Gawker set to be bought by Univision for 135 million

Mashable

Univision is in position to acquire the embattled digital media company for 135 million, according to a report from Recode. Gawker CEO Nick Denton and cofounder confirmed the news in a statement. "Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision, one of America's largest media companies that is rapidly assembling the leading digital media group for millennial and multicultural audiences," Denton wrote. "I am pleased that our employees are protected and will continue their work under new ownership -- disentangled from the legal campaign against the company. We could not have picked an acquirer more devoted to vibrant journalism."


Amazon Media Sales Up 7.5% In 2016

Forbes - Tech

Media sales, which include both print and e-book sales, increased 7.5% over 2015 at Amazon last year. While the increase trails behind the company-wide revenue increase, which sits at 27% over 2015, it's consistent with quarterly reports throughout the year. In North America, Q1 media revenues were up 8% over 2015, Q2 media revenues were up 12%, Q3 media revenues were up 9%, and Q4 revenues were up 7%. North American 2016 media revenues for the company were up 9% over 2015. Internationally, media revenues were up, but to a smaller degree.


Media Training Tips And Techniques TJ Walker

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Imagine debating your local or national TV preacher or theocratic politician on TV or radio and winning! You can look comfortable on TV, deliver a clear and understandable message, and speak in memorable sound bites. You can communicate your secular activist principles and worldview to the media and to the nation. Currently, the forces against secular thinking are better at controlling and even owning the media. That's why they define the terms of debate.


Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah launch their campaigns for the 'Dishonest Media Awards'

Mashable

Who needs an Emmy when you can have a meaningless award issued by our slightly unhinged, wannabe authoritarian president?


How transactional politics will affect journalism

Al Jazeera

The concept of transactional politics has regained popularity after the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. It basically refers to a political practice where governments reciprocate each other's actions in an equal measure, in other words establish a certain type of give-and-take politics. The term may also refer to a businesslike attitude of governments when it comes to national spending. The idea is that a government will spend less on what it regards as "non-essential" matters such as arts and culture, foreign aid, etc. Instead it will increase military and defence, health and education budgets.