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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
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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.
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.
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.”
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:
- Media Bite — an exploration of the changing media world, with Peter Lauria
- Tech Tonic — a look at the latest tech news, with Anthony De Rosa
- Freeland File — interviews with newsmakers, with Chrystia Freeland
“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.”
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 knows New York, and New York knows him. He was once called “the undisputed king of Tumblr” by The New York Times for his SoupSoup blog, and NBC New York named his Twitter feed one of its “20 To Follow” for news about the city.
So when his friend Richard Blakeley told him he was frustrated by local news sites and wanted to do something different – something where New Yorkers would determine what was news – De Rosa tells FishbowlNY that he was all in. This was the beginning of Neighborhoodr.com.
“His [Blakeley's] idea was to crowd-source the content from any neighborhood by making it user submitted,” says De Rosa. “He designed the look of the site and I put together the user interface and coding. We originally launched with 40 or so neighborhoods in NYC which eventually grew to 60 because of demand.”