Media Insider: Facebook Kills ‘Trending’ Section, New Yorker Staff Unionizes, Twitter Disbands Live-Video Unit

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BUSINESS INSIDER | KIF LESWING
Facebook is Killing the Controversial ‘Trending’ News Section

Facebook announced on Friday it plans to remove Trending, a module on the right-hand side of Facebook’s desktop site that shows news stories people are discussing and sharing. Facebook said the module accounted for less than 1.5 percent of the clicks to news publishers and that internal research said people found “the product to be less and less useful.” Instead, Facebook is experimenting with other news products, including a section called “Today In” that includes breaking and local news.

More about Facebook: The company also is working on deals for a new crop of news shows for its video platform, Watch.

CNN | TOM KLUDT
Staffers at The New Yorker Organize a Union

One of the most prestigious titles in print journalism is joining the ranks of organized labor. Staff members at The New Yorker sent a letter Wednesday morning to editor David Remnick informing him that they have formed a union, citing a lack of job security and salary disparities as two chief motivating factors. In their letter, staffers painted a bleak picture of the work environment, one that runs counter to the glamour associated with the magazine, which has a lofty newsstand price of $9.

And in the category of unions: The magazine joins a growing list of media companies whose employees have turned to unions.

VARIETY | TODD SPANGLER
Twitter Reorgs Content-Partnerships Group, Folds Live-Video Team Into Regional Structure

Twitter has disbanded the live-video business unit responsible for deals with programming partners like Disney/ESPN, MLB and BuzzFeed, moving to consolidate those functions under its content-partnerships team. The move is part of a larger reorganization under Kay Madati, Twitter’s global head of content partnerships, to adopt a regional management structure rather than the previous one based on categories like news, sports and live video. Madati also announced two appointments: Laura Froelich was named the new head of U.S. partnerships, and David Grossman, formerly Twitter’s global head of entertainment, is now head of U.S. entertainment. With the reorg, Peter Greenberger, formerly Twitter’s head of global news, is exiting Twitter.

More content deals on the horizon: The company also announced 30 content deals, including pacts with Vice Media and Viacom.

THEWRAP | TREY WILLIAMS
Univision CEO Signals More Layoffs, Upheaval to Come

Univision CEO Randy Falco, who announced plans to retire by year’s end, has signaled more upheaval and layoffs are in the media company’s future. “As part of our continuing efforts, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce personnel across the company,” Falco wrote, in a memo to staff. “We know that disruption is required to transform this business into a company that will not only exist but continue to thrive in the future.” In recent weeks, the company also lost CFO Francisco Lopez-Balboa and Gizmodo Media Group CEO Raju Narisetti.

Earlier this year: Univision announced it was scuttling its IPO and laying off 150 staffers.

FAST COMPANY | RINA RAPHAEL
Women’s Coworking Space The Wing is Expanding Into Media

The Wing, a women-only co-working space, is expanding to its next phase: a media brand. The company announced its first podcast, No Man’s Land, which centers on historic women, specifically “rule breakers and names that may not have made headlines,” says cofounder Audrey Gelman. It’s described as a more feminist take on “Stuff I Missed in History Class,” with subjects spanning a 1920s Harlem “gangstress” to Gold Rush Era “lady pickpockets.” The six-episode series will launch this fall with host Alexis Coe, The Wing’s in-house historian.

In other women’s media news: Time Inc announced it is closing weekly women’s magazine Look.

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Maria Perez is Director, Web Experience & Operations at PR Newswire. An animal lover, she curates content for @PRNPets – that is, when she’s not busy cuddling with her 10-year-old blind Maltese, Toody.

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