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Newsweek Returns with a Thud [Updated]

IBT Media’s Zombie Newsweek debuted only yesterday, and already there’s a problem. A big one. Newsweek’s cover story claimed that Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 65 year old engineer, created Bitcoin. The media freaked out, with some proclaiming the piece “brilliant journalism.” The problem? Nakamoto has denied any involvement with the digital currency.

In a two hour interview with the AP, Nakamoto denied having any involvement in Bitcoin, and the only reason he had ever heard of it was because a Newsweek reporter contacted his son three weeks ago. Nakamoto also said that during during a brief interview at his home, the Newsweek reporter —  Leah McGrath Goodman — misunderstood him (English isn’t Nakamoto’s first language).

Goodman claimed Nakamoto said ”I am no longer involved in that [Bitcoin] and I cannot discuss it.” However, Nakamoto insisted he meant he was no longer involved in engineering, and was referring to security protocol as it pertained to his former work with a defense contractor.

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Ezra Klein Out at Washington Post (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Washington Post announced Tuesday that its star economics blogger Ezra Klein will be leaving the paper to start a new venture. “When Ezra joined us in 2009, he was a wunderkind blogger with brash confidence and a burning desire to write a column in the print newspaper,” Post editors wrote in a memo to staff. “As he leaves us, Ezra is still a brash wunderkind, but now his burning desire has a grander scope: He is looking to start his own news organization, an ambition that befits someone with uncommon gifts of perception and analysis.” FishbowlNY Also leaving are Melissa Bell, WaPo’s director of platforms, and Dylan Matthews, a Wonkblog reporter. FishbowlDC “As early as this week, Klein is expected to announce a new venture — described in a memo to Post staffers as a new ‘news organization’ — that will look to staff more than 30 people on the editorial side alone.” Politico For nearly five years, the Post has steered a bounty of financial resources to its star economics columnist and blogger. It has allowed him to have a contributor deal with MSNBC, a column with Bloomberg View, and to write long-form for The New Yorker. It has provided him with eight staffers to keep Wonkblog, his popular policy vertical, flowing with up-to-the-minute charts and analysis. The PR department has promoted him in profile upon profile. But when Klein proposed the creation of an independent, explanatory journalism website — with more than three dozen staffers and a multiyear budget north of $10 million — the Post said enough is enough. BuzzFeed A quick look at Klein’s “following” list reveals he’s quite recently followed Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff as well Vox property editors-in-chief Joshua Topolsky (The Verge) and Lockhart Steele (Curbed Network). So are Klein and Vox in talks? BuzzFeed reached out to both Klein and Bankoff, both of whom declined to offer comment on the speculation. NYT / Paul Krugman May I say respectfully to the Post: You idiots! You see, Ezra and his team filled a huge gap. That gap exists throughout the news media, although the Times has, I believe, largely closed it in other ways. But it was especially severe at the Post. CJR / Behind The News Although there had been rumblings of his departure for several weeks, news of Klein’s exit drove enough traffic to temporarily crash Poynter’s website, a fact not lost on some observers. Digiday Digital publishing executives have a message for him: Good luck — you’re going to need it. Starting a sustaining publishing venture is harder than ever. It’s easy to be seduced by the current vogue for “personal brands” and the ability of superstars like Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg to plant their own flag. But when it comes down to it, this is a roll of the dice for a 29-year-old journalist steeped in the wonkier (and less profitable) public policy parts of the media world.

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What Not to Say About Newsweek Returning to Print

For some strange reason, IBT Media, which purchased Newsweek in August, is bringing the print version back. The New York Times reported that Newsweek will be a weekly publication dependent on subscribers — who’ll pay more than in the past — to stay afloat. Jim Impoco, editor of Newsweek, told the Times that the revamped magazine will be  ”a premium product, a boutique product.”

If you’re in the media, there’s a chance you might end up talking about this with someone who works at IBT Media. Because FishbowlNY cares, we’ve provided some examples of things not to say during these conversations. Enjoy.

What Not to Say to an IBT Media Staffer About Newsweek Returning to Print

  • “I hear they’re canceling the Internet next year anyway.”
  • “Congrats on being wasted at work!”
  • “Calling Newsweek a ‘premium product’ is like saying that my stained boxer briefs are ‘vintage.’ A fancy label will only make people more disgusted when they finally see them.”

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Jim Impoco on the Good Old Days of Time Inc. Expense Accounts

JimImpocoLinkedInDigiday staff reporter Josh Sternberg has a zippy Q&A with Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco.

We were particularly taken by Impoco’s answer to the question, “Can print magazines ever get back to where they were in their heyday?” and the way he colorfully elaborated on the obvious answer. There’s no town car waiting outside anymore, Impoco notes, and the days of three-martini math are also long gone:

“It’ll never be as quite as lush as it was at 4 Times Square in the ‘90s… I was at Time Inc when I was criticized for not using my expense account as aggressively as I needed to because I was pulling down the average. That won’t happen anymore.”

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The First ‘New’ Newsweek is Out

Not too long ago, the idea of someone putting out a press release about Newsweek would have seemed foolish. Or at least, a press release that does not transition at some point to words like: “And so, it is with deep regret…”

NewsweekTeaseBut there it is. This morning, IBT Media’s proud declaration of what can be found by some 400,000 tablet subscribers in the first edition of its brand-name acquisition:

“We are extremely excited about the launch of this first issue,” said editor-in-chief Jim Impoco. “We’ve assembled an extraordinarily talented group of journalists who are committed to maintaining the quality and editorial integrity of the franchise and who will help lead Newsweek into its new era.”

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TIME Appoints First Female Managing Editor

By sheer coincidence, the once iconic newsstand combo of TIME and Newsweek have both this month anointed new senior editorial staff.

Last week, IBT Media announced that Jim Impoco was being handed the reins of Newsweek. Today, Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson made it official by sharing the news that Nancy Gibbs has been promoted to replace the departed Rick Stengel as managing editor:

I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy to lead TIME. She has done an outstanding job running TIME since July, when I asked Rick to assist me with corporate matters related to our upcoming spin off. Her cover stories in the past weeks on Syria, collegiate sports and child-free couples have been huge successes with readers and in the media, and, in the same period, she launched TIME’s Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary special issue in tandem with a new documentary film unit, Red Border Films, that is expanding the way TIME tells stories through video online…

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Jim Impoco Named Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek

IBT Media, the relatively new owner of Newsweek, has named Jim Impoco the news publication’s new editor-in-chief. Impoco tweeted early this morning that he was “incredibly thrilled and honored” to take the job.

Impoco comes to Newsweek from Reuters, where he served as enterprise editor and executive editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. Prior to his time at Reuters, Impoco worked for Condé Nast Portfolio, The New York Times, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report.

“Jim has a remarkable track record of leadership in journalism and a deep understanding of the digital industry, which is the exactly what will take Newsweek to the next level. We look forward to his many contributions as editor-in-chief,” said Etienne Uzac, co-founder and CEO of IBT Media, in a statement.

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.

Former Portfolio.com Staffer Lands TV Gig

Colarusso_8.18.phpBloombergTV has brought on online and print veteran Dan Colarusso to serve as managing editor of U.S. television for the network, TVNewser reports.

Colarusso previously worked as managing editor for Portfolio.com, the Web site for doomed Condé Nast business publication Portfolio, which was shuttered earlier this year.

Prior to joining Portfolio.com, Colarusso worked as a business editor and metro editor at The New York Post, although his depature from the paper was fraught with drama. He has also contributed to The New York Times, Barrons and The Daily Beast.

The news comes one day after we learned that another Portfolio cast-off, Jim Impoco, had taken a somewhat non-traditional role at Reuters as enterprise editor. As traditional journalism models fold and evolve, we will probably be seeing more print journalists moving to the Web and then working in multimedia or, like Colarusso, television. It’s possible that the print jobs that have disappeared in the past year won’t return, so it’s more important than ever to be dynamic.

What do you think about this shift?

Earlier: So What Happened With Dan Colarusso’s NY Post Exit?

Related: Portfolio.com Media Blogger Moving On

Former Portfolio Deputy Editor Impoco Joins Reuters In Newly Created Role

Jim Impoco.JPGJim Impoco, the business journalism vet who had the misfortune of being fired by Portfolio Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman last year before the Condé Nast business publication folded earlier this year, has taken up a new post at Reuters.

Impoco, a longtime editor for The New York Times, has been appointed enterprise editor for Reuters Americas, a newly created position that will conceptualize and edit “groundbreaking and innovative stories and multimedia packages,” Reuters said.

“Reuters is an impressively large and influential platform, and I am sincerely flattered that they have asked me to try my hand at this,” Impoco said in a statement. “To be able to shape feature stories at an organization with Reuters reach is a dream job. No matter what happens to our industry, Reuters is certain to remain in the thick of it.”

In addition to working as the Sunday Business editor for the Times, Impoco has also previously served as assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine and was a Tokyo-based reporter for the Associated Press and Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report.

Not long after his ouster from Portfolio last year, Impoco was named executive editor at Men’s Journal. He has also been contributing to other outlets like the Times magazine and Mediaite.com.

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