Media Insider: Hearst Sells Marie Claire, The Post Elects Top Editor, Facebook Tackles Misinformation
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THE NEW YORK TIMES | KATIE ROBERTSON
Hearst sells Marie Claire to a British publisher
British publisher Future acquired Marie Claire U.S. from its owners, Hearst Magazines and Marie Claire Album. Future, which publishes a variety of magazines including Marie Claire U.K., acquired the U.S. edition to help significantly increase its North American audience. Faye Galvin, the head of communications at Future, wrote in an email that the company hoped all existing Marie Claire U.S. employees would “accept the offer to work with us” and also mentioned it was essential to the success of the magazine that Sally Holmes stay on as editor in chief.
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THE WASHINGTON POST
Sally Buzbee named executive editor of The Washington Post
Sally Buzbee has been named executive editor of The Washington Post. Buzbee started her career at The Associated Press in 1988 as a reporter. From 2010-2016, she served as the AP’s Washington bureau chief until she was promoted again to executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press. During her time at The AP, Buzbee oversaw the global news operation, produced content for over 15,000 news outlets, expanded the AP’s digital storytelling, and took part in Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting. She will be the first woman to serve as The Post’s executive editor since the paper started publishing in 1877.
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THE VERGE | MITCHELL CLARK
Facebook wants to make sure you’ve read the article you’re about to share
Facebook announced it will start testing a pop-up that will encourage users to read an article before sharing. The pop-up warns users that not opening the article can lead to “missing key facts” and reminds them that headlines often do not tell the whole story. The intent of the pop-up is to help promote more informed sharing of news articles and to combat the spread of misinformation on the platform. The test will be rolled out to 6% of Android users worldwide.
Related: TikTok launches #FactCheckYourFeed campaign to support media literacy.
TAMARA BANKS | DONALD W. REYNOLDS JOURNALISM INSTITUTE
Building a platform for Black stories by Black journalists
With the help of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will launch a new platform to share untold stories about Black communities through the work of Black journalists. The NABJ Media Network will feature news stories written, shot, edited, and produced by NABJ members and colleagues. The stories will profile the Black experience from multiple perspectives and shed a light on social injustices in Black communities that are often underreported. The goal is to provide a platform for Black communities and to utilize experienced journalists who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to be published in traditional newsrooms.
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MEDIAPOST | RAY SCHULTZ
Meredith Debuts ‘Paw Print,’ Print Magazine For Pet Owners
Meredith has launched Paw Print, a magazine aimed at dog and cat lovers. Paw Print will be a companion to Meredith’s digital pet-care brand DailyPaws.com. Meredith believes it currently reaches around 70% of U.S. pet owners and that Paw Print will be the largest consumer magazine serving pet families. Mars Petcare will be the launch sponsor of the inaugural issue. It will be delivered to one million Meredith consumers.
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