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Content Aware media news: January 5, 2023

Wordpress holes, tech meltdown, and comedy reporters

Published: 16:00, 05 January 2023
Glide Publishing Platform, Glide CMS, Glide Go, and Glide Nexa are a suite of products which help publishers and media bring audiences and content together.

Publishers still struggling to keep sites safe
Our regular look at the difficulties faced by publishers to keep on top of WordPress-based CMS tech stacks shows basic security updates are still lagging across the board.
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GPP Comments on... Robots in disguise (as journalists)
So are ChatGPT articles the end of the road for writers? Will any of us need to read a paper any more? Our CEO looks at the limitations and expectations we can have for what is a remarkable new technology which comes with many caveats.
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Old tech: a salutary tale from Southwest
Continuing the theme of old tech becoming a critical liability, sobering insight here into how long-ignored back-end systems grounded an airline at its busiest time of year. Don't let it be a familiar tale where you are.
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Comedians show that local press reporting is no joke
Take two well-known UK standups, and send them scoop-hunting at a number of the UK's leading local press titles. Punchline: they show that local reporting is both hard and rewarding.
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110-character limit for Structured Data headline removed
At our recent SEO event for publishers, search guru Barry Adams pointed out just how important the Structured Data headline can be to ratings. It can now run to longer than 110 characters.
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SEO for Publishers you say?
Missed our event? There is an excellent write-up of the key takeaways here.
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Google's new 'Popular next steps' traffic stealer
Google's "here's what you might want to do next'' feature seems tailor-made to nullify a searcher's need to visit your site.
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"The media monoculture is over"
We'd argue it has been for 20+ years, but in any case this blog gives insight into the thinking inside the most recent high-profile news media startup, Semafor, direct from the co-founder.
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New ad players pressure Google and Meta
The Big Two of advertising seem destined to never be quite as dominant again, as they slip below the 50% mark of all US digital ad revenue for the first time in nearly a decade.
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Writing for machines can be confusing
There is a challenge between constructing an article and a narrative in the way the brain naturally wants to, versus structuring data in a way your digital content systems would sometimes really like you to do it. This discussion will look at ways to ease that tension.
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Meta sets aside €2bn for EU fines
As another hefty fine lands on its doorstep, it seems gigantic penalties for misusing data is just the cost of doing business for Facebookagram.
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