YouTube controversy shakes up digital advertising as brands pull adverts

Over the past five years, Google and Facebook have cut a conquering swath through the market for digital advertising, snatching ever more business from legacy media companies, such as print newspapers and magazines. But a growing scandal involving the inadvertent placement of ads next to extremist content on Google’s YouTube video has raised questions about whether the balance of power is about to shift again.

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Big news brings only tiny returns for publishers

Publishers need to find additional sources of revenue and, worryingly, the new generation of so-called “distributed content” services, which held such promise a year ago, are not cutting the mustard. Services such as Facebook Instant Articles, Apple News and Google Accelerated Mobile Pages were supposed to make it easier for publishers to monetise their journalism.

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Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is ‘terrifying’

The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night. Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials to digital media — a market that Facebook and Google currently have in a duopolistic chokehold. Inter-agency competition is at a fever pitch. Unconventional upstarts are eating their lunch. If Don Draper were around today, there’s a good chance he’d work at Facebook. But it’s not internet advertising giants that keep the industry’s top chief up at night. Nor is it his three-month-old daughter. It’s…Amazon?

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ESI Media announce city-wide culinary festival with the London Evening Standard Food Month

ESI Media has announced the launch of the London Evening Standard Food Month, a city-wide festival promoting the diversity of London’s food scene.

The festival will encompass hundreds of events throughout June and will include contributions from chefs, restaurants, food trucks, cafes and bars. The centrepiece of the festival will be the Night Market, an outdoor dining experience in a London park featuring up to 50 restaurants, food trucks, bars and live entertainment.

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Newspaper’s print advertising revenues decline continues

The erosion in print ad sales kicked off at the beginning of 2016 and did not let up. In the fourth quarter alone, print sales dropped 20 per cent at the New York Times and at McClatchy, operator of 29 US daily papers. Gannett, owner of USA Today, reported a 15 per cent fall in the US and a 14 per cent decline at Newsquest, its UK chain. News Corp said the fall in print dragged total ad revenue down 29 per cent at News UK (publisher of The Sun and The Times), 20 per cent at Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones and 12 per cent at its Australian papers. The Financial Times and Tronc, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, have also been hit.

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Axel Springer plans pan-European Upday news service

Axel Springer is to expand its mobile news service Upday from four to 16 countries in Europe this year, as the German media group accelerates its shift into digital publishing. Upday, a news aggregator that uses human editors as well as an algorithm to select news stories, was developed as part of an exclusive partnership with Samsung and launched in Germany, Poland, the UK and France last February.

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EU proposal on ad blockers welcomed by publishers

Media companies will be allowed to ban customers who use ad blockers under new online privacy rules proposed by the European Commission. To combat the rise of ad blocking technology, which stops online adverts from showing up on websites, many publishers — including technology magazine Wired and mainstream titles such as Bild, the German tabloid — have opted to ban users who refuse to see advertising. In a proposed reform of the law on Tuesday, the commission attempted to clear up legal confusion by deciding that detection of an ad blocker would not break EU rules

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Journalism in 2017

According to the NiemanLab, each year they ask some of the “smartest people” in journalism and digital media what they think (through December 19) is coming in the next 12 months (2017). Starting off with Ray Soto, design director of emerging technologies at USA Today Network, speaking to VR moving from experiments to immersion, he says “If your production teams haven’t already heard of these terms, get to know them: ambisonics, stereoscopic rendering, and photogrammetry will be standard by the end of the year.”

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Axel Springer to launch football daily newspaper

Publisher Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) plans to launch Germany’s first daily sports newspaper next month, focusing on soccer as it seeks to offset a decline in sales at its established print business Fussball Bild will be the Germany’s first sports daily. Spain has a soccer-focused daily called Marca, which is published by Unidad Editorial and is the […]

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