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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Allbritton’

Capital New York to Relaunch December 3

capital-logoCapital New York, which was recently purchased by Robert Allbritton, publisher and co-founder of Politico, is relaunching December 3. As part of that, the site is debuting a new site, a daily newsletter called Capital Playbook and… a paywall.

Let’s examine the most notable aspects of the relaunch: Capital Playbook and the paywall. The email newsletter will essentially be Politico Playbook, only for New Yorkers. Each morning subscribers will received a list of interesting stories and scoops. It’ll be written by Azi Paybarah, Jimmy Vielkind and Mike Allen.

While there will still be free content on Capital, don’t expect too much. According to a note from Gillian Reagan, Capital’s managing editor, the majority of the site will be hidden behind three, pay-to-read sections: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. The areas each cover is fairly self-explanatory.

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Newspaper Exec: Print Media Gave Away the Cheeseburger

MashableLogoThings sometimes have a funny way of working out on a media blog. This morning, we told you about the appointment of two new EICs at Fashionista. This afternoon, it’s time to highlight one of the final contributions to Mashable by Lauren Indvik, one of those capable incoming individuals.

Right now in the U.S., three of the most intriguing newspaper concerns are Robert Allbritton‘s Capital New York (to go along with Politico), Jeff BezosWashington Post and Aaron Kushner/Eric Spitz‘s Orange County Register. Indvik’s Q&A with Spitz covers some by-now familiar Register territory, although he starts off with an analogy that we had not previously heard:

“The key decisions [the newspaper industry] made — and they were the worst decisions anyone has made in my memory — they made 20 years or so ago. They took their core product, the news, and priced it at free.”

“If you are McDonald’s, you can give away straws, napkins, Wi-Fi and really nice TV sets that everybody can watch, but you can’t give away cheeseburgers.”

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Jay Rosen Gets More Details About Glenn Greenwald Venture

For Glenn Greenwald‘s quickly revealed billionaire backer Pierre Omidyar, it started in Honolulu and continued in Washington D.C.

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In a telephone conversation with NYU prof and journalism seer Jay Rosen, Omidyar explained how his experiences with the website Honolulu Civil Beat led to a failed attempt to buy WaPo and a successful attempt to commit to the next (other) big thing:

Omidyar said that his involvement in Civil Beat whetted his appetite to do something larger in news. “I have always been of the opinion that the right kind of journalism is a critical part of our democracy.” He said he had watched closely over the last 15 years as the business model in journalism collapsed but had not “found a way to engage directly.”

But then when the idea of buying the Washington Post came up he started to think about it more seriously. “It brings together some of my interests in civic engagement and building conversations and of course technology, but in a very creative way.”

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Capital New York’s First Allbritton Era Hire: Jimmy Vielkind

Albany Times Union reporter Jimmy Vielkind is going full-time with Capital New York. He had previously contributed a few freelance pieces to the website and is now, officially, the first FT hire announced since the acquisition of the website by Robert Allbritton.

Vielkind will remain based in Albany and cover state politics. From the Times Union announcement:

This will be Jimmy’s second departure from the Times Union: Following an initial stint as a metro reporter from 2007 to 2008, he left to become the Capitol correspondent for the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. He rejoined the TU as a statehouse reporter in early 2010.

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$1,000 Per Year Subscription Fee Coming to Capital New York

Would you pay $1,000 per year for access to a website? We would. If at the end of each year the same site sent us a check for $1,000 and a note reading “Next year, try not to be so stupid.” Regardless of our thoughts, Capital New York’s new ownerPolitico co-founder and publisher Robert Allbritton — plans to charge $1,000 per year, or $99 per month, for access to a premium version of the site.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Jim VandeHei, Politico’s co-founder, executive editor and new president of Capital, says the fancy Capital New York will be worth the price:

I anticipate the skepticism and appreciate it. If you’re producing something that has to be read by a media executive or a politician, they’re going to pay for it — that’s the big challenge.

It’s certainly a challenge. Charing $1,000 a year for access to a site is so ridiculous that it almost seems like it’s a joke. But then again we’re not a media executive or a politician, so maybe we’re just not seeing the appeal of flushing $1,000 a year down the toilet.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton Buys Capital New York

Robert Allbritton, the founder and publisher of Politico, has purchased Capital New York, the news site dedicated to this great city. Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded Capital New York in 2010, will continue to run the site as co-editors. Politico’s co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will serve as president of Capital New York.

Allbritton has plans to expand Capital New York now that he owns it. He will hire over two dozen staffers and revamp the website at some point later this year.

“I have very big ambitions for Capital: to do in New York what we did in Washington with Politico,” Allbritton said in a statement. “I believe powerfully that nonpartisan publications with an intense focus on a specific set of topics can break though quickly, editorially and financially. I’m excited to take the impressive work Benson and McGeveran did with Capital to the next level.”