Content farms and the ongoing democratization of journalism

Critics say user-generated networks like Bleacher Report are just SEO-driven content farms that generate “clickbait” posts designed to drive low-quality traffic — but they also provide the opportunity for writers to show their abilities without having to work their way through the traditional media ecosystem.

Thrillist Media Group raises $13M in first funding round

Men’s lifestyle site Thrillist Media Group, which includes daily email newsletters and group-buying site JackThreads, has raised $13.1 million in Series A funding. The company plans to use the new funding to build out content and expand its presence in mobile and e-commerce.

Journatic CEO: We are creating a better future for journalism

Journatic, a media startup that produces hyper-local content for newspapers, has been criticized as a “content farm.” But in an interview with GigaOM, founder Brian Timpone says not only his model more efficient than that of a newspaper, but it can actually help produce better journalism.