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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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Time Warner Makes Bid For OK! Mag

The American version of the British tabloid mag OK! has been up for sale since March. Looks like they may have finally gotten a bidder. According to Sky News, Time Warner has offered to pay between $30 and $35 million for the mag. Discussions are apparently ongoing between the American media giant and British media tycoon Richard Desmond.

While its British counterpart is quite successful, the American version of OK! has been something of a disaster since launching in 2005. Aside from reportedly losing good sums of money, the mag has left something wanting in employee relations. In 2009, an internal memo from an OK! efficiency expert leaked out, which basically told OK! staffers to justify their jobs in 2-3 sentences.

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Time Warner Rumored to Offer $35 Million for OK! Magazine

Time Warner is rumored to have offered between $30 and $35 million for the United States version of OK! magazine. According to Sky News the timing for the acquisition might be right, as the owner of OK!Richard Desmond – is looking to sell off his newspaper and magazine titles.

Talks are in the early stages right now, so Sky News doesn’t have any insight into whether Desmond considers the offer appropriate.

OK! would be a natural fit for Time Warner if the deal does end up going through. It already publishes celebrity-focused titles People and InStyle, and despite OK! leaning more toward a tabloid, there always seems to be an audience for that kind of thing.

On that note, FishbowlNY would like to announce that we’re having a baby! It’s going to have fins and legs! Alright, aside from that being extremely creepy, it’s also not true, we just got caught up in the OK! spirit.

OK! Magazine Allegedly Up for Sale

The UK’s Media Week is reporting that British media mogul Richard Desmond plans to sell off several magazines, including the U.S. version of the celeb tabloid mag OK!. Unlike its successful UK counterpart–which apparently made a profit of £20 million last year–the U.S. version of OK! has been getting killed since it launched in 2005. OK! is published in 21 countries around the world, but Desmond is apparently trying to peel off the U.S. version and sell it separately.

The U.S. version of OK! has been something of a public disaster for quite some time. Back in 2009, an internal memo from an OK! efficiency expert leaked out, which basically told OK! staffers to justify their jobs in 2-3 sentences.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: OK! Magazine Staffers Audition To Keep Their Jobs

OK! Continues Its Reign as a Bootleg People

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It totally sucks right now to be OK!.

Not only is the magazine battling its competitors for the best Teen Mom cover, but according to New York Post, it’s losing a reported $700,000 a week and missing its rate base. And, in the biggest shocker, that Hillary Duff wedding exclusive completely tanked on the newsstand.

Keith Kelly reports:

Richard Desmond, the chairman of the magazine’s London parent company, Northern + Shell, is said to be growing impatient with editor Mark Pasetsky. And it did not help that the five-year anniversary bash in Los Angeles last week did not exactly attract an A-list crowd. Desmond, who flew in from London, had expected to rub elbows with the beautiful people.”

You mean a Step Up: 3D actress and C-list reality stars don’t count?