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Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Former AllThingsD Team Launches Re/Code

recdoe-welcomeThe year is already off to a positive start with the launch of ReCode — a new media venture from  Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and the rest of the former AllThingsD team.

The news and review site is the first project of Revere Digital, founded by Swisher and Mossberg. Along with launching the site, they’ve also opened registration for their Code Conference in May. According to their release, Swisher and Mossberg hold controlling interest in Revere, but NBCUniversal News Group and Windsor Media are investors. They write:

Revere and the News Group will be each others’ close media partners, for example, featuring  our top-notch journalism on each of our platforms, including websites and TV networks such as NBC, CNBC and MSNBC.

Already the buzz has been good:


My Twitter feed was teeming with retweets of Mossberg’s first column about tech groupies and Ben Horowitz’s piece about “Can Do Culture.” If you read AllThingsD and follow their team, it’s not surprising that they’ve hit the ground running.

Apart from admiring the moxy to create a new media company and news site, my favorite feature is the “Ethics Statement” tab that accompanies each writer’s byline. They range from just filling in a template to pretty in-depth disclosure — financial investments, copping to owning bitcoin’s or being married to Google execs. As more independent media companies emerge and journos rearrange and reinvent themselves, that’s a trend I’m hoping catches on.

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An Optimistic Look at the Future of Journalism in George Brock’s ‘Out of Print’

gb1As the holiday season approaches, you might find yourself looking for reading material to give as a gift, or curl up with on some possible days off (I like to think we get time off. Just roll with it). A good choice would be Out of Print, part textbook, part commentary, by George Brock, head of City University’s graduate school of journalism in London, as well as ex-journo for the Times and Observer.

It’s an unsentimental look at the fall of the “golden age” of newspapers as much as it is an optimistic take on the future of the news business. Read more

Rev3′s Adam Sessler Discusses the Ethics of Review Journalism

Adam Sessler, a popular gaming reporter and former host of Attack of the Show on NBC’s now-defunct G4 (now known as the Esquire Network), has built his career on giving honest reviews of entertainment and tech products for his longtime, gaming-obsessed fans. As the host of online TV show network Revision 3′s weekly segment  ”Sessler Something,” he’s successfully bringing his same upfront and magnetic personality to Youtube. But, his normally ardent fans felt Sessler hit a sour note last week, placing a Slim Jim ad that promoted a contest with Electronic Arts — right before a review of Dead Space 3. Immediately, viewers cried foul of his ethics.

In response to the accusation of a “pay for play” review — hinting that he could have taken a kick-back for a positive review of the game by EA — Sessler tackled the issue head-on in this week’s video, titled, “Publishers, Game Journalists, and OTHER EVILS!” In it, he firmly denies that the EA logo before the review was anything more than an honest mistake, and adds that he and his producers decided not to fix it because “The horses were out of the barn.” Read more