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Daily Beast’s John Avlon Rallies Troops as Roughly 20 Colleagues Lose Their Jobs (Capital New York)
On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36-percent year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek‘s annual “Hot List” poll. Roughly 20 employees across the editorial and business sides were let go Monday and Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the cuts told Capital. The layoffs were a direct result of Newsweek’s sale to IBT Media, which recently took the struggling title off parent company IAC’s hands for an undisclosed sum. Gawker Capital’s Joe Pompeo says that leaves TDB with a total headcount of about 65 employees. If you are one of them, you might consider browsing job listings when your workday has concluded. Though there are exceptions to every rule, the outlook at media companies that find themselves in this position typically does not brighten from here on out. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer In an optimistic memo, the site’s executive editor reminded those remaining “that The Daily Beast is nominated for hottest news site by Adweek — so if you didn’t vote yet, please do.”
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The Daily Beast lives on. According to well, The Daily Beast, the site will continue publishing, despite many rumors to the contrary. “The Daily Beast is not for sale and is not closing,” wrote Rhona Murphy, interim CEO of The Daily Beast, in a memo to staffers. “IAC has approved in concept the operating budget for 2014.”
When the news broke that Tina Brown was departing the site, many people — including us — thought that the Daily Beast might be sold or shut down. However, things are apparently all good. And there were many statements to remind us of that.
Here’s one from managing director Deidre Depke: “The Daily Beast continues to grow at a robust rate and we are committed to bringing the business into a new era of strength and stability.” And another from John Avlon, The Daily Beast’s executive editor: “Our great team of writers and reporters keeps The Daily Beast on the cutting edge of digital news, delivering print quality at web speed.”
However, our favorite by far was from Barry Diller, who couldn’t help but stick another fork in Newsweek during his praise of The Daily Beast:
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has announced the finalists for its 2013 column contest. One name to note: Roger Ebert. His column was nominated in the Online, Blog and Multimedia category.
Congrats to all the nominees, who we’ve listed below. The winners will be named June 29.
General Interest, Newspapers over 50,000 Circulation
Humor, Newspapers over 50,000 Circulation
The MediabistroTV crew headed over to the West Side recently to check out the gleaming Frank Gehry-designed IAC building which is home to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, among other brands. NewsBeast’s Senior Columnist John Avlon takes you into the belly of the Beast, which is home to the magazine, the website, a daily web series, and a lot of free food.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists appears to be operating on old newspaper print-days time. Even though the winners of their 2012 column competition were officially determined May 5, they have only just got around to officially posting the details on their website.
As a result, The Daily Beast is this evening congratulating John Avlon for his second consecutive win in the category of online, 100,000-plus monthly uniques. Meanwhile, LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske early this afternoon tweeted out her heartiest congrats to Gendy Alimurung, victorious in the 50,000-plus print, general interest bracket. From the judges’ comments:
“To begin with, Gendy is a wonderful writer and storyteller. She also is a smart reporter with an eye for detail and empathy for her subjects. All of those talents come through in her pieces. For a columnist, she is also modest. She lets her subjects come to the fore and presents them with flair. Excellent pieces through and through.”
- General Interest (print) over 50,000 circulation: Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly: Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe: Dave Lieber, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Humor (print) over 50,000 circulation: Samantha Bennett, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Kathy Eliscu, Maine Women, Portland: Alice Laussade, Dallas Observer.
- General Interest (print) under 50,000 circulation: Saralee Perel, Cape Cod (Mass.)Times; Eve Samples, The Stuart (Fla) News; Ken Tingley, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.
- Humor (print) under 50,000 circulation: Saralee Perel, Cape Cod (Mass.) Times; Laura Rafaty, Napa Valley (Calif.) Register; Jerry Zezima, Stamford (Conn.) Advocate.
- Online, Blog and Multimedia over 100,000 monthly unique visitors: John Avlon, The Daily Beast; Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times; Roger Simon, Politico.
- Online, Blog and Multimedia under 100,000 monthly unique visitors: Ivy Eisenberg, Schmeightschmatchers; Mike Farley, farleyinwriting.com; Amy White, Waiting for Merlot.