‘Shooting,’ ‘Bomb,’ ‘Trump’: Advertisers Blacklist News Stories Online – WSJ

Like many advertisers, Fidelity Investments wants to avoid advertising online near controversial content. The Boston-based financial-services company has a lengthy blacklist of words it considers off-limits. If one of those words is in an article’s headline, Fidelity won’t place an ad there. Its list earlier this year, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, contained more […]

Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content – WSJ

ABC News was among the news outlets that received a pitch from Facebook to license their content. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images Updated Aug. 8, 2019 4:31 pm ET Facebook Inc. FB 2.71% is offering news outlets millions of dollars for the rights to put their content in a news section that the company hopes to […]

Hedge-Fund-Backed Media Group Prepares Bid for Gannett – WSJ

A hedge-fund-backed media group known for buying up struggling local papers and cutting costs is planning to make an offer for USA Today publisher Gannett Co. GCI 0.52% , according to people familiar with the matter.   MNG Enterprises Inc., one of the largest newspaper chains in the country, has quietly built a 7.5% position […]

Plan to Fix Journalism With Cryptocurrency Draws Skepticism – WSJ

The Civil Media Co. bills itself as a solution to some pressing problems in modern journalism, pitching a new cryptocurrency that would help news consumers support quality information and weed out bad actors. So far, the effort isn’t going smoothly. Consumer demand for the new so-called token that the company is selling has been weak […]

Los Angeles Times Newsroom Employees Vote to Unionize – WSJ

An advertisement for a Black Friday sale is seen on the front page of the Los Angeles Times in November in downtown Los Angeles. PHOTO: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES By Benjamin Mullin Jan. 19, 2018 2:30 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Employees at the Los Angeles Times have voted to unionize, a historic shift for a publication long resistant to […]

Fake-Ad Operation Used to Steal From Publishers Is Uncovered – WSJ

An ad-tech firm says it has discovered a large and sophisticated advertising-fraud operation in which fake websites and infected computers were used to scam advertisers and publishers out of upward of hundreds of thousands of dollars a day. Denmark-based Adform, identifier of the scheme, named it “Hyphbot” and estimates that it has been going on […]

Axios Raises $20 Million to Fund Newsroom Expansion – WSJ

Nov. 17, 2017 5:00 a.m. ET Less than a year after Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei launched the media startup Axios with plans to upend the way news organizations deliver stories and advertising, the company is plotting a major expansion of its newsroom. To fund the expansion, Axios has raised $20 million, according to Axios co-founder […]