The Daily Beast is seeking to quash rumors that it will shut down following Tina Brown’s departure. The company’s interim CEO, Rhona Murphy, said Friday that the site “is not for sale and is not closing.” Parent company IAC has “approved in concept” the site’s operating budget for 2014, and it’s getting a redesign. Also, the Daily Beast “averages more than 15 million unique visitors a month, according to Omniture, and traffic is up 22 percent this year alone.” IAC CEO Barry Diller praised Brown’s tenure at the site, “even throughout the two unfortunate Newsweek years.”
Despite her successful track record at magazines like Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, editor Tina Brown was incapable of making The Daily Beast work. Her failure there says a lot about how the media landscape has changed.
IAC won’t renew Daily Beast cofounder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown’s contract this January, according to reports from Buzzfeed and Politico. That means that the future of the Daily Beast is unclear: “Included among the options IAC is considering are a sale, closure, or continuing to operate it under a new editor,” Buzzfeed reports. Meanwhile, Politico says Brown plans to launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, which “will expand on [her] Women in the World conferences and will put together other events such as flash debates.”
Daily Beast editor Tina Brown is well known for her somewhat abrasive personality, and that side of her was in full display on Twitter in a response to former Beast columnist Howard Kurtz about the death of Newsweek.
According to multiple reports, media mogul Barry Diller is looking to unload his stake in Newsweek magazine. Is the title’s brand irreparably damaged, or could a new owner revitalize it? Here are a few suggestions.
The Houston Chronicle and Crain’s New York announced new paywall initiatives, while Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown suggested that the now digital-only magazine is heading in that direction. A news roundup.
Say goodbye to Newsweek — the 80 year old news magazine will stop publishing at the end of this year. Editor Tina Brown envisions a digital future for Newsweek but the plan seems a longshot.
In a recent Daily Beast post, Tina Brown talks about how everyone she knows is “hustling for gigs.” As I was reading the article, I noticed a few interesting things about the language in the post – mainly all of the words with “gig” in them: gig economy, gigonomics, and gigocracy. We seem to have our own language to describe what we do as web workers.
Over the holidays, I talked about how hard it is to explain what I do to family members, friends, and other people living in the regular world who find our web worker ways very foreign. This is complicated by my many side projects and diverse work that make it difficult to explain what I do in a concise way, which is another point that Tina Brown makes about how long it takes us to describe what we do in this new gig economy.
I usually respond with some variant of the rambling found below when someone asks me what I do. Read More about The Language of the Web Worker
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