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Good News for Online News: 6 Out Of 10 Online Users Visited World News Websites In July

Guess what? Americans are actually staying up to date with the news! The hardcopy days of news may be close to over, but if there is any indicator of the market for online news, Compete.com’s July data is certainly a starting point. Up 6.3% in July from June, our World News category of sites now attract over 100M unique visitors monthly through both continuous news and breaking stories that spike

Have you been preseason-ing a juicy football-shaped burger?

With the infamous NFL lockout over just in time for preseason, I’ve been wondering if the whole ordeal left a bad taste in the mouths of fans. Are people as interested in football this season? I decided to investigate, using some Compete data, to gauge just how much online engagement football fans have had with the NFL this year. We won’t have access to some of the preseason data for

Liberals vs. Conservatives on the Web

A few weeks ago, Jon Stewart did a segment about the News of the World phone hacking scandal and how media companies owned by Rupert Murdoch (e.g. Fox News) downplayed the relevancy of the story.  This wasn’t the Daily Show’s first attempt at making news of the news industry (and probably not the last), but it got me thinking about the audience for Stewart’s show vs. the Fox audience.  More

Kantar Media Compete Names Scott Centurino Chief Operating Officer

Former CEO of Crimson Hexagon Will Oversee Company’s Rapid Growth in Digital Measurement Industry BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – Aug 3, 2011) – Kantar Media Compete today announced that Scott Centurino has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO). Centurino, who will report to Compete’s president, Scott Ernst, will play an important role in managing the company’s growth as it expands its global footprint and digital measurement offerings. “Scott has a track

Casey Anthony Drives Serious Chatter and Attention to CNN.com

Unless you have shut yourself off entirely from the media world, Casey Anthony has become a hot topic of conversation and debate.  It seems as though everyone has an opinion to share on the case and what they would have done if they were a juror (just scroll through your first few updates on Facebook). So although we can all talk the talk about Casey Anthony, she actually makes some

Compete April 2011 Category Data for ‘News: Sports’ Shows Rise of BleacherReport.com

Fast-Growing Online Publisher Is Firmly Entrenched as One of the Category Leaders BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire) - Compete, a Kantar Media company, today released data for it News: Sports category highlighting the continued rise of Bleacherreport.com. In April, the self-described “leading publisher of original and entertaining sports editorial content” grew 9.7 percent (up 46.2 percent for the year) while the category as a whole declined 3.9 percent. April was a big sports month,

‘Arab Spring’: A Test for Journalism and the Rise of Al Jazeera in the West

Much of the attention of the world has been focused on the Middle East this spring between the riots, revolutions, and breaking news across the region. From Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, and most recently, the death of Osama bin Laden, important changes have been taking place in the Middle East that directly affect people all over the world. While there’s been a lot of talk about how

Compete March 2011 Category Data Show Consumers Were Fixated on Online Global News

News: World Category Grew 17.5 Percent During a Month of Somber News BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire) - Compete, a Kantar Media company, has released data for March showing that websites in the News: World category grew significantly. The category attracted 115 million unique visitors (UVs) — growing 17.5 percent month-over-month (M-O-M) and 13.5 percent year-over-year (Y-O-Y). Online news coverage of stories like the Japan earthquake on March 11 and unrest in Libya made March

Oil Slick Reaches the Web

With the ominous Gulf Coast oil spill steadily creeping toward Freemason Island, BP has attempted to cap the leak with a giant steel and concrete containment unit.  However, that didn’t go according to plan as the container quickly became filled with ice-like hydrate crystals and had to be temporarily removed.  As they prepare to implement their next solution, I’m curious if the 24-hour new coverage has the attention of the