The New Yorker’s mascot, Eustace Tilley, rendered in emoji by Fred Benenson. (via Flickr)
It has been more than a year since The New Yorker took down its paywall and triggered a frenzied run on its archives. Slate and others compiled lists of The New Yorker’s greatest hits, encouraging readers to take in the magazine’s ruminative nonfiction before the paywall came back up. The whole enterprise savored of an everything-must-go fire sale and less like a bid to build a broad subscriber base.
But when the paywall came up five months later, something strange happened. The New Yorker saw its traffic rise abruptly, with readers flocking to the site and subscribing at a fevered pace. Looking back on the readership spike in March, NewYorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson told Nieman Lab the aftershocks of the so-called “Summer of Free” were unexpected. Read more
Former New York Times managing editor John Geddes has been appointed Bloomberg U.S. politics editor, according to an internal memo from Megan Murphy, Washington bureau chief at Bloomberg.
Geddes, who will report to Murphy, will work alongside “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to hone Bloomberg’s coverage as the newswire bears down on the 2016 presidential election:
John will also work hand in hand with Mike Nizza, who has toiled tirelessly to develop what has become one of the most influential and fastest growing political web sites of the cycle. Mike, who will continue to oversee the web site, will also focus on more closely integrating Bloomberg Politics with Bloomberg.com, as we look to maximize both the visibility and the consumption our unique mix of political content across all of our platforms.
Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. (AP photo)
Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google’s new initiative aimed at making the mobile Web load faster, has drawn adherents from the realms of analytics, advertising and publishing, according to an announcement from two Google executives released today.
The announcement comes more than a month after Google debuted Accelerate Mobile Pages, or AMP, a proposed Web standard that imposes constraints on the bulkier elements of Web design to ensure that pages load quickly. AMP was greeted at launch by a mixture of applause and hand-wringing from digital media experts, who alternatively hailed the measure as a much-needed remedy for sluggish mobile article pages or an effort from Google to dictate how the Web should be configured.
Now comes word via Google that AMP’s standards have been adopted by several bellwethers of Web publishing since its Oct. Read more
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Tim Atseff has had only one employer in 40 years. He started at the Herald-Journal as a copy boy in 1965.