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Toby Young Ponders Tina Brown’s ‘Galactic Chutzpah’

TheSpectatorLogoSome of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.

From The Spectator piece:

Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’

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Brian Ries is Mashable’s First Real-Time News Editor

MashableLogoIf you ask us, the words “real-time” are somewhat redundant in today’s 24/7 digital media age. But in any case, the first possessor of an impressive new Mashable title is Brian Ries, moving over from The Daily Beast, where he was senior social media editor.

From today’s announcement:

The mission of the real-time news editor is to build on that — to ensure that Mashable’s live news and news-based social content is immediate, urgent and engaging to its audience.

“At Mashable, we’re highly skilled at creating sharable stories and optimizing them for the social web. Now, a key focus for us is to bring the best of the social web to Mashable, and all our channels, in real-time,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor. “Brian will be a great asset to lead us in this new chapter.”

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Recent NYU Grad Nabs Latest I.F. Stone Award

Former Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Sarah Blustain shared some exciting news today at her new home. The latest winner of The Investigative Fund’s I.F. Stone Award.

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The prize for the Fall 2013 period has been awared to Natasja Sheriff, a 2011 NYU Master’s in journalism graduate who – yes – spells her first name that way. From the announcement:

Sheriff is currently the international editor for the online publication The Revealer and a Luce Foundation Fellow, both at the NYU Center for Religion and Media. Sheriff comes to journalism after working as a scientist in Asia, where she specialized in water and fisheries research.

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PJ O’Rourke Joins The Daily Beast

PJ O'Rourke GPJ O’Rourke is joining The Daily Beast as a weekly columnist. O’Rourke’s column will be titled “Up to a Point,” and debut on January 1.

O’Rourke said he wanted to join the site because of its unpredictability:

It’s one of the more successful Internet creations, and it seems to understand how to use the medium as well as or better than anybody else that’s out there. The other nice thing about The Daily Beast is that it doesn’t have a political taint. It’s not predictable in its politics. And even though I’m pretty politically conservative, the whole idea of having to be constantly predictable on your politics is just exhausting and stupid, because you’re leaving out half of the stupid things that people do—you know, the half you agree with.

O’Rourke is a published author and the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard and more.

The Daily Beast to Continue Publishing

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:

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Tina Brown and The Daily Beast to Part Ways

All good things, and some mediocre things, must come to an end. BuzzFeed is reporting that IAC — parent of The Daily Beast — won’t be renewing Tina Brown’s contract when it expires at the end of this year:

The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. According to this source, Brown… could end up taking the successful Women in the World conference with her as part of a severance agreement.

If this is the end of Brown’s tenure at The Daily Beast, it’ll likely be remembered more for the bad times than the good. Brown was a constant lightening rod for the media, which seized any chance it could get to point out what Brown was doing wrong. Brown didn’t do much to help her case either, as evidenced by all the wacky Newsweek covers she authorized.

Brown’s departure will surely kick “The Daily Beast is dead” rumors into high gear. The site is on pace to lose $12 million this year, so don’t be shocked if IAC decides to sell or completely shut it down.

Variety Grabs Newsweek/Daily Beast Vet

Ramin Setoodeh, who spent a combined 11 years at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, has moved over to the Hollywood trade side. As Variety‘s New York film editor, he will be based here alongside a small but growing staff.

From this morning’s announcement:

Setoodeh will also produce videos, webcasts and make regular television appearances on news shows to talk about the film industry. He reports to Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film…

A fearless and industrious journalist, Setoodeh once went undercover and auditioned for American Idol, and launched several Web series — one featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Evans candidly discussing their early acting jobs. His 2010 theater review of Sean Hayes in Promises Promises went viral, sparking a major debate about gay actors in Hollywood and eliciting responses from such high-profile players as Ryan Murphy, Aaron Sorkin and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Daily Beast to Lose $12 Million This Year

Now that IAC has sold off Newsweek, what does the future hold for The Daily Beast and Tina Brown? The Daily Beast might one day disappear because — according to Adweek — it’s currently on pace to lose $12 million this year. That’s not likely to inspire much confidence in Barry Diller, who famously called buying Newsweek “a mistake.

As for Brown, Adweek guesses she’ll either stay at The Daily Beast, shift her focus to the Women in The World Summit, or maybe take some time off to finish her book on Hillary Clinton. In other words, no one has any idea what the hell Brown will do next.

At least Brown still has some support. David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor-in-chief, told Adweek that he is “always rooting for her.”

Nico Hines Joins Daily Beast as London Editor

Nico Hines has joined The Daily Beast as its new London editor. Hines comes to the site from The Times (of London), where he had worked since 2006. He most recently served as the paper’s Washington correspondent.

In a memo announcing the move, Tina Brown wrote that Hines is “a first-rate reporter whose wit and flair will be right at home on The Beast.”

The full note from Brown is below.

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Mitt Romney’s Chief Strategist Joins The Daily Beast

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s chief strategist, has joined The Daily Beast as a columnist. “Stuart’s eclectic background and prodigious writing talent make him a wonderful addition to our team,” said Tina Brown, in a memo to staffers.

This is the second big political hire for the site this month. Jon Favreau, President Obama’s speechwriter, recently came aboard.

The full note from Brown is below.

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