RF|Binder Media Intelligence: Monday, June 17

RFB Media Intelligence

Two New Editors at Axios
Axios recently welcomed two new editors to its staff: Jennifer Kingsonand Michele Salcedo. Kingson joined Axios as the managing editor of business, where she oversees the coverage of markets, banking real estate, and other financial topics. She’s at the helm of both the Axios Markets and Axios edge newsletters. Salcedo is the organization’s news desk editor, where she works closely with a team of editors and apprentices to continue breaking news online. 

Big Changes at Vice Media
There were significant changes at Vice Media last week as the company takes shape under new leadership. First came the news that HBO was canceling the nightly program “Vice News Tonight” and that the executive who oversaw the show, Josh Tyrangiel, would be leaving the company. 

TheStreet.com Agrees to Takeover Deal
Financial news site TheStreet.com has agreed to a deal where it will be acquired by The Maven Inc. for $16.5 million. 

Business Insider, eMarketer to Merge in 2020
Axel Springer, the German publisher, announced it would combine the operations of its two main U.S. units, millennial-focused financial news site Business Insider and market researcher eMarketer.
Insider Inc. and eMarketer Inc. will join forces on Jan. 1, 2020, and Insider CEO Henry Blodget will head the merged operation. 

Digiday Expands
Digiday Media, the eleven-year old digital media trade publication, is adding a third brand called “Modern Retail,” which will exist across all revenue streams, including advertising, events, newsletters, digital and subscriptions. 

Publishers Like Twitch
Publishers have been playing more with Twitch—and even, believe it or not, making money off it. As the Amazon-owned live video platform grows its sales team, publishers like The Washington Post, Cheddar and BuzzFeed have invested in creating specific shows catered to the platform over the last year. 

What Americans Read
The news and information that U.S. adults actually read doesn’t always match up with the topics they claim they want covered more, according to data from traffic analytics company Parse.ly and an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. 

News Companies vs. Big Tech
Lawmakers offered a public airing last week to longstanding complaints from news companies about Silicon Valley’s growing wealth and power, kicking off a new phase of congressional antitrust scrutiny of the tech industry. Media organizations have warned for years that Google and Facebook’s dominance of digital advertising has stifled publishers’ ability to profit off their own journalism, resulting in a tsunami of layoffs, buyouts, closures and consolidations while digital ad dollars flow to the two online giants.