Global: The Moscow Times print edition ends

Independent Russian English-language newspaper The Moscow Times will publish its final print edition today as the publication moves to a digital-only format.

Yesterday’s announcement also signalled the end for the masthead’s Russian-language sister magazine, The New Times.

Outgoing editor Mikhail Fishman said: “Throughout its existence, The Moscow Times has remained dedicated to independent reporting and excellence in journalism. It has played a unique role in covering Russian affairs and politics from the inside. I hope it will continue to stick to these principles throughout the future.”

In June, Dutch businessman Derek Sauer moved to “secure” the publications future by moving the brand to a charitable foundation in partnership with owner Demyan Kudryavtsev.

The 25 year-old publication will lose a majority of its staff in the transition.

Trust in traditional media surges in Ireland

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Unreliable online news sources has caused news media consumers to flock back to traditional media, says the chairman of Ireland’s media watchdog.

Following the publication of “Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017”, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Professor Pauric Travers said the research challenged the norms of mistrust in the media seen in other countries.

“A welcome finding in relation to Ireland is that trust in news remains strong compared to other countries, especially trust in traditional media,” it said.

Professor Travers said the support for traditional media comes in the days following US President Donald Trump’s continued anti-media campaign on Twitter, calling cable news network CNN “fraud news” with a video of him “beating up” the network.

Conde Nast launches in-house branded-content studio in UK

Publisher Conde Nast Britain has launched a new in-house branded-content studio, which will deliver partnered cross-platform content to several of its brands.

The new studio, called Stories, will deliver advertiser editorial to 14 titles, including British Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Brides. The team will be lead by Tristan Taylor, who joined Conde Nast Britain in May as head of branded-content commercial.

“The newly created sector reflects the significant growth in revenue over the last two-plus years,” said Malcolm Attwells, commercial director of Condé Nast Digital, told WWD.

The new outfit will compliment Conde Nast’s American studio, Stories 23, which launched in 2015.

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