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Mar 26, 2014

U.S. journalism benefiting from ‘game-changing’ investments -study

March 26 (Reuters) – A new wave of funding by
technology-savvy investors into U.S. media companies is driving
momentum in journalism, even as news organizations continue to
face challenges, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

The level of media investing activity is forging the
underpinnings of “game-changing” developments for the industry,
according to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media
2014 report, which cited funding from entrepreneurs like
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and eBay founder Pierre
Omidyar.

Mar 13, 2014

U.S. news readers less engaged when referred by Facebook: study

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Readers of some of the top U.S. news sites are more engaged when they go directly to the website rather than through Facebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released on Monday.

The research found that users who come directly to a news site spend about three times as long per visit, or almost five minutes on average. Those who find the news by searching or through Facebook spend about two minutes.

Mar 6, 2014

Tribune names media executive to head publishing co spinoff

March 6 (Reuters) – Media executive Jack Griffin was
appointed on Thursday as chief executive of Tribune Co’s
forthcoming spinoff newspaper company, Tribune
Publishing.

Griffin has served as an adviser to Tribune through
Empirical Media Advisors, the media consulting firm he
co-founded.

Mar 5, 2014

Business Insider raises new round; valued at $100 mln -source

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Business Insider raised $12
million in another round of capital from investors including
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Institutional Venture Partners,
RRE Ventures and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon
Crovitz, according to a Wednesday post by its founder Henry
Blodget.

The latest infusion of capital values the media company at
about $100 million – about five times its 2013 revenue,
according to a source familiar with the company.

Mar 5, 2014

News reader company Flipboard buys rival Zite from CNN

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – News reader company Flipboard said on Wednesday it has bought rival app Zite from CNN and struck a content partnership with the cable news network.

The deal is valued at $60 million, according to the CNN Money website. A CNN spokesman called the valuation “inaccurate” but declined to give details.

Mar 3, 2014

News Corp’s education unit launches digital lessons

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – News Corp’s education division Amplify on Monday unveiled a digital curriculum aimed at middle school students in a move to kick-start growth in the unit after years of investment.

The curriculum is for English Language Arts aimed at sixth-, seventh-, and eight-grade students, and features content from a library of e-books, dramatic readings by actors, story animations, and role-playing games about classic authors such as Edgar Allan Poe.

Feb 26, 2014

Facebook says makes progress targeting users

Feb 26 (Reuters) – Facebook highlighted on Wednesday
two ad campaigns in an attempt to persuade advertisers that its
massive membership base and ability to home in on specific
audiences makes it a more effective advertising platform than
broadcast TV.

The No. 1 social network revealed in a blog post some
details about marketing campaigns from AARP and the American
Legacy Foundation to show how Facebook can target specific age
groups among its audience of more than 1 billion global users,
which rivals the number of people watching TV.

Feb 25, 2014

Demand Media dogged by Google changes, warns of revenue declines

Feb 25 (Reuters) – Demand Media Inc warned on
Tuesday that revenue for this year will continue to decline
because of troubles at its flagship advice website eHow.

Demand Media has been hurt by changes that Google Inc
made to its search algorithm in order for people to
receive higher quality search results.

Feb 23, 2014

Beyond cute cats: How BuzzFeed is reinventing itself

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. This month one of its journalists was on the ground in Kiev reporting on the crisis in Ukraine, and last December it published an in-depth article on a Chinese dissident living in Harlem, New York.

The kittens haven’t disappeared, but these days there is serious journalism as well.

Feb 21, 2014

Cable TV operator Charter to ‘wisely’ pursue deals

By Soham Chatterjee and Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), whose bid to take over Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was thwarted earlier this month, plans to grow its subscriber base through more deals, its chief executive said on a call with analysts on Friday.

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge made few remarks about the company’s failed pursuit of Time Warner Cable after having mounted a proxy battle last week.