The Media Minute 01.08.2019

Every day, when I log into Twitter, open up LinkedIn, read my email, browse Trending or HN or Pocket, I’m in a perpetual statement of harsh, unrelenting judgement.

Press accounts estimate that Condé Nast lost $120 million in 2017 (the company’s fiscal 2018 will end on January 31) with losses in print advertising and circulation revenues insufficiently offset by digital or such multimedia ventures as CNX, Spire and Condé Nast Entertainment. All sought to monetize the often award-winning journalism in Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, GQ, Glamour, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

In the past year, Brexit and GDPR have stirred up unusually choppy water for publishers in the U.K. Now, their currents are claiming some casualties.

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience engagement and what stories best tell how technology shaped the media business this year. Enjoy.

In 2019, as Fortune looks to diversify its revenue, it will cast its lines for many different kinds of fish.
Armed with new funds promised by Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon, who recently acquired Fortune from Meredith for $150 million, the business publication will be developing several paid products at both consumer and professional price points, Fortune CEO and president Alan Murray said.

In a year dominated by headline-grabbing failures from Facebook, many news and magazine brands have learned the hard way that third-party platforms ultimately only have their own interests at heart.

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