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The Fraction of BuzzFeed Traffic That Comes from Google News

In the Client Testimonials section for Boise, Idaho-based “enterprise SEO and consulting services” firm Define Media Group, there are flattering words from Business Insider, Hearst Digital Media and about.com. In other words, major media companies have valued the approach of a brain trust that includes Define VP Adam Sherk.

On Sherk’s personal blog today, there are a pair of charts ranking referred Google News traffic for major media sites. The second table, listing outlets by order of relative percentage rather than total clicks, is most revealing. Especially the outlet listed (for January-November 2014) in very last place:

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Nitasha Tiku Jumps to The Verge

NitashaTikuTwitterProfilePicHoly Silicon Valley!

Just a month after stepping into Sam Biddle‘s Valleywag shoes at Gawker, Nitasha Tiku has bolted to The Verge. From Business Insider senior correspondent Alyson Shontell‘s report:

Tiku, who recently relocated from New York to San Francisco, will be a west coast senior writer alongside Casey Newton.

“We want The Verge to be better at covering The Valley and we could not think of someone better than Nitasha,” The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel told us. “We spent some time talking to her about the opportunity and how much more powerful her already-powerful voice could be on our huge platform.”

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Business Insider Features Editor Heads to Maxim

In the comments of aMaximCover recent FishbowlNY item about changes made by Maxim magazine’s new ownership, longtime subscribers indicate their dissatisfaction:

Ed Morales: I have been a subscriber to Maxim magazine since the 90′s… I don’t recognize the magazine anymore. So sad to see it end like this. I will NOT be renewing my subscription.

Brent: I agree. Other than the name and cover, I also don’t recognize this magazine anymore. There is literally an ad on every other page. I honestly don’t even read it anymore. It just goes straight into the recycling bin.

In other words, the mandate sounds clear for Aaron Gell who, per an item by Capital New York’s Jeremy Barr and internal memo from Henry Blodget, is moving over from Business Insider to become the magazine’s editorial director. He will report to recently appointed editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear.

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Former FishbowlNY Editor on Jumping Off the Career Ladder

GlynnisMacNicolPicFrom April 2008 through April 2009, Glynnis MacNicol (pictured) was a co-editor for this very site. She moved on from FishbowlNY to help launch Mediaite and then, starting in the fall of 2010 through 2012, was a media editor at Business Insider.

But it’s what followed that is the focus of MacNicol’s article in Elle. Burned out in 2012, she took a break from the career ladder and by doing so, threw the Manhattan cognoscenti for a loop:

[At] a cocktail party, book release or business dinner, I would tell people who inquired (and they always did. I live in New York City, where what you do comes after your name but before your real estate vitae) that I did nothing. Then I would step back and, with a sort of perverse satisfaction, watch them squirm. It turns out folks don’t really know what to do with people who are so nakedly unambitious. It was a little bit like I was inviting them to my funeral. For a long while, this little party trick was my favorite part about going out.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 | Pew Finds Partisan News Consumption

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 (FishbowlDC)
Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968-1991, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. The Washington Post Bradlee’s most important decision, made with publisher Katharine Graham, the Post’s publisher, may have been to print stories based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War. The Post’s circulation nearly doubled while Bradlee was in charge of the newsroom — first as managing editor and then as executive editor — as did the size of its newsroom staff. NYT With full backing from Graham, Bradlee led the Post into the first rank of American newspapers, courting controversy and giving it standing as a thorn in the side of Washington officials. When government officials called to complain, Bradlee acted as a buffer between them and his staff. “Just get it right,” he would tell his reporters. Most of the time they did, but there were mistakes, one so big that the paper had to return a Pulitzer Prize. Boston Globe It was Bradlee who guided the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — “the story of our generation,” he later called it, “the story that put us all on the map” — and his unwavering leadership was crucial to the success of the paper’s investigations during the nine months between the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, and the sentencing of the Watergate burglars on March 23, 1973, a period during which the Post was far out in front of the rest of the media in covering the scandal and, as a result, dangerously exposed to criticism from the Nixon administration. Reuters Bradlee’s death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

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Bloomberg Lands Joseph Weisenthal

JosephWeisenthalTwitterProfilePicLate this Tuesday afternoon, Business Insider executive editor Joseph Weisenthal tweeted. That in itself is not at all unusual, but what he conveyed was. After six years with Business Insider, Weisenthal is moving on.

The hard-working journalist timed his tweets to coincide with a New York Times item by Ravi Somaiya. The BI vet will be tasked at his new Bloomberg Media home with building a markets-finance website and hosting a TV show:

Mr. Weisenthal, in an interview on Tuesday afternoon discussing his new position, said he would be “putting together a team of about 10 people,” adding, “We’re planning to just dominate markets news, make it a must-visit destination.” He said he would hire additional staff for the television show.

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NewsWhip Compiles Some Impressive Harvard Business Review Stats

Check out the following graph, one of many highlighted in a post today by NewsWhip. From September 1-24, the site sliced, diced and analyzed the social media metrics of seven leading business news sites.

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In terms of overall Facebook engagement, Business Insider is the winner. But as you can see above, when it comes to the social network’s rough equivalent to a per-capita metric, The Harvard Busines Review (HBR) is way ahead.

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Maria Russo Rejoins the New York Times

RussoHeadshotAfter a long run in Los Angeles, veteran journalist and editor Maria Russo is headed back to New York City. Starting August 4, she will be the children’s book editor for the New York Times Book Review.

Here’s the memo from TBR editor Pamela Paul and deputy editor David Kelly:

Maria is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath, and a native New Yorker. She was first brought in as a freelance book reviewer by Dwight Garner, whom Maria succeeded as books editor at Salon. Maria is also a former features editor at the New York Observer.

Despite all her New York cred, for the past 10 years, Maria has been working in Los Angeles, where she was most recently the editor in chief of Pasadena magazine. Before that, she was an editor in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. Maria has also published widely as a freelancer, writing for the Magazine and the Book Review, among other venues.

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NYU Student Seeks to Reclaim the Word ‘Hacker’

DaniGrantTwitterProfilePicThe media coverage began in earnest with a June 26 item on TechCrunch. It continued over the July 4 holiday weekend with a Business Insider feature by Rebecca Borison.

Expect more such articles as word spreads about NYU student Dani Grant‘s (pictured) efforts. Through her expanding website Hackers of New York, she is seeking to realign the term “hacker” with innovation rather than interruption. From the BI piece:

The site is modeled after the popular blog Humans of New York and aims to portray the diverse and unique individuals involved in the tech community. Grant interviews random people in the greater tech community and publishes their picture along with a quote or two from the interview.

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Robert De Niro Crashes Brooklyn World Cup Party

“Are you floppin’ to me?”

FIFAWorldCupLogoMercifully, today’s rain-soaked Germany-USA contest featured very little of that aspect of the otherwise usually beautiful game. But if it had, a certain unexpected guest at a Brooklyn viewing party could have most authoritatively yelled out that query to the big-screen TV.

From Hunter Walker‘s report:

De Niro was in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood Thursday to film The Intern and, according to a neighbor, he wanted to take a break to watch the crucial World Cup game between the United States and Germany. The neighbor told Business Insider their apartment building got an email from Warner Bros. asking if they could help De Niro see the game.

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