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The Athletic to double women's sports coverage
The Athletic to double women’s sports coveragewww.axios.com

The NYT-owned sports title is hoping to double the number of articles written about women’s sports from around 900 to about 1800 (though it doesn’t give a firm timescale on that one). It aims to do so through a multi-year partnership with Google, which will see the tech giant support on- and possible off-platform paid media, with the aim of driving up the audience for the WNBA coverage, with further sports to follow.

As Axios’ Sara Fischer explains: “Because the readership of The Athletic’s parent company – the New York Times – is fairly split between men and women, the Times’ ability to bring over more women readers to The Athletic “is a huge advantage,” [CCO Seb] Tomich said”.

I’m still not convinced The Athletic was ever anything more than a crafty attempt to snap up enough of the sports journalism market that a subscriber-hungry outlet would buy it just to boost their own numbers. But at least there does seem to be a strategy here – and it’d be great if that could solve the lack of investment in women’s sport along the way.

Rolling Stone UK cuts staff one year after launch but publisher remains 'very much committed'
Rolling Stone UK cuts staff one year after launch but publisher remains ‘very much committed’pressgazette.co.uk

You can say you’re ‘very much committed’ all you like – and maybe this genuinely is a refresh that just happens to cut roles like the features editor – but it doesn’t mean anything unless you follow through. I really want this to succeed, but to have challenges like this even before cost of living really begins to bite? Doesn’t look good.

Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT prices fall after FTX sinks crypto market
Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT prices fall after FTX sinks crypto marketdecrypt.co

In this week’s episode of the podcast I argued that there was a first mover advantage for the publishers that sold NFTs early. In the wake of the CNN Vault closure and this collapse in NFT prices it looks more like the publishers who managed to sell at all will be the lucky ones.

AP fired reporter James LaPorta after a dangerous blunder. Slack messages reveal a chaotic process
AP fired reporter James LaPorta after a dangerous blunder. Slack messages reveal a chaotic processwww.semafor.com

A story that theoretically could’ve triggered armed conflict between NATO and Russia required less than ten minutes, one anonymous source, and just over a dozen Slack messages for the wire service to publish. Jeeesus. This is a terrifying story.

New podcast:

Publishers power through as hype around emerging technology comes crashing down
Publishers power through as hype around emerging technology comes crashing downvoices.media

This episode we’re joined by Simon Owens to explore how publishers are weathering the ‘crypto winter’ and general disenchantment around emerging technologies. Will early experiments in the metaverse pay off for publishers, and why is AI image generation so exciting? Listen to find out!

Media Moments 2022 launch event
Media Moments 2022 launch eventvoices.media

Our annual report launches on Wednesday November 30th! It’s taking a look at everything that’s occurred in media over 2022 – so it’s a small task, obviously. You can join us and a few very special guests for the launch event. We’d love to see you there!

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