Two biz news sites among those nominating for best of 2009
About The Business Insider, Robert Quigley writes, “Even in a web culture of numbers, numbers, numbers, The Business Insider stands out for its freakish speed and volume of posts. According to Google Reader, it clocks 522 posts a week: compare that to Gawkerâ€™s not at all shabby 246/week or ABC Newsâ€™ 480/week. Of course, TBIâ€™s staff size is a tiny fraction of the likes of ABCâ€™s, but withÂ Dan Frommer on the tech beat, Nick Carlson on the media and advertising beat, and John Carney and JoeÂ Weisenthal on business and finance, with occasional backup from EIC Henry Blodget, itâ€™s a question worth asking: who needs squads of reporters, anyway?”
About The Wrap, he writes, “Itâ€™s hard to believe that entertainment and media news site The Wrap only launched this January: in terms of its impact, it feels like itâ€™s been around for much longer. This year, The Wrapâ€™s Sharon Waxman established some serious cred by laying the siteâ€™s reputation on the line to call an NBCU-Comcast deal before anyone else. She was treated with derision by Nikki Finke and with skepticism by many outlets (including ours) â€” but as time has told, she was right. Scooping the entirety of business and entertainment media about a multibillion dollar merger: not bad for year one.”
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