The move to monetize online journalism is forcing content publishers to experiment (and sometimes exploit). The graphic above, apparently from Dustin Steinacker, was making the rounds earlier this week and gave us a bit of a chuckle here at indieWIRE. Some of it hits close to home.
In order to keep content free, ads are being placed in new spots on sites, on multiple pages, hoping to generate more Internet eyeballs (and revenues). But, things got even murkier today in film journo circles with the publishing of a Focus Features sponsored post by respected movie site, /film. The piece, written by David Chen, looks at the filmography of “Away We Go” director Sam Mendes and the comments it’s generating are more about /film and their editorial policies than the filmmaker and his work.
UPDATE: /film explains.