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If Vox Media is the Next Condé Nast, Will Ezra Klein Build its New Yorker?

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Jim Bankoff sounded brazen in December 2012 discussing his plan for his little digital publisher Vox Media to someday rival the magazine titan housing The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and Vogue.

“We look at what Condé Nast did in magazine publishing, and we can do that in digital publishing, meaning scale and quality and value,” the 44-year-old CEO told Forbes, which scoffed at him to “put down that glass.” The network of three sites, the largest of which was sports-focused SB Nation, had only earned an estimated $25 million in revenues.

Less than a year later, SB Nation is busy competing with Grantland, Deadspin, Bleacher Report and ESPN — for which Condé has no equivalent. The Verge is poaching editors from Wired and expanding its editorial mandate far beyond gadget reviews. And Vox’s newly-acquired Curbed network — with its food (Eater), real estate/architecture (Curbed) and fashion (Racked) brands blossoming across North America’s major cities — nips the ankles of numerous glossy magazines that have failed to transition meaningfully to the Web.

But, aside from The Verge’s limited embrace of non-tech news, could Vox add something a little more general interest, like The New Yorker, to its stable?

Enter: Ezra Klein.

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IAC Seeking Buyers for Newsweek (Variety)
Newsweek appears to be on the block — again. According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic edition late last year in favor of a digital-only format. A revamped Newsweek.com launched earlier this month. Adweek At this point, Newsweek’s decline and predicted demise are well-trod ground. The once-venerable Newsweek used to have a circulation topping 3 million, but had fallen to less than half of that when it went digital-only this year. The move would save IAC money and enable Newsweek to make good on the copies it owed subscribers (Newsweek carried a $30 million circulation liability), but no one in their right mind expected a paid, digital magazine to be a viable option. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In April, Diller said he regretted buying the magazine. “‘I wish I hadn’t bought Newsweek, it was a mistake,” he told Bloomberg TV. He also said he did not have “great expectations” for the digital version, which, like The Daily Beast, is edited by Tina Brown. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Newsweek for Sale | News Corp Cuts Coming | De Rosa Joins Circa


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IAC Seeking Buyers for Newsweek (Variety)
Newsweek appears to be on the block — again. According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic edition late last year in favor of a digital-only format. A revamped Newsweek.com launched earlier this month. Adweek At this point, Newsweek’s decline and predicted demise are well-trod ground. The once-venerable Newsweek used to have a circulation topping 3 million, but had fallen to less than half of that when it went digital-only this year. The move would save IAC money and enable Newsweek to make good on the copies it owed subscribers (Newsweek carried a $30 million circulation liability), but no one in their right mind expected a paid, digital magazine to be a viable option. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In April, Diller said he regretted buying the magazine. “‘I wish I hadn’t bought Newsweek, it was a mistake,” he told Bloomberg TV. He also said he did not have “great expectations” for the digital version, which, like The Daily Beast, is edited by Tina Brown.

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Anthony De Rosa Leaves Reuters for Circa

Anthony De Rosa, social media extraordinaire, is leaving Reuters. De Rosa has been tapped by Circa to be its new editor-in-chief. Circa is a startup that offers news summaries for smartphones. De Rosa was most recently Reuters’ social media editor. Circa then, is right in his wheelhouse.

In a post on Circa, De Rosa explained his decision:

There’s a huge opportunity to present news in a way that’s made for mobile. Nobody is thinking about this more than Circa and I’m thrilled to help move that mission forward. Matt [Galligan] and David [Cohn] have a proven record of success and I feel like we have a shared vision for transforming the traditional article format.

De Rosa will join Circa next month.

Gawker’s John Cook Guts McKay Coppins’ BuzzFeed Story on Marco Rubio

McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed’s political editor, is no stranger to haters among his New York media compatriots.

In January, the bespectacled politics wonk drew ire from Complex’s Foster Kamer and Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa over a story hedging their apparent-newfound love of guns on a photo from a shooting range.

Now, he’s in Gawker editor John Cook‘s crosshairs over a story that seems to have a similarly flimsy premise.

Entitled “The Endless Vetting of Marco Rubio,” Coppins’ post details weaved into the 555 pages of a Democratic opposition research firms book on the Republican Party’s rising star from Florida. The question he’s left with: “What element of his time in Florida politics will come back to haunt him?”

“Hmmm, yes, what element, exactly? Well, Coppins doesn’t quite say,” Cook wrote with that biting tone Gawker usually saves for Politi — er, “The Politico.”

He continues:

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Michael Wolff to Join U.S. Guardian

Michael Wolff has a new stomping ground: The Guardian, stateside.

Anthony De Rosa, Reuters’ Social Media Editor, just tweeted that Wolff will be covering “media, tech, publishing and politics,” and that his first column will debut tomorrow.

Wolff simply said, “Yup. Hanging my hat at the Guardian.”

Reuters and YouTube Join Forces to Launch Reuters TV

Reuters and YouTube have teamed up to launch Reuters TV, a site packed with video analysis and commentary much more educational than what you typically watch online. While the videos featured probably won’t be as funny as a cat reading a book (that’s silly! Cats can’t read!), they’ll definitely be worth checking out.

A sampling of the videos:

“This deal with YouTube gives Reuters a way to showcase our collection of talented journalists and compelling video from around the world,” commented Dan Colarusso, Reuters’ Global Head of Programming. “It will offer unique insights and images that other media companies simply can’t match.”

Reuters Adds Deputy Social Media Editor

Reuters has named Matthew Keys its new Deputy Social Media Editor. Keys most recently worked at Sacramento-based KTXL Fox40 as an Online Content Producer and Manager and an Online News Producer for KGO-TV in San Francisco. During this time Keys was nominated for an Online News Association Award for his coverage of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

At Reuters he will be responsible for expanding the organization’s social media presences and training other Reuters journalists.

Keys will be based in New York and report to Anthony De Rosa, Reuters’ Social Media Editor.

Felix Salmon is Completely Fine With Tweeting False Information

Earlier a rumor began floating around Twitter that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan. Immediately journalists tweeted and retweeted the news, because media people always love being the first (or close to first) to report something. Now that the rumor has been proved false, those same journalists are backtracking – none more ridiculously than Reuters’ financial blogger Felix Salmon.

While some people who tweeted the rumor – such as Anthony De Rosa – went the right route and simply apologized for the error, Salmon took to his blog and basically said it’s okay for journalists to tweet false information:

…One of the things I like about Twitter is that it behaves in many ways a lot more like a newsroom than a newspaper. Rumors happen there, and then they get shot down — no harm no foul.

He adds that because the false information doesn’t come from a professional account, it’s all good. But it’s not. People obviously make mistakes, but to tweet something wrong and then say, “Oh, well it’s fine” when people follow you because you’re supposed to be a credible news source, is wrong.

If Salmon doesn’t want that responsibility placed on his account, he should remove “Felix Salmon is the finance blogger at Reuters” from his Twitter bio. Until then people are going to give more weight to what he tweets, whether he likes it or not.

Anthony De Rosa Named Reuters’ New Social Media Editor

Anthony De Rosa, currently a product manager and technologist at Reuters, has been named the new social media editor for Reuters.com, Poynter reports. De Rosa has been called “The undisputed King of Tumblr” by the New York Times, and is one of the 20 people to follow on Twitter according to NBC New York.

According to a Reuters memo from Jim Impoco, De Rosa will, in his new role at Reuters, “help our journalists and editors use social media tools to monitor news, report news, and find leads. Under Anthony’s direction, social media will extend our brand, bring more people to Reuters.com, and make Reuters the most recognizable name in news.”

De Rosa will report to Reuters.com global editor Kenneth Li.

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