Dirt To Impeach Trump in Publishing Insider on 10/17/2017

    The hardcore porn impresario is offering $10 million to anyone who can provide information about President Trump damaging enough to get him impeached. And no, it's not a joke.

  • Newspapers' Digital Circ Revenues Growing Fast Globally in Publishing Insider on 10/16/2017

    As more newspapers establish pay walls and sell online subscriptions, they are powering double-digit growth in digital circ revenues. Total digital circulation revenues soared 300% from 2012-2016.

  • Digital Engagement Index in Digital News Daily on 10/13/2017

    On Sunday (10/1), Lyft published a 30 second spot featuring Tilda Swinton and Jordan Peele to its official YouTube channel. Gaining over 2M views on Thursday(10/12), the spot now ranks as the #1 most watched Lyft video from the past 30 days, partially driving Lyft's 2,302% uptick in activity yesterday. Supported by this momentum, Lyft rose from the #78 to the #6 spot of the leaderboard on Thursday.

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