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The Daily Adds Two

The Daily has added two staffers to its Arts & Life section. Rich Juzwiak has joined as a Culture Reporter. Juzwiak was most recently working as a freelance writer, and is the man behind the popular FourFour blog.

David Walters, most recently with Details, will be The Daily’s new Deputy Features Editor. He joins the team in November.

Both Juzwiak and Walters will be reporting to Arts & Life Editor Claire Howorth.

FAA Investigating The Daily’s Drone Use

The poor Daily. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. People just like finding things the iPad newspaper is doing wrong and then pointing them out. The latest? According to Forbes, the FAA is investigating The Daily’s drone that is used to take aerial photographs for news stories:

Taking footage for news-gathering purposes seemed like a commercial use of a drone, which is a no-no, as I understand it. I followed up with the FAA asking if News Corp was one of the companies with an experimental certificate. The inquiry got lobbed to the FAA’s legal department…

‘We are examining The Daily’s use of a small unmanned aircraft to see if it was in accordance with FAA policies,’ said Les Dorr in an email today. A Daily spokesperson has not yet responded to an inquiry about ownership and licensing of the company’s drone.

The problem is that the FAA doesn’t want just anyone using a flying robot that can take pictures from far distances. You can imagine – as Forbes notes – what would happen if the paparazzi was allowed to use one. That’s right – more pictures of Sad Keanu.

The Daily Makes Improvements

Those that have subscribed to The Daily have voiced their complaints about its usability fairly often, but now, according to paidContent, the app has taken steps to alleviate those concerns.

Today The Daily came equipped with various changes meant to address the most common user complaints:

The Daily is out with a new edition that erases some of the biggest complaints about the iPad tab, sending users to the cover instead of a carousel, returning to where you left off instead of forcing a start at the front again, offering a table of contents that shows all the stories in each section

These are all cosmetic changes, so those who see The Daily’s main problem being about the content won’t be satisfied, but making things easier can often go a long way with consumers.

Tom Lowry Leaves Variety for The Daily

For all of the naysaysers who say The Daily won’t make it: you’ll be saying that for a while, because it’s not giving up anytime soon. Michael Calderone at Huffington Post reports that Rupert Murdoch‘s tablet publication has nabbed Tom Lowry from Variety to be its new Business Editor. Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo said in a staff memo: “Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard.”

Calderone added, “The Daily, which hopes to build a national audience, has always had its sights set beyond the Manhattan media fishbowl.” We’re trying not to take that reference personally.

The Daily: Alec Baldwin is Considering Running for Mayor

In the latest chapter of Famous People Think They Can Do Anything Because They’re Famous, we present this: Alec Baldwin is considering running for Mayor of New York City in 2013. According to The Daily, Baldwin has been considering politics since the late 90s, when he told New York magazine that the idea had intrigued him.

What makes now the right time for Baldwin? Anthony Weiner’s wang:

The ’30 Rock’ star, who has long talked about running for political office, believes Weinergate has shaken up the field of candidates enough that he might have a chance to win, a friend of the actor told The Daily. ’Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted,’’ said Baldwin’s pal.

That sounds like a perfectly good reason to consider running the greatest city in the world. If we’re lucky he’ll drag his brothers, Daniel, William and Stephen into city politics as well. Keep your fingers crossed.

The Obsession with The Daily’s Departures Continues

Gabriel Dance, an Art Director for The Daily, is the seventh person to depart the iPad newspaper in nine months, so today The Huffington Post attempts to figure out why people are leaving. Because this is what the media does almost every time someone exits the digital newspaper.

Apparently there a few issues driving staffers away, from writers having to sign strict confidentiality agreements to contracts forbidding them from working for competitors such as The New York Times Magazine for a year after they depart. And there’s more:

Former staffers say there were frequent technical problems and suggest The Daily may have launched too soon. There was also confusion regarding The Daily’s intended audience. Not to mention, for some Daily staffers — especially digital natives used to publishing immediately online and engaging more with social media — there could be frustration in now dealing with the longer lead times required to get an afternoon article prepared to run on the device by morning.

Those are all valid reasons making people leave, but here’s what we’re wondering: Why is the media so obsessed with this subject?

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The Daily Approaches One Million Downloads

Michael Wolff might hate The Daily, but according to its Publisher, Greg Clayman, there are close to one million people who like it. Well, okay, one million downloads doesn’t mean one million people, but still, it’s a landmark achievement for the iPad newspaper.

Techcrunch reports that The Daily is doing well financially as well:

When asked by editor Erick Schonfeld whether or not the iPad app was doing well, Clayman revealed that it has been downloaded close to a million times, in the sixty days since its launch on February 2nd. ‘This puts us in the large pantheon of large news apps … We are consistently now in the top grossing apps, in the top ten or top twelve. Today we’re number three,’ Clayman said.

We patiently await Wolff’s rebuttal.

Michael Wolff: The Daily is ‘Aggressively Bland’

Here’s something that is sure to surprise you: Michael Wolff is cranky about something. No really, he is! You can add him to the growing list of People Who Hate The Daily A Lot, because in the latest Adweek, Wolff completely slams the tablet newspaper.

He says that The Daily is hopeless, that it’s “agressively bland,” the “worst example of tablet strategy,” and dammit, it’s just too flashy:

There’s a loud, jarring, jumpy, desperate, look-at-me sense of tablet publishing—it tries too hard. It’s not just that tablet design invites people to look over your shoulder and enter your space—but it makes the reader self-conscious too. So much design, so little function. So much brand, so little purpose. Vulgar.

While a few people have said that The Daily’s content is unimpressive, criticizing it for being too attention-grabbing might be a first. Don’t people who use tablets to read magazines and newspapers like being noticed? Isn’t that part of the lure of having the newest technology?

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The Daily Lost $10 Million in the First Quarter

According to WWDChase Carey, Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, said that The Daily lost $10 million in the first quarter. Because that’s such a huge number, we thought we’d put it into perspective for you, with a tiny list of items you could purchase for $10 million. Enjoy.

Things You Could Buy With The Money The Daily Lost In One Quarter
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  1. 166,165 pairs of J. Crew Broken-in Chino Pants
  2. 133,333 back waxings from Frederic Fekkai’s Salon on Fifth Avenue
  3. 588,235 regular pies from Not Ray’s Pizza in Brooklyn
  4. Four Park Slope brownstones
  5. 6,666,665 hotdogs from Gray’s Papaya

 

Reuters Names Paul Ingrassia Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Thomson Reuters just announced that they’ve hired Paul Ingrassia, a former Dow Jones executive, as its new Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Joining Ingrassia is The Daily’s Managing Editor, Jim Gaines, who will leave the digital newspaper to become an Ethics Editor at Reuters.

The big time moves are part of Reuters revamping its news operations. The company is hoping to make better use of its vast resources and restructure so that its reporting is more efficient.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler explained in a company press release, “We must be second to none in speed, accuracy, relevance, and fairness, but also – and crucially – in enterprise, insight, analysis and originality.”

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