GDPR Effect: Hundreds of US News Sites Unavailable in Europe

Websites had two years to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest US newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites. The GDPR -- which requires websites to obtain consent from users before collecting personal information, explain what data are being collected and why and delete a user’s information if requested -- took effect May 25. Digital properties such as those operated by Tronc, Lee Enterprises and GateHouse Media are unavailable in Europe. Violating the GDPR can draw a hefty fine -- as much as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue.

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: August 15, 2018

Pulitzer-Winning Paper Files for Bankruptcy

In a reminder of the dire economic times still faced by the US news media, The Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia filed for bankruptcy this week. The paper earned global attention last year for its hard-hitting series on that state's opioid epidemic, revealing how the drug industry flooded the poor state with millions of illegal pills. The series won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the latest award for a small paper that for decades has prided itself on exposing corruption, greed and incompetence. But this week its staff learned  that the paper is filing for bankruptcy and its future unclear -- the latest casualty to hit a still-ailing US news media.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 3, 2018