Murdoch’s Bid for Time Warner, Fonts in Digital Media, USA Today’s Social Media Tuesdays, The BBC’s Digital Transformation, DPS Tip: A New Sidecar.xml File Format, TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week, July’s Media Metrics Roundup

Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about Rupert Murdoch’s move for Time Warner, why the font is still important in digital publishing, a digital media push at both USA Today and the BBC, plus more.

  • Following Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Time WarnerThe New York Times examined the implications of consolidation in the media sector. According to the report, this latest move underscores how scale is driving profits and the ability to compete with emerging competition from technology and cable companies.
  • iStock photo of random fonts on a page of textAs publishers struggle to capture readers’ attention and build brand loyalty across multiple platforms, they’d do well to focus on their font choice, according to a Digiday article. It argues that although fonts are often overlooked in today’s digital world, they’re key in publishers’ efforts to differentiate themselves and present a unified look and feel to readers.
  • To get reporters thinking digital media first, USA Today publisher Larry Kramer has instituted Social Media Tuesdays. That means staff must get their articles out on Tuesdays only through social media platforms like Facebook and Reddit. The idea is part of a larger effort to boost the newspaper’s mobile readership.
  • Another publishing powerhouse making the digital push: the BBC. It announced it is making moves to produce more original journalism and transform into a 24/7 digital news operation serving all audiences across all platforms.
  • In this week’s DPS Tip, we look at a new sidecar.xml file format in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite v31 that includes specific pathnames to InDesign documents, allowing you to add and manage article properties and import multiple alternate-layout InDesign articles and files from different locations.
  • TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week looks at big-data opportunities that can help digital publishers boost their bottom lines.
  • See our latest Media Metrics roundup for research and stats on native ads, ad recall levels, mobile apps, print and digital revenue forecasts, and more.

This Week in Publishing appears every Friday on the TFP blog. Every week we compile interesting and noteworthy stories from the publishing world and put together a wrap-up to help our readers stay up-to-date. Think we missed something great? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.