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Meta rethinks press partnerships as priorities shift

Sorry, the whole story here is behind The Information’s paywall, but we haven’t seen it reported elsewhere. Either way… it looks like Meta is planning to cut the money it gives to news outlets less than a week after posting its slowest revenue growth since going public in 2012. What a surprise.

The information reports that “people familiar with the matter” say the company formerly known as Facebook is re-evaluating the press partnerships it has entered into over the past few years. Why? Because he needs to cut costs and fewer people are clicking on news articles since Trump’s outrage engine pulled out of town.

Meta rethinks press partnerships as priorities shift

There’s nothing to tell you in there, but we talk frequently on the podcast about the fact that relying on platform philanthropy isn’t a long-term strategy for news publishers. And this story proves that when the going gets tough, the go fast and break things Facebook’s ethos is never really far from the surface. News is largely a disposable product.

Why The Guardian is betting big on newsletters and ignoring click-throughs

Press Gazette spoke to the Guardian’s newsletter team after the launch of the First Edition newspaper’s new flagship news newsletter. The Guardian now claims to have over a million unique subscribers in its portfolio of 50 newsletters and the underlying strategy is shifting to see newsletters more as their own thing rather than a web traffic driver.

Ukrainian Journalists Receive Special Pulitzer Citation

The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism were awarded and alongside applause from numerous American journalists covering a range of national and international issues, the Pulitzer Council cited Ukrainian journalists “for their courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion”. They have more to think about right now, but congratulations from the Media Voices team.

“Gizmodo” is 20 years old

How many pureplay digital media brands can you think of that are two decades old? Gizmodo is one of them and on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Mediapost questions its EIC David Ewalt. There’s some interesting stuff here about the evolution of the tech site away from gadgets and future plans inside G/O media.


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Harry L. Blanchard